ISE 2017: RAVENNA showcases demo rack
Thursday, 26 January 2017
ISE 2017: RAVENNA showcases demo rackTaking pride of place on the RAVENNA stand is a RAVENNA demo rack that will be used to demonstrate AES67 interoperability
The Netherlands - The theme of interoperability continues to make headlines for RAVENNA at ISE 2017. Taking pride of place on the RAVENNA stand 7-V210 in partnership with the MNA (Media Networking Alliance) is a RAVENNA demo rack that will be used to demonstrate AES67 interoperability.

Another important product for members of the RAVENNA community is the new RAVENNA Audio Network Manager tool developed by Digigram and Merging Technologies that will be presented on the Merging stand 7-C169.

The RAVENNA demo rack features products from Lawo, Ward-Beck, ARG, Cordial, Riedel, Merging, DirectOut, Digigram and Cymatic Audio and is topped by a pair of Genelec 8430IP speakers for playout. It will be used as part of a larger setup to demonstrate AES67 interoperability between products using other network technologies including LiveWire, QLAN and Dante during the ISE AES67 Interoperability Lab session on Thursday 9th Feb in room D403.

At the heart of the system is a Lawo crystal radio broadcast mixing console whose system core is in the RAVENNA rack. The crystal acts as a junction point to receive streams from the other network technology racks which will then be played out via the Genelec speakers. The RAVENNA rack includes a PC loaded with a Digigram LX-IP AoIP multichannel sound card and the RAVENNA Virtual Sound Card running a web browser for configuration and monitoring of all RAVENNA devices.

The PC is also running the recently released and freely available RAV2SAP converter which enables the exchange of SDP data between devices utilising different network technologies, in particular RAVENNA and Dante.

Another important development for the RAVENNA community is the jointly developed RAVENNA/AES67 Audio Network Manager from Digigram and Merging which provides scalability, security and control of large networks. Currently in beta format, interested parties are invited to the Merging stand to see a demo and offer feedback.

"In today's increasingly connected environment, interoperability remains a big issue for anyone who relies on or is involved in building audio networks," observed ALC NetworX's RAVENNA evangelist, Andreas Hildebrand. "It's in everyone's interest that different devices can talk to each other, and we are working hard to achieve that across common and open networking standards like AES67.

"We're pleased to say that it is improving all the time as new tools such as the RAVE2SAP converter and the RAVENNA Audio Network Manager continue to come to market to make our lives easier, and as manufacturers continue to take the necessary steps to make their products as accessible as possible."

(Jim Evans)


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