The new RMio64-D is scheduled to be available in late 2014
The Netherlands - The 'third chapter' of Yamaha's Dante R-series i/o units received its worldwide launch at IBC 2014, with the introduction of the RMio64-D rack unit for Dante/MADI conversion in broadcast and live sound applications.

Launched with the CL series digital mixing consoles in 2012, Yamaha's Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D i/o units were followed in 2013 by the Ri8-D and Ro8-D, all delivering outstanding sonic performance and flexibility for Dante-based audio systems.

Scheduled to be available in late 2014, the new RMio64-D enhances this legacy further by allowing audio from a CL/QL live sound (or other Dante-equipped) system, to be converted to MADI and fed to an OB vehicle or other recording facility. Alternatively, it can allow a MADI-based console to be easily integrated into a Nuage system for post-production.

Word clock synchronisation can be an issue when converting between different audio formats, but the inputs and outputs of the RMio64-D feature built-in sample rate conversion, meaning sources with differing word clocks can be connected without causing noise or dropouts. In addition to redundant Dante network connections, the RMio64-D supports MADI redundancy through simultaneous coaxial and optical connections. There's also MADI Split (loopback) capability, where a signal received at either the coaxial or optical input can be also retransmitted to the other output.

Close integration with other Yamaha products adds even greater value to the RMio64-D. It can be mounted via the CL/QL console touchscreen displays, with convenient remote control of Dante patching and sample rate converter settings (support of which is planned for a future update). Precision synchronisation with Nuage system Direct Monitoring and VST System Link functions is also provided, as well as remote control from the Nuage Workgroup Manager software.

This type of tight system-wide integration is the key to one-stop solutions that only Yamaha can provide and, at only 1u high, the RMio64-D takes up minimum rack space.

"The RMio64-D allows smooth, simple connection between MADI, a standard multi-channel audio format and the Dante digital audio networking protocol, which is rapidly increasing in use worldwide," says Nils-Peter Keller, marketing director at Yamaha Pro Music and Pro Audio.

"Built-in sample rate conversion effectively overcomes word clock synchronisation issues that would otherwise limit the choices in system design, while extensive compatibility with CL/QL series consoles and Nuage systems significantly enhances the value of those products for use in a wide range of situations."

(Jim Evans)

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