32 balanced analog input / 32 balanced analog output AD/DA converter with MADI and ADAT digital connections.
The A32 is designed for MADI – the digital audio interface for professionals. Up to 64 channels can be transferred using a simple pair of glass fiber cables (or coaxial cable) spanning a distance of up to 1.2 miles.
Thanks to the MIDI over MADI feature, the A32 can be remote controlled using MIDI data embedded in the same MADI cable. The audio transfer between the MADI input and MADI output is done with zero latency, so you can daisy chain multiple A32 without any added latency or delay compensation. This is what we call plug-and-play!
Besides MADI, the A32 also offers full ADAT integration. Four full-fledged ADAT I/O ports allow use of all 64 analog channels, even without MADI. So the A32 is perfectly suited for the professional and ambitious home recording studio. One of the ADAT connectors can alternately be used as an optical S/PDIF or AES/EBU interface. This port has a sample rate converter inside, so it’s easy to use even when the connected unit is not able to sync to an external clock.
The analog side of the A32 also has lot to offer: High quality converter chips with excellent audio performance are supported by a sophisticated analog amplifier circuit. The gain of each channel can be adjusted separately in 0.5dB steps. The standard levels (+4dBu, +13dBu and +20dBu) are switched in the analog part, so performance of the analog converters is maintained.
The new visual control concept of the A32 embarks on a new path: Besides the precise level meters of all 64 analog channels, the four TFT displays offer a very new, self explanatory method of operation – it’s unlikely you will ever need the manual! To the audio under control, we added a headphone output on the front side. This not only allows direct monitoring of any analog or digital signal, but also works as full-fledged submix bus.
The high quality analog circuit is partnered on the digital side with a Sharc DSP. This processor takes great care of the digital audio with it’s floating point arithmetic and 80 bit wide accumulator, so that on the digital side, not a bit gets lost!
(MIDI, playback and keyboards technician for Ellie Goulding’s European Tour)
“The sound quality of this converter is fantastic and it couldn’t be easier to operate,” he reports. “We were one of the first people to get hold of it and we didn’t have a lot of time for extensive testing. As it turns out, it really was a case of unboxing it, bolting it into the rack, and turning it on. Straight out of the box, it worked exactly as you’d expect it to. The Ferrofish A32 is a very well thought out and intuitive piece of equipment. And while I’m certain we’re only using it for a fraction of its capabilities, for our requirements, it couldn’t be better.”
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