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At Last, Simple MADI Connectivity Thanks to DiGiCo’s UB MADI

Until today, MADI connectivity on your desktop or laptop required a  format such as PCI or ExpressCard. This involves an inconvenient and  time consuming set up operation on a desktop, whilst it is increasingly  difficult to find a laptop with the necessary slot. DiGiCo Solutions’ UB MADI eliminates this frustration.


Being launched at the 2012 NAMM show in Anaheim, California, UB MADI  allows any computer to instantly connect to MADI via the most standard  connector of all, USB 2.0. In fact, over the last decade, you would have  been hard pushed to find any desktop or laptop without a USB 2.0 connection.

UB MADI uses the latest Stealth Digital Processing™ FPGA technology  straight out of DiGiCo’s award- winning SD range of consoles, yet fits  into your top pocket and delivers 48 simultaneous inputs and outputs,  totaling an unprecedented 96 channels of audio I/O over USB 2.0.

Once the low latency driver is installed, UB MADI is a simple  plug-and-play device, automatically detecting the MADI input format and  clock selection. UB MADI then communicates with your preferred PC or Mac  as a standard ASIO or Core Audio interface.


Despite its ground-breaking performance, UB MADI requires just a single  USB cable, providing both audio and power connectivity. Unlike existing  PCI based solutions, UB MADI is fully hot pluggable, booting within  seconds of its connection.


“Delivering the convenience of USB combined with Stealth Digital  Processing to professional audio engineers working with MADI has been a  massively rewarding experience. Taking USB audio into the professional  space has meant facing some significant challenges; from meeting PCB footprint and power constraints to, most importantly,  the chipset selection and firmware design,” comments the UB MADI project  manager.


“Having an R&D team that strives to push technology and deliver  something considered impossible is motivational for the whole company,”  says James Gordon, DiGiCo’s managing director. “I am very proud of their  achievement in this new area for DiGiCo. UB MADI will be a real problem solver for anyone wanting MADI connectivity on  their computer and, as with all our Stealth Digital Processing based  products, UB MADI has even greater potential for the future.”


UB MADI moves into full production in early 2012, with the first orders being fulfilled during ProLight+Sound.

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