Earlier this year we saw Ferrofish update their 32-channel converter, the A32, with added Dante functionality. This significantly expanded a high-quality product with modern connectivity, enabling some new and interesting uses. Ferrofish are clearly capitalising on their new-found ability to offer AoIP technology and are set to demonstrate the Verto Series at this year’s Musikmesse. At the same event, they will also release the Pulse16 converter, which appears to update their existing A16.
Synthax, the UK distributor for Ferrofish, have made these announcements with information available on their website. With Ferrofish’s own website lacking any information at present, it’s interesting to see the distributor being more pro-active than the manufacturer. Either way, these look like great additions to the growing Ferrofish brand. I’ve used the A32 none-Dante version recently, and I’m pleased to report a very ‘German-made’, ‘RME-style’ product. It even offers a very clean sound, which you would expect from a brand like RME. (No official links between these two brands are known.)
Synthax are claiming the Pulse16 will an addition to the Ferrofish product line, however, it appears to me this is simply an updated A16 MK-II. The Pulse16 is a 16-channel analogue to digital converter, which now offers 4 pairs of ADAT connections. This will provide “full 16 x 16 channel operation even in 96 kHz SMUX mode”. With the new A32 Dante and the Verto products below, I’m slightly surprised that they didn’t add Dante to this product too. Presumably this is for cost-saving measures and allows for system scaling.
Pricing is yet un-known, but will presumably become available at Musikmesse 2017. Check out the Synthax product webpage for more information.
Verto Series Dante Converters
Dante converters and expansion units are starting to surface regularly. Ferrofish are presenting 3 new boxes for this growing market, in what appears to be half 19″ rack units. Esentially there are two variants of ADAT to Dante converters and one MADI to Dante converter. These are called the Verto32, Verto64 and VertoMX respectively. Channel counts are as you’d expect on a typical 48kHz Dante network. These should prove to be useful and reliable options for expanding a Dante network.
It will be interesting to see what the prices of these units will be. There’s no analogue audio at play here, so the hope is these are cheap enough to become handy little boxes for any studio or live sound environment. Again, check out the Synthax webpage for more information including a table explaining channel counts vs. sampling frequency.