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RME planning AVB Dante interface

Is RME planning a new AVB interface?  ·  Source: rAve Publications/Youtube

Anyone who’s even a little bit into their studio tech knows RME, a brand whose interfaces and converters enjoy high regard in the industry for their reliability and “clean”sound. The German company has just announced that a new release is slated for 14 December. What could it be? We think there are two realistic options.

Dante

This is something RME’s fanbase has been looking forward to for a while. RME’s current offering doesn’t have a full-blooded, Dante-focussed interface (disregarding MADI). On paper, it looks like they’re lagging behind other makers here. Perhaps RME think that the market is too crowded, or that Dante isn’t the money-spinner some people think it is. Other manufacturers like Ferrofish have invested here in a big way.

RME AVB Interface

RME is gearing up for a new release.

AVB

We’re not sure if we’d wager our last dollar on this, but it seems more realistic. RME announced an Digiface interation with AVB at IES 2017, with an indeterminate release date. AVB, or Audio Video Bridging is a technology you occasionally see in music studios but is more at home in media production facilities, large event venues or broadcast vans. This is due to its ability to transfer timecode simultaneously with audio and video via Ethernet.

One advantage of AVB is that it’s a license-free standard, meaning savings for the manufacturers and, hopefully, for the customer. The RME spokesperson in the video below says they’ve chosen AVB because it offers “a very solid foundation for our future products”. But is it going to be the backbone of this new interface?

We’ll have to wait for the 14 December…

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