MERGING+ANUBIS debut in North America

Merging is using NAB 2019 as the North American launch of a highly significant enhancement to its already popular Networked Audio Interface range. MERGING+ANUBIS is firmly aimed at the broadcast market in addition to a wide variety of other applications. This extremely compact audio interface is a standalone A/D and D/A capable of handling microphone or line level inputs and four analog line outputs, plus two high quality headphone outputs. The large rotary encoder allows for precise monitoring volume control but also makes parameter adjustment simple, while the multi-touch display and dedicated buttons provide intuitive selection of whatever needs to be controlled. Built in talkback, cue circuits and speaker management functions make this an ideal unit in any control room.

The real power of Anubis becomes evident as soon as it becomes part of a larger network. Designed to fit into an ST2110 environment, it is remarkably scalable when coupled with Merging’s Hapi or Horus units, or indeed any other AES67 devices. At this point, the additional I/O allows Anubis to become the center of an up to 256 x 256 matrix with the control of incoming and outgoing streams. Instantly, such tasks as immersive audio monitor control become simplicity itself. In addition to audio I/O, Anubis also has GPIO or MIDI connectivity, a range of drivers covering MacOS, Windows and Linux, Ambisonic decoding and cough cut on every input. Although the full list of features cannot be listed here, it should be noted that Anubis offers the choice of sample rate and audio quality you expect from a Merging product.

Practical uses of Anubis include monitor control in studios, remote trucks and edit rooms, monitoring incoming AES67 audio streams, recording voice-overs or as a highly portable location recording companion. Anubis can be powered from its own power supply, battery and/or PoE (Power over Ethernet) if redundancy is required and can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a standard microphone stand.

Key to the evolution of Anubis in the future, is the concept of Modular by Software. This means the identical hardware unit can be reconfigured to do a completely different function by loading alternate programs. This changes the UI to suit the ideal workflow and reconfigures the Anubis engine for the chosen program, giving you even more features. This not only gives the user added utility, it also offers a simple upgrade path to future applications.

Merging will also be demonstrating its other ST2110 compatible hardware, Horus and Hapi and the latest Pyramix 12 and Ovation 8 software suites with full Ambisonic workflow featuring the b<>com VR pack. Two popular and very effective recording plug-ins from Flux are also available as native VS3/MassCore; Evo.Channel and Evo.In, thereby adding to the range of low-latency tools available to the Pyramix user. Taking advantage of the new facilities offered by Anubis, it is vital that our software programs are fully integrated with the new hardware and this will be available with Pyramix 12. The combination of Pyramix, Anubis, Horus and Hapi, on the same RAVENNA network gives unrivalled flexibility in all recording situations, particularly on location where the placement of I/O can be challenging and may need to be altered mid-session.

ANEMAN Network Audio Manager will also be available for demonstration. A significant new installation employing ANEMAN with a large number of Hapi and Horus units, is that of Eurosport in Paris. In the same installation, there are several AETA Audio Systems ScoopTeam Premium + units offering 8 channels of AES67 connectivity utilizing the ZMAN-010 module from Merging Technologies.

Last but not least, the company will be inviting enquiries from OEMs that may wish to use the ZMAN network module for AES67/RAVENNA ecosystems. This compact and powerful module can provide a fast track solution to joining the AoIP revolution and is pin compatible with the Brooklyn II Dante module. Offered in two versions depending on channel requirements; ZMAN-010 being 64 x 64 and the ZMAN-020 256 x 256, both share the same architecture with a simple mezzanine board for the application specific circuitry. Once again, a comprehensive suite of drivers is offered, including a new Linux ALSA version. RAVENNA/AES67 drivers can also be supplied as standalone OEM items for use in professional and consumer markets.