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Ferrofish A32Pro - 32 In / 32 Out AD-DA Converter

 
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The A32pro is based on a new modular hardware platform and packed with analog and digital interfaces. In addition to the 32×32 balanced studio-quality analog inputs and outputs and the stereo main out up to 192kHz, the A32pro offers both ADAT and MADI – probably the most widely used digital audio... Read More

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The A32pro is based on a new modular hardware platform and packed with analog and digital interfaces. In addition to the 32×32 balanced studio-quality analog inputs and outputs and the stereo main out up to 192kHz, the A32pro offers both ADAT and MADI – probably the most widely used digital audio interfaces available. In addition to the optical first MADI module, another SFP MADI module can be added. Different modes allow redundant operation of both interfaces: If one fails, the other one is activated automatically. Speaking of redundancy: If desired, two power supplies can be connected to the device. All power supplies and interfaces are permanently monitored: In the event of a failure, an error message is output on the TFT screens and on the General Purpose Output (GPO) to connect it to additional hardware.

Packed into a compact 1RU, the highly integrated converter is equipped with 32 x 32 balanced analog channels, brought out on eight D-SUB connectors. They deliver studio levels up to +20dBu, individually adjustable in 1dB steps.

The sophisticated design, using the latest generation of ESS converters, accompanied with a temperature-compensated clock and jitter reduction PLL, guarantees best crystal clear sound up to 192kHz. The A32pro is not just a converter, but thanks to its flexibility, using a sophisticated routing matrix, it is also a digital format converter for integrating your exisiting and future MADI and ADAT equipment.

Even operation of the A32pro is done without any compromise, almost self explaining, as with all our products: A total of four multitouch TFT screens show the levels of all 64 I/O channels, it can’t be done better. Controlling the unit also benefits from the screens due to it’s highly intuitive graphical user interface. Remote control is of course also possible via USB, MIDI, MIDI-over-MADI or GPI. Even a simple MIDI CC mode let’s you control the most wanted parameters from distance.

The two headphone outputs let you monitor any analog or digital input or output. For more demanding tasks the headphone monitoring matrix even feature a M/S decoder mode and a balanced operation mode for high-end headphones.

You need more? Then the A32pro Dante – a version with an additional 64 x 64 Dante channels – is what you need.

The A32pro brings Ferrofish's 12 years of experience in converter technology to the point, uncompromising to the last detail. All packed in only 1HU rack housing, of course fanless!

Redundant MADI I/O System
The MADI I/O system of the A32pro is provided as dual SFP ports for MADI modules. So a variety of different configurations (single or double (redundant) in single- or multimode or coaxial) is possible. The I/O support MADI delay compensation, 64- and 56-channel formats and port redundancy. MADI streams can be used to send and receive embedded MIDI messages.

4 x Multitouch TFT User Interface
Four high-resolution pin-sharp TFT displays provide detailed level information for all 32 analog input and output signals – allowing the overview of the signal flow in and out of the unit. Also the status of all digital interfaces, clocking- and GPIO status and loaded preset is visible all the time.

Internal Routing Matrix
The A32pro provides a sophisticated internal matrix for the free routing and splitting of all 128 Ins to all 128 Outs in blocks of 8 channels. The headphone output allows it to monitor every mono,stereo or even in M/S (mid/side) I/O channel from the front of the unit.

Dual Slots for DSP Sticks
The modular platform is ready for expansion: Two slots for optional DSP sticks open a whole new world for multichannel audio processing.

Redundant Power Supply
For reliability, the A32pro can be powered by two power supplies. Both power supplies are permanently monitored, and switched without interruption in case of failure. Warning message is shown on the screen and/or send by MIDI to be able to react on this failure.

Flexible Remote Control
A comprehensive remote software, called RemoteFish, for PC and MAC is available to control the A32pro series. In addition to USB, the A32pro can also be connected via MIDI (by simple MIDI commands) or MIDI-over-MADI. All Ferrofish devices are automatically detected and listed in the software.

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Product Specs

MADI I/O (AES10) Dual SFP Slots for MADI: Multimode or Singlemode SFP module as
default configuration, optional second SFP module optional
64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
32 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz*
* both MADI ports are used to achieve full 32+32 channel transmission
Support of MIDI over MADI.
Latency: 3 samples
Redundancy: Automatic switching between optical <-> coax MADI when signal lost.
Analog Inputs (AD) Latest generation of Analog / Digital Converters from ESS Tech.
4 x DSub25 (Tascam format)
Digital gain: +20dBu … -8 dBu, 1dB steps
OpAmps
OPA1604 / OPA1664
Level indicator TFT screen, 28 levels
Analog Outputs (DA) Latest generation of Digital / Analog Converters from ESS Tech.
4 x DSub25 (Tascam format)
Digital gain: +20dBu … -8dBu, 1dB steps
OpAmps
OPA1604 / OPA1664
Level indicator TFT screen, 28 levels
Headphones Out 2 x ¼” (6.3mm) stereo TRS jack with HQ amp section and dedicated DAC path.
Provides an independent stereo channel.
Selectable mono/stereo or M/S decoded source of all inputs and outputs.
Digitally controlled volume level.
ADAT I/O 4+4 optical interfaces (8 channels each with 48 kHz)
32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
n/a @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Latency: 3 samples
GPIO Port 4x General Purpose Inputs for switching Presets #1-4.
4x General Purpose Outputs for monitoring Lock/Power/MADI/Temp alerts.
MIDI I/O 2 x 1/8-in (3.5mm) TRS connector for remote control
Conversion MIDI <> MIDI-over-MADI possible
MIDI 2.0 pinout
Wordclock I/O BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
75 Ohm Termination switchable for input
Power Supply 12V, 3A
2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power.
Voltage supervision, warning message on screen when PSU input fails
Internal resettable polyfuse
1 x Power Supply included, second PSU optional
USB Port 1 x USB 2.0 for Remote/Updates
Additional Features 192 kHz operation (S/MUX up to 192kHz).
GPIO Port for remote preset switching and alert monitoring
DSP Plugin-ready
A/D and D/A converters with switchable filters
Dual Headphone output for easy monitoring
MIDI over MADI Preset Management
Extensive routing/mixing possibilities.
Redundancy (MADI I/O, Dante I/O, Power Supplies).
Internal Clock Temperature compensated oscillator, with high accuracy.
Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
Aging: +/-1ppm
PLL Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
Output jitter: 50ps … 100ps typ.
LCD Displays 4 x TFT Multitouch Screen User Interface
Two-layer illuminated touch-sensitive high resoltution encoder
Highly intuitive control of the unit
Audio Core Processor SHARC ADSP-2148x series DSP
Routing and processing of of all 384 audio channels.
Source to headphone output.
Calculation of of upcoming audio processing algorithms.
Dimensions 1RU, fanless design
Depth: 31cm (12.6”) (including connectors)
Weight 4.1kg (9 lbs)
Ambient temperature 41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

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