LONDON — Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world's most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, is bringing the power and flexibility of high-performance digital networking to the traditional I/O box with the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System. This system will be making its international debut at PLASA 2010 (Stand 1-F2).
Ideal for permanent installations such as theaters, schools and conference centers, as well as touring and portable live sound applications, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O system eliminates several expensive and labor-intensive stages of the signal chain while reducing cable clutter. Instead of soldering, terminating and testing scores of analog connections; installing conduits; and pulling separate cables for each audio signal; the AllFrame requires only a single Cat-5e or fiber connection, plus DC power (which can also be supplied over the Cat-5e cable).
At the center of the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is the F6 Modular I/O Frame, a multi-purpose network frame with six field-configurable I/O card slots and integrated Cat-5e and fiber optic connectivity. Like its analog counterparts, the F6 can be housed in a NEMA Type 1 enclosure and surface-mounted on the wall, or flush-mounted in the wall and dressed with a custom flange. With the AllFrame's RK6 Rack Kit or SK6 Stage Kit, the F6 frame may also be mounted in a standard rack or placed directly on stage.
The AllFrame system offers users multiple connectivity options via modular I/O cards. The C4m Mic/Line Input Card provides four remote-controllable analog mic- or line-level inputs. With the same mic preamp circuitry found in Aviom's 6416m Mic Input Module, the C4m provides clean, transparent, archival quality sound. Inputs from the C4m can be controlled from an MCS Mic Control Surface, select Yamaha® digital consoles, or Pro64® Network Managerâ„¢ software. The C4o Output Card provides four XLR analog outputs with variable output levels, controllable in 1dB increments. For those looking to stay digital throughout the signal chain, there is the with 2x2 AES3 I/O with Word Clock I/O.
“By digitizing the audio input signal at the initial connection point, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System keeps analog cabling to a minimum, reducing system complexity and labor costs while delivering improved performance and flexibility,” Aviom's Product Research and Development Manager Ray Legnini explains. “Along with the reduction in labor and cost, users can easily integrate the AllFrame into a larger digital network with the fidelity and flexibility they have come to expect from our Pro64 system.”
All AllFrame devices support Cat-5e cable runs up to 400ft (120m) between devices, with no loss of fidelity. With integrated fiber optic connectivity, cable runs can be extended to over a kilometer (multi-mode fiber) or tens of kilometers (single-mode fiber). The AllFrame can be used in conjunction with Aviom's complete line of Pro64 audio networking products and Pro16® Series personal mixers. Because Pro64's Auto Mode supports any combination of serial and parallel wiring topologies, without affecting signal flow at any point, I/O points can be placed anywhere the application requires.