Ferrofish A32pro

2,899.00 USD

Ferrofish A32pro — Unique solution to convert & route pro audio formats with the highest I/O density in a single HU rack device.

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Description

Ferrofish A32pro

The Ferrofish A32pro is a worldwide unique solution to convert and route all important PRO-Audio formats with the highest possible I/O density in a single HU rack device: Analog, MADI and ADAT – all with up to 192 kHz.

The incredible flexible converter provides 32 balanced analog I/Os in D-Sub25 format with pro studio levels up to +20dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps.

High-Quality Analog Conversion

With the latest high-performance low-latency converter generation from ESS, the device sets a new milestone for multi-channel conversion. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the 388-channel behemoth delivers an exceptional detailed sound.

A total of four multitouch TFT screens show the levels of all 64 channels. A sophisticated help system provides context-sensitive help for the selected function at all times.

High Performance DSP

The high quality analog converter design is accompanied by a powerful Sharc-DSP with floating point calculatio. The 80-bit wide accumulator processes the audio data with unmatched accuracy.

The DSP performs routing, mixing and the analogue gain/level settings – still providing unused processing reserves. Future updates will include high-quality Ferrofish DSP-effects, which are able to process audio effects with high accuracy and without latency.

A dual QSFP slot bay is also available for future DSP expansion modules (DSP sticks).

Flexible Remote Control

The A32pro can be remotely controlled via the RemoteFish app (Win/Mac) with these connections from the host computer: MIDI, MIDI-over-MADI and USB.

MADI audio streams can be used to send and receive embedded MIDI messages.

MADI

The A32pro comes with two redundant MADI SFP ports (64 fully routable channels). Any combination of optical and/or BNC SFP modules can be used. The device ships with a single optical Multimode I/O module, supporting 64 channels at 48 kHz.

ADAT

2 x 4 TOSLINK ports – port 4 switchable to SPDIF – can convert all 32 analog I/Os.

Inputs / Outputs

The A32pro provides a Word Clock I/O and a classic MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control of the unit. On top of it: GPIO, intuitive one-knob control, Preset Management, Panel Lock and a powerful cross-format routing matrix (see below). The A32pro series can also operate as a highly flexible digital audio signal router.

Additionally, two headphone outputs on the front and an analog stereo output on the back can be used to monitor any channel, sending it to several destinations.

Ferrofish A32pro Direct Headphone Monitoring

Two smart usable headphone outputs on the front allow monitoring every mono or stereo I/O directly from the unit – no additional device or DAW interface is necessary. This way it doesn´t need another monitoring device in the bag to tap into a pair of MADI or Dante channels.

The headphones signal can be easily selected via a dedicated source control on the TFT display. Its possible to choose from ANALOG, MADI, ADAT, Dante channels.

A main out (analog TRS) for speaker monitoring is available on the back of the unit.

Internal Routing Matrix

The A32pro provides a sophisticated internal matrix for the free routing and splitting of all 128 Ins to all 128 Outs. The headphone outputs allow it to monitor every channel directly from the front of the unit. Submix Monitoring will be possible with a later firmware version.

High Performance DSPs – Expandable

The high quality analogue circuit is accompanied by powerful DSPs. A high-performance Sharc-DSP with floating point calculation and 80-bit accumulator processes all audio data with unmatched accuracy.

The DSP platform is ready for expansion: two slots for optional DSP Sticks open a whole new world for multichannel audio and signal processing updates in the future.

Redundant Power Supply

The A32pro provides two automatically switch-over power supplies for worldwide operation. Both external power supplies can be replaced in seconds and even switched during operation without interruption. This way the device does not need to be sent in for repair if a power supply fails.

Note: The A32pro ships with a single US power supply. A second PSU for redundancy is available from Synthax USA.

Overall

The fan-less, small footprint Smart Converter & Routing system is a huge problem solver for studio and live sound applications. The efficiency puzzle for live, studio and broadcast is solved – finally.

Specifications

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

Headphones Out

2 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo 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″ (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, 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 resolution 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)