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Waves DiGiGrid IOX & Impact Bundle

The Waves DiGiGrid IOX & Impact Bundle gives you a DiGiGrid IOX I/O Interface featuring 12 mic / line inputs and 6 line outputs, 2 Network ports plus 4 individual headphone outputs + Waves Impact SoundGrid Server.

Waves' DiGiGrid IOX & Impact Bundle delivers lots of front-end horsepower for studios who need plenty of preamps while also putting a hefty amount of offloaded processing power for SoundGrid plugins - all while looking out for your budget. With 12 mic/line inputs and 6 line/4 headphone outputs, DiGiGrid IOX is the perfect high-count I/O interface for your studio's performance/recording room. Also, these are the same microphone preamps and converters that premiere digital console maker DiGiCo puts into their flagship touring consoles. The IOX makes the perfect starter interface to a DiGiGrid / SoundGrid network. And the SoundGrid Impact Server delivers plenty of processing power to help up your game and increase your DAW's agility when it comes time to mix - or even during tracking!

DiGiGrid IOX
DiGiGrid IOX is the perfect high-count I/O interface for your studio's performance/recording room. This advanced audio interface features 12 mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps and 6 line outputs. The IOX delivers high-resolution monitoring in the studio and the control room alike, with four headphone outputs allowing independent mixes for each musician. With your IOX and a dedicated SoundGrid DSP server, you can run up to hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins, all fully integrated within your DAW of choice.

Use a single Ethernet cable to plug the IOX into your SoundGrid network, and you will instantly tap into a world of real-time tracking, mixing and monitoring, with incredibly low latency of only 0.8 milliseconds.

And if you need more channels of IO, just add ANY other SoundGrid compatible device to the network. SoundGrid is expandable!

SoundGrid Impact Server
Perfect for studios with limited desk space and live sound engineers on-the-go, Waves Impact Server for SoundGrid systems is small enough to fit into your carry-on luggage and packs increased processing power.

SoundGrid Technology
SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet networking and processing technology developed by Waves. SoundGrid provides extremely low-latency, high-channel-count audio processing using standard Intel CPUs and 1 Gbps Ethernet networks for studio, live sound, and other real-time professional audio applications. Real-time audio processing is performed on standard Intel-based plugin servers, running a Waves-customized real-time version of Linux.

Audio Transport and System Control
SoundGrid is a proprietary Ethernet Layer 2 Protocol and EtherType. Audio is transported and routed between networked I/O devices and is processed on plugin servers connected to the same network. The I/O device converts SoundGrid packets to standard and proprietary audio protocol schemes.

Audio Processing
Taking advantage of today’s extraordinary CPU power and the memory capabilities of Native processing, SoundGrid runs on standard CPUs under custom-optimized Linux OS, resulting in predictability, stability and low latency that were previously exclusive to dedicated DSP-based systems. Consequently, SoundGrid can run hundreds of compatible Waves and third-party plugins in real time, as well as extremely CPU-intensive plugins that are beyond the capabilities of DSP-based systems.

Separate computers form the basis of the SoundGrid processing ability:
- SoundGrid server(s) – CPUs dedicated exclusively to audio processing running a customized Linux OS that is optimized for audio processing.
- SoundGrid host – a standard Windows or Mac computer that runs the SoundGrid host application and GUI functions.

This division of labor between an audio processing server for plugin processing and a host computer for DAW processing is the key to the high performance, stability and low latency achieved by SoundGrid.

Audio Interfacing
Audio is interfaced with SoundGrid by integrating a SoundGrid-programmed FPGA (Xilinx Spartan 3) into a mixing console’s I/O ports. The FPGA receives I2S or other audio signal formats and converts them to the SoundGrid format. The FPGA is also used to transfer control messages between control nodes external to the SoundGrid network and the SoundGrid control application.

Control Software
SoundGrid audio processing, connections, system configuration and monitoring are controlled by Waves’ SoundGrid Studio System software (the SoundGrid Studio Application, the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver, the eMotion ST mixer, and StudioRack for studio or MultiRack for live environments).

System Configuration
System configuration data is part of the SoundGrid protocol, allowing users to:
- Connect and route audio between system components
- Configure I/O devices
- Configure plugin servers
- Set system sample rate, block size, and latency
- Monitor and control system and component status
- Set redundancy and recovery modes

SoundGrid systems can be easily configured for optimal effectiveness per channel count, processing capabilities, routing and sample rate, and are easily expanded by adding I/Os or processing devices as required.

Third-Party Hardware and Software Compatibility
SoundGrid is a protocol for real-time, low-latency audio processing and networking. It enables applications such as MultiRack and SoundGrid Studio and DAW plugins such as StudioRack to share and control I/O devices and servers across a network. It brings flexibility, quality and economy to work environments ranging from simple project studios to complex networked recording and broadcast companies.

The SoundGrid infrastructure is open to third-party hardware and software developers alike. Waves is working closely with additional plugin vendors and several hardware manufacturers in order to create a wide range of solutions and expand even further the family of SoundGrid-compatible tools. Committed to this task, Waves invites additional companies to be part of this revolution. We guarantee to provide the necessary tools, support, and supervision in order to ensure the high-quality products that our industry expects and deserves.

Waves DiGiGrid IOX & Impact Bundle Features

  • DiGiGrid IOX
    • 12 mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps
    • ASIO- and Core Audio-compliant audio I/O
    • 6 line outputs, 4 headphone outputs
    • Connects via a single Ethernet cable (Cat 5e/Cat 6)
    • Quick-view front panel metering
    • High-definition 192 kHz ADC conversion
  • SoundGrid Impact Server
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81N
    • LAN Card: Realtek
    • 6 month warranty
  • SoundGrid Key Benefits
    • A powerful, cost-effective, all-in-one audio networking and processing solution
    • Ideal for studio facilities, live sound, broadcast, post-production and more
    • Extremely low-latency platform for Waves and third-party SoundGrid-compatible plugins
    • Runs on standard Intel CPUs and 1 Gbps Ethernet networks
    • Uses standard computers, switches and servers
    • Integrates with analog and digital mixing consoles
    • Provides a complete redundancy & recovery system
    • Upcoming releases will feature recording capabilities
    • Includes network infrastructure for sound installations
    • Includes Waves’ SoundGrid Studio System software

Waves DiGiGrid IOX & Impact Bundle Specifications

  • DiGiGrid IOX
    • General
      • 1U rack-mounted (standard 19” rack-mount wide, 4U high, 380-mm deep excluding connectors)
      • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz (176.4 and 192 kHz will be supported in the future)
      • 12 channel mic/line inputs (on XLR/TRS combo)
      • 6 channel line outputs
      • Word Clock I/O
      • 2 SoundGrid ports (RJ45s)
      • Reset switch
      • 4 headphone outputs with analog level knobs; range: Off to +15 dB
      • Clock: Word Clock input, SoundGrid (SoE), Internal
      • 1 AC input
      • Multiple broadcast level format settings (jumpers on all analog I/Os)
    • Inputs
      • Input Impedance:
      • Mic: 2K5 / Line: 8K0 Ohms
      • Gain Range:
      • Mic: 0 dB to +52.5 dB in 7.5-dB steps / Line: -10 dB to +42.5 dB in 7.5-dB steps
      • Fine control provides an additional 0dB to 7dB in 0.5-dB steps
      • Maximum Input Level:
      • Mic: +26 dBu / Line: +36 dBu
      • Mic Equivalent Input Noise: > -126 dB (150 Ohm source, gain +59.5 dB)
      • Harmonic Distortion: Typically < 0.01% @ unity gain, -10dB input @ 1 kHz
      • Frequency Response: +/-0.5 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
      • Channel Separation: Better than 90 dB (40 Hz to 15 kHz)
    • Outputs
      • Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
      • Residual Output Noise: <90 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
      • Frequency Response: +/-0.5 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
      • Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
      • Channel Separation: Better than 90 dB (40 Hz to 15 kHz)
      • Harmonic Distortion: Typically < 0.01% @ unity gain, -10dB input @ 1 kHz
  • SoundGrid Impact Server
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4150K
    • Dimensions
      • Length: 26.9 cm / 10.6 inches
      • Height: 7.62 cm / 3 inches
      • Depth: 33 cm / 13 inches
      • Device Weight: 3.2 kg / 7.1 lbs
      • Package Weight: 5.4 kg / 12 lbs
    • Power Consumption:
      • SoundGrid Impact Server V2
      • 120V: 50 Watts
      • 220V: 46 Watts

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What We Think

Waves' DiGiGrid and SoundGrid technology is changing my audio life... very much for the better! I do quite a bit of both studio recording and mixing AND live sound mixing and live show recording. So, the SoundGrid network is a natural choice for me and the DiGiGrid interfaces solve so much when it comes to having to meet the requirements of premium sound and build quality, expandable infrastructure (just add another interface to the existing setup), bang-for-the-buck, and insanely low system latency (0.8ms!!!).

Let's discuss the audio quality. The DiGiGrid hardware is all manufactured by DiGiCo who makes some of the most lust-worthy digital live sound consoles. Waves' partnership with DiGiCo is nothing short of genius. DiGiCo is a master of networking and of premium quality audio design. They didn't exactly reinvent the wheel where the DiGiGrid hardware is concerned. I mean, why reinvent the wheel? They simply ported over their existing microphone preamplifier and digital conversion designs. The result is simply stunning. Pulling up old sessions and starting new mixes quickly made me sit up and take notice; this was no

The features of the DiGiGrid IOX make it the obvious choice for live sound setups, which will likely sport 2 to 3 DiGiGrid IOX in tandem with either the DiGiGrid D or the DiGiGrid IOC at front-of-house (and for control room duties). But the DiGiGrid IOX is also a great place to start for someone planning on a larger system who needs more than the 8 channels offered on the 8 x 8 DiGiGrid IOS (Impact Server inside) and who might want to have a larger server in the long run. But if you already have your preferred set of preamps and converters on hand, then there are several ways to tie them into the SoundGrid network, whether it be through the DiGiGrid IOC with it's 16 Channels of AES/EBU (Tascam Standard) on 2 x DB25 connectors, 8 x channels of ADAT optical I/O, or 8 x 8 Analog Line I/O (it also has 2 mic preamps making talkback and RTA functions handy both for live and studio + 2 headphone amps). And if you have a MADI equipped set of converters such as with the Ferrofish, RME, Antelope Orion 32 or Orion 32+, Burl Mothership, Solid State Logic, or other MADI expandable converters such as the Mytek Digital 8x192 or Lynx Aurora, the DiGiGrid MGO (Optical) or DiGiGrid MGB (BNC) will get you connected according to your specific converters' needs.

Once you have the DiGiGrid hardware infrastructure in place, you're able to outfit and expand at will. For live sound, you can pair it with eMotion LV1 mixer, suitable computer w/ touchcreen monitors and you've got a serious, top flight live mixing system capable of running Waves and 3rd party SoundGrid compatible plugins directly on each channel, bus, etc. And in the studio, the SoundGrid studio application gives you an insane amount of routing capabilities as well as the eMotion ST studio mixer for creating zero-latency input headphone monitoring mixes, etc.

The bottom line is that these systems are still relatively under the radar - mainly because there's a lot for people to wrap their heads around. But while I wouldn't exactly recommend an advanced system to a beginner, it's not terribly difficult to comprehend - especially not when you purchase your DiGiGrid system through Front End Audio. You get our before and after the sale support. So, you'll never be left there hanging.

If you've got questions, feel free to give us a call: 888-228-4530
Alan Moon - Front End Audio

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