Waves DigiGrid MGO & Impact Bundle
The Waves DiGiGrid MGO + Impact Server System - Processing, recording and virtual soundchecking with any coaxial MADI-enabled console. Includes the primary components required for establishing a SoundGrid network. Includes MGO, Switch, MultiRack SoundGrid, Impact Server, IR-Live, H-Delay, Renaissance Equalizer, Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Axx, and more.
The Waves DiGiGrid MGO + Impact Server System is the perfect portable solution for processing, recording and virtual soundchecking with any Optical MADI-enabled console. Including SoundGrid Impact DSP Server, DiGiGrid MGO Optical MADI-to-SoundGrid interface, network switch, CAT 6 network cables, MultiRack SoundGrid plugin host (FREE) and five must-have plugins for live mixing.
DiGiGrid MGO Optical MADI interface allows you to connect any MADI-enabled device to the SoundGrid network. Record, process and playback up to 128 channels with Waves and third-party SoundGrid-compatible plugins in high-fidelity at a super low-latency of 0.8 milliseconds! Moreover, the DiGiGrid MGO can record to two computers simultaneously – one for virtual soundcheck, the other for backup.
SoundGrid Impact Server
Perfect for 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 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.
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 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.
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 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. Waves guarantees to provide the necessary tools, support, and supervision in order to ensure the high-quality products that our industry expects and deserves.
Waves DigiGrid MGO & Impact Bundle Features
- System Features:
- Primary components required for establishing a SoundGrid network
- Ideal on-the-go solution for professional live mix engineers
- MGO (Optical) interface – Compatible with any MADI-enabled console and most DAWs
- SoundGrid Impact DSP Server – run up to 250 plugins
- Super low-latency for processing SoundGrid compatible plugins
- Complete redundancy & recovery capabilities
- Includes Waves Renaissance Axx, Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance EQ, IR-Live, H-Delay
- DiGiGrid MGO:
- MADI-to-SoundGrid interface
- Plug any MADI-enabled device into SoundGrid
- Record, process and playback up to 128 channels
- Record to two computers simultaneously
- 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 MGO & Impact Bundle Specifications
- DiGiGrid MGO
- MADI Optical I/O (SFP Optics cartridges)
- Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
- 112/128 channel I/O @ 48kHz
- 56/64 channel I/O @ 96kHz
- Support for 64chn and 56chn modes
- Support for double wire (48k frame) and single wire (96k frame) @ 96kHz
- Clock Synchronisation via (in fallback order): Word Clock input, MADI (port A), SoundGrid (SoE), Internal 1 SoundGrid port (RJ45)
- Reset switch
- Support for channel 57 controls – DiGiCo-specific, will be used to connect a DiGiCo stage rack and control it.
- SoundGrid Impact Server
- Processor: Intel® Core i3-4150K
- 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
- 120V: 50 Watts
- 240V: 46 Watts
Waves DigiGrid MGO & Impact Bundle Includes
- DiGiGrid MGO
- Universal power adaptor with interchangeable plugs (UK, US, EU, AU) (100-240V)
- Ethernet cable: Cat 5e (2 meters)
- Registration card
- SoundGrid Impact Server
- HP1410-86 (J9559A) 8-Port Switch
- MultiRack SoundGrid
- eMotion ST Mixer
- SoundGrid Studio Application
- StudioRack Plug-In
- H-Delay Hybrid Delay
- IR-Live Convolution Reverb
- Renaissance Axx
- Renaissance Compressor
- Renaissance Equalizer
Waves DigiGrid MGO & Impact Bundle Downloads
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
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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:
Alan Moon - Front End Audio
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