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MNA To Promote AES67 At IBC2016

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The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) is to present live demonstrations of AES67 at IBC2016.

AES67 is a standard that enables high-performance audio-over-IP streaming interoperability between the various IP-based audio networking products currently available, based on existing implementations such as Dante, Livewire, Q-LAN and RAVENNA.

It is a bridging compliance mode common to all IP-Networks; a mode you can put an AES67 compliant device into, on any participating network. AES67 operates over standard layer 3 Ethernet networks and is routable and scalable.

Will Hoult, Marketing Work Group Chair for Media Networking Alliance, said: "Since its inception in 2014, the Media Networking Alliance membership has tripled, with more and more members coming into the fray as AoIP and AES67 gain momentum.

"We predict that IBC 2016 will be our most successful show yet." 

At IBC, MNA will highlight AES67 interoperability between networked components operating with Livewire, RAVENNA, and Dante AoIP transports, previously only operable independently of one another.

Marty Sacks, founding member of MNA and VP of Sales, Support and Marketing at The Telos Alliance, added: "AES67 adoption is spreading and we expect to see more manufacturers demonstrating interoperability via AES67 on their stands at IBC than ever before.

"This is an exciting time for the industry as this high-performance professional digital IP networking standard gains momentum in both broadcasting and pro sound."

In addition to the AES67 demo, MNA members will conduct their own AES67 displays at IBC, including: 

• Archwave (8.C94 on the MNA booth and 8.F57 on the ALC Networx / Ravenna booth) – will showcase its AudioLAN and uNET Module product family with improved feature sets, including native support for AES67 / AES70 / Ravenna, Dante interoperability, open tunnels for any command exchange, a cross-platform connection manager, and Ethernet + USB + I/O bridging. 

• Calrec (8.C61) – will showcase a range of networking interfaces, including an AES67/Ravenna interface and a modular I/O Dante card that also has AES67 compatibility. Calrec will also highlight its AoIP unit, which provides an AES67 connection to and from Calrec audio mixing consoles. This 1U unit contains two independent 1G AES67 interfaces, each capable of transporting 256 audio channels bi-directionally.

• Merging Technologies (8.E96) – will demonstrate Pyramix and Ovation with its hardware AES67-connected to two Genelec active loudspeakers. 

• Ravenna (8.F57) – natively incorporates all AES67 ingredients, so any Ravenna device can communicate with other AES67-enabled devices on the network. The company will also display devices from Lawo, Merging Technologies, Sonifex, Genelec and Riedel. 

• Solid State Logic (8.D83) – will show AES67 compatibility as part of their Network I/O and System T demos. 

• The Telos Alliance (8.D47) charter – supporting members of the X192 Working Group that defined AES67 and founding members of the Media Networking Alliance – will provide numerous AES67 demos, along with its Livewire+ (Livewire plus AES67) AoIP protocol, which enables high-reliability, low-delay uncompressed digital audio over Ethernet, including audio, logic, control, and program associated data (PAD). Axia Livewire+ has built-in compliance with the AES67 standard.

• Yamaha (8.A69) – as well as participating at the MNA booth, Yamaha Commercial Audio will preview an upcoming firmware update for CL and QL series mixing consoles on its stand. The update will enable AES67 connectivity, which will be demonstrated in a system connected to an I/O device from Lawo.

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