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Sonnet Announces Avid-Qualified Thunderbolt AVB Adapter

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Sonnet Technologies today announced the Sonnet Thunderbolt™ AVB Adapter for Mac® computers, a compact, bus-powered Gigabit Ethernet adapter with AVB (Audio Video Bridging, aka IEEE 802.1) networking support for Apple® Mac computers with Thunderbolt ports.

The Avid Qualified Sonnet adapter was designed for use with the Avid® Pro Tools | Carbon™ professional audio interface for music production, enabling MacBook Air® and MacBook Pro® computers — both lacking onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports — to connect directly to the Avid interface via a Cat 6 cable.

Francois Quereuil, Vice President, Audio Product Management, Avid, said: "Pro Tools | Carbon is made for musicians and producers who have the highest standards for flawless audio capture and depend on cutting-edge low-latency tracking workflows. The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB adapter completes the picture for all users who've been looking for a high-performance, streamlined solution to connect Pro Tools | Carbon to their Mac. Sonnet is a fantastic development partner that consistently delivers breakthroughs to ensure all Avid users can enjoy even better experiences in their creative process."

• What It Does:
AVB was developed to overcome issues related to attempts at connecting various analog and digital audio video equipment to each other and provide a networking standard on which devices could utilize a common connection (Gigabit Ethernet) and communicate and operate in precise synchronization with each other. Featuring a 40Gbps Thunderbolt interface, the Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB Adapter supports the proprietary version of AVB employed by the Avid Pro Tools | Carbon interface to stream audio at 32-bit float precision. When used outside the Pro Tools realm, the Sonnet adapter also supports the low-latency, fully synchronized streaming of audio and video over Ethernet required for standard AVB workflows. Using the Sonnet adapter enables users to add their Mac computer as an endpoint in an AVB network and connect to other AVB-enabled devices such as audio interfaces, mixers, plug-in processors, personal monitor stations, stage boxes, speakers, and speaker processors, either directly or through an AVB-compliant switch.

• Why It's Important:
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers are immensely popular for use in pro audio production but lack the Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking required for use in many AVB applications. The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB adapter provides MacBook Air and MacBook Pro users the AVB-compatible Ethernet connection needed to make the connection to the Avid Pro Tools | Carbon interface or to an AVB-compliant switch. iMac® and Mac mini® users can use the Sonnet adapter in conjunction with their computers' onboard Ethernet port, enabling them to dedicate one port for AVB use and the other port for connecting to a standard network or shared storage.

• How It's Distinctive:
The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB Adapter is small, lightweight, bus powered, and the only Avid -Qualified single-adapter solution for connecting late-2016 and later MacBook Pro and 2020 and later MacBook Air computers to the Avid Pro Tools | Carbon audio interface. The Sonnet adapter also includes a Thunderbolt cable, plus a Thunderbolt connector retainer clip that slides over one end of the cable to secure it to the adapter and prevent accidental cable disconnections.

• When You Can Get It:
Sonnet's Thunderbolt AVB Adapter (part number AVB-TB) is available now from Sonnet and soon from channel partners worldwide at the suggested retail price of $149.99.

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