German pro audio manufacturer FERROFISH announces two new high-quality A/D-D/A and digital format converters, featuring ADAT, MADI and Dante I/O; dual headphone outputs; updated front panel and remote controls; GPIO; plus options for redundancy and DSP expansion.
Five years ago FERROFISH launched its A32 Series, a set of flexible A/D–D/A and format converters designed for professional recording studio, live sound and broadcast audio applications.
Quickly becoming some of the most popular converters in their class, the A32 Series combined 32×32 channels of high-quality A/D and D/A conversion with a variety of digital audio I/O options, alongside comprehensive front panel level metering and remote-control, all in a single 1U housing.
Now in 2022, FERROFISH have announced their next-generation successors –two feature-packed evolutions named the A32pro and A32pro Dante.
Based on a new modular hardware platform and featuring the latest generation of A/D –D/A converters from ESS Tech, the new A32pro and A32pro Dante continue FERROFISH’s tradition of designing reliable, transparent audio devices with high-channel counts, operating at up to 192kHz sample rates.
Alongside a newly-designed black finish, the FERROFISH A32pro and A32pro Dante feature updated front panels with touch-screen controls, making navigation and control over both device easier than ever before. The addition of a main TRS output and dual headphone connections offers maximum monitoring and recording flexibility, whilst a new GPIO connection provides extended remote-control functionality.
A dual-slot bay is provided for future DSP expansions providing additional processing power for the A32pro and A32pro Dante’s on-board SHARC DSP processor.
Analogue and Digital I/O
Packing an incredible amount of connectivity options into a single 1U frame, both the Ferrofish A32pro and A32pro Dante each feature 32 analogue inputs and 32 analogue outputs on fully balanced DSub25 connectors.
On the digital side, both devices have support for up to 64 channels of MADI I/O via dual SFP slots, which can accommodate either optical or coaxial MADI SFPs, and can be run in tandem for added redundancy. Up to 32 channels of ADAT optical I/O is provided in each direction with full support to double sample rates of up to 96kHz.
The A32pro Dante also supports an additional 64 channels of I/O via Audinate’s popular Dante networking format, making it easy to integrate the FERROFISH A32pro Dante with any existing Dante network, and providing another layer of fail-safe protection alongside the included MADI and power switchover capabilities using a redundant Dante network.
Wordclock I/O is provided on BNC, with clocking also available via ADAT, MADI or Dante (A32pro Dante only), whilst MIDI I/O is provided on 3.5mm TRS connectors.
Digital Format Converter & Signal Router
With its wealth of I/O choices, the new FERROFISH A32pro Series can also operate as a highly flexible digital audio format converter and signal router.
Audio signals can be freely converted between all analogue and digital formats – and simultaneously routed to multiple destinations in blocks of 8 channels – allowing for use in a wide range of professional audio applications.
Multiple FERROFISH units can be connected in series – providing an incredible number of audio channels in a comparatively minimal amount of rack-space – whilst redundant power supplies ensure the reliability necessary for ‘mission-critical’ applications.
Front Panel Control
As with its predecessors, the new A32pro Series features a high-quality front-panel TFT display, providing on-board level-metering for all 32 input channels and 32 outputs channels simultaneously.
Front-panel control is both intuitive and user-friendly, with the new illuminated touchsensitive encoder providing control over all aspects of the device – such as gains, output levels, routing, monitoring and clock settings – alongside the (also-touch-sensitive) display.
Any incoming or outgoing audio signal can be monitored directly from the front of the device, via either of the two independent on-board headphone outputs.
Remote Control – REMOTEFISH
The new A32pro series also offers a selection of remote-control options, making it perfect for recording applications using long cable runs in live audio, broadcast or location-based recording.
Remote control is also possible via MIDI; MIDI-over-MADI; USB (also used for firmware updates); Dante (A32pro Dante only) or the GPIO, including alert messages. REMOTEFISH – a free software companion app available from the FERROFISH website – allows for complete control over single or multiple FERROFISH devices, including all inputs, outputs, monitoring, routing and settings.
The Future of Audio Conversion
Representing the culmination of FERROFISH’s extensive R&D developments over the last years, the new A32pro Series embodies the natural evolution of the company’s costeffective and highly flexible A/D-D/A converters.
Combining high analog channel-counts with extensive digital I/O and powerful signal routing– alongside options for redundancy and future upgrade paths – FERROFISH’s A32pro Series sets a new milestone in high-quality, reliable signal conversion and distribution for modern recording studios, live audio playback systems and broadcast audio facilities.
The FERROFISH A32pro and A32pro Dante are expected to begin shipping Q2 2022, with pricing TBC. For more information visit www.ferrofish.com.
• 32×32 analog I/O channels, fully balanced on dSub25 (Tascam format)
• Stereo TRS Main Out with dedicated DAC monitoring path
• 32×32 ADAT I/O channels on TOSLINK jacks with 96kHz support
• 64×64 MADI I/O channels on LC Multimode SFP module, user exchangeable.
Optical Singlemode and Coax SFP module optional available
• 64×64 DANTE I/O channels on dual Ethernet ports with redundant functionality*
• Wordclock I/O on BNC connectors with proprietary jitter reduction circuit
• MIDI I/O on 3.5 mm TRS connectors (MIDI 2.0 pinout)
• GPIO port for remote preset switching and alert monitoring on dSub15
• Dual stereo headphone 1/4″ TRS outputs with HQ-amp modules and dedicated DAC
• Latest generation ESS A/D and D/A converter chips with 192kHz samplerate
• Highly intuitive four screens multitouch user interface
• Illuminated touch sensitive high-res encoder
• Flexible routing matrix
• Dedicated dual headphone monitoring matrix
• Dual power input redundant system with monitoring and alert system
• SHARC DSP for internal signal processing
• Dual expansion slots for optional DSP sticks
• Simple MIDI CC mode for remote control by simple MIDI commands
• Remote controllable by RemoteFish app (Mac & Windows) and remote-over-Dante*
• 19” 1U frame, fanless design
*A32pro Dante only