imgAmsterdam, The Netherlands (September 18, 2013)—At IBC, Riedel Communications and Harman’s Studer announced a joint development to deliver a scalable audio routing system offering I/O capacities in excess of 10,000 x 10,000 inputs and outputs to Studer customers.

The system will offer direct integration with the Riedel MediorNet system over Studer’s new proprietary A-Link digital interface.

Studer is the first company to enter into a distribution agreement with Riedel, whereby Studer will be able to supply complete systems including consoles and routers. A-Link, developed by Studer, is a point-to-point topology similar to MADI, but is faster, with a potential capacity of 1,500 channels per connection.

The two companies have worked closely to develop A-Link interface cards for Riedel’s MediorNet and Studer Vista and OnAir DSP engines. A single MediorNet 2U box fitted with six A-link cards can deliver a matrix of 4608 x 4608 inputs and outputs, connected to A-Link cards in Studer’s SCore Live DSP systems using optical cables.

The MediorNet system also allows for further expansion and integration possibilities, since the system may be configured to provide a video and audio routing solution, with de-embedded audio from the SDI streams being sent to the Studer consoles, and the return signals embedded back onto the video.

For larger-scale applications, the MediorNet system may be configured with several networked frames in a unique distributed routing network, complete with redundant-ring topology.

According to Andy Trott, Studer’s VP and general manager, “The power of the combined systems is unrivaled in the audio market and we see great opportunities for our customers from these developments. To have such a massive I/O capacity in such a small amount of hardware would have been unimaginable only five years ago.”

The partnership also means Riedel expands the capabilities of its network backbone since existing customers can now integrate Studer consoles.