Frankfurt (April 6, 2004)–Digigram, owner and supplier of the EtherSound technology, and all current EtherSound licensees will be taking advantage of a trade show-wide network at Prolight+Sound to demonstrate the accelerated expansion of EtherSound technology in the pro audio industry. The EtherSound network, that connects eight different booths in three exhibition halls, includes EtherSound compatible products from Digigram, NetCIRA by Fostex, Nexo, Tyco-Bouyer, InnovaSON, and Auvitran, some of which are launched on the show.
“This network is a major step for EtherSound as it shows how fast our technology has expanded. We are very proud that only two years after its first appearance at Prolight+Sound, EtherSound has been adopted by major players of the pro audio industry, who now offer a broad range of products to the market place,” commented Philippe Delacroix, Digigram managing director. “All these devices can share the same network and, in combination, provide powerful audio networking solutions to numerous markets: background music and paging, live sound, logging, and broadcast.”
“The presence of companies specializing in live sound among the EtherSound licensees is truly remarkable,” Delacroix added. “Many people have stated in the past that networked audio and live sound are incompatible due to network latency issues. But EtherSound offers a latency of only 125 microseconds and events like the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Rugby World Cup or the Carmen concert in Stade de France have shown that this technology matches the demanding requirements of live performances.”
The combined product offering of the EtherSound licensees now includes break-out boxes for EtherSound I/O connectivity, mixing consoles, loudspeaker controllers, ceiling speakers, control interfaces, multichannel sound cards, as well as integrated security systems. The booths connected to the Prolight+Sound EtherSound network are Digigram, NetCIRA, and Nexo, who hosts Auvitran as a co-exhibitor, in Hall 8; InnovaSON, German Digigram distributor Audio Export, and German Tyco-Bouyer distributor F&S Elektroakustik in Hall 4.1; as well as German NetCIRA distributor Mega Audio in hall 5.1. Each booth injects two audio signals into the EtherSound network for a total of fourteen network channels that are available to all booths.
More than 6 km of cabling have been provided by the Prolight+Sound organizers to build the network infrastructure, which includes cables runs of up to 1,400 meters. A combination of standard Ethernet fiber optics, CAT5 cables, and switches are used to interconnect the devices. The system combines star and daisy-chain architectures for an overall network topology that only EtherSound is able to provide.