San Francisco (October 16, 2008)–Music Sciences debuted its Mongoose microwave digital snake system at AES, and has shipped 10 systems that are currently in use by sound companies throughout the United States. The system has been used at a number of events, including both Minnesota state Republican and Democratic Party conventions.
According to the company, the Mongoose digital snake system carries up to 64 channels of digital audio from stage to FOH and 16 channels back to the stage. It operates in the microwave “quiet zone” above 10 GHz in an effort to ensure signal is unaffected by local television or current wireless systems–or pending FCC actions that threaten other audio applications in the UHF space.
“It has taken years of research and development to realize multichannel audio and data transmission at higher frequencies, immune to consumer and professional RF interference, in order to attain reliability and consistent performance,” explains Don Moses, founder of Music Sciences.
The Mongoose uses a 12″ diameter antenna, coupled to a transmitter and a receiver, connected by Ethernet cables to rack mounted, breakout hardware. The hardware is available in 16 channel modular units, configured by the factory. Sampling frequencies up 96 kHz are supported with bit depth of 24-bit. Future interface options will include an advanced remote control panel for managing remote mic pres. AES-EBU, MADI, and multi-pin connectors for analog breakouts will also be available in 2009.