Following on from our earlier success in passing audio streams between devices on the network we felt that tripping over headphone leads or just looking at meters on screen was a little limiting. The next step therefore was to send some audio to a pair of Genelec 4420A loudspeakers.
On our voyage into AES67 we decided to start with RAVENNA as it’s the only fully fledged protocol that is AES67 compatible out of the box. We got hold of a Lawo Crystal and a Merging HAPI and Pyramix. Merging to Merging worked fine but we struggled to put them together with the Crystal. We crashed the network. We didn’t pay sufficient attention to our switch set up.
In the world of audio networking switch set up is really important.
We’ve heard so much in the industry press about AES67. It seems to be the next big thing. There is even a trade association dedicated to it – the Media Networking Alliance.
RAVENNA already offers AES67 compliance and Audinate has released AES67 firmware to manufacturers leaving it up to them whether to implement the capability into their products.
Recently at the AES show in New York there was a world-premiere, demonstrating AES67 interoperability among devices from different manufacturers, including RAVENNA and Dante equipment. (However, this was a manufacturer only affair.)
What we want to know is what is AES67 like in the real world? How will real engineers use it? If you are given some AES67 compatible equipment to use, what would you actually do?