Merging Technologies is showing its new Anubis interface at Prolight + Sound this week following its launch at AES Dublin last month.
One of the Anubis product managers will bring his guitar to the show to demonstrate how Anubis can be a real boon to musicians on stage and how this preempts a future application.
The compact audio interface is a standalone A/D and D/A capable of handling microphone or line level inputs and four analogue line outputs, plus two high quality headphone outputs. The large rotary encoder allows for precise monitoring volume control but also makes parameter adjustment simple, while the multi-touch display and dedicated buttons provide intuitive selection and control. Built in talkback, high-quality headphone and cue circuits and speaker management functions complete the package.
Anubis also introduces a new concept of “Modular by Software”; essentially the same hardware can be used for totally different workflows or what the company has chosen to call “Missions”. One Mission could be managing your multichannel monitoring in the control room and another Mission might be recording yourself in the studio. The Monitor Mission requires control of multiple speaker sets and headphones with built in talkback, bass management and time alignment plus a host of other features for managing your listening environment. The future Music Mission currently under development will include ultra-low latency mixing, control of cue feeds, plug-ins, mic pres and other features.
Anubis is scalable when coupled with Merging’s Hapi or Horus units, or indeed any other AES67 devices. The additional I/O allows Anubis to become the centre of an up to 256 x 256 matrix with the control of incoming and outgoing streams. In addition to audio I/O, Anubis also has GPIO or MIDI connectivity, a range of drivers covering MacOS, Windows and Linux, as well as Ambisonic decoding.
Practical uses of Anubis in its Monitor role, include control of multiple speaker sets in studios, remote trucks and edit rooms, monitoring incoming AES67 audio streams, recording voice-overs or as a highly portable location recording companion. Power for the Anubis can be supplied using Power over Ethernet (PoE) or a 12V adaptor (included), and both power sources can be used simultaneously for redundancy. Anubis can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a standard microphone stand.
Merging is at Prolight and Sound this week in Hall 8.0 on Stand C19.