Lynx Studio Technology has developed hardware to transport audio from the Midas digital mixing platform to a computer. Midas uses the AES50 interface to transport digital audio signals efficiently and without loss in quality. “The AES50 protocol essentially acts as a digital snake, making it easy and inexpensive to move audio between any two points on the network,” said Phil Moon, VP of Sales and Marketing for Lynx Studio Technology. “That allowed us to develop a PCI Express card, the AES16e-50, which ports that audio from any Midas AES50 jack directly into your Windows or Mac computer. This allows you to use any common recording software – Nuendo, Pro Tools, Logic, Reaper, Sequoia, whatever – to capture the performance. And because the protocol is bidirectional, you can also play it back through your Midas console with no additional hardware. You can also use it to interface with other external devices, such as a Waves plug-in suite.”
All Midas consoles, as well as sister company Behringer’s new X-32 mixer, offer multiple open AES50 ports. The system uses some of them to connect the system’s control surface, I/O system and system engine, but offers multiple extra ports to allow external signal transport. Because the AES50 ports are already native to the Midas digital architecture, it eliminates the need for extra peripherals.
Jim Roese, owner of RPM Dynamics, worked with Lynx Studio Technology and Midas to develop a turnkey system, the RPM-TB48 I/O, which can turn any modern laptop into a 48-channel multitrack recording system. The system includes a pair of Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50 PCI Express cards in a specially modified Sonnet chassis with externally mounted Ethercon jacks.