The A32 is designed for MADI – the digital audio interface for professionals. Up to 64 channels can be transferred using a simple pair of glass fiber cables (or coaxial cable) spanning a distance of up to 1.2 miles.
Thanks to the MIDI over MADI feature, the A32 can be remote controlled using MIDI data embedded in the same MADI cable. The audio transfer between the MADI input and MADI output is done with zero latency, so you can daisy chain multiple A32 without any added latency or delay compensation. This is what we call plug-and-play!
All MADI devices from Ferrofish are delivered as standard in multimode version. This version is the industry standard at audio transmission via MADI. In multimode signals can be transmitted over distances up to 2km.
Optionally all MADI devices can be ordered in single mode configuration. This means that an optical port in SC mode is equipped. In Single Mode (SC) Signals can be transmitted over distances up to 10km.
Besides MADI, the A32 also offers full ADAT integration. Four full-fledged ADAT I/O ports allow use of all 64 analog channels, even without MADI. So the A32 is perfectly suited for the professional and ambitious home recording studio. One of the ADAT connectors can alternately be used as an optical S/PDIF or AES/EBU interface. This port has a sample rate converter inside, so it’s easy to use even when the connected unit is not able to sync to an external clock.
The analog side of the A32 also has lot to offer: High quality converter chips with excellent audio performance are supported by a sophisticated analog amplifier circuit. The gain of each channel can be adjusted separately in 0.5dB steps. The standard levels (+4dBu, +13dBu and +20dBu) are switched in the analog part, so performance of the analog converters is maintained.
The new visual control concept of the A32 embarks on a new path: Besides the precise level meters of all 64 analog channels, the four TFT displays offer a very new, self explanatory method of operation – it’s unlikely you will ever need the manual! To the audio under control, we added a headphone output on the front side. This not only allows direct monitoring of any analog or digital signal, but also works as full-fledged submix bus.
The high quality analog circuit is partnered on the digital side with a Sharc DSP. This processor takes great care of the digital audio with it’s floating point arithmetic and 80 bit wide accumulator, so that on the digital side, not a bit gets lost!