Developed as the optimal missing link between MADI devices of any manufacturer, RME's MADI Bridge is both patchbay, distributor, signal buffer and input selector - and thus mandatory for every MADI user. Up to 16 devices can be freely connected with each other by 6 coaxial (BNC) and 2 optical in- and output pairs. Thanks to an intuitive and easy to navigate user surface, the device is easy to understand and to operate. The MADI Bridge adds to RME's MADI series as a comfortable, even MIDI controlled device management solution - as always with RME for a sensational low price!
All input signals are routed unaltered to the desired outputs. Like this, the MADI Bridge supports any format, no matter if it is 56 or 64 channels or includes special invisible control commands, any sample rates and even out-of-spec data rates or violations of the MADI protocol. Thanks to a highly sensitive input stage, coaxial cable lengths of 100 m can be used - even between several devices.
On the front panel, 8 alpha-numeric LED displays show the current signal source for every output separately. With two push buttons per channel, any signal source can be changed quickly. Besides input 1 to 8, input 0 (no input) can be chosen as well. An output can be fed by any input, several outputs also by the same input, so that the device can additionally be used as a distributor.
The device stores the last settings when being switched off and offers 9 free memories for presets. Memory 0 is pre-configured as 'panic button', it cancels all connection points. RME's love for professional details can be seen here as well: a preset is pre-selected first, and then recalled with the recall button. As soon as one of the routings is being changed, both the changed output and the preset number show a dot in the display.
The first class front panel display is being rounded off by a 64 LED matrix field. All routings are displayed here in classical matrix view, a configuration can be viewed and understood in a glance. The matrix field is especially valuable for pre-selection of the presets, because the preset's routing is displayed in the matrix before recall.
Of course the MADI Bridge can be remote controlled via MIDI. A MIDI in- and an output allow for a bi-directional control and visualization of the current state of the device. Like with the ADI-648, there is a free Windows software application available for the MADI Bridge, which communicates with the MADI Bridge via any free MIDI port of the computer. Especially recommended is the combination of HDSP MADI and ADI-648. They transmit MIDI directly embedded in MADI, thus allow controlling a MADI Bridge which is located far away from the computer. The Lock section allows both locking the keys on the device and locking the MIDI remote. This way the device can be secured against accidental operating errors.
- 8 x 8 MADI matrix
- MADI coaxial from / to optical converter and distributor
- MADI patchbay, router