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VB-Audio announces MT128 software

Sep 29, 2011

After two years of intensive real-life testing, we are proud to
announce that our MT128 software is now available to equipment makers
and service providers...

After two years of intensive real-life testing, we are proud to announce that our MT128 software is now available to equipment makers and service providers in the fields of entertainment, radio, television, and special events.

The MT128 is a player-recorder with 128 digital audio tracks ideal for stressful environments thanks to a unique graphical user interface compatible with a touch screen. The MT128 is especially adapted to live recordings, rehearsals, continuous recording on TV sets, storage, digitising audio material, and many other applications.

The MT128 system is already available in France from BROADY SOLUTIONS and in Germany from JEDOBA, who offer to integrate the MT128 in the form of a 19” rack equipped with a touch screen and a digital audio interface on request (MADI, AES/EBU / Ethersound, etc.).

The Innovason/Lawo company offers an embedded industrial solution. The MT128 is the program behind the M.A.R.S. system, a 64-track player-recorder integrated in the ECLIPSE console

The MT128 project

The MT128 project began in 2005 when it became clear that there was no recording software on the market adapted to operational situations and stressful environments. We paid careful attention to comments from sound engineers regarding overly complicated generalist audio software unsuited to managing a large number of tracks and in situ constraints. This led us to launch a project to develop a digital audio 128-track player-recorder driven by a simple, efficient graphical user interface on a touch screen.

The flexibility of software and the reliability of hardware

The first constraint was to guarantee the system's reliability. That's why the MT128 integrates specific measuring tools and a test protocol that validates the configuration point by point: stability of the DSP load in real time, stability of the digital audio streaming, load tests for disks, tests in situ, and endurance tests. The MT128 can even cope with power cuts, including during recording (the audio files are automatically repaired when the project is recharged).

A simple, efficient GUI

The MT128's graphical user interface is specially designed to simplify operation. The number of procedures by operators is kept to a strict minimum and the screens are designed to enable them to manage 128 tracks simply and efficiently. Recording can even be launched with a single click once the system is running.

Ready for future networks

Provisioning of the MT128 was done in anticipation of new networks for channelling digital audio data. Today, MADI and Ethersound carry 64 channels but, thanks to T1000 infrastructures, more powerful networks will soon appear – and the MT128 will be ready for them.

Immediately embeddable:

MT128 software is designed to be either embedded (like Eclipse Innovason consoles) or used on a dedicated PC. It includes several useful administration functions (like formatting disks) which make it possible to hide the operating system or to limit access to a restricted number of users or just to administrators.

The MT128: revolution and evolution

The MT128 is revolutionary and puts users at ease in front of a real, dedicated machine thanks to its efficient, reassuring touch screen interface as well as quick, stable functioning. Furthermore, the MT128 remains software, with all the advantages that implies. Simple, secure procedures let you update the tool as it is adapted to the needs of users.

MT128: Distribution / integration

MT128 licences are sold exclusively to industrial firms, equipment makers, and service providers who are looking for a turnkey recording solution. The MT128 is an application for use by professionals with the appropriate configuration and infrastructure.

The MT128 in action

The MT128 has already been used in numerous situations: as a multi-track recorder at festivals such as Les Vielles Charrues and Mawazine in Rabat (Morocco) and the classical music festival in Saint Denis (France), as well as by Herbert Grönemeyer and his "Schiffsverkehr" tour, at concerts by Helene Fischer and BAP (Germany), for the latest Eddy Mitchell concert at the Olympia in Paris… and as a Redundant Playout System for the Pet Shop Boys – among others. The MT128 is also used as a playback system for rehearsals and DVD recordings for "We Will Rock You", "Hairspray," and "the Rocky Horror Show" (Germany), as a recorder (for the Chinese diva Faye Wong, Jazz in Vienna, the Archive tour, etc.), to find the right balance in the Innovason Eclipse console, "Virtual Soundcheck", at rehearsals (Toronto Jazz Festival, London’s Royal Opera House, etc.), or as main or spare playback (with the Eclipse console in Broadway mode for the Mozart Opera Rock tour, for instance). In addition, the MT128 is used as an audio logger to record up to 128 audio digital signals (TV reality shows, broadcasts of World Cup competitions in several languages in South Africa, etc.). The Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf makes use of the MT128 for teaching purposes.

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