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Ferrofish A32 32-Channel AD/DA Converter
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The A32 from Ferrofish USA is a worldwide unique solution to convert and route all important PRO-Audio formats with the highest possible I/O density in a single HU rack device: Analog, MADI and ADAT – all formats with up to 192 kHz.

The incredible flexible converter provides 32 x 32 balanced analog I/Os in D-Sub25 format with pro studio levels up to +20dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps.

The A32 is using the recent high-performance low-latency converter generation from Cirrus Logic. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the tightly packed 258-channel device delivers an exceptional detailed sound.

On the digital side, the A32 is primarily designed for MADI – the 64 channel professional audio format. Additionally 2 x 4 ADAT ports (= 32 I/O) can convert all 32 analog I/Os with up to 48 kHz.

The A32 incorporates a Word Clock I/O and a classic MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control. On top of it: intuitive one-knob control, Preset Management, Panel Lock and a powerful cross-format routing matrix.

All in all the fan-less, small footprint Smart Converter & Routing system delivers three pro audio formats in an ultra flexible package – for the most attractive per-channnel-price on the market.

Ferrofish A32 Features

  • Redundant MADI I/O
  • 4 x TFT Display with Smart Control
  • Internal Routing Matrix
  • High Performance DSP
  • Redundant Power Supply
  • Flexible Remote Control
  • A32 32-channel AD/DA converter1
  • Power supply1
  • MADI I/O (AES10)
    • Optical (multimode) + Coaxial interface
    • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
    • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    • 32 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz*
    • * both MADI ports work independently to achieve full 32+32 channel transmission
  • Support of MIDI over MADI
    • Latency: 3 samples
    • Redundancy: Automatic switching between optical <-> coax MADI when signal lost
  • Analog Inputs (AD)
    • 4 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)
    • 4 x DSub25 / Tascam
  • Analog switches+20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain+20dBu ... -8 dBu, 1dB steps
  • Latency
    • @48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms,
    • @96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms,
    • @192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms
  • OpAmpsRC4580 + OPA1664
  • Level indicatorTFT screen, 28 levels
  • Analog Outputs (DA)
    • 4 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)
    • 4 x DSub25 / Tascam
  • Analog switches +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain +20dBu ... -8dBu, 1dB steps
  • Latency
    • @48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms,
    • @96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms,
    • @192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms
  • OpAmpsRC4580 + OPA1664
  • Level indicatorTFT screen, 28 levels
  • Headphones Out
    • 1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
    • Provides an independent stereo channel.
    • Selectable mono/stereo source or one of 5 mixes of all inputs and outputs.
    • Digitally controlled volume level
  • ADAT I/O
    • 4+4 optical interfaces (8 channels each with 48 kHz)
    • 32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
    • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    • n/a @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    • Latency: 3 samples
  • SPDIF I/O
    • ADAT 4 I/O can be reconfigured as S/PDIF I/O.
    • The input includes a sample rate converter (performance of SRC: -128dB)
    • The output follows the sample frequency of the A32
  • MIDI I/O
    • 2 x DIN5 connector for remote control of the unit
    • Conversion MIDI <> MIDI over MADI possible
    • Wordclock I/O
    • BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
    • 75 Ohm Termination switchable for input
  • Power Supply
    • 12V, 3A
    • 2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power.
    • Voltage supervision, warning message on screen when PSU input fails
    • Internal resettable polyfuse
  • USB Port1 x USB 2.0 for Remote/Updates
  • Additional Features
    • 192 kHz operation (S/MUX up to 192kHz).
    • Individual delay-compensation of all analogue outputs.
    • DSP Plugin-ready
    • MIDI in/out plugs Headphone /submix output for easy control.
    • MIDI over MADI Preset Management
    • Extensive routing/mixing possibilities.
    • Redundancy (MADI I/O, Power Supplies)
  • Internal Clock
    • Temperature compensated oscillator, with high accuracy
    • Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
    • Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
    • Aging: +/-1ppm
  • PLL
    • Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
    • Output jitter: 50ps ... 100ps typ
  • LCD Displays
    • 4 x TFT Screens for the complete control of all analog I/O levels and all settings of the unit
    • One Key Control provides an easy control of all functions.
    • Multi language help pages guides available (No need to study the manual.)
  • Audio Core Processor
    • Sharc DSP ADSP-21489 / 400MHz
    • Routing and processing of of all 128+128 audio channels
    • Mixing to headphone output
    • Independent mixing to selectable analog output pair
    • Calculation of DSP plugins
  • Dimensions
    • 1HU
    • Depth: 27cm (10.6”) (including connectors)
    • Weight: 4.1kg (9 lbs)
  • Ambient temperature41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

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