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Prolight + Sound 2018: Stage Tec adopts RAVENNA

The move, also announced at NAB, adds RAVENNA to Stage Tec's IP protocol portfolio, which already includes Dante and AES67

Stage Tec has become the latest manufacturer to join the RAVENNA partnership. The Berlin-based manufacturer of professional audio mixing consoles and routers has been a pioneer in the transition from analogue to digital audio technology, setting new standards over the 25 years of its existence.

The announcement was made at both Prolight + Sound 2018 and NAB.

“With our engagement in RAVENNA, we are pleased to be able to offer an even wider spectrum of IP solutions to our customers”, said Helmut Jahne, CEO of Stage Tec. “We have been providing IP-based technology since 2012 with the NEXUS Dante card XDIP. With the launch of our AES67-compatible RIF67 Router Interface in 2017, Stage Tec also offers IP audio transport via AES67. A second interface card to be introduced this year, the NEXUS Fiber and IP Interface (XFIP), will also feature full AES67 compatibility. Both cards are also fully RAVENNA-compatible.”

Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA evangelist at ALC NetworX, commented: “We are delighted by Stage Tec’s decision to join the RAVENNA community! Stage Tec has long been a pioneer in the world of digital mixing and routing technology and with their proven NEXUS technology, the company is clearly among the premium suppliers of distributed digital routing systems. By adopting AES67 through the implementation of RAVENNA, Stage Tec underlines the importance of offering standards-based flexible interfacing options. Using the RAVENNA open networking technology will guarantee future-proof operation in the ever-increasing diversity of network-based application requirements.”

RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. It uses standardised network protocols and technologies and can operate on existing network infrastructures. It offers low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability.

While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, fixed installations, and recording.

It is an open technology standard without a proprietary licensing policy, and is fully compatible with the AES67 and ST2110 standards.