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User Manual for Ferrofish A32 - AD DA Converter with ADAT and MADI Interfaces

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  • Product category: AD/DA Converters Ferrofish
  • Brand: Ferrofish
  • Description and content of package
  • Technical information and basic settings
  • Frequently asked questions – FAQ
  • Troubleshooting (does not switch on, does not respond, error message, what do I do if...)
  • Authorized service for Ferrofish AD/DA Converters

User manual for the Ferrofish A32 - AD DA Converter contain basic instructions that need to be followed during installation and operation. Before starting your appliance, the user manual should be read through carefully. Follow all the safety instructions and warnings, and be guided by the given recommendations. User manual is an integral part of any Ferrofish product, and if it is sold or transferred, they should be handed over jointly with the product. Following the instructions for use is an essential prerequisite for protecting health and property during use, as well as recognition of liability on the part of the manufacturer for possible defects should you make a warranty claim. Download an official Ferrofish user manual in which you will find instructions on how to install, use, maintain and service your product.

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Product description

Using Cirrus Logic converters, the multi-mode Ferrofish A32 is an AD/DA converter with ADAT and MADI interfaces featuring dedicated analog input and output switches for selecting between +4 dBu, +13 dBu, and +20 dBu on each channel. The levels between can be set by the unit's SHARC DSP to accommodate a wide variety of professional and consumer equipment with optimized analog performance.The 1RU rackmountable unit includes four TFT screens for visual feedback when adjusting the interface's screens. The levels of all 64 analog channels can be clearly seen with high resolution metering. For convenience, the unit explains, via help screens, how the interface operates in five different languages.For virtually jitterless clocking of the converters, the master clock of the unit uses a temperature compensated oscillator, which can also be used with a MADI or ADAT clock source.For reliability, the unit features two power inputs as well as redundant MADI via optical and coax connections.With one touch of the encoder you can see the headphone screen where you can adjust the volume and select the source for the unit's headphone output. Up to seven mixes can be stored at a time with the option of selecting one to listen to on the headphones.The interface utilizes a fourth generation SHARC DSP, which is connected to all 258 analog and digital channels and is able to freely route, process, and mix all signals.
    • Multi-mode configuration for stage/studio applications - industry-standard audio transmission via MADI
    • In multi-mode, signals can be transmitted over distances up to 1.2 miles/2 km
    • 32 x balanced analog I/O via D-Sub25 connectors, 32 to 192 kHz
    • 64 x 64 MADI channels—optical and coaxial
    • 32 x 32 ADAT channels—Toslink connectors
    • ADAT connectors can alternately be used as an optical S/PDIF or AES/EBU interface
    • Redundant MADI for backup—connect to both MADI optical and coaxial and the input automatically switches to the other source, if sync is lost
    • Thermally stabilized oscillator with very low jitter and high stability
    • MIDI over MADI—unit can be remote-controlled using MIDI data embedded in the same MADI cable
    • Zero-latency audio transfer between MADI input and MADI output—daisy-chain multiple A32 without any added latency or delay compensation
    • Cirrus Logic converters
    • 400 MHz SHARC DSP processes all 258 audio channels
    • SMUX up to 192 kHz
    • BNC Wordclock I/O
    • MIDI in/out
    • Headphone/sub-mix output
    • 4 x TFT screens show all analog input and output levels at the same time and allow visualization of all settings—peak and level display
    • Intuitive one-knob operation and integrated help system, for ease of use
    • Preset management
    • Extensive routing/mixing—route internally between all I/O channels and create sub-mixes
    • Individual delay-compensation of all analog outputs
UPC: 040232823121 In the Box Ferrofish A32 - AD/DA Converter with ADAT and MADI Interfaces (Multi Mode)
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    Technical parameters

    Ferrofish A32 Specs

    MADI I/O Optical and coaxial interface
    Both interfaces work independently to achieve full 32+32 channels

    64x channels at 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    32x channels at 64, 88.2, 96 kHz
    32x channels at 128, 176.4, 192 kHz

    MIDI over MADI implemented
    Latency: 3 samples
    Automatic switching between optical/coaxial MADI, when signal is lost
    ADAT I/O 4 + 4 x optical interfaces
    32 x channels at 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    16 x channels at 64, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Latency: 3 samples
    S/PDIF All four ADAT I/O can be reconfigured as S/PDIF
    Input: Sample rate converter included (SRC Performance: -128 dB)
    Output: Follows A32 sample frequency
    Wordclock BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
    Termination: 75 Ohms, switchable for input
    MIDI I/O 2 x DIN5 jacks, for remote
    Conversion: MIDI to MIDI-over-MADI
    A/D Converter 4 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)
    4 x D-Sub25/Tascam

    Analog Switches: +20, +13, +4 dBu
    Digital Gain: +20 to -8 dBu, 1 dB steps
    Latency: At 48 kHz: 12/fs, 0.25 ms, at 96 kHz: 9/fs, 0.09 ms,at 192 kHz: 5/fs, 0.03 ms

    OpAmps: RC4580, OPA1664
    Level Indicator: TFT screen, 28 levels
    D/A Converter 4 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)
    4 x D-Sub25 / Tascam

    Analog Switches: +20, +13, +4 dBu
    Digital Gain: +20 to -8 dBu, 1 dB steps
    Latency: At 48 kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16 ms, at 96 kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06 ms,at 192 kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03 ms

    OpAmps: RC4580, OPA1664
    Level Indicator: TFT screen, 28 levels
    USB USB 2.0 (remote, update)
    Headphone Independent stereo channel
    Select any mono or stereo source
    Select one of 5 mixes of all inputs and outputs
    Digital volume control
    Audio Processor Sharc DSP ADSP-21489 / 400 MHz
    Routing of all 128+128 channels
    Mixing to headphone output
    DSP plug-ins
    PLL Digitally controlled PLL/jitter reduction system
    Output Jitter: 50 ps to 100 ps typ.
    Internal Clock Temperature-compensated oscillator, with high accuracy
    Initial Accuracy: ±1.5 ppm
    Accuracy Over Temperature Range: ±2.5 ppm
    Accuracy Over Aging: ±1 ppm
    Power Supply 12 V, 3 A
    2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power
    Voltage Supervision: On-screen warning message when PSU input fails
    Compliance CE/FCC
    Dimensions 1RU
    Depth: 10.6" / 27 cm (including connectors)
    Weight 9 lb / 4.1 kg
    Package Weight 12.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.3 x 14.8 x 4.1"


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