PlayAUDIO12 – your questions answered

Wow! What a response! We’ve been totally taken aback by the response to our latest product, the PlayAUDIO12. From common gigging musicians (we love you guys) by way of to high-end touring professionals, and seasoned music tech journalists, the response to the PlayAUDIO12 has been astonishing.

We thought it could be a good idea to answer among the most typical questions we’ve obtained in regards to the PlayAUDIO12 and put them multi function place. After all, if there is a question we’ve not answered right here, just comment below and we’ll be glad to help.

When can I get one?

We’ve had a huge response for the PlayAUDIO12; our first production run is nearly totally allocated and sold out already, before they’ve even hit the stores! That said, if you’d like a PlayAUDIO 12, they’re available for pre-order NOW and ought to be hitting the stores towards the tip of October 2107. We strongly recommend calling your vendor up right away and ordering one to be sure to get it!

What number of audio outputs are there? What is the high quality like?

PlayAUDIO12 features 12 audio outputs in total: ten of those are on balanced 1/4″ TRS connections designed to ship to the house PA system. The opposite two feed the onboard headphone amplifier, which is specially beefed up for live use.

The audio high quality is superb; we use high-quality 24bit 96kHz D/A converters with matching, low noise, high output driver circuitry protected from phantom power. We have already had some high profile endorsees line up to use the PlayAUDIO12 as their important playback system.

Failover switching is cool! But how rapidly does it swap over? Will I hear it?

One of many great options of the PlayAUDIO12 is its ability to connect to two synchronised computers to kind a live failover/redundancy setup. If one computer goes down, PlayAUDIO12 switches over audio and MIDI to the opposite machine in an instant.

We really do imply in an instant too – in our blind tests no-one might inform when the changeover had happened, it’s that fast!

It is not just audio that modifications over shortly, both; our MIDI changeover is even more impressive, due to the quirks of the MIDI protocol. In practice, you may notice that a sustained pad sound might disappear until the next note is performed, however ninety nine% of the time you won’t notice any changeover has happened.

Can I break up the outputs between computers?

The original inspiration for the PlayAUDIO12 got here from our highly profitable range of iConnectAUDIO interfaces, which permit computer systems to be linked simultaneously.

PlayAUDIO12 permits you comparable levels of connectivity, whilst permitting you to share the PlayAUDIO12’s outputs between machines. Use PlayAUDIO12 as a stand-alone, multichannel audio/MIDI interface, as a shared interface between computers, or as a full-blown live failover system. The choice is yours!

Can I chain multiple units?

In a word, YES! The front panel of PlayAUDIO12 options two sockets labelled Management In and Control Out. Plugging a daily latching footswitch into the Control In socket, lets you change between the two computers manually. It also serves one other useful purpose…

Using a 1/four” patch lead from the Control Out socket and plugged into the Management In of one other PlayAUDIO12 implies that the two items switch together in the event of a failure. This allows multiple PlauAUDIO12 interfaces to be “stacked” creating a hugely powerful live failover solution.

What about MIDI?

PlayAUDIO12 is also a very powerful MIDI interface, which offers up to twelve MIDI ports. Due to space restrictions, however, these aren’t traditional DIN MIDI ports, however something somewhat more clever.

USB-MIDI is turning into ever more widespread, and out PlayAUDIO12 options our patented USB-MIDI Host port for connecting as much as eight USB MIDI gadgets via USB. This might be achieved very cheaply and easily just by plugging in a typical USB hub to the USB host port.

Do you have to want DIN MIDI outputs, merely connect any USB Class Compliant MIDI interface (equivalent to our mio10 or MIDI4+ interfaces) to the USB-MIDI host port, or to a connected USB hub.

We’re also very proud to supply MIDI through Ethernet, which is able to provide four separate ports of MIDI over a single Ethernet connection, which can in flip be connected to a different Ethernet MIDI interface (pro customers have had great results with our MIDI4+). This is a good solution for running MIDI over lengthy distances on stage using both a daily Ethernet cable, or perhaps a connected wireless hub; Ethernet MIDI is an thrilling new option.

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