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  Horus and Ovation present a powerful combination

Puidoux, 2nd May 2013: Merging Technologies will be exhibiting at InfoComm13 in Orlando June 12-14 on stand #970. The Ovation Media Server and Sequencer is setting the pace for audio playback and show control in a wide array of applications due to its open architecture and the flexibility of its audio engine. In its latest guise, Ovation has already proven to be a major leap forward in the control of audio in major venues such as theme parks and V4.0 incorporates a host of new features requested by those major users. The theatre and live concert event industries are also embracing the power of the system and the ease of editing the tracks and adjusting the cues at the last moment. These features are of major benefit to the live events and music venue operators and being incorporated into a networked audio system with Horus offers possibilities that have been a dream for years. Ovation 4 will be demonstrated with Dataton’s renowned WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and playback system. With a sync connection being made over a standard IT network and frame accurate lock between multiple timelines in WATCHOUT and audio cues in Ovation, means that one of the AV industries most used video servers now has the same power available to it when designing the audio component to any AV/live/theatre/theme park/spectacle installation.

At the heart of the Ovation 4 system is one of the most flexible and intuitive cue sequencers available. Capable of huge multi-track audio playback (up to 384 tracks) of any file type or sample rate (real-time SRC) combined with control protocol firing for interaction with any system configuration (MIDI, RS-232, GPIO ,RS-422 ,LTC, TCP/IP, Script, …), Ovation is proving itself to be a new standard for configured live event playback.

Within the same application exists an incredibly powerful internal mix engine. Combining playback audio and feeds from live inputs, the mixer can then be manipulated by mouse or through remote protocols such as EuCon, Oasis and MIDI/HUI. Then, once balances have been created, it is possible for the user to save mixer snapshots and embed them in cues for recall with user definable glide times. Output is provided over optional MADI/AES/TDIF/Analogue and incorporates the RAVENNA Audio over IP protocol as standard, which allows it to connect to Horus.

Ovation 4 also provides an easy to use and easy to configure remote interface for the system with the WebServer option. Using any web-enabled device, it is possible to connect to the Ovation show over http and access all the firing controls through any standard web interface. And, as the WebServer option is connected using JavaScript, a white paper provided with each Ovation 4 system allows the possibility for the creation of custom interfaces using basic web page design.

Horus, Merging’s new flagship I/O system is revolutionizing the audio converter world. Brisk sales over the past 12 months have firmly established it as the best quality and most cost efficient converter available. Horus has been designed as a stand-alone converter of the highest quality, but its utility is hugely increased by becoming an IP “node” on a RAVENNA network. Combined with Merging’s MassCore, performance and flexibility takes on another dimension and allows comprehensive routing and control of the astonishing I/O capability of the converter.

Looking at the features of Horus in more detail reveals how much has been condensed into such a small form factor:

  • “Classic” Analogue to AES/EBU and/or MADI conversion
  • “Classic” AES/EBU and/or MADI to Analogue conversion
  • Up to 24 channels of highest quality mic/line inputs and line level outputs
  • Gain, mic/line or phantom power can be selected on a per-channel basis
  • 480 x 282 pixel touchscreen TFT
  • RAVENNA Ethernet port provides up to 176 I/O channels @1Fs
  • Supports PCM sample rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz, with Premium version extending to 384 kHz, DXD and DSD256


  • It becomes an IP “node” fully configurable from one CAT5e/CAT6 cable
  • Allows routing on an 8 channel granularity level of up to 128 channels of MADI, 24 channels of AES/EBU and 24 channels of analogue to/from Ethernet
  • Allows routing in parallel analogue to AES/EBU, MADI and Ethernet (and vice versa)

This highly scalable solution has applications right across the industry from the simplest location recording and mastering to major broadcast facilities, OB vans, live sound and large installation projects. Ease of installation and set-up makes Horus an obvious choice by saving large quantities of cable, minimising rack space and increasing reliability.

About Merging Technologies

Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first, every time.


RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability.While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA will also be suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theatres, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications.