Solid State Logic Alpha Link MADI AX Audio Converter  

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The Solid State Logic (SSL) XLogic Alpha-Link Audio I/O range is one of the best-kept secrets of pro audio (well, not any more). Offering incredible bang for the buck, the Alpha Link range provides 24... Read More

Overview

The Solid State Logic (SSL) XLogic Alpha-Link Audio I/O range is one of the best-kept secrets of pro audio (well, not any more). Offering incredible bang for the buck, the Alpha Link range provides 24 channels of transparent SSL AD/DA conversion at less than half the price of 16 channels of competing professional-level converters. Another important thing to remember is that in order to do great conversion, you have to know how to do great analog ” and who knows analog better than SSL?

Alpha-Link MADI AX features up to 64 channels of digital MADI I/O at 48kHz (or 32 channels at 96kHz), 24 ADAT Lightpipe digital inputs and outputs at up to 48kHz (12 ADAT Lightpipe digital inputs and outputs at up to 96kHz), 24 balanced analogue I/O, Expansion Bus and much more, the Alpha Link MADI AX delivers a dependable, versatile, high quality MADI to ADAT Lightpipe conversion solution.


What is MADI?
MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) is a digital audio standard that allows transmission of up to 64 audio channels at 24-bit/48kHz resolution (32 channels at 96kHz) point to point over a single cable; either coaxial with BNC connectors or fiber optic. MADI also allows cable runs up to 100 m (328 ft.), but obviously it's greatest advantage is the number of audio channels it can transmit via a single cable. MADI is most useful when you have MADI-equipped mixers or lots of outboard gear. When combined with the SSL MADIXtreme 64 (see #500933) or MADIXtreme 128 (see #500934) PCIe card, you have a very powerful means of getting audio in and out of your DAW with plenty of room for future expansion.

A recommended setup for those want to use a mixing console with their DAW, such as the Toft ATB-24A (#580040), which would provide a complete AD/DA-analog recording and mixing setup. Another unit that we recommend with this setup would be a D-Sub/TT patchbay such as the Switchcraft 9625 TT Patchbay (#501601) with Planet Waves Modular Snakes (#334007 & 334008) for quick and easy setup.


Features
  • 56 or 64 MADI digital inputs and outputs at up to 48kHz, 28 or 32 MADI digital inputs and outputs at up to 96kHz.
  • 24 balanced analogue inputs and outputs with SSL enhanced A-D/D-A at up to 96kHz on D-Sub connectors (for use with D-Sub to XLR looms).
  • Word/SuperClock input and output.
  • Video Sync input functionality for the WordClock input: the Video Sync. signal can be converted to WordClock internally and transmitted via the WordClock output.
  • MIDI input and output.
  • Connects to Mixpander via Expansion Bus port.
  • All input and output channels can be used simultaneously in any configuration.
  • Comprehensive input/output routing & mode selection matrix
  • Analogue input/output metering via 24 tri colour LEDs
Specifications
  • General:
    Depth: 310mm
    Height: 88mm (2RU)
    Width: 19.0"
    Weight: 6.0kg
    Operating voltage: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Power consumption: 30W
    WordClock connector style: BNC
    MIDI (Number of ports): 2 (1 input port and 1 output port)
    Phones connector style: 1/4" JACK

    Technical Specs:
    Analogue:
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, (+0dB -0.5dB) at 48kHz sampling rate
    Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% @ 1kHz sine wave at 1dBFS with 20 kHz brickwall low pass filter
    Dynamic Range: 128dB digital (A-weighted)
    Adjacent Channel Crosstalk (+10dBu at 1kHz): 90dB
    Input Levels (maximum): +22dBu
    Output Levels (maximum): +22dBu
    Digital: Quantization 24 bit
    Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz

    Inputs & Outputs:
    Analogue:
    Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
    Number of ports: Input ” 3, Output - 3 (8 channels per connector)
    Connector type: Sub-D Female
    Electrical
    Balanced +4dBu nominal, +22dBu maximum

    ADAT: (Alpha-Link AX & Alpha-Link MADI AX only)
    Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
    Number of ports: 3 (8 input channels per connector and 8 output channels per connector)
    Connector type: Toslink

    AES/EBU:(Alpha-Link MADI SX only)
    Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
    Number of ports: 3 (8 input channels per connector and 8 output channels per connector)
    Connector type: Sub-D

    Expansion Bus:
    Number of channels: 64
    Connector type: Mini D 68 poles

    MADI:
    Number of channels: 64
    Connector type: Fibre SC connectors

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