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DirectOut PRODIGY Evolves to Next Level

DirectOut has expanded the capabilities of its PRODIGY Series with the release of new firmware for both PRODIGY.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and PRODIGY.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor).

“We are immensely proud to share this major update of the PRODIGY Series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss, “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the PRODIGY Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update.”

Originally planned solely for PRODIGY.MP, the update expands the potential application scenarios of PRODIGY.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).

FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a “life-saver” in critical situations.

“Besides finalizing the already large feature set of PRODIGY.MP,” says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product unequaled on the market, and ready to face those new challenges.

“The quality of the FastSRCs exceeded our expectations, and we are thrilled to implement this outstanding feature also into PRODIGY.MC,” he adds.

Updated Control Software

A new version of the globcon control software is also available for free download, and is required in order to manage all of the new functions brought to the PRODIGY Series by the major firmware updates.

globcon is a global control software platform for the management of professional entertainment production equipment, available for download at no cost. globcon allows consistent and coherent standardised control of multiple types of equipment from different manufacturers as if they were just one.

DirectOut GmbH, was the first adopter of globcon and the complete DirectOut product portfolio is fully supported by globcon. In 2020, an increasing number of differing devices from multiple manufacturers is being added progressively. A public version of the software is available for download at no cost, providing integrated control and management of any number of DirectOut devices via an Ethernet network, USB and MIDI ports.

Luca Giaroli, Product Manager at DirectOut and at globcon, is fully satisfied with the work done: “Thanks to the great co-operation between DirectOut and the globcon team, we have been able to increase the usability and versatility of the DSP functions inside PRODIGY.MP still further by adding parallel compression and stereo link to the dynamics, and introducing a new set of IIR EQs including All-Pass filters. The processor combined with its control software is absolutely ready to face any audio challenge.”

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