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RME announces M-1620 Pro, HDSPe AoX and Milan certification

10th June 2024 4:17 pm

RME announces Milan certification and release of four new products

The RME M-16120 Pro and M-1620 Pro D are 16-channel AD/DA converters with ADAT I/O, MADI I/O, and audio networking capabilities via AVB/Milan (M-1620 Pro) or Dante (M-1620 Pro D).

The RME HDSPe AoX-M and HDSPe AoX-D are PCIe audio networking cards designed for high-channel count, AoIP applications. The base cards support AVB/Milan (HDSPe AoX-M) or Dante (HDSPe AoX-D), with daughter cards available for adding MADI I/O.

Both cards can also be installed in external Thunderbolt enclosures as a perfect addition to mobile recording setups, or installed in common desktop Mac and PCs. 

The two new AVB products coincide with a third announcement from RME – that of its first Milan certified firmware for its AVB product-line (see the full press release below). Starting with the RME 12Mic, various RME products are expected to receive Milan certification in the coming weeks, including several discontinued AVB devices.

RME M-1620 Pro AD/DA converterThe RME M-1620 Pro is available with Milan or Dante (M-1620 Pro D) AoIP connectivity.

Developed by the Avnu Alliance and based on AVB, the Milan protocol guarantees interoperability of AVB audio devices from different hardware manufacturers – such as Avid, d&b audiotechnik, Digico, DirectOut, L-Acoustics, Luminex, Meyer Sound and RME – delivering precise, reliable synchronised audio over ethernet networks and with extremely low latency.

Bandwidth for audio streams is prioritised and reserved, providing protection against disruptions to network traffic and preventing audio dropouts.

For more information on the M-1620 Pro, see the full range of RME Audio Converters.

For more information on the HDSPe AoX AoIP sound cards, see RME PCIe Soundcards.


RME HDSPe AoX sound cards different perspectivesThe RME HDSPe AoX AoIP sound cards are available with AVB/Milan (HDSPe Aox-M) or Dante (HDSPe Aox-D) connectivity.


Press Release – RME releases MILAN® certified firmware

RME, a leading manufacturer of professional audio interfaces and converters, is excited to announce the release of its first Milan® certified firmware. Built on IEEE® open standards, Milan ensures seamless interoperability amongst devices of different vendors in a time-sensitive network (AVB/TSN). With a free firmware update, RME devices join a growing number of products in the Milan ecosystem.

Beginning with a release of firmware 2.0.0 for the 12Mic microphone preamplifier today, the M-32 Pro II AD and DA converters will see updates in the coming weeks. Those devices will then be joined by the M-32 Pro AD and DA, AVB Tool and M-1610 Pro devices that have been discontinued but have continued receiving updates, reflecting RME’s renowned long-term commitment to its customers. The newly launched M-1620 Pro converter will ship with Milan from the beginning, making it a total of eight devices to be added to AVNU’s list of certified products.

RME joined the AVNU alliance – creator of Milan – in 2021 and has since then extended their performant AVB implementation towards Milan compliance in several steps, beginning with the introduction of the efficient AAF stream format, CRF media stream clocking functionality and dynamic mappings. Although RME stated early-on that their existing firmware is in fact interoperable with Milan, the certification gives users confidence that they can connect devices out of the box and start streaming up to 128 channels of uncompressed audio with deterministic, super-low latency.

In comparison to other network audio technologies, Milan – and the AVB/TSN technology it is based on – requires switches to participate actively in time stamping and latency measurements, and to be aware of audio streams that pass between specific ports. Bandwidth is reserved as devices connect, making it unnecessary to configure the switches, and subsequently guaranteed – effectively allowing users to run any type of traffic on the same network, without worrying about affecting their audio quality. In addition, Milan includes IEEE 1722.1 ATDECC, an open standard that not only gives control over connections, but also over the entire audio device itself.

For more information on AVNU Alliance and Milan, visit avnu.org/milan.




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