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Option Card
MADI solution for FOH Rack- and
Mix Rack-based VENUE systems
Bring your VENUE live sound workflow to any MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) environment. With each
VENUE MADI Option Card, you can send up to 64 channels of audio from your VENUE system to other MADI
devices—including routers, digital mixing consoles, and mobile recording setups—and vice-versa. Simply install
the card into your system’s FOH Rack or Mix Rack to bring industry-standard MADI connectivity to VENUE.
Open Up Your Workflow
• Bring industry-standard MADI connectivity
to VENUE D-Show® Systems, Profile
Systems, and Mix Rack Systems
end and receive up to 64 channels
of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio—including all
Stage inputs—with one MADI card
installed in an FOH Rack or Mix Rack
ouble your distribution up to
128 channels by adding a second
MADI card to an FOH Rack
implify your setup—and gain peace
of mind—with automatic input signal
detection and simultaneous optical and
coaxial outputs, enabling redundant
ransmit audio up to 2 km (1.24 miles)
away over fiber optic cable, or up to
100 meters (328 feet) over coaxial
cable, without signal quality loss
erify and troubleshoot connections
using the Signal Present and Optical
Source LEDs
Because MADI is an open protocol, you can easily integrate VENUE into more
applications than ever before with the VENUE MADI card. And it supports both optical
and coaxial connections, as well as 56- and 64-channel modes, so you can connect
your VENUE system to a wide variety of MADI devices from countless manufacturers—
without needing additional format converters.
Fuss-Free Flexibility
Forget complicated signal routing using a digital patchbay—all Stage inputs are
automatically routed to MADI card outputs 1–48, effectively creating a digital audio
split that can be routed to any MADI device. In addition to the Stage inputs, you can
assign another 16 channels, sourced from anywhere within the console, for a total of
64 audio channels.
Perfect for the Long Haul
Using fiber optic cable, you can transmit audio up to 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away
—without any loss in signal quality—making MADI an ideal connection for outside
broadcast applications, large-scale concert touring, and other “long haul” setups.
Easy Installation, Robust Reliability
The MADI card fits right into any available expansion slot in your FOH Rack or Mix Rack.
Install up to two MADI cards in an FOH Rack to send and receive up to 128 channels of
audio (perfect for capturing all inputs from dual Stage Rack systems). Or install a single
card in an FOH Rack or Mix Rack to send and receive up to 64 audio channels. And with
the card’s automatic input signal detection and Optical Priority mode features, you can
connect both optical and coaxial inputs and outputs for an auto-switched, redundant
connection, ensuring peace of mind.
For more information visit www.avid.com/venuemadicard
VENUE MADI Option Card—MADI Solution for VENUE Systems
New Software Input Modes
VENUE 2.8.5 and higher software adds two input modes to accommodate MADI workflows—MADI Input and MADI Virtual Soundcheck.
When using MADI as the primary input source, enable MADI Input mode to route all incoming MADI signals to the input processing
channels, with full snapshot support, so you can store and recall digital gain settings and other console parameters.
To do a Virtual Soundcheck, turn on MADI Virtual Soundcheck mode to temporarily replace all Stage microphone inputs with MADI inputs
from a playback source. Any gain changes you make while in this mode can then be applied back to your Stage inputs for show time.
Software Input Mode
Audio Signals on MADI Card Output
Audio Signals on MADI Card Input
Channels 1–48: Stage mic inputs 1-48 (post-ADC,
pre-HPF and channel processing)
Channels 1–48: not available
Channels 49-64: Patchbay assignable inputs 49-64
Channels 49–64: Patchbay assignable outputs 49-64
MADI Input or
MADI Virtual Soundcheck
Channels 1–48: not available
Channels 1-48: MADI inputs 1–48
Channels 49–64: Patchbay assignable outputs 49-64
Channels 49-64: Patchbay assignable inputs 49-64
MADI Applications
With the VENUE MADI Option Card, you can easily distribute many channels of audio over great distances, and connect your
VENUE system directly to a wide range of MADI devices. Here are some practical applications for the MADI card.
Scenario 1: Sharing Stage Inputs with One or More Consoles
A single optical or coaxial cable is all you’ll need to transmit up to 64 audio channels between VENUE systems. This connection includes
all 48 Stage inputs—captured in their purest form immediately after the analog-to-digital converter, and before any channel processing—
plus 16 more audio channels of your choice.
You can employ this workflow with any combination of VENUE D-Show, VENUE Profile, and VENUE Mix Rack system at the FOH and
monitor positions, or between a VENUE system and any other MADI-equipped mixing console. And if you have two Stage Racks in your
VENUE system, just add a second MADI card in your FOH Rack to send all 96 Stage inputs, plus another 32 channels of your choice,
for a total of 128 audio channels.
MADI-equipped Mixing
VENUE System at FOH or Monitors
Send/receive 64 channels of MADI—up to 100 m over coaxial cable
or up to 2 km over optical fiber
Scenario 2: Audio Distribution in a Permanent Installation
Many concert halls, stadiums, and houses of worship have already made significant investments in MADI infrastructures to connect
and route audio between facilities. With the VENUE MADI card, you can easily integrate a VENUE system with these types of
permanent installations.
VENUE System at FOH
VENUE System at Monitors
MADI-equipped Mixing Console/
Recorder in a Different Location
64-ch MADI
MADI Router
64-ch MADI, up to 2 km
over optical fiber
For more information visit www.avid.com/venuemadicard
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