As DirectOut explains, ANNA-LISA is a small, handheld MADI analyzer and signal generator equipped with BNC and SFP MADI I/Os that provides straightforward, immediate analysis of any MADI input. Signal condition, input level and jitter can be monitored directly at the device. More detailed information, such as protocol and user bit checks, is accessible through an external application via USB and Bluetooth. The integrated signal generator makes ANNA-LISA a convenient, all-round tool for any MADI environment. The device is powered by an integrated battery and chargeable via USB.
Over the past five years, DirectOut has acquired an excellent reputation as an audio transport specialist providing all kinds of converters, routers and little problem solvers for MADI environments. The development of ANNA-LISA, a comprehensive yet compact measurement tool to enable mobile quality control and error tracking for engineers working with MADI out in the field, is thus a logical step for the company.
“In mobile broadcasting and recording as well as live sound applications, it is crucial to know the quality of all MADI connections in the setup”, states CTO Stephan Flock. “With ANNA-LISA we are excited to provide a unique new tool which not only makes it possible to track down protocol issues, but moreover is able to provide a qualitative analysis of the physical condition of a MADI connection. Engineers will wonder how they ever managed without it!“
Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock, an award-winning classical music sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in digital audio signal processing design. The company specializes in developing pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, AES67 and RAVENNA.