I’m looking for a new interface system for Nuendo.
I’d like something modern that can be connected through Ethernet, as i think it is a great feature for interface sharing between DAW workstations.
I will go deeper saying that pro interfaces that do not support Ethernet connection will rapidly loose market share from now. (RME please wake up )
It seems that there is not yet a deep offering on this hardware stuff now, but i did find two open products :
Did someone try those interfaces ? Are they working flawlessly with Nuendo ?
Motu is using AVB protocol (Audio video bridging). This is an IEEE 802.1 standard.
From Wikipedia :
“Layer 2 protocols encapsulate audio data in standard Ethernet packets. Most can make use of standard Ethernet hubs and switches though some require that the network (or at least a VLAN) be dedicated to the audio distribution application.”
Focusrite is using Dante, a proprietary iso level 3 protocol. So theoretically it can be used through Internet thanks to the IP transport.
From Wikipedia :
"Layer 3 audio over Ethernet protocols encapsulate audio data in Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model) Layer 3 (Network Layer) packets. By definition it does not limit the choice of protocol to be the most popular Layer 3 protocol - the Internet Protocol (IP). In some implementations, the Layer 3 audio data packets are further packaged inside OSI model Layer 4 (Transport Layer) packets, which is usually the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Use of the UDP/IP protocol to carry audio data enables them to be distributed through standard computer routers, thus a large distribution audio network can be built economically using commercial off-the-shelf equipment.
Although by definition, IP packets can traverse the Internet, the Layer 3 audio over Ethernet protocols are not designed to traverse the Internet and provide reliable audio transmission due to the limited bandwidth and significant transmission delay usually encountered by data flow over the Internet. Due to similar reason, transmission of Layer 3 audio over wireless LAN are also not supported by most implementations."
Both protocols can be connected through standard Ethernet switches.
DANTE can theorically be used through Internet, and perhaps AVB too using an Ethernet tunnel. But this use is not recommended because the protocols have not been designed with Internet packet drops and latency in mind.
It is important when choosing such an Ethernet interface that the manufacturer provide reliable drivers for common systems. This give the possibility to use the same interfaces for all connected DAWs in the studio regardless the hardware and software used on those DAWs.
Ideally each daw software should have a driver set for AVB, so that there is no more driver dependency from the interface manufacturer.
Comments are welcome. Thanks for helping.