MERGING+ANUBIS is a product with a difference. It appeals to Merging’s traditional customer base in broadcast, post production and high-end recording, as a powerful addition to their existing installation. In addition, it offers unique features to any studio owner or musician looking for a compact AD/DA unit with the quality you would expect from Merging, or a fully featured monitor controller that integrates with any DAW.
In one way, Anubis can be thought of as a highly significant enhancement to Merging’s popular Networked Audio Interface range. This exceptionally compact audio interface is a standalone 32-bit A/D and D/A capable of handling microphone or line level inputs and four analog line outputs, plus two high quality headphone outputs. The large rotary encoder allows for precise monitoring volume control but also makes parameter adjustment simple, while the multi-touch display and dedicated buttons provide intuitive selection of whatever needs to be controlled. Built in talkback, cue circuits and speaker management functions make this the ideal unit for any control room.
The real power of Anubis becomes evident as soon as it becomes part of a larger network. Designed to fit into an AES67 or ST2110 environment, it is remarkably scalable when coupled with Merging’s Hapi or Horus units, or indeed any other AES67 devices. When connected, the additional I/O allows Anubis to become the centre of an up to 256 x 256 matrix with the control of incoming and outgoing streams. Instantly, such tasks as immersive audio monitor control become simplicity itself. In addition to audio I/O, Anubis also has GPIO or MIDI connectivity, a range of drivers covering MacOS, Windows and Linux, Ambisonic decoding and cough cut on every input. Anubis offers the choice of sample rate and audio quality you expect from a Merging product, with line input dynamic range of typically 139dB (A-weighted) as one example.
Merging’s customer base has always been driven by quality audio so recording in DSD and DXD has been consistently a feature of our products. The same is true with Anubis. Two models are available; Pro which handles sample rates up to 192kHz, Premium which provides for high Resolution audio up to 384kHz and DXD and all flavours of DSD up to 256. Anubis is very competitively priced with suggested retail prices of $1495 and $1995 respectively.
Practical uses of ANUBIS+MONITOR include monitor control in studios, remote trucks and edit rooms, monitoring incoming AES67 audio streams, recording voice-overs or as a highly portable location recording companion. Anubis can be powered from its own power supply, battery and/or PoE (Power over Ethernet) if redundancy is required and can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a standard microphone stand.
Key to the evolution of Anubis in the future is the concept of Modular by Software. This means the identical hardware unit can be reconfigured to do a completely different function by loading alternate programs. This changes the UI to suit the ideal workflow and reconfigures the Anubis engine for the chosen program, giving you even more features. This not only gives the user added utility, it also offers a simple upgrade path to future applications. Although the Monitor Mission and the Music Mission are planned for 2019, the roadmap allows for several other missions to be introduced in the future to cater for a number of different markets.
Anubis will be showing at NAB 2019 from April 8th, booth #3035 in the Central Hall.