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Nicola A&H

Hi all,

We uploaded an understanding guide for the M-Waves card in its product page:


This should address some questions.


Originally posted by letmefix

My next question is why we cannot dedicate a hefty laptop with a latest intel i7 cpu to run soudngrid server software? It doesn’t say you cannot, nor you can. I guess this question should be asked to waves.

As explained in the pdf, third-party computers can be used for processing, provided that the custom Linux SG Server software is installed. This can be purchased separately. Latency and overall performance depends on the system specs. A list of tested and recommended workstations is available on http://www.waveslive.com.


Originally posted by Robert

I am running right now Waves Multirack with Dante and have latency enough to work live! NO PROBLEM WITH LATENCY!!!

Dante transport latency can be set at very low values, but the DVS driver minimum latency is 4ms, which means a round-trip latency of 8 to 10ms when using plugins. This can be acceptable in some FOH applications, but it’s no use for monitor purposes or inserting dynamic processors. With SoundGrid Server One the roundtrip latency can be set at 40 samples (less than 1 ms).


Originally posted by Robert

Waves card uses same probably the same protocol or very similar as DANTE to deliver packet

Waves uses IPv6 and RAW Ethernet data, Dante uses higher layer, standard Internet Protocols.


Originally posted by jgrooms

WAVES sells their MultiRack software stand alone, so I’m not sure what this card will give you that you can’t already do today.

Some of the key features of SoundGrid compared to native Waves processing are:

– Reliability due to the dedicated Linux server (the control computer can be unplugged at any time without affecting the audio), redundant connections and optional redundant server.
– Lower roundtrip latency thanks to a dedicated Linux environment and optimized network adapter driver.


Originally posted by Airton Silva

Will this card allow to record everything like inserts, mixes…?

The card can be used to record and playback up to 64 channels thanks to the SG Driver (ASIO and Core Audio). Routing options are the same as with all other Port B audio networking cards. Several signals can be routed to the card for processing and recording, including any bus or Mix Channel (pre or post fade), Input Direct Out,
Wedge and IEM monitors, MixRack Inputs, and Input or Mix Insert Sends.


Originally posted by steffenromeiss

Waves does not say any numbers because the times are different on every system.

See above. Roundtrip latency is 40 samples with SG Server One. Latency for each plug-in is well specified in a chart on their website.

For those of you who are around London, the Waves card is up and running on our stand at the Plasa show.