USB Multitrack

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    It’s a real shame that the Avantis doesn’t support USB multitracking like the SQ / QU desks do. I own both and it’s a feature I use all the time, and is the primary reason I’m relucant to upgrade. I know I can buy a Waves card but it’s a lot extra for a feature that is already built in ‘lower’ specification desks.

    Is this a hardware limitation or is it something that could potentially be opened up in future firmware releases?

    Profile photo of abso

    second that!

    Profile photo of Dan

    Seconded a second time. We installed our Avantis at the same time as an SQ6 and I was shocked (and disappointed) to learn that we could only do 2 channel USB on the Avantis. Definitely need multi-track USB!

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    I want to indirectly third this but add that I do realize that basically no pro-level console (Avantis and above, DiGiCo or Yamaha QL/CL and above) offers native USB. I do like that DiGiCo at least offers a UB-MADI card for the S21/S31 and think that something similar might be useful here. Of course in most scenarios it’ll be Dante or Waves SoundGrid, but at least having the option for a 48 channel UB-MADI (or equivalent card using the SQ USB processing) can be useful in situations where a user might not want to set up a full network to support Dante/WSG.

    Profile photo of Yvo

    Coming from the S21 I agree that it’s disappointing that Avantis doesn’t offer it over USB.
    We just had a demo of the Avantis yesterday and I asked them about it. (Distributor, not A&H directly).
    They suggested that it’s probably impossible to add as a firmware update as it would likely require extra hardware, driving the price of the product up. Same goes for allowing multitrack playback from the internal harddrive. I’m not sure if it’s true, of course, but it seems plausible. So don’t get your hopes up.
    It’s likely that we’ll just be dependent on Dante for multitracking.
    UB-MADI is definitely easier to set up, but it has its limitations. It perhaps couldn’t handle 64 channels at 96k…

    That said, the Avantis offers so many advantages over the S21 that although disappointed about this omission, we’ll definitely let it slide as we’d be getting a Dante card anyway.

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