OCA Alliance Marketing Chair Ethan Wetzell.The OCA Alliance – the AV trade association promoting awareness and implementation of the AES70 open network control standard – demonstrated the very latest developments in the AES70 standard and the technologies supporting it at ISE 2018.
Alliance member companies Archwave, Bosch, d&b audiotechnik GmbH, DeusO, Focusrite, Suzhou Fitcan Technology and Your Audio Systems GmbH exhibited numerous products and development tools to demonstrate the multiple facets of AES70 in a hands-on environment. This included technologies and development tools for implementing AES70 along-side products already supporting the interoperable open control and monitoring standard in the marketplace.
Among latest developments from new member companies was ORCHESTRA from Your Audio Systems GmbH. ORCHESTRA is a platform for building Linux based AES67/AES70 professional audio devices. The software includes a full AES70 (CM3) device functionality, which provides connection control, device monitoring and audio control.
With its extremely low latency, sample-accurate synchronization, multi-platform support and interoperability, ORCHESTRA is an efficient, cost-effective replacement for hardware based AES67 decoders, and one which offers the possibility to retrofit existing hardware devices with additional AES67 and AES70 functionality at a reasonable price point.
Ethan Wetzell, marketing committee chair for the OCA Alliance, stated: “ISE is, as always, an important show for this technology. It was at ISE, in 2015, that the alliance first announced its ratification as a standard by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and it is a show where increasingly you can find the standard implemented in AV system devices from alliance members and non-members alike. This year we continue that tradition of engagement and showcase the many expanding facets of the AES70 standard, welcoming new members to the broader Open Control Architecture ecosystem.”
While certain technologies are specific to a single purpose or utility, the focus on the OCA Alliance booth was on demonstrating the various different ways in which AES70 could be implemented within a broad cross section of technologies and devices, and can support other technical standards. “ISE is a major opportunity for alliance members to meet with and speak to developers,” continued Wetzell, “And explore the multitude of options for implementing AES70 into their products with the free tools from our technical resource site.”