Merging Technologies is gearing up for a busy 2020 with the usual rush of exhibitions that take place in the first few months of the year. 2020 also sees the company’s 30th anniversary and there are plans to celebrate Merging’s trailblazing achievements in improving the recording and listening experiences for clients across the globe and there will be some special events announced in the coming months to celebrate the achievement of surviving this long as an independent and forward-thinking audio manufacturer. As Claude Cellier, Merging’s founder and President observed; “The spotlight is now on Anubis and we could not be more pleased with its reception, but there are many landmarks during those years of which our team can be justly proud. Innovation has been the key to our continued success.”
The MERGING+ANUBIS has been quick to establish its value in a variety of roles in broadcast, studio and the A/V world. Some important updates for the product will be available at ISE 2020. Firstly, Mac users will be delighted to know that a new Virtual Audio Device is available that is compatible with later Mojave 10.14.5/10.14.6 and the new Catalina 10.15.x OS. This ensures that the top performance can be maintained with the enhanced features of the new operating systems. The ability to control the preamps remotely from any web browser is also a major convenience for many Anubis users and this is also available on the latest version of firmware.
MERGING+ANUBIS Premium has been DXD compatible for some months but there were some challenges in completing a full DSD workflow. This is now available as a free of charge firmware update and will be particularly useful for the many Grammy® winning Merging customers who have added the convenience of Anubis to their systems.
The relevance of Anubis to the ISE attendee is mainly as a highly versatile and cost-effective audio interface but the networking capabilities make it extremely powerful in larger systems. The ability to control and route audio streams over a large network from a small desktop unit has obvious advantages in many installed environments. Broadcasters have quickly realised that Anubis offers a very effective way to monitor IP streams from remote sources and this will be increasingly relevant by the time of NAB in April. More significant announcements can be expected that will see Merging products being even more integrated into the standard ST2110 environments.
Other products from Merging should not be forgotten. Ovation 8 and Pyramix 12 have enjoyed recent updates that see them addressing the latest trends in production and playout. The latest versions address immersive audio workflows that are increasingly important in gaming and live situations, with up to 7th Order Ambisonics options available. Improvements to the internal mixer and VS3 plug-in support for some popular FLUX products are also significant improvements. These include the SPAT Revolution product that is a cooperation between FLUX and IRCAM, the world-renowned research institute based in Paris. This has relevance for sound design, broadcast and live events. Ovation is also benefitting from OSC compatibility which significantly enhances integration possibilities in many applications.
Other Merging Networked Audio components continue to sell well and offer users of any DAW the way into AES67 and RAVENNA networks. The importance of IP networks to the professional world are well documented, but it is not always recognized how easy it is to gain the advantages in a home studio or sound design environment. Anubis is the affordable entry point, but adding Hapi or Horus can offer tremendous opportunities for easy network control and resource sharing in a larger facility.