At Prolight + Sound 2019 (stand 8.0 C19) Merging Technologies will demonstrate the Anubis compact audio interface as a standalone A/D and D/A capable of handling microphone or line level inputs and four analog line outputs, plus two 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, headphone and cue circuits and loudspeaker management functions make this an ideal unit in any control room or stage.
Anubis introduces the concept of Modular by Software; essentially the same hardware can be used for totally different workflows or what Merging calls Missions. One Mission could be managing multichannel monitoring in the control room and another Mission might be recording in the studio.
The Monitor Mission requires control of multiple loudspeaker sets and headphones with built in talkback, bass management and time alignment plus a host of other features that are essential to manage a listening environment. The future Music Mission currently under development will include low latency mixing, control of cue feeds, innovative plugins, mic pres and more features.
The hidden power of Anubis becomes evident as soon as it becomes part of a larger network. It is scalable when coupled with Merging’s Hapi or Horus units, or indeed any other AES67 devices. At this point, the additional I/O allows Anubis to become the center of an up to 256 x 256 matrix with the control of incoming and outgoing streams. In addition to audio I/O, Anubis also has GPIO or MIDI connectivity, a range of drivers covering MacOS, Windows and Linux, and even Ambisonic decoding.
Practical uses of Anubis in its Monitor role, include control of multiple loudspeaker sets in studios, remote trucks and edit rooms, monitoring incoming AES67 audio streams, recording voice-overs or as a portable location recording companion. Power for the Anubis can be supplied using Power over Ethernet (PoE) or a 12V adaptor (included), and both power sources can be used simultaneously for redundancy. Anubis can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a standard microphone stand.