Waves Audio Adopts NDI For Cloud-Based Media Production

Broadcast and media production teams can now add the Waves Cloud MX Audio Mixer directly in the cloud workflow with routing of audio inputs and outputs via NDI.

Waves Audio has announced support for NDI (the globally standardized video-over-IP technology) with its Cloud MX Audio Mixer that’s designed for broadcast applications.

More specifically, NDI (Network Device Interface) is a network protocol for transporting media streams over Ethernet. Part of the Vizrt Group, it’s a royalty-free technology that allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for direct connections, cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades while turning every source into a destination that’s available anywhere on the network.

The move means that broadcast and media production teams can now add Waves Cloud MX Audio Mixers directly in the cloud workflow with routing of audio inputs and outputs via NDI. The mixer provides a double-precision 32-bit-float mixing engine augmented by the Waves collection of cloud-licensed audio plugins.

“We adopted NDI technology as it is a proven system for professional cloud production environments,” says Mick Olesh, Waves managing director and EVP of Sales. “The ability to process, mix and route all audio streams in the cloud, and without converting protocols, simplifies the workflow so that production teams can now focus on delivering a superior sounding program feed to the audience.”

Suso Carrillo, NDI marketing lead at Vizrt Group, adds, “The cloud is revolutionizing live production and creative workflows; broadcasters and creators need professional audio tools to manage audio streams seamlessly over the cloud. With Waves Audio adopting NDI, the Cloud MX Audio Mixer now offers mixing, processing and routing without the need for converting or transcoding, thanks to NDI and its wide adoption.”

The Cloud MX Audio Mixer is deployed on AWS, making for straightforward integration with new or existing cloud production systems. The mixer is also designed to make it easier to scale productions with any number of audio mixers without the operational costs involved in shipping, maintaining or scheduling on-premises gear and personnel.

All Cloud MX mixer packages come with the cloud-licensed Waves eMo plugins (eMo D5 Dynamics, eMo F2 Filter, and eMo Q4 Equalizer), which form the mixer’s channel strip for a faster, more efficient workflow. Users can also upgrade to Cloud MX Audio Mixer Plus that offers11 extra cloud-licensed plugins such as the Primary Source Expander for automatic mic bleed elimination, the Renaissance Vox vocal compressor, the F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ, MaxxBass, the L2 UltraMaximizer and more; or to Cloud MX Audio Mixer Premium, which adds more than 150 cloud-licensed plugins, including the Dugan Speech plugin for real-time automatic mixing of multiple mics.

Each of these packages are available as 1-month or 1-year licenses. Go here for more specifics.