DigiGrid iOS-XL

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High-Definition I/O with SoundGrid DSP Server



High-Definition I/O with SoundGrid DSP Server

DiGiGrid IOS-XL is a comprehensive audio interface with a built-in extreme SoundGrid DSP server that adds more plugin processing power to your system. Ideal for professional and personal production environments alike, the IOS-XL is the all-in-one solution for Studio and Live.

Together with the SoundGrid Studio System, DiGiGrid IOS-XL enables you to mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins, with incredibly low latency of only 0.8 milliseconds.

Main Features

  • 8 mic/line ins, 8 line outs, 2 headphone outs
    Built-in SoundGrid DSP server
    ASIO and Core Audio-compatible audio interface
    Award-winning software-controlled preamps
    MIDI, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU ins and outs
    Connects via a single Ethernet cable (Cat 5e/Cat 6)
    Quick-view front panel metering and status indicators
    High-definition ADC/DAC conversion
    DiGiGrid IOS-XL features 8 mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps; 8 line outputs; 2 headphone outputs; and MIDI I/O, S/PDIF, and AES ins and outs.

IOS-XL also features a built-in network switch. To connect more SoundGrid-compatible components to your system, all you need is a single Cat 5e/Cat 6 Ethernet cable.

General Specifications

  • Internal SoundGrid DSP Server (SoundGrid Extreme V3 Server equivalent)
  • 8 channel mic/line ins (XLR/TRS combo)
  • 8 channel line outs (TRS or 25-pin D-con)
  • 4 SoundGrid RJ45 Ethernet ports
  • AES/EBU or S/PDIF I/O (switchable)
  • Optional sample rate conversion on AES / SPDIF inputs
  • 2 headphone outputs with front panel analog level controls
  • 1 AC input
  • 1 USB port (for software upgrades/support only.)
  • 2U rack-mounted
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz (176.4 and 192 kHz will be supported in the future)
  • Word clock I/O
  • Clock synchronization via Word Clock input, AES/EBU, SPDIF, SoundGrid (Sync over Ethernet)), Internal
  • MIDI I/O
  • Reset switch

Analog Inputs

  • Input Impedance: Mic: 2K5 / Line: 8K0 Ohms
  • Gain Range: Mic: 0 dB to +52.5 dB in 7.5-dB steps / Line: -10 dB to +42.5 dB in 7.5-dB steps
  • Fine control provides an additional 0dB to 7dB in 0.5-dB steps
  • Maximum Input Level: Mic: +26 dBu / Line: +36 dBu
  • Mic Equivalent Input Noise: > -126 dB (150 Ohm source, gain +59.5 dB)
  • Harmonic Distortion: Typically < 0.01% @ unity gain, -10dB input @ 1 kHz
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.5 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
  • Channel Separation: Better than 90 dB (40 Hz to 15 kHz)

Analog Outputs

  • Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
  • Residual Output Noise: <90 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.5 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Channel Separation: Better than 90 dB (40 Hz to 15 kHz)
  • Harmonic Distortion: Typically < 0.01% @ unity gain, -10dB input @ 1 kHz

Weight and Dimensions

  • Height: 2U
  • Width: 88.1mm 19″
  • Depth: 482.60 mm
  • Weight: 356 6Kg

Native DAW with a DiGiGrid IOS-XL

Offloading Audio Processing to the IOS-XL’s Built-In SoundGrid Server

This diagram shows a typical studio setup, including a host computer with a Native DAW and a single I/O interface connecting mics, instruments, headphones and monitors.

By adding a DiGiGrid IOS-XL with its built-in SoundGrid DSP server, you can offload your audio processing from the DAW and enjoy much greater processing power (up to 8 plugins per StudioRack insert). You can also use StudioRack together with the eMotion ST mixer, letting you record and monitor with extremely low latency and dramatically increasing the number of plugins you can use simultaneously.

  • DiGiGrid IOS-XL
    Host computer with a Native DAW

One Computer, One I/O with a DSP Server, One Expansion I/O Unit, One DAW

Want to mix, record, and monitor with a large number of plugins in near-zero latency?

By adding the IOS-XL’s built-in DSP server to your SoundGrid network you can offload your audio processing from your DAW to the server. This dramatically increases the number of plugins you can run simultaneously. In addition, it allows you to use the eMotion mixer, which lets you create personalized monitor mixes from your DAW mix and outside sources, and also allows you to open 64 StudioRacks.

  • DAW (Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic, etc.) with SoundGrid Studio installed
  • Multi-input SoundGrid I/O device with server – DiGiGrid IOS-XL
  • SoundGrid expansion I/O – DiGiGrid IOX

Need more I/Os? Just connect a DiGiGrid IOX expansion unit to your DiGiGrid IOS-XL via a single Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable, and now you have 12 more top-quality input preamps, 6 line outs, and 4 more individual headphone outputs.

Running Various DAWs Simultaneously Using a Single DiGiGrid IOS-XL

Use this configuration for running audio signals from multiple DAWs simultaneously and mixing them in real time.

  • DiGiGrid IOS-XL
  • Host computer with Native DAW
  • Computer 2 – Native DAW
  • Computer 3 – Native DAW
  • Computer 4 – Native DAW
  • 1 GB network switch

In this setup, a single Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable connects each of the four computers to the DiGiGrid IOS-XL’s Ethernet switch.

Each computer that is part of a SoundGrid network uses the SoundGrid driver to stream audio into the network. In the above configuration, the main host computer running the SoundGrid Studio Application patches between all host computers within the network and configures their ASIO/Core Audio driver inputs and outputs.