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Press release announcing the new NIC-1 PCIe network adapter and Windows SDK

Echo Digital Audio today announced the release of the first Streamware™ products: the Streamware NIC-1 and the Streamware SDK.

The Streamware NIC-1 is a PCI Express network interface card with hardware support for Ethernet AVB. With traffic shaping and MAC packet timestamping, the NIC-1 enables time-sensitive networking applications for Microsoft Windows.

The Streamware SDK is a Windows software development kit providing full access to the time-aware and IEEE 1722 stream generation features of the NIC-1.

The Streamware NIC-1, along with the SDK, is the recommended network interface for the University of New Hampshire IOL VIOLETT™ AVnu certification tools. This enables AVnu members to run the certification tools for in-house FQTSS, BA, MRP, MSRP, and MVRP testing. The NIC-1 is designed to work with Echo's upcoming Streamware for Windows product, a complete AVB controller, protocol stack, and audio driver (available soon). Each NIC-1 includes a software icense for 16 channel audio playback and recording.

Both the Streamware NIC-1 and Streamware SDK are currently available for purchase directly at www.EchoAVB.com.

About Echo: Echo Digital Audio Corporation has designed and manufactured computer-based audio hardware and software for over 30 years. Echo’s technology is licensed and sold to numerous leading companies in the pro audio, broadcast, test and measurement, and audio simulation markets. The Company is currently focusing its R&D efforts exclusively on AVB technology.

Posted on September 11, 2013

Sound on Sound reviews the Echo 2

We're happy to announce the review of the Echo 2 has been released on the web! Feel free to check out this great review by Sound on Sound here

Posted on August 27, 2013

Echo announces their Streamware products and AVB control software at Infocomm

Echo is proud to be at InfoComm 2013 and a part of the AVnu pavilion, booth 459e, where we will be demoing our software and hardware with AVID, Waves and XMOS.

We have spent the majority of the last year developing products and software that is used strictly with AVB ( Audio Video Bridging ) over Ethernet technology.

We are very pleased to announce our new Streamware products and control software.

Please look at our sister site that showcases our AVB based audio endpoints and software at http://www.echoavb.com/

Posted on June 13, 2013

First Echo2 review


Sound On Sound "A high-quality, easy-to-operate device with
a novel user interface. Good build quality and design with user-friendly touch control.
Pristine preamps and converters."

Posted on April 11, 2013

Free audio software programs for Windows, Mac and Linux

 


1. Recording and editing software


Audacity:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Traverso:

http://traverso-daw.org/download.html

Frinika:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/frinika/


2. Audio processing software


Supercollider:

http://supercollider.sourceforge.net/

3. Music notation and score editor


MuseScore:

http://musescore.org/en/download

Canorus:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/canorus/

4. Web based Music creation


Soundation Studio:

http://www.soundation.com/

RiffWorld:

http://www.riffworld.com/

Posted on September 27, 2012

Echo Digital Audio introduces the Echo 2 USB audio interface

Echo Digital Audio introduces the Echo 2, a combined personal mixer and USB audio interface. Featuring innovative touch panel controls and premium microphone preamps, the Echo 2 is ideal for live performance and for recording. The Echo 2 is compact enough to mount on a microphone stand, providing the performer with immediate control. It can work as a capable standalone mixer, as a professional grade computer audio interface, or both simultaneously.

The Echo 2 is a versatile creative tool, with audio quality comparable to interfaces costing hundreds more.

FEATURES:

• Touch panel control surface for selecting:
    - Input type
    - Input levels – EZ Trim auto setting option
    - Output levels and muting
    - Real-time hardware monitoring 
• Two digitally controlled inputs switchable between:
    - High performance mic-preamps with 70dB of gain and +48V phantom power
    - Balanced line level inputs
    - High impedance guitar inputs
• Four outputs with adjustable volume 
    - Balanced ¼” main outputs with muting
    - 1/8” headphone output
• 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion up to 192 kHz
• USB 2.0 audio interface - supports Mac CoreAudio, ASIO, and Windows audio
• iPad compatible via Apple’s camera connection kit
• Includes microphone stand bracket, XLR adapter cables, and international AC adapter
• Powered by USB or external supply
• Just 5.4” x 3.6” x 1” (137mm x 92mm x 26mm) – 10 ounces (0.3 Kg)

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 5, Win XP, Vista or Win7 32/64 bit 
Power adapter required for phantom power. Compatible with USB 3.0

Posted on August 20, 2012

DAW plug-ins a blessing or a curse?

Today with the ever growing number of plug-ins available for our DAW, we are faced with multiple options. This can be very confusing. There may be so many, in fact, that it could distract us from the original intentions for our project.

It would seem that we spend too much time searching for the perfect effect for all the diverse instruments in the mix. That does not even take into account the time we spend learning the mechanics of some pretty sophisticated and graphically attractive plug-ins - rather then sticking with the basics like EQ, Compression, Reverb, and Delay.

Some of us are curious and anxious to try anything and everything hoping to get inspired. On the other hand, some of us may get frustrated too quickly and perhaps miss out on a plug-in that might actually benefit our project.


Posted on April 18, 2012

Headphones, speaker monitors or both?

What is the best way to mix your recording project? Should you mix with headphones, speaker monitors or both? After all, most people listen to their iPods with headphones. A good pair of headphones sounds great, but what about the stereo image? What if you want to mix your project with a good pair of speaker monitors but your home recording studio space is not sound proofed well enough? You want to listen to your mix at a high decibel level so you can hear everything. To be safe, you should really listen to your project mono, stereo and at different volume settings. What about a good pair of near field speaker monitors positioned relatively close to your computer and equi-distance between you and the monitor speakers themselves? You will still have some stereo image - with the correct speaker positioning - and you'll be close enough to your speakers so that you can pump up the volume without driving your neighbors crazy.


Posted on April 18, 2012