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Outline Launches Newton Multi-source Audio Processor

Claiming it to be "the next generation" in digital audio management and control, Outline's Newton (patent pending) is an all-new FPGA-based processing platform designed to be the management and control core for audio networks in touring, broadcast, and fixed installation applications.

Newton provides management of sophisticated audio systems by combining multi-format channel routing with simultaneous standards conversion and digital signal synchronization. Newton additionally incorporates powerful new filter technology along with clock and powering redundancy, all in a 1U networkable chassis.

A unique system topology is provided by very high-quality FPGA-based SSRC (synchronous sample rate conversion) and ASRC (asynchronous sample rate conversion) with outstanding dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. The unit supports up to 15 clock source options and a virtually unlimited number of filters using Outline's proprietary WFIR filtering technology (patent pending) supporting raised cosine filtering technology. It also features independent, internal dual-redundant universal AC mains supplies (fitted as standard) with dual cooling fans.

Newton's I/O configuration will provide 216 channels in both directions simultaneously using a fully automatic clock source and audio signal switchover facilities. The system and set-up are fully controllable via Outline Dashboard software for Mac OS (download it at https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/outline-dashboard/id1064061009?mt=12&ign-itsct=1064061009-1064061009&ign-itscg=0177&ign-mpt=uo%3D4).

Newton is available in three hardware versions -- Newton 16, Newton 16+4, and Newton 16+8 -- to suit the requirements of differing applications or projects. All processed signals and direct outputs can be routed out of Newton using any of the available audio standards -- Dante (AES67 compliant), AES3, Madi Optical, and Madi Coaxial. Internal processing is all at 96kHz, with an internal data depth up to 64 bits. In each processing section users have precise control over Level, Delay, Polarity, and Raised Cosine Filters (implemented within WFIR Equalizers), all functions that are required to manage and optimize a loudspeaker system.

While Newton 16 is an all-digital device, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8 add local analog inputs and outputs. Newton 16+4 adds four auxiliary analog inputs and outputs while Newton 16+8 adds 8 auxiliary analogue inputs and outputs. Each analog input is also provided with additional processing and matrix allowing inputs to be processed, routed, and mixed into the main matrix.

All three versions of Newton share the same motherboard, and it is possible to upgrade from Newton 16 to Newton 16+4 or Newton 16+8. Multiple Newton devices are easily interconnected to form a network that is scalable to meet all audio applications.

To fully appreciate the capabilities of this new device, a detailed technical presentation will be held at Frankfurt's Prolight+Sound, at Manufacturer's Forum on April 12, starting at 3 pm. (Hall 3, Level VIA, room Facette).

Outline will also be on hand to talk about Newton at their booth in Hall 3, Level 1, stand E36.



(13 March 2018)

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