- 1 What is AMP?
- 2 Why is it a “Platform”?
- 3 How does AMPMix work?
- 4 How do I plug my inputs into it?
- 5 Tell me about the AMPMix host.
- 6 Can I use Plug-ins?
- 7 Is AMP a Personal Mixing System?
- 8 Is AMP a System DSP?
- 9 Is AMP easy to use?
- 10 Exactly what am I getting if I purchase this?
- 11 What else do I need?
- 12 This looks great, how can I get one?
What is AMP?
AMP is an acronym that stands for Audio Mixing Platform. It is more than just a mixer or an interface. It is a system designed around a networked host using a publicly-available API to allow control of your audio mixing system via multiple and various types of off-the-shelf remote devices and hardware controllers.
Why is it a “Platform”?
Currently, AMPMix is the only product in the platform. AMPMix IS a full digital mixer. However, we envision the AMP platform in the near future to also to be a way to tie in various existing digital mixers into a new level of customization and configuration, so you’re not just “stuck” with the user interface the manufacturer gives you.
How does AMPMix work?
The heart of the AMP system is the Host, also called a Mix Engine. The Host is a self-contained “head-less” PC that runs a special operating system, and our AMPMix DSP Engine. It processes all the audio, and stores all your media files.
The AMP GUI is the human interface to the system. The GUI uses the AMP protocol to talk to the host, and allows connection of various MIDI hardware controllers for tactile feedback. Yes, you can have real faders, and lots of them! The graphical interface is built via what we call “Window Definition Files (WDLs)”, which allow total customization of the screen. These files are very similar to HTML CSS files. Every item on a window is either text or an image, so you can customize your design right down to the pixel with this text-based format.
The GUI connects to the Host via a network connection. The protocol is fairly light-weight, and is not sensitive to dropouts as often times happens with WIFI connections. You can run up to 64 GUIs connected to one Host. A GUI instance can be run on the same machine that is running the Host.
How do I plug my inputs into it?
AMPMix is based on Networked Audio. We currently support two of the most current popular protocols: AES67, and Dante. AES67 is compatible with most Dante devices, but needs to be run on its own separate network, requires managed switches (for IGMP protocol) for anything more than 32 channels, and has typical latencies of 4-5ms. The Dante version can handle more channels with less switch requirements, and has typical latencies of under 3ms.
We also have an ASIO version of the host (which is Windows software-only), which will interface with ASIO devices. This typically requires a carefully-optimized PC in both hardware and software.
Tell me about the AMPMix host.
Glad you asked! We started with a design for a software-based mixer several years ago, and AMPMIX is the result. It is a very configurable mixer that (currently) has:
- 255 Channels (used for inputs, outputs, DCAs, Aux Masters, Buss Masters)
- Over 240 Mix Busses
- Up to 128 Hardware Inputs and Outputs
- 7 Bands of Flex-EQ per channel (low/high pass, low/high shelving, peak, and all-pass) plus a fixed low-cut
- 32 Aux Sends (each with separate tap points, direct outputs)
- Separate 4-band “Aux EQ” per channel
- “PosiPan” Positional Panning algorithm that can be enabled per aux per channel
- 3 Dynamics processors per channel (Gate, RMS Compressor with side-chain filter, and Peak compressor)
- Up to 500ms of delay per channel
- 32 Assignable Subgroup busses
- 32 DCAs (Digitally Controlled Amplifiers)
- Direct Outs on all auxes, and Post-Fader direct out on channels
- Identical processing on input and output channels
- Extensive Scene capabilities with .WAV File Playback
- Scene Chaining, with Fade-in times
- 32 View Groups (POPulation groups)
- 32 Insertable effects, which include: 8 Reverbs, 4 Delays, and 32 31-band Graphic EQs
- Multitrack Recording and Playback
- Two totally independent mixers, each with all of the above, when running on a Quad-core processor!
Basically, AMPMIX can be almost any mixer design you want. Determine what you want, then start configuring!
Can I use Plug-ins?
Currently, AMPMix has these built-in plugins: Reverb, Delay, 1/3 Octace Graphic EQ, and a Multi-Band Compressor (4 bands). We do have VST Plugins on our Wish List, which is targeted for a future release.
Is AMP a Personal Mixing System?
It can be! You can set up an Aux send on your system, and lock it to a password-protected account, so that when the user fires up the GUI and enters their password, they only have access to alter their specific Aux mix. You can also grant them access to multiple mixes, if desired. You can use touch devices, or hardware controllers.
Is AMP a System DSP?
It can be! Each channel (including output channels) all have the same 8 bands of equalization. All-pass filters, as well as basic signal delay is available for fine control of driver alignment. High and Low-pass filters can be cascaded for higher effective order filters, and steeper slopes. 64 mix busses and potentially hundreds of processing channels are available to create various matrix mixers if desired for multiple outputs.
Is AMP easy to use?
There is some initial configuration that is required. There is a “Mixer Design Wizard” that will create a mixer based on your requirements. But once the system is set up and functioning, the user interface can be as simple, or as complex as you desire. If all you need is two faders, you can make just those appear. If you want dozens of windows over multiple monitors, go for it! 🙂
Exactly what am I getting if I purchase this?
AMP consists of two parts: the Host, and the GUI. The AES67 Host and the Dante Host are both 3U Rack Mount Devices. The GUI comes free, and has no restrictions on the number of copies you can use. You are purchasing the Mix Engine.
What else do I need?
You now need the analog Inputs and Outputs. We recommend the Yamaha RIO / TIO devices, as they integrate nicely with AMP, and headamp control is built-in to the AMP design for these units. We are also working with other manufacturers such as Focusrite and AudioScience for direct control of their Dante-equipped products.
You also need at least one GUI computer. This can be any Windows machine of your choice. This provides the User Interface to the mixer.
This looks great, how can I get one?
See our Product Page for ordering details.