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Ferrofish A32

A-D/D-A & Digital Format Converter
Published March 2017
By Hugh Robjohns

Ferrofish A32

With a whopping 32 analogue inputs and outputs, there’s more to this stand-alone converter than meets the eye.

Ferrofish were formed in 2012 by Juergen Kindermann, a hardware designer who’d previously worked with Creamware. He bought the company’s IP when it folded, so he could continue to develop products like the B4000+ organ module and the A16 Ultra A-D/D-A converter under his new Ferrofish brand. I reviewed the Ferrofish A16 Ultra MkII in SOS October 2012 (http://sosm.ag/ferrofish-a16mk2), and noted a worthwhile performance improvement over its predecessor. The A32 has grown naturally from the success of the A16, and offers double the analogue inputs and outputs.

Connectivity

The 32 analogue I/O can all be routed between 64 MADI and 32 ADAT digital I/O in a fully assignable way, and the headphone monitoring facility allows the user to check any individual or stereo pair of channels, or any of seven headphone mixes of any channel combinations.

The A32 is surprisingly easy to set up and control using just a rotary encoder knob and a couple of buttons, working in concert with a quartet of crisp colour TFT screens (double the number on the A16 Ultra MkII for obvious reasons!). Most of the complexity is on the back of the slim rackmounting unit, which extends around 270mm behind the rack ears. Rows of TRS sockets, as on the...

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Published March 2017