DiGiGrid IOC - Control Room I/O

10-channel Ethernet Audio Interface with 2 Mic/Line Preamps, 8 Line Inputs and Outputs, 2 Headphone Outputs, ADAT, AES/EBU, and SoundGrid Network Connectivity
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SoundGrid Interface for Your Control Room

The DiGiGrid IOC SoundGrid audio interface gives you the flexible I/O you need in your control room, including two outstanding mic/line preamplifiers and two high-quality headphone outputs. And the IOC is ready to integrate with the rest of your studio gear with line level analog I/O, 16 channels of AES, and ADAT I/O. You'll be able to tap into your studio's existing SoundGrid DSP network for ultra-low 0.8ms latency tracking, even when you're running tons of SoundGrid-compatible plug-ins. Basically, the DiGiGrid IOC audio interface is the perfect way to connect to your SoundGrid DSP network from your control room.

DiGiGrid IOC Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • The right I/O for any control room
  • Networked audio is a dream come true for multi-room studios
  • A powerful interface for any native DAW
The right I/O for your control room

One of the most powerful aspects of the SoundGrid network is that you can connect audio from multiple rooms across long distances at top-notch quality. The DiGiGrid IOC audio interface gives you the I/O you want in your control room, with the ability to connect to your SoundGrid DSP server located elsewhere. Record in-room vocals and instruments with a pair of broadcast-quality preamps, provide monitor mixes with two headphone outputs, and connect the rest of your studio gear with analog and digital connectivity. Put an IOC in every control room in your facility and you'll be making the most out of your SoundGrid DSP network.

Networked audio is a dream come true for multi-room studios

We've been keeping up with the cutting edge of recording technology for decades at Sweetwater, and we can't overstate how excited we are that networked audio is finally a viable studio solution. The DiGiGrid IOC is the perfect example of why networked audio is awesome - you can access any room in a large facility from a single rackmounted interface in your control room. You can have your central SoundGrid DSP server located in your machine room along with your computers and drives, with IOX expansion interfaces in your tracking rooms. Tap into the entire network with just the IOC in your control room, with everything connected via simple Cat 5e/Cat6 cabling.

A powerful interface for any native DAW

Even if you're not running a multi-room production house, you'll find the DiGiGrid IOC to be a sweet match for any native DAW system. You won't be able to tap into SoundGrid-compatible plug-ins until you add the processing power of a SoundGrid DSP server like the DiGiGrid DLS, but you'll be working with exceptional audio quality and a wide range of connectivity options. DiGiGrid's SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver ensures seamless integration and reliable performance whether you use Logic, Cubase, Live, Studio One, or any other native DAW.

DiGiGrid IOC Audio Interface Features:
  • SoundGrid network audio interface designed for control room use
  • Generous analog and digital connectivity to integrate with your existing studio hardware
  • Two outstanding preamps and headphone outputs make tracking in your control room easy
  • Great audio interface for any native DAW, with 24-bit/192kHz sound quality and ASIO/Core Audio drivers
  • Allows you to tap into the I/O on any other devices connected to your SoundGrid audio network
DiGiGrid IOC - the perfect control room interface for your SoundGrid network.

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Ethernet
Form Factor Rackmount
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x DB-25
Analog Outputs 1 x DB-25, 2 x Headphones
Digital Inputs 1 x DB-25, 2 x AES/EBU, 1 x ADAT
Digital Outputs 1 x DB-25, 2 x AES/EBU, 1 x ADAT
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number IOC

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Overall, this is a great system. Using plugins while tracking has become a game changer. I don't have much outboard gear so I largely mix with plugins. Tracking with them has never been an option until now. Something I never considered before is how nice it is to hear compression while tracking! Using the StudioRack plugin, I throw a CLA-2A, a C4 and a TrueVerb on a vocalist and they love it. Also gone are the patching gymnastics I had to do when punching in to avoid latency. Now it's just hit record and the StudioRack plugin instantly changes its flow to accommodate no audible latency to the artist. If you're like me and want the tracking latency PT HD offers but the PT price tag has been just too much to swallow, this is a great way to go. The ASIO drivers are solid, no issues with the DAWs I've tried.Some specifics about my setup:I have had the IOC for about one month at the time of this review. I am running this on Windows 7 with an Intel i7 OC'ed to 4.5 GHz and 32GB RAM. Recording drives are two WD Blacks in RAID 0. I opted for the IOC because I already had a Focusrite Saffire Liquid 56 which I wanted to use as my preamp front end. In order to do low latency monitoring I was required to also purchase a DSP server so I went with a demo model of the Waves Impact Server. Even though the Saffire introduces additional latency, neither I nor anyone I have recorded have been able to detect any while monitoring.A few things to be aware of:1. Consider putting this on its own physical LAN. Capturing a few moments of network traffic with Wireshark yielded around 11,000 packets per second between the computer, the IOC and the DSP server when the system was set to 44.1kHz. Up that to 96 kHz and it's more like 18,0000 packets per second. This high utilization is present even when no DAW is running. My studio PC runs on a standard gigabit network which it shares with numerous other systems but due to the high amount of network traffic Soundgrid uses I opted to install a network card just for it (see point 2.) Even though a proper switch will direct the Soundgrid traffic only to the ports where the DigiGrid devices are connected without affecting other network-connected devices, my experience is that the IOC still sends out around numerous broadcast packets each second which will be seen by all devices on the subnet.2. I haven't tried this on a Mac but on a PC the network interface card (NIC) you use for the DigiGrid network seems to matter. I first tried a Realtek PCI NIC. During my testing with this configuration I found that high track count projects were somewhat unstable: Pops and dropouts occurred frequently, even without any plugins loaded into the StudioRack insert. This was especially true when the eMotion mixer window was visible where I experienced high CPU usage spikes.(I experienced no such spikes when the Patch and Setup windows were selected on the same application or the mixer window was closed.) I decided to try a different NIC so I used a StarTech USB3-to-gigabit dongle. The pops and clicks were diminished but still present so I knew I was onto something. I finally found success when I tried a PCIe Intel Desktop CT NIC: No more artifacts and rock-solid performance!3. The SG Studio application runs all the time, even with the application window closed. While running it uses around 500MB of memory, even with no DAW running. This application must be running for StudioRack to talk to Soundgrid.4. To use plugins on StudioRack you will need to shell out a bit more cash for a Waves Update Plan if yours isn't currently up-to-date. After that, run Easy Activate and Install in the Waves Central install program and you should be off and running.5. The system is immensely powerful but there was a learning curve for me.The workflow was not intuitive at first. I feel fairly comfortable with it now but it took some practice, experimenting and (re-)reading the SG Studio and StudioRack manuals.These are minor considerations, though, and I still consider this a wonderful system. Once I got the NIC thing dialed in it became perfectly stable. Plus, at the end of the day the sound is the most important factor to me and to me it sounds nothing short of fantastic. 5 stars.
See also: FireWire Interfaces, DiGiGrid, DiGiGrid FireWire Audio Interfaces