DiGiGrid IOX - Expansion Audio Interface

12-channel Ethernet Audio Interface with 12 Mic/Line Preamps, 6 Line Outputs, 4 Headphone Outputs, and SoundGrid Network Connectivity
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SoundGrid Interface for Your Tracking Room

The DiGiGrid IOX SoundGrid audio interface is the perfect solution for your tracking room - connect all your mics, instruments, and artist headphones to the IOX, with the IOX connected to your main SoundGrid DSP server via simple Cat 5e/Cat6 cable. You'll be able to access the inputs and outputs on the IOX from any control room that's connected to your SoundGrid network. The convenience of networked audio is obvious, and the top-notch sound quality of the IOX makes it an outstanding audio interface for virtually any native DAW. Get the most out of your SoundGrid network - put the DiGiGrid IOX in your tracking rooms.

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

The DiGiGrid IOX gives you the inputs you need to record a full band, the outputs you need for re-amping and monitor speakers, and four outstanding headphone amps for musicians' monitor mixes. It puts all of the connectivity you need right in the control room, then sends transparent audio throughout your SoundGrid network that can be accessed from any control room connected to the network. Put an IOX in every tracking 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 IOX is the perfect example of why networked audio is awesome - you can send audio to any control room in a large facility from a single rackmounted interface in your tracking room. You can have your central SoundGrid DSP server located in your machine room along with your computers and drives, with IOC interfaces in your control rooms. Send broadcast-quality audio through the entire network with just the IOX in your tracking 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 IOX 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 IOX Audio Interface Features:
  • SoundGrid network audio interface designed for tracking room use
  • Enough analog I/O to record and monitor a full band
  • Stellar headphone outputs can provide four separate monitor mixes for musicians
  • 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 IOX - the perfect tracking room interface for your SoundGrid network.

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Ethernet
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 12 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 12 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Outputs 6 x TRS
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock
Number of Preamps 12
Phantom Power Yes
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number IOX

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IOX a great recording room box

The Bottom line: I love the IOX! The IOX is pretty much a perfect recording room interface (IMO of course) because it sounds great (excellent converters, very good preamps) has four independent software assignable headphone feeds and 6 line outs. All of this in a silent, one rack space box that only needs an Ethernet cable back to your computer (or SoundGrid server and then to your computer). I could see hanging on to a favorite channel or two of analog mic pre, EQ and compression for their particular sounds but with this thing and all the plugins available - you don’t have to. I have a two room setup with 60 foot runs between them (a live room and a large mix room). For many years I have run 24 channels of custom built Mogami snakes between them (16 in 8 out) . With the IOX I could have 12 input and 6 output channels in the live room (all I really need) and just one Ethernet cable. Adding a second IOX and doubling the I/O is just a simple short Ethernet cable from the first IOX to the second. Even changing things around is no issue. Compare that to 1 or 2 days of taking everything apart and putting it all back together today to make a major change. The full layout of my space has the live room - lets put the IOX in there - Ethernet to a storage closet 35 feet away - DLS in there as just a SoundGrid server - Ethernet to the mix station (50 feet away) where I could easily place a second IOX (to be replaced by an IOC when released). Done! Note: I have been using the DigiGrid system since December 2014 and the main thing I can say is that it works like its supposed to. The System: For those of you who are not well acquainted with the SoundGrid system: SoundGrid is the name of the technology created by Waves for routing audio over Ethernet. DigiGrid is the name of the joint partnership between Waves and DigiCo to manufacture the DigiGrid I/O boxes. Though not required, to run all the low latency features of this system and to do CPU offloading of plugins requires a SoundGrid Server. These servers use standard Intel CPUs and are Linux based devices designed for doing all the real time SoundGrid processing. The IOX is a SoundGrid Interface (no integral SoundGrid Server) with a two port Network switch for expanding the system. Besides the SoundGrid components the IOX also includes 12 analog line inputs with Mic preamps and A/D plus 6 line outputs and four headphone outputs (with associated D/A). Sound Tests Most of what I do is focused on solo Finger-style acoustic guitar, Vocal oriented singer songwriter material with small groups and Jazz. My first set of tests were done using a spaced pair of mics on the acoustic (Lawson L47 and Gefell M300) into an NPNG dual mic preamp whose output was split to the IOX (zero gain on the preamps) and an AVID 16X16 I/O (connected to SoundGrid via a DLI). To my ears there was no significant difference between the conversion on the AVID and the IOX. I repeated this test with Male vocals a little later using a Flea 47 into a GTQ2 preamp that was then split to the AVID I//O and the IOX. Again, no significant difference. I continued testing by focusing on the IOX preamps versus the outboard ones. In these tests I split the microphone feed to the IOX and the other preamp (no EQ or FX). These were then fed to IOX input channels. For the M300 I used a separate phantom power box. With solo finger-style acoustic I heard a small difference in both NPNG and John Hardy M1 versus the IOX preamps. The NPNG followed to a lesser degree by the JH have a small increase in brightness, note separation and clarity in the higher melody notes. We are talking a 5% change that you have to A/B to hear but its there. Once I went to strummed Singer Songwriter style the difference in the guitar sound was much smaller. I was hard pressed to hear it at all. The NPNG and John Hardy were just a little brighter but nothing that would be any issue in the final mix. With male vocals I heard no significant difference between the GTQ2 preamp to the IOX or AVID converters - just like in the Acoustic Guitar recordings. What I didn’t expect was that I also heard no significant difference between GTQ2 and IOX preamps. My thoughts are that the voicing of the IOX preamps is just a little more in the GTQ2 vein as opposed to the ultra clean that NPNG is known for . To me the IOX preamps are very good but the boutique ones have a particular sound that some may find compelling enough to invest in. Regardless, I am confident that any of these will make a great recording. For comparison, the NPNG Dual Mic Preamp costs $2600 and the John Hardy M1 dual is ~$1900 with dual output transformers. The IOX sells on Sweetwater for $2244. In all of these tests I have no doubt that others will find differences that I did not. Whether these are significant is always in the users opinion. For me and what I believe to be the overwhelming majority of users out there, the preamps and converters of the IOX (and IOS) are excellent sounding and will make great recordings. Odds and Ends: The four programmable headphone outputs sounded great and I loved being able to quickly assign anything I want to them in software. No need for a separate box, patch bay and all the associated wiring. Although you can run a studio with just the IOX, to access all the low latency features and host CPU plugin offloading requires a SoundGrid Server. This can be as simple as a adding a SoundGrid Server One ($1400 list), SoundGrid Extreme ($2490 list), a DLS or even an IOS. To me, not having a server is to miss out on many of SoundGrids best features for recording musicians and studios. I measured the Analog in to Analog out latency using an Oscilloscope and function generator in SoundGrid mode with a DigiGrid DLS as the SoundGrid server. These were seen to be 1.7ms/2.8ms (96kHz/44.1kHz). These are independent of the DAW buffer and are as good or better than AVID HD Native at the lowest buffer setting in Pro Tools 11 (1.7ms/3.4ms (96kHz 64Buffer)/(44.1kHz 32 Buffer)). Summary: Same as the first line - I love the IOX!
Music background: Musician/Studio Owner (Tape -> ADAT -> PT (1998))
See also: FireWire Interfaces, DiGiGrid, DiGiGrid FireWire Audio Interfaces