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iConnectivity PlayAUDIO1U Audio and MIDI Interface with Redundancy Fallover



“Redundancy” means you connect two computers in case one fails in live performance


iConnectivity has been supporting multiple computer devices for years, and people use them for tours because of the redundancy.

Here’s most of the company release:

Calgary, Alberta, September 12, 2023 – iConnectivity announced PlayAUDIO1U, a revolutionary audio and MIDI interface designed specifically for live musicians. PlayAUDIO1U builds on iConnectivity’s reputation for developing bullet-proof, fail-proof solutions for live music performance. Much like its direct predecessor PlayAUDIO12, PlayAUDIO1U integrates numerous redundancy fail-safes for control and playback of backing tracks, virtual instruments, and MIDI devices.

Things like seamless failover protection of audio and MIDI, XLR outs you can just plug into without direct boxes, control ports that allow you to control all of your connected computers and other hardware, onboard power that works in any part of the world with standard IEC connection, and it all fits in a tiny 1U rack.

PlayAUDIO1U fuses iConnectivity’s vast engineering knowledge of the live arena, passion for performance, and decades of experience into one product. PlayAUDIO1U ensures working musicians never suffer the embarrassment of a silent show, ever again.

PlayAUDIO1U’s secret in part is integrating two computers connected directly to the interface, forming an incredible redundancy / failover protection system. Should your main computer fail, PlayAUDIO1U switches to the backup computer in a heartbeat; so fast that you and your audience won’t even notice.

PlayAUDIO1U also ships with iConnectivity’s new and improved Auracle 2.0. Auracle 2.0 is fast, flexible and intelligent, allowing performers to create a sophisticated live integration of all audio and MIDI connections, inputs and outputs.

Key Features:

  • 12 Balanced panel reinforced XLR outputs
  • Integrated +48v phantom power protection on outputs protects your interface from accidental damage when plugging directly into consoles or stage boxes
  • 1x 1/4” TRS stereo headphone output with dedicated control for convenient headphone monitoring
  • 2x USB C type ports for connecting computing devices
  • Automatic and manual computer switching modes, for lightning-fast switching between connected computers
  • 2x two-button “Control” footswitch selectable input/outputs can be mapped to MIDI functions, control over numerous functions on the interface and/or sending control messages to compatible devices
  • Audio Protection helps stop unwanted noise from corrupt audio sources/files from making it into the audience
  • USB MIDI host port, offering up to 8 ports worth of USB MIDI for Class Compliant controllers and/or modules
  • DIN-MIDI port built-in (1 in 1 out)
  • Ethernet MIDI with 22 ports of connectivity for rugged long-distance MIDI connections
  • Auracle 2.0 software enables you to tailor the PlayAUDIO1U’s settings to your exact needs 
  • “MIDI learn” from external MIDI devices to control key functions on the interface
  • High-resolution audio – Studio sound quality for the live arena – up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
  • Comprehensive audio mixing and routing between connected USB computing devices and analog outputs
  • Easy-to-use capacitive touch control and 2 rotary encoders provide software-less control over PlayAUDIO1U’s key features from the front panel
  • OLED screen for instantaneous status information and precise control
  • 100-240v switching power built-in with Industry-Standard IEC Power Connection
  • 1U ready-to-tour rack-mountable chassis 

Price: US MSRP $1399.99, estimated street price $1199.99

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