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mLAN audio and midi interface from Yamaha
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:25 am    Post subject: mLAN audio and midi interface from Yamaha Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mLAN at last..

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The i88X is an mLAN-based Audio and MIDI interface which features two mic and six line inputs that deliver audio to the unit's 24-bit96kHz A/D converters. Built-in ADAT Light Pipe compatibility and SPDIF I/O allows for 18 simultaneous inputs and outputs. The i88X can be used as a stand-alone 18-channel computer I/O, or as an expansion device in an mLAN network. Because the i88X is mLAN compatible, users get the added benefits of integration with over 40 mLAN licensee company products.

mLAN is Yamaha´s name for its embedding protocol for audio and midi over firewire.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Are you sure that mLan stuff is compatible with equipment made by manufacturers other than Yamaha Question
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well.. in order to use the mLAN features on a device to device basis, you would need mLAN gear. On the other hand, just install the software drivers on your mac or PC and then you are ready to B & B. This is really just a firewire device.. it is the embedding protocol that is a bit "special" and what yamaha calls mLAN. well.. mLAN depends on a lot of features in the firwire protocol too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Right. As I understand it, Firewire is just a serial I/O connection, like USB, or RS232. There is no standard way to send audio or MIDI over the interface. So, you need a driver for every device you have. You can't just hook up a MOTU and a KYMA on a Firewire interface and expect them to talk to each other. If they were MLAN devices, they could.

If the MLAN technology takes off, it could be very useful.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That is correct, Howard. So mLAN is a good thing. You can check out the mLAN faq at the tech pages over at Yamaha. Their implementation seems very solid.
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