When is the Z/IP ONE w/AES shipping?

Now! There are units in inventory, tested, approved, and ready to ship.

Does the Z/IP ONE w/AES still support analog audio?

Yes. Analog inputs and outputs are still available with configurable gain, and even an available microphone boost setting.

Can an analog Z/IP ONE be upgraded to use AES/EBU?

No. The change to support AES/EBU requires both a new main board and new chassis.

Can I use AES and analog audio at the same time?

Yes. Since the Z/IP ONE encodes just one stereo pair, you must choose which of the input options to use for encoding. However, decoded audio is simultaneously available on Analog, AES/EBU, and Livewire outputs. You can even set the inputs to ‘fail over’ from Livewire to AES/EBU to Analog in case of input failures.

What determines an input failure?

Loss of frame synchronization is used to determine whether to change input sources from Livewire or AES/EBU. Silence is not considered.

What are the major differences between an Analog Z/IP ONE and the Z/IP ONE w/AES?

The AES/EBU design has a new main board with a new digital audio controller. Aside from minor changes necessary to configure AES/EBU, the new Z/IP ONE design has the following major differences:

  • Different analog input gain settings, particularly with respect to microphone gain
  • Two additional XLRs on the back panel
  • Ground stud near the power entry module on the back panel
Are there any other differences?

Yes, many. The 2.0 software that accompanied the AES/EBU hardware release was our largest change set to date. You can see a complete list of changes in the release notes at: Notes.pdf

Can I use older software with a Z/IP ONE w/AES?

No. The 2.0 software is the first that supports the new audio hardware. For this reason, the software update web page will not permit you to downgrade to earlier software.

Is there more detailed information available?

Yes. The manual has been updated and is hosted both on the Z/IP ONE’s internal web pages and at:

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