For broadcasters with a lot of original programming, the digital cornucopia that is so pleasing can occasionally become digital Babel. Mutec, a German digital audio equipment manufacturer, offers a solution with its MC-4 multichannel audio format converter.
The MC-4 cross-coverts ADAT, AES3 and S/PDIF signals. It offers format and sample rate conversions from 32 kHz to 192 kHz. Word clock I/O and AES11 reference clock are also included.
An unusual feature for the MC-4 is the ability to lock two eight-channel sources of differing clock rates and convert them simultaneously.
The half-rack box offers I/O for ADAT optical, BNC, RCA, XLR and a 25-pin D-sub. Front panel status LEDs monitor operation.