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The MADI Format: Applications and Implementation in the Digital Studio

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The Multichannel Audio Digital Interface, a serial data format better known as MADI, was created to satisfy the need, as perceived by a group of manufacturers associated with digital audio multitrack tape machines and audio mixing consoles, for a simple, economic and easy-to-implement serial multichannel audio digital interface for use throughout the industry. It was intended that the proposed MADI format, including technical guidelines and application information, would be made available publicly once the concept had been documented and verified through the use of physical hardware. In addition the format would be presented to the AES and EBU for consideration as a digital audio standard. The MADI format is now a reality, having been physically proven and passed by the AES for standardization by ANSI.

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