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FAQ 2017-12-08T12:39:58+00:00
DiGiGrid is a collaboration between Waves and DiGiCo/Soundtracs that aims to provide the audio market with processing and networking solutions based on the Waves SoundGrid platform. DiGiGrid offers audio interfaces for native DAWs, Pro Tools systems, Waves MultiRack and MADI-enabled consoles.
SoundGrid® is the Waves networking and processing platform for real-time professional audio applications. Audio networking occurs over standard Ethernet infrastructure. Real-time processing uses Intel DSP SoundGrid servers.

Hardware: A DiGiGrid I/O, and a Mac or PC to run the SoundGrid host application. The system is scalable and can be expanded easily by adding more computers, SoundGrid I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers.

Software: The SoundGrid Studio Application and a SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver. Additional SoundGrid software (MultiRack SoundGrid, StudioRack SoundGrid, the eMotion ST mixer) can also be used depending on your needs.

Both are MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces. MGB connects via two sets of BNC coaxial connectors, while MGO connects via two sets of LC optical connectors.

All three are SoundGrid I/Os.

IOS has 8 analog preamps and line outs, two headphone outs, and an AES in/out. It also includes a built-in SoundGrid DSP server and a network switch, and is designed to be a central hub with networking and processing capabilities.

IOX has 12 preamps, 6 analog outputs and 4 headphone outs—perfect for your studio’s performance/recording room.

IOC has 2 analog preamps, 8 line inputs/outputs, 16 AES inputs/outputs, an ADAT in/out, and two headphone outputs. This diversity of connectivity options makes it ideal for studio control rooms.

IOS IOC IOX
Size 2U 1U 1U
Channel ins 10 34 12
Channels outs 10 32 6
Headphones outputs 2 2 4
Built-in server Yes N/A N/A
Mic inputs/preamps 8 2 12
DigiLink ports N/A N/A N/A
8x line outputs on 25 pin D CON 1 1 N/A
8x line inputs on 25 pin D CON N/A 1 N/A
8x AES I/O on 25 pin D CON N/A 2 N/A
ADAT I/O N/A 1 N/A
SoundGrid network connection 4 2 2
MIDI in/out 1 N/A N/A
AES on XLR switchable to SP-DIF 1 N/A N/A
TRS line outputs 8 N/A 6
Word Clock in/out 1 1 1
USB port 1 N/A N/A
Both are Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid interfaces with two DigiLink ports and a network switch. The only difference is that DLS includes a powerful built-in SoundGrid DSP server, while DLI doesn’t.
The SoundGrid Studio System is a real-time processing and networking platform. It allows your DAW to offload its plugin processing and enables your devices to communicate with one another and with the devices of the people you work with. A SoundGrid Studio System comprises both hardware (DiGiGrid I/Os and SoundGrid DSP servers) and software (SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver, the SoundGrid Studio Application, the eMotion ST mixer, and either StudioRack or MultiRack).
SoundGrid Studio is an application for managing the SoundGrid network’s hardware and the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver on your host computer, allowing you to configure connections, routing, clocks, and more.
StudioRack is a software rack designed to run plugin chains, giving you the choice of directing the processing to a SoundGrid DSP server or to your host computer’s CPU. When your plugin chains are processed on the SoundGrid server, StudioRack lets you monitor your tracks in low latency via the eMotion ST mixer.
Waves eMotion ST is a SoundGrid software digital mixer with 8 mono/stereo input channels, additional 64 mono channels from StudioRack, and 9 mix busses. Along with StudioRack and a SoundGrid server, eMotion ST enables low-latency monitoring with hundreds of plugins.

MultiRack is a host application designed to serve as a multi-channel plugin rack for live sound (FOH/monitoring/broadcast). MultiRack provides control over plugins and snapshots/scenes for live sound systems.

There are two versions of MultiRack: a Native version for local processing on your computer’s CPU, and a SoundGrid version for low-latency processing on an external server. The SoundGrid version requires a SoundGrid I/O, a SoundGrid DSP server, and SoundGrid-compatible plugins.

DiGiGrid communicates with and complements your Pro Tools system via the DiGiGrid DLI and DLS audio interfaces. DLI and DLS units connect directly to your Pro Tools cards via their DigiLink connectors and help transfer audio between the HDX and SoundGrid systems, giving you more processing power and networking possibilities.

Watch this video to learn how to use DiGiGrid DLS/DLI with Pro Tools HDX.

Up to 8 SoundGrid-compatible hardware I/O devices and 8 software I/Os (host computers running the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio drivers).
You can use the Waves eMotion ST mixer in various ways according to your needs. It can be used as your main mixer, as an input mixer, as an effects submixer, or in conjunction with StudioRack for real-time low-latency monitor mixes. You can control eMotion ST through StudioRack within your DAW, or open it as an additional standalone window.
Yes, there is a redundancy solution for Waves MultiRack SoundGrid system by adding a second SoundGrid DSP server.
StudioRack supports most Avid control surfaces under Pro Tools. StudioRack’s MIDI Learn function lets you control any plugin used within StudioRack.
Yes. All DiGiGrid interfaces and ASIO/Core Audio drivers connected to the same SoundGrid network can send and receive Word Clock. Visit the SoundGrid Studio Application page at waves.com to learn more.

DiGiGrid DLS and DLI (the latter with an external SoundGrid DSP server) bridge Pro Tools HD/HDX systems with the SoundGrid low-latency processing platform, enabling you to run hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins in extremely low latency.

Watch this video to learn more.

With native systems you can use any DiGiGrid interface (some with an external SoundGrid server). This will enable you to use StudioRack SoundGrid in order to process SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins on the SoundGrid DSP server and monitor your tracks with all plugins on in super-low latency.

Watch this video to learn more.

All MADI-enabled consoles are supported by DiGiGrid’s MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces (MGB and MGO), enabling you to record your show directly to any DAW for virtual soundcheck purposes. Moreover, together with Waves MultiRack, a SoundGrid DSP server, and a switch, you can process in real time using your favorite SoundGrid-compatible plugins.
Waves AEB (Audio Exclusive Broadcast) is the name of the connection protocol used by the SoundGrid system components.
SoundGrid is scheduled for full AVB compliance in the future.

You can use either. Cat 5e cables have a shorter length limit than Cat 6 cables.

To learn more, please see this cables compatibility chart.

Yes, any DiGiGrid device can be used with any DAW, just like any other high-quality I/O interface, and give you up to 128 I/Os, regardless of whether you are using a SoundGrid DSP server.
DiGiGrid devices are designed for use in any country. All you need is the appropriate mains lead.
It is a service port for server troubleshooting.
SoundGrid currently supports up to 96 kHz. 192 kHz will be supported in future releases, with updates downloadable from the web directly into your DiGiGrid device.
No problem. All you need in order to set up a basic SoundGrid system is one DiGiGrid interface. You can later add more DiGiGrid interfaces and/or SoundGrid DSP servers and network them all together via Ethernet cables.
Yes, as long as your Ethernet infrastructure complies with the SoundGrid network’s requirements. Please consult our list of compatible switches and cables.

You can use your old PC or Mac computers with DiGiGrid as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Please see the System Requirements chart in the Waves SoundGrid Studio Application page, under the Support tab.

Please note: DiGiGrid requires your computer to have a 1GB Ethernet port.

DiGiGrid can be used with most popular DAWs. See the list of supported DAWs in the Waves SoundGrid Studio Application page, under the Support tab.

If you want to use the eMotion ST mixer and StudioRack, we suggest you become familiar with their system requirements and supported hosts as well: eMotion ST (under the Support tab); StudioRack (Tech Specs tab > Supported Hosts tab).

No, they are powered via the supplied power adaptor.
Some DiGiGrid devices have multiple headphone outs. If you need more than the onboard headphone outputs, you can use the DiGiGrid device’s line outs to connect to your headphone amp.
Yes, DLS and IOS are rack-mountable devices suitable for various live purposes.
Firmware updates are available with the latest versions of the related software. The firmware is easily updated via MultiRack or the SoundGrid Studio Application.
Any DiGiGrid device can be used as a master clock, set through its control panel.

Latency is something that may change between systems. If you’re not using SoundGrid processing at all, the total latency depends on your DAW’s native buffer + SoundGrid system A/D, D/A and network buffer:

  • A/D latency – less than 1 ms (see device manual for specific figures).
  • SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver latency – 4 ms.
  • D/A latency – less than 1 ms (see device manual for specific figures).

The default processing latency is the same for all DiGiGrid I/Os. The lowest latency to server and back (DSP processing on all systems) is 0.8 ms. If plugins introduce latency, this also needs to be taken into account. For the latencies of individual Waves plugins, consult this plugin latencies chart.

Internal processing for DiGiGrid DLS is only 0.8 ms for HDX users, but 0.8 ms + HDN buffer x2 for users of HD Native.

For Native users of DiGiGrid IOS in low-latency monitoring mode, internal processing latency is 0.8 ms + the latency introduced by A/D and D/A convertors. No matter which native buffer parameters are set on your DAW, this is the round trip when you use the StudioRack and eMotion ST low-latency path:

  • A/D latency – less than 1 ms (see device manual for specific figures).
  • SoundGrid processing (StudioRack + eMotion ST mixer) – 0.8 ms.
  • Plugin latency – depends which plugins and how many of them are instantiated (consult this Waves plugin latency chart).
  • D/A latency – less than 1 ms (see device manual for specific figures).

You can connect Port 1 of the HD Native card to the Lynx, and the expansion port to the 192. The second HD Native port can be connected to the DLS, enabling you to use up to 32 mono StudioRacks for DSP processing, or 32 I/O channels in the SoundGrid network. Alternatively, you can divide them – 16 StudioRacks and 16 I/Os. If you connect the DLS only through the expansion port of a single 192, you will get only 16 I/Os to SoundGrid (for either processing or I/O).

To learn more about how to set up an HD Native system with the DiGiGrid DLS, watch this video.

SoundGrid hardware has been in the market for over four years, debuting in the live market with the WSG Y-16 option card, followed by the Allen & Heath M-Waves interface card and the Waves card for DiGiCo Consoles. These devices are in use all over the world by many high-level engineers. Following this success, Waves and DiGiCo have jointly launched the DiGiGrid line. DiGiGrid hardware units are manufactured in collaboration with DiGiCo and are equipped with high-quality convertors and components. Waves and DiGiCo are well-established brands, and all DiGiGrid interfaces are fully supported by both companies, now and in the future.
The SoundGrid DSP server provides the processing power for SoundGrid systems, enabling you to run hundreds of plugins simultaneously in real time.
The SoundGrid DSP server is a low-latency Linux server, carefully designed by Waves to provide reliability and stability, and powered by Intel processors. The server works with and is compiled for specific motherboards and chipsets only. The servers have been tested with hundreds of plugins on about 20 different DAW systems, across five different operating systems and four different sample rates. There is no need to connect a computer screen or keyboard to the SoundGrid server: the server connects through the SoundGrid Studio Application or MultiRack SoundGrid, both of which run on your host computer.
Plugin DiGiGrid IOS DiGiGrid DLS
Waves SSL G-Channel: mono instances @ 48 kHz Over 300 Over 430
Waves SSL G-Channel: mono instances @ 96 kHz Over 170 Over 230

SoundGrid provides uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio distribution over Ethernet, which saves the need to install multiple line cables in the walls and floors of your studio. A single Ethernet cable can connect I/O boxes in different rooms, saving you plenty of money on the purchasing and maintenance of analog cables. Ethernet cables also endure longer distances without suffering any signal degradation compared to USB, FireWire, or DigiLink cables.
Here are two video examples of SoundGrid’s Ethernet benefits:

Video 1

Video 2

On the contrary, by combining your HD/HDX system with a DiGiGrid DLS/DLI unit and with the SoundGrid Studio System, you will enjoy advanced networking options and have more DSP processing power for running hundreds of plugins in low latency. You will also be able to enjoy all the workflow advantages provided by Waves’ StudioRack plugin chainer and eMotion ST mixer.

Watch this video to learn more.

Yes. No matter whether your session was created with or without SoundGrid processing, instances of StudioRack will load automatically, letting you use the same plugins and settings saved in your session.

When you import a session created on a SoundGrid system to a non-SoundGrid environment, StudioRack will switch seamlessly and automatically from SoundGrid processing to local CPU processing without losing your workflow, and will let you use the same plugin chain presets.

Sessions containing StudioRack components designed especially for Pro Tools HD/HDX and HD Native will load automatically and comply with whichever Pro Tools system is in use, bridging it with the SoundGrid DSP server (if present).

To learn more, please visit the StudioRack page on waves.com.

Yes – a single DLI/DLS will appear as up to four 192 Digitals, depending on configuration.