Merging Technologies has announced the Hapi MkII interface for smaller set-ups as well as the ‘ultimate accessory’ for a system running multiple Horus, Hapi and Anubis interfaces.

New technology and new features allow all the existing AD and DA, Madi and Pro Tools PT64 interface cards to be compatible from the original Hapi and Horus, with Hapi MkII using the ZMan DSP processor technology introduced in Anubis for significant upgrades in performance. The recent introduction of the ADA8S and ADA8P cards improved the headroom of the mic preamp inputs and effectively doubled the analogue I/O count to 16-in/16-out in DSD/DXD, in a 1U-high rackmoune box.

Merging Technologies Hapi MkII interfaceDual Ethernet ports with built in switch now support connection og Hapi MkII to another interface and computer without the need for an external switch. Improved channel-based routing means that each channel can be internally routed to make the most efficient use of resources. A mastering grade headphone amplifier now operates in DSD (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256). AoIP developments also make Hapi MkII compliant with key broadcast requirements for network redundancy and discover– ST2110, ST2022-7 and NMOS.

The Hapi MkII is fully remote controllable with any web browser on Mac or PC to access all parameters and remote-controlled mic preamps, and can be synchronised to video input (black burst or tri-level HD), word clock, network (PTP), AES-EBU, Adat, SPDIF, Madi or internal clock. It can also serve as an AoIP grandmaster (PTP).

Using dedicated ASIO and Core Audio drivers, Mac and PC, users can use Hapi as as I/O for whatever software is run. The PT64 option card provides 64 channels of low-latency Pro Tools HD connectivity and allows Pro Tools ultimate users to take advantage of AoIP with Ethernet connectivity. The MkII can also use one of its slots to add a single or multi mode Madi option card, providing 64 discrete channels of digital input and output at 1FS.

Four high-quality analogue input and output cards can be fitted to the base unit in blocks of eight channels to customise an interface for different applications – 192kHz capable or Premium DXD/DSD capable inputs and outputs. Both AD cards have a direct out feature, allowing the analogue mic/line signal to be taken directly after the mic preamp and fed to other analogue devices so can be used as a splitter.

These remotely controlled mic/line input and output cards are third-generation Dual Gain topology designs from the Anubis  preamps, that show zero tolerance to any compromise on the audio quality. Available in two models that operate up to 192kHz (ADA8S) and DXD/DSD256 (ADA8P). Using those combined eight channel mic/line in and line out cards allow the Hapi to be configured with up to 16 channels of analogue in/out.

The AKD8D(P) Analogue to Digital Converter card features eight transparent, Swiss designed preamplifiers, remote/local switching to line level on a per-channel basis, remote access to all parameter changes, Phantom Power/phase/low-cut switching per channel, and better than 123dB dynamic range.

The DA8(P) Digital to Analogue output card features auto-mute circuitry for ‘no-pop’ power cycling, digitally controlled trims for line-up procedures, a dynamic range of 126dB (typical), and easy-to-set dip switches for international operating levels.

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