The success story of the A16 is closely related to history of the Ferrofish company from Linz am Rhein. But everything started in the last decade…
In 2002 Jürgen Kindermann started working as a developer for the Creamware company in Siegburg. For 20 years Creamware produced affordable, market-leading DSP solutions and innovative musical instruments. In search of a good-sounding converter for his own DSP accelerator card with audio interface, the original A16, a 19“ converter with a pure design, was born. By reducing the control and indicating elements, the A16 came in at an attractive price, and with the widely used ADAT digital connection, a long term sales hit.
The A16 had a revival in 2008 under the company name SonicCore, which also made it’s mark in the audio world. Due to different views about the future of development at SonicCore, the company split in 2010 and Kindermann founded Ferrofish GmbH.
The Ferrofish A16 MK-II Converter with MADI Features
In 2010 the next generation converter was introduced, the Ferrofish A16 MK-II. In addition to the popular ADAT interface, a professional MADI Interface was integrated, along with a rare innovation for control and metering at the time: two high-resolution color TFT displays. Other manufacturers used LED matrices and 7-segment displays for metering at this time, instead of these cellular display panels with crystal clear metering. Top it off with a price that many thought must be a misprint: For the first time, a converter with MADI, such a high number of channels and a graphically based GUI, for just below 1000 EUR. The sales figures speak for themselves: The Ferrofish A16 MK-II continues the success story of the venerable A16 and takes it even further in the current version.
Single Mode Configuration
All MADI devices from Ferrofish are delivered as standard in multimode version. This version is the industry standard at audio transmission via MADI. In multimode signals can be transmitted over distances up to 2km. Optionally all MADI devices can be ordered in single mode configuration. This means that an optical port in SC mode is equipped. In Single Mode (SC) Signals can be transmitted over distances up to 10km.
B4000+ Authentic Organ Sounds
In 2011 another popular synthesizer in the organ segment received a major update. The B4000 was updated with a high-resolution color display, new algorithms for sound production and a Leslie emulation. By using the more powerful DSPs that are currently available, full polyphony is now possible.
A16 AE ADAT Edition
To round out the portfolio of converters for the prosumer market, the A16 AE ADAT Edition was introduced in 2014. It offers the semi-professional user the popular ADAT digital connection without a MADI interface, and it’s available for an even more reasonable price.
Innovative and affordable German Engeneering
Today a solid team of programmers, hardware engineers, and audio engineers support the core team around Hase and Kindermann. Further development will be mainly focused on DSP-supported products which fit perfectly into the audio world on account of their reliability, efficiency and low latency.
"We are looking forward to the future - because we are already right in the middle of it!"