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A32 MADI & ADAT Converter. 258 tightly integrated, german engineered channels in one HU rack space. The most affordable, High Density Multi-Format Converter.

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32 x 32 AD/DA<> MADI <> ADAT Converter

Inputs & OutputsSpecificationsSound QualityMadiADATFeatures

Live Saver. Problem Solver.
Flexibility Champ.

The A32 is a worldwide unique solution to convert and route all important PRO-Audio formats with the highest possible I/O density in a single HU rack device: Analog, MADI and ADAT – all formats with up to 192 kHz.

The incredible flexible converter provides 32 x 32 balanced analog I/Os in D-Sub25 format with pro studio levels up to +20dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps.

The A32 is using the recent high-performance low-latency converter generation from Cirrus Logic. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the tightly packed 258-channel device delivers an exceptional detailed sound.

On the digital side, the A32 is primarily designed for MADI – the 64 channel professional audio format. Additionally 2 x 4 ADAT ports (= 32 I/O) can convert all 32 analog I/Os with up to 48 kHz.

The A32 incorporates a Word Clock I/O and a classic MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control. On top of it: intuitive one-knob control, Preset Management, Panel Lock and a powerful cross-format routing matrix (see below).

All in all the fan-less, small footprint Smart Converter & Routing system delivers three pro audio formats in an ultra flexible package – for the most attractive per-channnel-price on the market.

If you want to add 64×64 Dante channels, please have look on the A32 Dante.

258 tightly integrated, german engineered channels in one HU rack space. No doubt! The A32 is the most affordable, High Density Multi-Format Converter.

Redundant MADI I/O

The MADI I/O of the A32 is provided as optical fiber ports (SC Multimode connector) and coaxial BNC. The I/O support MADI delay compensation, 64- and 56-channel formats and port redundancy. MADI streams can be used to send and receive embedded MIDI messages.

4 x TFT Display with Smart Control

Four high-resolution pin-sharp TFT displays provide detailed level information for all 2 x 32 analog signals – allowing the overview of the signal flow in and out of the unit. The innovative on-board contextual help allows it to use the high-tech device, without reaching for the manual

Internal Routing Matrix

The A32 provides a sophisticated internal matrix for the free routing and splitting of all 128 Ins to all 128 Outs in blocks of 8 channels. The headphone output allows it to monitor every mono or stereo I/O plus one of 7 submixes directly from the front of the unit.

High Performance DSP

The high quality analogue circuit is accompanied by two powerful DSPs. A high-performance 400 MHz Sharc-DSP with floating point calculation and 80 bit wide accumulator processes all 258 channels with unmatched accuracy.

Redundant Power Supply

The A32 provides two automatically switch-over power supplies for worldwide operation. Both external power supplies can be replaced in seconds and even switched during operation without interruption. This way the A32 does not need to be sent in for repair if a power supply fails.

Flexible Remote Control

The A32 can be remotely controlled via MIDI, MIDI-over-MADI and USB from a host computer via software.








2 x 4 D-Sub25

8 channels on each D-Sub25
with RME/TASCAM pin-format.
-8 to +20 dBU (Gain in 1 dB steps).

MADI I/O: Optical SC

The optical I/O features a Multimode Fiber SC connector.
A Singlemode version is available.

MADI I/O: Coaxial BNC

The BNC I/O is redundant to the optical MADI I/O and allows cable lengths of up to 100 m.


Each port transfers eight channels at a sample rate of 48 kHz (= 32 In + 32 Out). ADAT port 4 is switchable to optical S/PDIF format.

USB Type-B

For Firmware updates (FPGA-flash), plugin installation and remote control from a host computer. The A32 appears as a MIDI device.


Monitoring of every stereo/mono I/O or one of 7 submixes via an additional stereo DAC.

Word Clock I/O

BNC with 75 Ohm
internal termination.
On/Off via display.


For Remote Control and
(with installed MADI module).

Redundant Power Supply

Ground-loop free, coaxial DC connector with secure, stable and relaible screw-lock. One PSU is included. The affordable replacement power supplies are available from any Ferrofish distributor.


Optical (multimode) + Coaxial interface

  • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 32 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz*

* both MADI ports work independently to achieve full 32+32 channel transmission
Support of MIDI over MADI.
Latency: 3 samples
Redundancy: Automatic switching between optical <-> coax MADI when signal lost.

Analog Inputs (AD)

4 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu … -8 dBu, 1dB steps


  • @48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms,
  • @96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms,
  • @192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator
TFT screen, 28 levels

Analog Outputs (DA)

4 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu … -8dBu, 1dB steps


  • @48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms,
  • @96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms,
  • @192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator
TFT screen, 28 levels

Headphones Out

  • 1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
  • Provides an independent stereo channel.
  • Selectable mono/stereo source or one of 5 mixes of all inputs and outputs.
  • Digitally controlled volume level.


4+4 optical interfaces (8 channels each with 48 kHz)

  • 32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • n/a @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Latency: 3 samples


ADAT 4 I/O can be reconfigured as S/PDIF I/O.
The input includes a sample rate converter (performance of SRC: -128dB)
The output follows the sample frequency of the A32.


  • 2 x DIN5 connector for remote control of the unit
  • Conversion MIDI <> MIDI over MADI possible

Wordclock I/O

  • BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
  • 75 Ohm Termination switchable for input

Power Supply

12V, 3A

  • 2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power.
  • Voltage supervision, warning message on screen when PSU input fails
  • Internal resettable polyfuse
  • 1 x power supply included

USB Port

1 x USB 2.0 for Remote/Updates

Additional Features

  • 192 kHz operation (S/MUX up to 192kHz).
  • Individual delay-compensation of all analogue outputs.
  • DSP Plugin-ready
  • MIDI in/out plugs Headphone /submix output for easy control.
  • MIDI over MADI Preset Management
  • Extensive routing/mixing possibilities.
  • Redundancy (MADI I/O, Dante I/O, Power Supplies).

Internal Clock

  • Temperature compensated oscillator, with high accuracy.
  • Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
  • Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
  • Aging: +/-1ppm


  • Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
  • Output jitter: 50ps … 100ps typ.

LCD Displays

  • 4 x TFT Screens for the complete control of all analog I/O levels and all settings of the unit
  • One Key Control provides an easy control of all functions.
  • Multi language help pages guides available (No need to study the manual.)

Audio Core Processor

  • Sharc DSP ADSP-21489 / 400MHz.
  • Routing and processing of of all 128+128 audio channels.
  • Mixing to headphone output.
  • Independent mixing to selectable analog output pair.
  • Calculation of DSP plugins.


  • 1HU
  • Depth: 27cm (10.6”) (including connectors)


4.1kg (9 lbs)

Ambient temperature

41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

Ferrofish AD/DA Converters in Comparison

Convincing to the last detail.

Quality of Sound.

High Quality AD & DA

The A32 uses the most recent low-latency AD & DA generation from Cirrus Logic. The high performance converters capture and restore audio signals with all details, a highly neutral frequency response and low distortion. All analog inputs and output are using D-Sub connectors, and can be set independently to levels between -8dBu and +20dBu.

High Resolution Sound

The A32 converts 32 analog I/O with sample rates of up to 192 kHz from/to MADI and ADAT (= 16 / 8 Channels at 192 kHz – SMUX/4).

The pristine sound quality is perfectly suited for high-quality recording and playback of critical material with high dynamics, like classical music or jazz.

High Precision Clock

The A32 is driven by a high-accurate, internal low jitter clock. The sophisticated design combines an advanced jitter reduction circuit with a stable, temperature compensated oscillator. All digital data from the MADI, ADAT and BNC ports are automatically processed, resulting in the an ultra-low output jitter on all digital channels of 50 to 100 ps.

A32 MADI Format

Digital Multicore

MADI is the industry standard for multi-channel audio at modern concert tours around the globe, classical music recordings, theatres and music studios. Setups with several hundred channels in a complex setup, including recording interfaces, mixing consoles and converters to all existing audio formats, are easy to realize. Thanks to the internal routing matrix with it´s submix capability, MADI signals can be freely merged from channels of all other formats (Analog, ADAT) – and even from the MADI inputs.

Ferrofish consequently supports MADI and offers industry-leading products, like the high-density A32 series, with seamless integration to other formats. 56- and 64-channel MADI formats are supported.

MADI, Made by Ferrofish provides a set of advanced MADI features – integrated into the A32:


up to

192 kHz





Up to 2000M







A32 ADAT Format

2 x 4 Lightpipes.

Thanks to an impressive array of 8 ‘Lightpipe’ connections, the Ferrofish A32 integrates a wide variety of studio devices or a loaded stage. The A32 can convert and split up to 32 incoming signals to and from ADAT (16 with 96 kHz / 8 with 192 kHz). This way the converter can add a complete room with audio equipment to a MADI and Analog setup.

Thanks to the optical connection, ADAT-linked equipment avoids ground-loops and will not transfer harmful electrical spikes from one device to the next.

The optical ADAT ‘Lightpipe’ interface is still the most affordable way to transfer a variety of audio channels. Originally designed for the Alesis Digital Audio Tape machine – hence the name – in 1991 ADAT is reliable, standardized and still everywhere. Nearly all of todays computer audio interfaces, hardware synthesizers, samplers and even mixing consoles include at least an ADAT port.

Like AES/EBU and SPDIF, the ADAT Lightpipe system is self-clocking — it carries an embedded clock from the source device.

Thanks to the optical connection, ADAT-linked equipment avoids ground-loops and will not transfer harmful electrical spikes from one device to the next.

The ADAT format built-into the The A32 provides the common bit-splitting technique to utilize higher sample rates, than the originally defined 48 kHz. The so-called S/MUX (= ‘sample multiplexing’) decreaes the number to of available channels per cable to reach up to 192 kHz.

Top Features

Routing Matrix & SubMixes

The internal matrix allows the free routing and splitting of all 128 Ins to all 128 Outs in blocks of 8 channels. All features are available via the TFT display and easy to control with the Ferrofish Smart Guide System.

Additonally to the routing of all inputs, the A32 provides the creation of up to 7 custom mixes of all analog and digital I/O’s which can then be sent to the stereo headphones output.

The matrix is shown as a I/O grid inside the ROUTING menu. The inputs are shown in the columns, while the rows represent the outputs. A solid square between these lines indicates a connection.

The matrix and the submixes are saved within the device presets and can be recalled at any time.

Remote Control

The A32 can be remote controlled with MIDI-based commands. The remote software on a host computer can use various connections to the device:

MIDI: The device can be controlled via a MIDI cable from the host computer to the integrated MIDI I/O.
Multiple A32 – at a stage or in the equipment rack – can be controlled via daisy chaining.

The MIDI connection can also be used, to control non-Ferrofish MIDI equipment in the studio rack or on stage. The MIDI routing can be adjusted via the display.

MIDI over MADI: The A32 responds to MIDI remote control, embedded in the received MADI stream. To use this feature, it needs a MADI audio interface. e. g. from our partner RME, which is capable of embedding MIDI data in the MADI stream.

USB: The integrated USB port can be used to remote control the device. When connecting to the PC, the A32 will appear as a USB-MIDI device.

Direct Headphone Monitoring

The headphone output on the front allows it to monitor every mono or stereo I/O directly from the unit – no additional device or DAW interface is necessary. This way it doesn´t need another monitoring device in the bag to tap into a pair of MADI or Dante channels.

The headphones signal can be easily selected via a dedicated source control on the TFT display. Its possible to choose from ANALOG IN/OUT, MADI IN/OUT, ADAT IN/OUT, Dante IN/OUT and Submix 1-7.

Smart. Guided. Control.

Four high-resolution TFT displays provide complete control of all features:

  • Detailed level information for all 2 x 32 analog signals at a glance
  • Analog Gains
  • Routing matrix, MIDI Routing, Submixes
  • Headphone control, including source selection.
  • Settings (e. g. Clock, Termination, TFT Brightness, Device Lock)
  • Preset control (Save, Load)

The innovative on-board contextual help, much loved by Ferrofish users, allows it to use this high-tech device, without reaching for the manual.

High Performance DSP

The high quality analogue circuit is accompanied by two powerful DSPs. A powerful Sharc-DSP with floating point calculation and 80 bit wide accumulator processes the audio data with unmatched accuracy.

The DSP performs routing, mixing and the analogue gain/level settings – still providing unused processing reserves. Future updates will include high-quality Ferrofish DSP-effects, which are able to process audio effects with high accuracy and without latency.


The most flexible High Density Converter.

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Additional information

Weight4.1 kg
Dimensions27 × 48 × 4.4 cm