Outline is proud to introduce Newton, the next generation in audio system control and networking. Newton advances the management of sophisticated audio systems by combining new filter technology, multi-format audio signal routing, multi-format standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation in a single 1RU networkable chassis
Dave Kay, Adlib Audio Director - Ian Nelson, Senior Engineer
Robin Conway, Head of Development - Capital Sound Hire Ltd – London
Michael Häck, System Tech @ Jazz Open Festival
Kenny Kaiser, FOH engineer for The Killers
Davide Linzi, FOH engineer Negrita - MisterXservice
Each Newton processor combines powerful WFIR filters (unique to Outline), clock management and a very high number of input and output channels (216 x 216). Internal synchronous and asynchronous sample rate converters manage all I/O operations and Newton can be synchronised with any one of the 14 choices of clock sources. Mix and Match Matrix I/O routing allows translation and re-distribution of digital audio over multiple standards simultaneously.
Combining power and flexibility with an easy to use control interface, Newton forms the nucleus of next generation audio systems. Multiple Newton devices are easily interconnected to form a network that is scalable to meet all audio applications. Powerful processing features and multiple audio network standards combine to make Newton the ideal control core for any audio system from Touring to Live Broadcast Events and Fixed Installations.
Newton comes in three hardware versions:
Newton 16, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8. Newton 16 offers simultaneous signal connections over Dante™ (AES67 compliant), AES3, MADI Optical and MADI Coaxial, with the capability of fully processing 216 Inputs and 216 Outputs simultaneously.
All processed signals and direct outputs can be routed out of Newton using any of the available audio standards. This, as just one example, would allow signals to be received over MADI, processed and then transmitted to multiple amplifiers on Dante with an AES3 output for backup. This direct out, processing and routing ability can also be used to create a backbone for a multiple Newton Network to share signals.
Internal processing is all at 96 kHz, with an internal data depth up to 64 bits. In each processing section users have precise control over Level, Delay, Polarity and Raised Cosine Filters (implemented within WFIR Equalisers), all functions that are required to manage and optimize a loudspeaker system.
While Newton 16 is an all-digital device, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8 add the useful capability of local analog inputs and outputs.
Newton 16+4 adds 4 auxiliary analog inputs and outputs while Newton 16+8 adds 8 auxiliary analog Inputs and outputs. Each analog input is also provided with additional processing and matrix allowing inputs to be processed, routed and mixed into the main matrix. All three versions of Newton share the same motherboard and it is possible to upgrade from Newton 16 to Newton 16+4 or Newton 16+8.
In order to control all the features of Newton, a fast and reliable tool is required. For this reason Outline’s IT team developed Outline Dashboard™, a step forward in loudspeaker systems control.
One Newton or a distributed network of Newtons can be controlled by software that offers real time monitoring of the machine’s status and quick access to all its parameters.
Dashboard™ makes the audio technician's work fast and reliable, thanks to its ease of use and smart interaction modes that take advantage of drag & drop, keyboard shortcuts and copy-paste support.
A very powerful feature is the ability to manage multiple layouts of windows for fast recall of different working space configurations. Dashboard™ has been developed for macOS and integrates a lot of native multi-touch gestures including Virtual Spaces and Mission Control.