XI-MACHINES - high quality, whisper-quiet workstations and servers, purpose-built for 24/7 use in demanding production environments. Superior engineering, maximum performance and rock-solid system stability - made by professionals for professionals.
Combining maximum performance with minimum noise emission in a conventional computer is impossible. You will always end up with a compromise: Either loud and fast or quiet and slow. At XI-MACHINES we offer the solution!
XI-MACHINES High-Performance Workstations combine enterprise class components with advanced cooling technologies. This combination allows for rock-solid yet whisper-quiet operation without compromising system-cooling.
Critical components such as processors, mainboards, graphics accelerators and hard disk drives run at lower temperatures and produce less noise while reaching higher levels of performance and durability even at full system load during 24/7 operation. The innovation for an optimized workflow - whisper quiet without compromise!
XI-MACHINES High-Performance Workstations are specifically designed for a wide range of applications. Our workstations are used in professional environments such as 3D-Animation, Visual-FX, CAD/Engineering/Construction, Architecture, Audio, Broadcast, TV, Film, Event, Post and Simulation.
We offer "turn-key"-solutions, which means the hardware, firmware, operating system and drivers come pre-installed and optimized for the respective application! Keep it simple: Get in and go!
Choose from our professional tower or 19-inch industrial rack systems. It does not matter whether you opt for a Single-/Dual- or even Quad-CPU system - XI-MACHINES will always provide you with a customized solution.
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XI-MACHINES provides "Sama-Sama" interactive performance show with media server network
Madrid, March 15 2016: Running since its launch in fall 2015, the unique “Sama-Sama” entertainment show is presented by Cirque du Soleil and Sama-Sama Creative Labs. It combines the worlds of theater and adventure theme parks with interactive elements to form a powerful multi-sensory experience.
Using the latest event technology, visitors are taken on an interactive journey packed with visual effects and musical components that put the audience into the roles of the performers. All XI-MACHINES media server used in this installation are real-time-optimized high-end solutions, which process performance data for up to 2,000 visitors per show and output these in the form of audio and video streams.
Sama-Sama involves not only teams of creative designers responsible for choreography, music and visuals but also leading technology providers offering a complex networking system for the show’s audio-visual aspects. A crucial part of this one-of-a-kind performance is the network of interactive attractions, involving up to 42 visitors simultaneously making music, dancing and generating visual effects in real-time.
“The technical challenge here lay in synchronizing audio, video and sensor data which were then processed and streamed out dynamically in real-time,” comments Patrick Strenge, CEO at XI-MACHINES GmbH. “Just the optical cabling – with over 100 m per station – as well as controlling each attraction were very complex. On top of that came cabling up and controlling 450 loudspeakers which are installed throughout the various attractions. We worked closely with the technical development facility at Sama-Sama to build a media server solution for real-time processing including capturing, rendering and show control. This enabled us to process a range of real-time data from 20 video cameras, 3D animations, laser tracking systems as well as around 500 trigger impulses quickly and reliably. This required a computing power of over 50,000 GFLOPS, provided by modified XI-MACHINES latest generation media servers,” Strenge continues.
Each attraction was developed exclusively for this show, and includes a user-friendly interface with instructions that can be easily understood by visitors from around the world.
Sama-Sama is a performance concept that combines elements of a live show with an interactive theme park. It tells the story of the Samis, a group of multi-talented creative spirits that turn a disused power station into a producer of human energy. They use their creativity to create a parallel universe. At Sama-Sama, and nurtured by the Samis, visitors become the artists, and the artists become the audience.
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Feature "Deep Space in 8K", Digital Production, issue 01/02-2016
In its January/February issue, the renowned German media production magazine Digital Production reports about the innovative presentation room Deep Space 8K at Ars Electronica Center, Austria.
Two modified CX4 workstations with approx. 50.000 GFLOPS processing power provide exclusive digital content, projected on two 16 x 9 Meter screens with 8K resolution and 120 Hz framerate.
Riverside European Tour 2015 Successful With XI-MACHINES RECORDER.1
Full article available for free (pdf, German only)
CX4 product information
Warsaw, November 11, 2015: Progressive Rock shooting stars Riverside just finished their current “Love, Fear and the time machine - Tour” with three sold out shows in their home-country Poland, with a total attendance of more than 5,000 people. The tour with 22 shows in 9 countries was not only a musical highlight, also the live-sound got fantastic reviews.
Since the beginning of their career the band is travelling with their own audio-equipment. Only the PA is provided locally. Vocalist and bass player Mariusz Duda comments: “We noticed in a pretty early stage that the only way to archive a constant quality is to bring the amount of production-related changes down to a minimum. We’ve been recording almost every show since 2007, mainly for our own archives. We work pretty close with our FoH-Engineer on transporting as many details as possible to our listeners. Investing in a professional live-recording solution was the next step for us and the XI-MACHINES RECORDER.1 provides exactly what we need: Reliability, flexibility and it’s easy to operate.”
Focusrite RedNet certification for live recording system RECORDER.1
XI-MACHINES receives Focusrite RedNet Certification for its innovative live recording system RECORDER.1
Following on from previous certification for the AUDIO-X2 high-performance audio workstation, the famed British maker of audio equipment now gives RECORDER.1 its official seal of approval. Digital audio networks have become the de facto standard for live events. RECORDER.1-DANTE systems are optimized for smooth operation of DANTE digital audio networks and are compatible with all renowned audio hardware brands for secure, stable recording of live events on tour or integration into control room installations. It is the world’s first 1U multitrack reorder to offer simultaneous recording of up to 128 audio channels at 96 kHz/24 bit or 64 channels at 192 kHz/24 bit in a Focusrite RedNet audio network. Needing a mere 33 seconds to reach ready-to-record state after being powered on, RECORDER.1 offers exceedingly fast reaction times.
About Focusrite RedNet
XI-MACHINES RECORDER.1 review, resolution magazine - issue 09/15
The English company Focusrite was founded by Rupert Neve in 1985. The company produces a wide range of high-quality audio equipment for home recording as well as professional studios and live events. Focusrite established a new product line of Ethernet network audio interfaces in the form of RedNet, which is based on the Dante standard. RedNet is a modular technology and can be combined with other Dante-compatible audio devices. For more information on Focusrite RedNet, see: http://uk.focusrite.com/ethernet-audio-interfaces/rednet
Renowned British pro audio magazine resolution reviewed our RECORDER.1-Dante.
"...This system in essence has one job only, to record digital audio and it did that job very well. There are no conversion quality issues to discuss as we are looking at bit for bit accurate recording and reproduction. ...However this unit is really aimed at the pro user who cannot afford to lose a take - large stadium shows, TV studio, and so on. The pricing is justified by realibility rather than ergonomics, in fact each unit comes with a 36-hour minimum system stability test certificate. The system optimisation and component selection of the Recorder.1 are what you are really buying into here."
Man Doki Soulmates and XI-MACHINES RECORDER.1 – Open Air Concert in Budapest
Budapest, August 21, 2015: Exactly 40 years after his dramatic escape from behind the Iron Curtain, Leslie Mandoki joined with his band Soulmates to play for a crowd of 30,000 in Budapest, the city where he was born. The concert’s theme was friendship and tolerance, and coincided with the anniversary of German reunification.
Article: Workstation “CADdrille”, iX Magazine Issue 09/15, pp. 76
Our RECORDER.1 multitrack recording system was there too, in the very capable hands of FOH engineer Daniel Schindler (Neal Morse Band, Riverside, Apparatjik, Hammerfall), who was responsible for the monitor mixes for all the musicians on stage. An XI-MACHINES RECORDER.1 unit tracked 96 channels, a stereo FOH mix and a backup mix for a backup recording.
Mandoki enlisted the help of some big international names for his “Soulmates” ensemble, including Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann´s Earth Band), Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew), Nik Kershaw, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Tony Carey (Rainbow), Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Tony Lakatos, as well as Supertramp legend John Helliwell. Two younger “Soulsisters”, Aura Dione and Mandoki’s daughter Julia, completed the line-up for the concert, which took place in Budapest’s historic old town on the Danube. They shared the stage with some of Mandoki’s many friends from the Jewish and Roma music communities, as well as a brass section from Cologne, band musicians from Bavaria, and the award-winning string quartet from Budapest, Sturcz.
In its September issue, the German computer magazine iX tested powerful CAD workstations in both mobile and desktop configurations. The magazine tested computers by renowned brands such as Dell and HP as well as an XI-MACHINES system.
In the “SPECwpc” benchmark, our X3 Engineer tower chassis system dominated the competition and displayed excellent performance results.
All systems utilized Xeon E5 CPUs and Kepler GPUs by NVidia. Special praise went to our X3 tower for its low noise emissions, which were four times lower than a workstation by one of the most widely known brands.
XI-MACHINES Provides Ars Electronica Project Room “Deep Space 8K” with High-End Workstations for 8K Resolution Exhibit
Hamburg/Linz, August 7, 2015: It’s a world premiere. For the first time, the renowned Ars Electronica Center presents stereoscopic and interactive content in 8K resolution at up to 120 Hz refresh rate – in real-time. Two CX4 high-performance computing workstations by XI-MACHINES form the core of a technically ambitious and complex exhibit.
The exceptional “Deep Space” exhibit at Ars Electronica has already staged many unique 3D visualisations over the years. Yet with its new conceptual design, “Deep Space 8K” now offers not only science presentations on the structure and functions of the human body, or enormous 3D pointclouds offering breath-taking depictions of ancient Rome, but also stunning solar activity video sequences by NASA. Visitors can also engage with movement-controlled multi-player games thanks to a newly developed laser tracking system.
“Deep Space 8K” boasts an impressive projection area covering a wall and floor space, each 16 by 9 meters. In a world premiere, award-winning high-resolution pictures, videos and interactive 3D animations are projected in real-time with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
This is made possible through two synchronised CX4 high-performance workstations crafted by XI-MACHINES. The system is capable not only of rendering and displaying visuals in 8K resolution, but at the same time computes data in real-time from the “Pharus” laser tracking system which collates the coordinates of up to 30 people playing interactive games on the projection space.
Our workstations are often used for real-time 3D projection onto large areas. Until now, it wasn’t possible to display the current “Deep Space 8K” Super Hi-Vision content in real-time with high levels of detail as a 3D projection. For us, what was special about this unique project was the technical challenge of how to output videos, pictures, 3D animations in 8K resolution at a refresh rate of 120 Hz while simultaneously computing tracking data, all in real-time, day for day in a working museum. The resulting data stream of 23 gigabytes per second is enormous, and is roughly equivalent to the capacity of a Blu-ray disc.
You can only process this amount of information if you employ the latest hardware. After exhaustive testing and in close consultation with the developers at Ars Electronica Future Lab, we custom-built a system around two CX4 high-performance computing (HPC) workstations, with high-end graphics accelerators that provide synchronised picture projection for both display areas.
Each of the two systems provides a computing power of approx. 25,000 GFLOPS, that’s the equivalent of around 200 conventional office computers! Both CX4s generate video data for a total of eight Christie Mirage 304K projectors, each offering 4K resolution, and displaying visuals on the wall and floor at an impressive 30,000 ANSI Lumens, with a contrast of 2000:1. And the results are astonishing. These are razor-sharp images, with zero-flicker 3D animations that guarantee a visual experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It’s a striking demonstration of how science, art and modern technology can combine in fascinating ways.
The powerful CX4 workstations developed for “Deep Space 8K” utilise two latest generation Intel XEON E5 processors, with each using four synchronised Nvidia Quadro M6000 graphics accelerators with a total of
48 GB graphics RAM; all this technology combines to allow synchronised projection of 3D content at 120 Hz.
For more on the Deep Space 8K exhibit at the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, go to www.aec.at/aeblog/2015/07/07/deepspace8k/
XI-MACHINES exhibits at SAE Alumni Convention
XI-MACHINES exhibits at SAE Alumni Convention in Berlin, 22nd-23rd October
Returning for the fourth time, XI-MACHINES is to present our new product line of professional audio, video and 3D workstations. Visit us at the SAE Alumni Convention in Berlin. Find out more: http://www.sae-alumni-convention.org/
RME certifies XI-MACHINES Digital Audio Workstations
XI-MACHINES receives RME certification for its current range of digital audio workstations, 24th June
XI-MACHINES has been certified by RME for its current range of high performance audio workstations after an exhaustive testing regime and a range of system optimizations.
RME is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality digital audio products. With their unique low latency performance down to only 32 samples, integrated Totalmix software and – even at high processor loads – low impact on system resources, RME products are known worldwide as providing benchmarks for stability, audio quality and low latencies. This makes PCI Express interfaces like the HDSPe MADI FX ideally suited to professional XI-MACHINES audio systems such as RECORDER.1. This unique multitrack recorder is the world's first 1U workstation to offer 390 input and output channels simultaneously while handling up to 24-hour recording takes.
CGI Workshop Hamburg June 17th-18th
XI-MACHINES exhibits at the International CGI Workshop in Hamburg, 17th-18th June
A home game: XI-MACHINES exhibited its current workstation range optimized for the DCC and automotive sectors on the premises of the Briese Studios Hamburg. Our HPC workstations were used to realize remote control of an industrial ABB robot as well as special effects with Modo software’s Viewport and 3D visuals by the technical university Nuremberg in real-time.
Next to brand new 40” displays with 4K resolution and VRED applications, our ANIMATE-X3 workstation impressed visitors with Cinebench results of over 4,270 (Maxon Cinebench R15, Multi CPU).
We also presented the new “COMPUTE CX4” ultra-powerful HPC workstations, both at our own and at the NVIDIA/PNY booth, focusing on tasks such as CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM, analysis, simulators and CFD, as well as GPU-intensive tasks such as rendering, real-time 3D, real-time visualizations, grading, VFX, compositing and video wall applications.
The CX4 was equipped with a combination of two powerful XEON processors (max. 36 cores/72 threads) as well as four NVIDIA/PNY Quadro M6000 workstation accelerators with a total of 48 GB GDDR5 RAM and more than 11,500 CUDA cores, offering incredible levels of performance. With the CX4, customers purchase their very own desktop supercomputer in a compact housing. In comparison, the total processing power of the maximum configuration described above of around 25,000 Gigaflops is roughly equivalent to around 200 new office computers!
Steinberg certifies Recorder.1
XI-MACHINES received the official certificate from renowned software company Steinberg, 05th May.
Steinberg’s professional audio software Nuendo Live® is the ideal complement to the innovative multitrack audio system RECORDER.1 from XI-MACHINES, which allows simultaneous use of up to 390 I/O channels.
RECORDER.1 was designed specifically for professional use with MADI or DANTE audio networks. Record-ready in 33 seconds, the rugged 19“ rack mount 1U solution allows 24+ hour recording in the EBU-compliant RIFF64 format, is easy to use and features rock solid reliability even under extreme recording situations.
SSL Live-Recorder Tour-Review
SSL Live-Recorder V2 tour test review, issue 04/15 of Production Partner magazine
XI-MACHINES SSL Live-Recorder
“…Bottom line: The SSL Live-Recorder is a road-ready workhorse, which is not easily thrown off track and for €5,798.00 delivers what it promises without requiring any further user intervention. Hook it up, get it going and you’ve got one less thing to worry about. It’s impressive how much performance can be put into 1U. Absolutely recommended for anyone looking for a reliable, fail-safe, compact and easy to use multitrack solution.”
XI-MACHINES presents the world's first 1U, 194 track audio recorder, 5th April.
XI-MACHINES announces the availability of RECORDER.1, a rack mountable 1U audio recorder for up to 194 tracks simultaneously, after a 14-month development process.
RECORDER.1 was designed to provide easy and reliable live recording within the most compact space possible. The world's first 19", 1U multitrack recorder, RECORDER.1 delivers recording of up to 194 audio tracks simultaneously at 48kHz/24-bit, with a ready-for-operation time of 33 seconds.
RECORDER.1 runs Nuendo Live® software, which is optimized for live recording tasks. Created by Steinberg Media Technologies, Nuendo Live® offers a clearly structured user panel that displays all FOH-relevant menus, and features practical tools such as a 60-second pre-record buffer, automatic audio track naming, a notepad function as well as essential editing functions. These capabilities make RECORDER.1 one of the most powerful live recording audio systems available today.
RECORDER.1 is now shipping worldwide with a choice of MADI- or DANTE-compatible audio interfaces as well as interchangeable RecPacks, which use the EBU RIFF 64 Broadcast Wave format to offer up to 39 hours of recording across 128 inputs, depending on the components selected.
XI-MACHINES Workstations, Recording Magazin, issue 03/15
„Solid workhorses with performance“
Interview with Patrick Strenge, founder and MD of XI-MACHINES
ISE Amsterdam IT fair 10.-12. Feb. 2015
ISE Amsterdam, IT fair 10.-12.02.15 ( Microsite)
XI-MACHINES presents its latest generation VBOX workstations for the globally acclaimed Ventuz real‐time 3D software, as well as a dedicated real-time, 3D optimized wall cluster solution showcasing Autodesk VRED for generating 3D objects on a large cluster screen at ISE in Amsterdam, February 10-12.
At PNY Technologies (booth 8-E280), an acclaimed manufacturer of quality computer components, visitors can experience a wall cluster solution based on a VRED 12+1 cluster of XI-MACHINES high-performance workstations equipped with frame synchronized PNY Quadro K5200 graphic accelerators. Users can view objects shown on the screen cluster in 360-degree mode in real-time. By displaying objects in a truer, more realistic way on a large format screen, evaluating them becomes easier and faster.
XI-MACHINES will equip the entire ISE booth of Ventuz Technology AG with the latest generation VBOX workstations, supplying computing power for video wall installations, interactive presentations as well as Ventuz’ broadcast environments.
Animate X3 Workstation Test, c´t 2015, Issue 02
"Insane Speed", dual CPUs for special tasks.
Test Review of our high performance dual CPU workstation in c´t-Magazin, one of the most widely read and most highly regarded German IT magazines.
Three dual CPU sample configurations were tested in issue 02/2015:
Two dual CPU workstations by internationally well-known brands took on our ANIMATE-X3 Ultra, one of our dual CPU workstations, optimized by us for 4K workflow.