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The DARK1616 is a versatile break in/ out box for sending/ receiving both analogue and digital (AES3) audio to/ from a network utilizing the Dante audio over IP (AoIP) protocol.
In total there are 16 channels of audio sent from the Dark1616 into the newtork. The Dark1616 has 8 off AES3 inputs and 16 off analogue inputs, the AES3 inputs take priority over the analogue (if an AES3 input is receiving a valid AES3 signal then it will turn off the equivalent analogue input pair and route its output to the network).
Simultaneously there are 16 channels of audio being received from the network by the Dark1616 and these incoming circuits are provided as outputs from the Dark1616 in both AES3 and analogue.
The AES3 inputs have sample rate converters on them and can accept input frequencies up to 192kHz, the incoming AES3 circuit is always sample rate converted to match the Dante newtork frequency.
The AES3 outputs are locked to the sample frequency of the Dante network.
For ease of cabling audio I/O is presented on D25 sockets to the AES59 standard (Tascam wiring convention) for which there are a number of reasonably priced break out cables available from multiple suppliers.
Being designed for resiliant broadcast applications the Dark1616 features both redundant power supplies and redundant Dante network links with link status GPOs (general purpose outputs (solid state relays)). Both primary and secondary network links are provided with both magnetic (copper RJ45) and fibre (SFP) interface connections. The Dante system itself provides a completely transparant redundant link system which means that if the Dark1616 lost its primary link circuit the secondary link would automatically take over with no loss of audio.
The primary and secondary network interfaces are routed internally via a network switch and it is possible to set this switch to work as a traditional network switch instead of the default redundant mode meaning that there would be just one link to the Dante network and the other connections of the switch could have other Dante or network devices connected to them. As with all Dante devices once set up Dark1616 units can be directly connected with each other with no external network hardware.
On the front panel 4 bright LEDs indicate the status of the 2 power supplies and the primary and secondary local network links. In parallel to these 4 indicating LEDs there are 4 solid state relay outputs for connecting to external alarm systems for failure notification of a power supply or link fault.
Based on industry standards, Dante is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology, with near-zero latency and synchronization. Dante is the preferred audio networking solution that has been adopted by more pro-audio AV manufacturers than any other networking technology. Interoperability is not a dream of the future, but a reality today. Hundreds of Dante-enabled products are available from the world’s leading manufacturers, enabling you to mix devices from multiple manufacturers.
Economical and Versatile
One cable does it all. Dante does away with heavy, expensive analog or multicore cabling, replacing it with low-cost, easily-available CAT5e, CAT6, or fiber optic cable for a simple, lightweight, and economical solution. Dante integrates media and control for your entire system over a single, standard IP network.
Dante systems can easily scale from a simple pairing of a console to a computer, to large capacity networks running thousands of audio channels. Because Dante uses logical routes instead of physical point-to-point connections, the network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time with just a few mouse clicks.
Since audio is transmitted digitally, you don’t have to worry about the common analogue challenges of interference from other electrical equipment, crosstalk between cables, or signal degradation over long cable runs.
Easy To Install
Setting up Dante networks couldn’t be easier. You no longer have to shudder when considering the deployment of an audio network. Even the most complex networks can be set up and configured quickly and easily with Dante, making system integration simple. Dante automatically handles the technical complexities for you.
Signal routing and system configuration with Dante is fast, simple, and incredibly flexible. Dante Controller is a powerful software application that manages devices on the network. Setting up a Dante network is typically just a matter of plugging devices into an Ethernet switch and connecting a computer to the network. All Dante devices are automatically discovered and displayed in Dante Controller, so you can be up and running in seconds.
channels; multicast sends an audio stream to multiple devices simultaneously.
Easy to Use
With Dante Controller you can easily edit device names and channel labels, control sample rates, and set device latencies. There is no longer any need to remember device IDs or channel numbers. Instead, a single audio channel is referred to just like an email address: “commentatorA @ studio or ”news_mic @ voboothA”. Set it and forget it. Once the network is configured, the computer running Dante Controller can be removed from the network, and reconnected only if changes are required or system monitoring is desired. Signal routing and other system settings are stored safely in the Dante devices themselves, so they are automatically restored if a device is power-cycled.
Network Health and Management
Real-time information about the health of your network is essential for a proper understanding of its performance. There are a rich suite of diagnostic tools within Dante Controller, providing visibility into the network health status through features such as device latency monitoring, active clock health monitoring, packet error reporting, and bandwidth usage statistics.
Many Dante-enabled devices support 'glitch–free' redundancy, enabling a secondary physical network to be provided, duplicating the audio traffic on the primary network. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.
Unicast or Multicast
Dante audio channels can be configured as unicast or multicast as appropriate, to make best use of available bandwidth. Unicast provides a direct point-to-point stream for unique channels; multicast sends an audio stream to multiple devices simultaneously.
Fully Integrated with Windows and Mac OS X
With Dante Virtual Soundcard, your computer becomes a Dante audio interface for multitrack recording and media playback, using the computer’s existing Ethernet port — no additional hardware is required. Digital Audio Workstations, software-based media players, Skype, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and other applications are easily integrated into your network via Dante Virtual Soundcard.
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Maximum Input Level: +18dB
Maximum Output Level: +18dBu
Input Impedance: >20k Ohm
Output Impedance: =<50 Ohms
Distortion: 0.0013% @ 100Hz
0.00094% @ 10kHz
Reference to +8dBu output
Noise: -93dB@line up A weighted RMS
Dynamic Range: 111dB
Input And Output Type: Electronically balanced (can be wired unbalanced)
Digital AES3 Audio
Frequency Response: flat to 22kHz
Maximum Input And Output Level: 0dBFs
Input And Output Impedance: 110 ohm
THD+N: 0.00018% relative
Noise: >-123dB (residual) A weighted RMS
Inputs And Outputs: transformer balanced
Dynamic Range: >141dB
Input Frequency: 16-192kHz (sample rate converted to meet Dante network frequency)
Output Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192kHz (output matched Dante network)
Connections: 2 x mains inputs filtered IEC, 100 to 240 VAC 47-63Hz
AC Consumption: 18 watts@230VAC
Internal Mains Fuse: 20mm 1A anti surge.
Audio Connectors: 25 way D connectors wired to AES59
Alarm Connector: 9 way D socket
Alarm Type: solid state relay
Size: 1RU 19” 300mm deep excluding connectors
Nett Weight: 3.3kg
Shipping Carton: Rugged export quality cardboard 610x420x130mm LxDxH
Shipping Weight: 4.8kg.
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