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DARK88
DANTE Audio Network 8 Input, 8 Output Break Out Box

Features Description Dante Video Specifications Firmware Update Downloads Ask a Question
  • 8 audio inputs and 8 audio outputs on XLR connections
  • Redundant CAT5 and fibre network connections
  • Connection to Dante network for control and configuration
  • Connects to other Glensound Dante interfaces or commentary units
  • Connects to any Dante compatible unit from other manufacturers
  • 12 VDC power option
  • Twin redundant power supply

Links To Inferno Commentators Box
Using the DARK88 with the Inferno creates a self contained, network audio commentary system

Inferno Link Options
Links between the Inferno and DARK88 can be:

  - Single network cable
    100m range.

  - Twin network cables
    A redundant network cable connection for extra resiliance. 100m range.

  - Fibre via the SFP slot
    An SFP slot provides options for single or multi mode SFP modules, allowing a range over many kilometres.

Audio Inputs & Outputs
All audio input and output connections are presented on full size XLR connections. There are 8 inputs and 8 outputs.

Use As An Audio Snake
Two DARK88s can be linked either directly or as part of a Dante network and used as an 8 input 8 output digital audio snake.

DANTE
Multi channel, digital media network technology, offering compatibility with hundreds of systems from other manufacturers

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.

Outstanding Quality
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.

Glitch-Free Redundancy
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.

Visit the Audinate website to learn more about DANTE - click here 

AUDIO
Maximum Input Level:  +18dB
Maximum Output Level: +18dBu
Frequency Response: >-0.25dB 20Hz to 22kHz
Input Impedance: >20k Ohms
Output Impedance:  <=50 Ohms
Distortion: (REF +8dBu output)
                   0.008% @ 100Hz 
                   0.007% @ 1kHz
                   0.005% @ 10kHz
Noise:
 -93dB@line up A weighted RMS
Dynamic Range:  111dB
Interchannel Crosstalk: >109dB
Input And Output Type:  Electronically balanced (can be wired unbalanced).

POWER
Power source: 2 x mains inputs filtered IEC, 100 to 240 VAC 47-63Hz
Internal Mains Fuse: 20mm 1A anti surge
AC Consumption: 16 watts@230VAC

PHYSICAL
Audio Connectors:  8 x XLRM and 8 x XLRF
Dimensions: 442 x 303 x 44mm (wxdxh) 1U rack mounting
Mechanics: Allaluminium construction, anodised and laser etched front & rear panels
Weight: 3kg
Shipping Carton: Rugged Export quality cardboard carton 610 x 420 x 130mm LxDxH
Shipping Weight: 4.5Kg

The firmware that runs the Dante Network Interface in the DARK88 is updated using Audinate's Firmware updating tool (Audinate are the company behind Dante). The updating tool and a user guide can be downloaded from Audinate's website https://www.audinate.com/products/firmware-update-manager.

The actual firmware to install using the above tool can be downloaded from: http://www.glensound.co.uk/Software/Dante/DARK88_1.0.0.3.zip

When you download the above file please make sure that you know where your computer has saved it and then you'll need to unzip it before installing it with Audinate's update tool.

Please note we strongly advise that when you do the update that only your pc and the Dark88 that you wish to update are on the network to save accidently updating the wrong Dante device.

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