NTP Technology to Launch 1,088 Channel Dante/AES67 Routing with Sample-Rate Conversion
New 128 channel Dante expansion card has sample-rate conversion on all channels as well as dual redundancy network ports to maximise reliability
Gentofte, Denmark – The DAD AD/DA/DD converter and audio-routing devices by NTP come with support for 64 channels of Dante IP audio right out of the box. To meet demand for an even higher channel count, NTP Technology is now introducing an optional expansion card that adds another 128 channels to the digital audio-routing matrix. With eight slots available for expansion cards, users can access up to 1,088 Dante/AES67 48 kHz channels including the 64 channels that come as standard.
Also offered in the new Dante expansion card is sample-rate conversion on all channels as well as dual redundancy network ports to maximise reliability, reducing the risk of losing valuable production time.
An additional new feature is per-channel sample-rate conversion. By using more cards this allows several independent audio networks that run on individual clocks and sample-rates to be connected to and unified in a single DAD AX32 or NTP Penta 720. This introduces many possibilities for distributing audio across sources and destinations on complex setups that involve, for example, sending a feed to an OB truck while recording at a different sample-rate and sending yet another feed to a front-of-house console or an in-ear monitoring system.
“The DAD AX32 and Penta 720 have become widely recognised as Swiss Army knives for converting and routing between audio formats,” says Mikael Vest, Sales Director of DAD’s parent company, NTP Technology. We have now sharpened those knives once again by adding massive Dante/AES67 IP audio bandwidth.”
“Simply adding more Dante channels may sound trivial but is a significant improvement of the overall system once you start to think about the actual problems this number of channels can solve in combination with independent sample-rate conversion. For instance, the new Dante card will immediately be able to solve real-world challenges in regard to high channel counts when working with the Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite.”
“The new card is also ideal for recording studios where Dante-based monitoring systems are used but there is a need to record at a different sample-rate. Other applications include live productions where the Dante networks have to be kept physically separated to operate on different clocks.”
“The internal sample-rate converters on the new Dante cards are our own development. AD/DA converters have always been our speciality and we have never compromised on the quality or the internal sample-rate conversion within the digital domain. ‘Digital’ has always been part of our brand name and we take it very seriously.”
NTP Technology will bring the new Dante expansion card to IBC in Amsterdam, September 14-18. It can be previewed on stand 8.B52.
Penta 720 and DAD AX32 front panels plus the Dante/AES67 I/O card