At the recent Prolight+Sound 2012 show in Frankfurt, eight Audinate OEM partners announced a total of 13 Dante-enabled products.
“What is truly amazing is the wide range of different Dante products that were launched at the show”, says Lee Ellison, Audinate CEO. “It seems that no matter what you are looking for, there is now a Dante-enabled product on the market.” Lee also adds, “The market is dictating what it wants, and Dante seems to be the answer,”
Here is what was launched at this year’s show:
—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems announced the launch of the new CL Series of digital consoles. The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network–based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast.
—Symetrix announced the SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with new features. Symetrix designed Edge to meet the I/O capacity requirements of the bulk of commercial sound installations. Edge features four configurable I/O card slots, up to 16 channels total of local I/O plus 128 (64x64) channels of Audinate’s award winning Dante network audio.
—Harman Soundcraft is extending its range of digital audio transport option cards for its Vi, Si Compact and Si1/2/3 Series digital consoles with all options expected to start shipping this year. Plans are also in place for Dante network cards compatible with Vi, Si Compact and Si1/2/3 Series consoles, following an agreement reached between Soundcraft and Audinate. “This agreement is a reflection of Harman’s responsiveness to its customers who want Dante networking,” adds Ellison.
—NEXO announced the new NXDT104 Dante audio plug-in card for the NXAMP, enabling NEXO loudspeaker systems to explore the many benefits of a high-performance AVB-ready digital networking solution. The NXDT104 will distribute digital audio plus integrated control data, automatically configuring its network interface and finding other Dante devices on the network.
—AuviTran, the networking specialists, is adding Dante technology to the Audio Toolbox product range. Audinate was chosen to accelerate AuviTran’s development towards new networking technologies. Since 2003 AuviTran has provided audio professionals with innovative networking solutions using EtherSound technology and now adds Audinate’s Dante networking to its networking solution portfolio.
—JoeCo Limited introduced the latest product in its BlackBox range of multi-channel live audio recorders and players in the form of the new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER that can record or replay 64 channels.
—Four Audio, manufacturer of audio and loudspeaker management systems, announced the launch of the new DBO1, a Dante-enabled breakout box with 8 analog output channels. It allows the user to go from Dante to analog signals in a small 1U box. The DBO1 is operated by simply connecting it to a Dante network and configuring the easy-to-use breakout box via the Dante Controller.
—TEQSAS, a professional audio solutions company with core competencies in delivering high quality audio products, announced a new Dante AES breakout module for the cyberTEQ - m-family of digital audio interconnect solutions.