ARISTA has introduced the new E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 multiple channel analog input and analog output Dante-equipped stage boxes.
Designed to streamline stage setups, the stand-alone units — the size of a 3U rackmount enclosure — can be utilized for connecting as many as 16 analog microphones and other audio sources and then feeding a mixing console via Dante using a single Ethernet cable.
The boxes are available in two versions: the ARS-1616S-A10 offers -8 dB to 34 dB preamp gain control with phantom power while the ARS-1616S-A00 does not, requiring a separate preamp. In addition to their ability to convert 16 analog audio sources to a Dante stream, the ARS-1616S Stage boxes can also convert a Dante stream into 16 channels of analog output signals; in other words, the units are designed to transfer 16 audio channels over a Dante network in both directions.
In addition, two etherCON connectors (Dante Primary/Secondary) are available for redundant operation when using two separate networks. For critical operation requirements, dual AC input and dual PoE power sources are available for redundant operation to help support dependable and reliable functionality.
Both stage boxes support up to 96 kHz sampling rates and 24-bit resolution. The ARS-1616S-A10 also incorporates a mute function for the 16 inputs while the ARS-1616S-A00 does not. The units are designed to facilitate placement onstage either horizontally or vertically. Parameters such as sampling frequency, channel routing, or latency settings can be made via the free “Dante Controller,” application, which is an integrated web-based controller for monitoring the unit’s operational status via a common web browser.
“Both ARS-1616S Stage interfaces are compact and rugged units that make converting as many as 16 analog audio channels to or from a Dante stream as easy as can be,” says Paul Shu, ARISTA president of sales and marketing. “And for feeding those analog inputs to a digital mixing console, things couldn’t be easier. Simply make the necessary analog connections directly on stage and then run a single Ethernet cable upwards of 320 feet to the audio console. I’m confident that when audio technicians, mixing engineers, and others discover the simplicity of operation made possible by the ARS-1616S Series Stage boxes, they’ll wonder why this type of product never surfaced earlier.”
ARISTA’s E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 Stage boxes are expected to ship in Q3, 2020. MSRP: ARS-1616S-A00 — $1,399; ARS-1616S-A10 — $1,999 (both USD).