At the ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam this week, DiGiCo (booth 7-K200) is announcing two new I/O racks — the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage — for its 4REA4 processing engine for networked audio in installations. Both bring the connectivity of the original units in addition to now adding Dante connectivity.
“With 4REA4, we enabled audio over IP, but until now it had to be on a dedicated network,” explains DiGiCo technical sales manager Tim Shaxson. “Adding Dante connectivity not only adds the flexibility and familiarity of the Dante network protocol, but also means that consultants and integrators can take advantage of existing network infrastructure to drop I/O for their 4REA4 anywhere on the network.”
The A164D Wall LCD is a 16-input, four-output I/O expander that uses the Dante network protocol to provide fixed additional I/O anywhere on a network and is designed for wall or floor mounting. It comes with 16 mic preamps on XLR inputs with phantom power status LEDs and four XLR line outs with direct preamp control from the 4REA4 controller software. It can run at both 48 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates and is AES67 compatible.
Primary and secondary Dante ports come with locking EtherCON connectors and can run in both redundant and switched mode. All LCD labels are dimmable and can be customized using Dante controller software.
The A168D Stage is a portable 16-input, eight-output I/O Expander, again using the Dante network protocol to provide additional I/O anywhere on a network. It comes with 16 mic preamps on XLR inputs with phantom power status LEDs and eight XLR line outputs with direct preamp control from the 4REA4 controller software. It runs at 48 kHz and 96 kHz and is AES67 compatible. Primary and secondary ports again come with locking EtherCON connectors and can run in redundant or switched mode.