Bittree is now shipping the new Patch 32A Dante audio patchbay, designed to streamline the integration of traditional analog and IP network-based audio patching. It provides a “ramp” to instantly move 16 channels of analog audio onto and off of (Audinate) Dante networks.
The Patch32A serves as a bridge between legacy audio equipment and IP-based systems that use Dante media networking technology, including tge platform’s recently-added AES67 and SMPTE ST-2110 interoperability. It comes in a 1.5RU desktop form factor and offers TT patching connections for analog I/O (16 x 16), redundant DC power inputs, external word clock I/O, network status indicators, and LED audio VU metering.
The 24-bit audio sampling at rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz is complemented by analog-to-digital conversions designed to maximize signal integrity and audio fidelity. The Patch32A can interface with Dante Virtual Soundcard, more than 1,600 third-party Dante-enabled devices, as well as almost any analog component in the same system, including audio distribution equipment and recorders to digital audio workstations (DAWs), DSPs and mixing consoles.
“Media facilities are transitioning to IP-based infrastructures at an accelerating pace, but they require easy and cost-effective solutions to connect their existing analog equipment investments into next-generation media networks,” says Bryan Carpenter, senior sales consultant at Bittree. “The Patch32A Dante patchbay is ideal for immediately solving problems in existing environments or as the backbone of new facility builds. Audio professionals and systems integrators have been eagerly awaiting the Patch32A since its unveiling earlier this year, and we’re excited to now be delivering it into customers’ hands.”