The DAD AX32 is one of those pieces of equipment which is capable of pretty much anything. A modular chassis which can be loaded with up to eight cards which, if your pockets are deep enough can provide up to 48 analogue channels, at sample rates up to 384KHz DSD with AES3, MADI, SDI and Dante. A 1500x1500 cross point routing matrix with comprehensive monitor control and with the recent addition of the SPQ speaker correction card, up to 1024 filters across 128 channels. This is a very capable box! So much so that Avid chose it as the basis of their MTRX interface for Pro Tools.
New Dante Expansion Card
DAD recently introduced the new Dante expansion card for the AX32 which provides an additional 128 channels of Dante allowing a potential total of 1088 channels of pristine, networked audio. The most interesting feature of this card isn’t the potential cannel count but the fact that the card allows per card sample rate conversion.
Anyone who has used Dante will appreciate how significant this is as it allows channels from different Dante networks running at different sample rates to be interfaced directly via the AX32.
The new Dante expansion card introduces per-card sample rate conversion, which allows several independent audio networks that run on individual clocks and sample rates to be connected to and unified in a single DAD AX32.
This naturally unleashes a wealth of possibilities for distributing audio across sources and destinations on highly complex setups that e.g. involve sending a feed to an OB truck, while recording at a different sample rate and sending yet another feed to a FOH console or an in-ear monitoring system.
Simply adding more Dante channels may sound trivial, but once you start to think about the actual problems that this amount of channels in combination with independent sample rate conversion is capable of solving, it’s a quite significant improvement of the overall system. For instance, the new Dante card will immediately be able to solve real-world challenges when working with Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite, as well as in recording studios using e.g. the AVIOM monitoring system, but would like to record at a higher resolution. Find out more at DAD’s stand at the AES show - Booth 331.
The Networked Studio: A Dream or Reality?
During the AES show in New York, DAD’s Business Development Manager, Jan Lykke, has been invited to present his 'The Networked Studio: A Dream or Reality?' keynote on the Project Studio Expo Recording Stage. In the program it is listed as 'Session PSE11'.
The presentation will discuss the use of networked audio technologies, such as Audinate's Dante protocol and AES67, in music and audio post-production studios.
It will look at pros and cons of networked technology, what benefits and challenges you may run into, and illustrated with real-life examples and the topic of latency on in an IP Audio system will also be covered.
Please attend Jan's presentation at the PSE Stage: Thursday, October 18, 4:00 pm — 4:45 pm
Attend the AES 2018 Exhibition for FREE!
DAD are able to offer a free badge that is good for the exhibition hall plus all Special Events, the Project Studio Expo and the Live Sound Expo - a $75 value at onsite registration pricing.
All AES New York 2018 registrations include the co-located NAB Show New York exhibition hall and Core Sessions package - also a $75 value.
Simply to use this special Promo Code when going through the registration process: AES18DAD