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DiGiCo adopts Audinate’s Dante networking technology

David Davies 30 March 2011
DiGiCo adopts Audinate’s Dante networking technology

The sense of a growing momentum behind Audinate’s Dante digital networking solution has been reinforced by the news of two new Dante-implemented products from DiGiCo.

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Audinate, with this latest news following hot on the heels of Turbosound’s new Dante-enabled Turbosound 20000DP amplifier, which also draws on technology from Lab.gruppen and Lake (read IE’s coverage here:

DiGiCo will highlight its adoption of Dante and the two new products during next week’s Prolight + Sound.

“The first, an eight channel I/O module for the SD-Rack, is something we believe the industry would expect from DiGiCo,” said managing director James Gordon. “The module allows our users to drop audio on and off a Dante network for connection to system control, amplifiers and general audio networks.

“The second is a little more unexpected and comes from our Solutions Division in the shape of Dante DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) card.”

The Dante DMI card can be added to either a D-Rack or SD-Rack and allows the user to connect the I/O rack, via CAT5, to a standard PC or MAC.

Using the newly released DiGiCo-Control software, the user can control all the functions of the rack via a standard network connection. This control includes the high quality pre-amp gains, 48V and access to most DAWs for recording via the user’s Dante network. All of this is enabled via one CAT5 cable, with the ability to have a second connection offering redundancy of the user’s recording.

“DiGiCo has been at the forefront of many innovations over the years and we are proud they have chose Dante as their Digital Networking Solution,” said John McMahon, Audinate’s v-p of sales and support. “The new eight channel I/O module for the SD-Rack, and the DiGiCo Multichannel Interface card, are exciting new products that enhance end-users capability to use Dante in more ways.”

Gordon summed up: “This is a big move for DiGiCo. We feel that it is a clear statement that we are not only a console manufacturer, but a digital solutions company.”

Dante is increasingly regarded by many observers in the industry as a natural pathway towards the emerging AVB (Audio/Video Bridging) networking standards.

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