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Audio-Technica: Commitment to Dante, networked audio

Demonstrating the company’s commitment, it says, to both the network audio segment in general and the Dante communications protocol, the ATND8677 Dante-equipped Microphone Desk Stand expands Audio-Technica’s networked audio offering. It offers installers, says the company, previously unavailable simplicity in adding gooseneck microphones to Dante audio networks, with the added benefits of GPIO-over-Dante-enabled control – a new network feature developed specifically with Audio-Technica – for simple operation without the need for analogue audio and control cabling.

Removing the need for a separate standalone Dante audio interface, while adding useful ‘on-stand’ switch and indicator functionality, the ATND8677 connects directly to the audio network via standard RJ-45 connector and structured cabling, allowing for flexibility in installation and quick re-locations. The desk stand will also work natively with both Symetrix and Biamp control software (both manufacturers supporting the new Dante GPIO feature) to allow for highly integrated operation with Symetrix Edge, Radius 12×8 and Radius AEC plus Biamp’s Tesira DSP networking solutions.

The ATND8677 features a capacitive switch with a green/red LED light switch surround, 80Hz/80dB low cut filter, switchable gain (+30dB/+40dB/+50dB), phantom power and selectable toggle/momentary switch operation.