Studio Technologies releases two new Dante audio interfaces

Studio Technologies has introduced the Model 5412 audio interface and the Model 5418 mic/line interface, two new Dante-compliant solutions for Audio-over-Ethernet (AoE) applications.

The Model 5412 supports analogue line-level inputs and outputs, and is available in two versions – one with eight input and eight output channels, and the other with 16 input and 16 output channels. It uses 25-pin D-subminiature connectors for easy interfacing with balanced and unbalanced sources and destinations. Troubleshooting features, including signal loop-back and tone generation, are designed to ensure successful deployment and operation.

Meanwhile, the Model 5418 allows users to connect eight analogue microphone or line-level sources, and then output the signals in the Dante digital domain by way of an Ethernet interface. Eight audio channels that arrive via Dante are converted to analogue and output as line-level signals. The eight mic/line audio inputs use standard three-pin female XLR connectors, which are located on the Model 5418’s front panel.

The analogue audio input signals are converted to 24-bit PCM digital and then transported via the Dante network interface, while the unit also offers adjustable preamplifier gain, high-pass filters, and P48 phantom power. Control of the operating parameters can be performed locally using the front-panel push-button switches, or remotely using the management web pages or ST controller software application.

Both of the new models are housed in compact, lightweight enclosures, which mount in 1U of standard 19-inch racks. Power can be provided by 100-240 volts, 50/60Hz, or 12 volts DC with redundant operation supported. Both units include three Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces, two to support redundant Dante operation, and the third for accessing the management menu system.

“Dante audio-over-Ethernet has found wide acceptance as an audio ‘backbone’ due to its ease of use, interoperability, excellent audio quality and wide adoption by a large number of equipment manufacturers,” said Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In response, we created these new Dante-compliant audio interfaces to complement our growing range of product offerings. Far from being just ‘me too’ analogue/Dante interfaces, we included unique capabilities for customers who need to effectively support a range of applications and workflows.”