Synthax Audio has announced the release and shipping of the Ferrofish A32 Dante AD/DA converter.
Following on from the standard version that was released last year, and reviewed in our February 2017 issue, the new Dante version has been designed to streamline system cabling in both live and installed sound applications.
The A32 Dante unit serves as a high-end AD/DA audio and format converter that supports a range of audio formats.
By using uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology with near-zero latency and synchronisation, the company’s latest offering is designed to eliminate unsightly cables employed in large scale productions or AV installations. The unit supports 64 channels of MADI I/O, 32 channels of ADAT optical I/O, and 32 channels of analogue I/O. Additionally, one ADAT optical connector can be used alternatively as S/PDIF.
With a wealth of I/O choices, the Ferrofish A32 Dante can also operate as an audio format converter while also functioning as an AD/DA converter. Audio can be freely routed (in groups of 8) between all interfaces. The unit employs 24-bit 192 kHz converters with analogue gain switches. The gains of each channel can be separately adjusted in 0.5 dB steps, and the standard levels (+4 dBu, +13 dBu und +20 dBu) are switched in the analogue domain, ensuring the full analogue performance of the converter is preserved.
The four on-board TFT screens provide complete control of all levels and adjustments, including the device's routing capabilities, while remote control is possible via Dante, MIDI, and USB. Remote operation via MIDI over MADI is also possible, providing remote control of the A32 Dante via the same MADI cable that carries the audio signal. The analogue circuitry is complemented on the digital side by a 400 MHz Sharc DSP to facilitate precise audio calculations.
The A32 Dante is now shipping in the UK for £2,980. More product details are available on the Ferrofish website.