Studio Technologies Offers Dante-Networking Beltpack

Studio Technologies will spotlight its new Model 381 on-air beltpack featuring Dante Audio-over-Ethernet technology. The compact, lightweight unit can provide a complete on-air position for on-air talent or related personnel. The Model 381 will supports broadcast environments that include traditional sports and live entertainment events, eSports, newsgathering, and streaming applications.

The new Studio Technologies belt pack easily integrates into Ethernet-based environments and features Dante networking support for reliable interoperability with many third-party audio applications. The Model 381 can be used “standalone” or integrated with a multitude of other networked audio devices that utilize standard Ethernet networking infrastructure.

Deploying the Model 381 requires just a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection, a microphone, and a pair of headphones or an earpiece. Once connected, users are provided with main and talkback output channels with associated status push button switch, two audio listen channels, and sidetone capabilities.

The compact and lightweight aluminum enclosure incorporates a belt clip to allow direct attachment to on-air talent’s clothing. The unit is equipped with an etherCON RJ45 jack for the PoE Ethernet connection, a 3-pin XLR connector for the microphone input, and ¼-inch jack for interfacing with the headphones or earpiece. Two Dante audio input channels provide users with talent cue (IFB) signals. An integrated sidetone function can be enabled to provide users with a microphone confidence signal. A push button switch on the Model 381’s top panel provides a combination talkback and “cough” function.

All Model 381 configuration choices are selected using the STcontroller software application, which is compatible with Windows operating systems. Selectable operating parameters include microphone preamplifier gain, P48 phantom power, headphone signal routing, sidetone operation, and push button switch action. For application flexibility, the Model 381 is AES67-compliant and compatible with Dante Domain Manager software.

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