Nixer’s Smart PD Dante Eases Set-up of Dante Audio Networks

Nixer’s PD Dante, which is exclusively distributed in the UK by Aspen Media, provides engineers with a tool for managing monitoring live or production Dante systems. 

PD Dante presents up to 64 channels of audio for instant monitoring via the built-in speakers, headphones or external monitors. It works either individually, as a stereo pair or contributing to a mix of selected sources. Each touchscreen selector includes a guide bargraph meter to assist in selecting the right signal with the option of routing that signal to the left, right or both monitoring outputs.

PD Dante is quick to deploy, needing only a single cable for both audio and power (PoE). Its start-up time is 15 seconds and users can directly select audio channels from all the Dante sources on the network by using the touchscreen.

Anthony Wilkins, sales manager at Aspen Media, said PD Dante removes the need for engineers or operators to carry a slow-to-boot and bulky laptop computer to select sources for monitoring. "With this unit,” he said, "all the tools necessary for line-checking, troubleshooting or operator and talent monitoring are readily available in a single portable device.”

PD Dante, Wilkins said, also integrates easily to the comms system via the combined headphone and mic connection common on most smart phones. “This allows the operator to monitor show comms or production talkback, with the option to talkback to FOH or the gallery via the Dante network.”

PD Dante includes extensive reporting of the network status and is compatible with Dante Domain Manager for larger multi-subnet installations. The device's usability improves with the addition of the optional desktop stand, IO cables to connect to local devices or systems and a durable carrycase to protect the complete kit while in transit. 

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Essential Guide: When to Virtualize IP

Moving to IP opens a whole plethora of options for broadcasters. Engineers often speak of the advantages of scalability and flexibility in IP systems. But IP systems take on many flavors, from on-prem to off-prem, private and public cloud. And…

Server-Based “At Home” Workflows Provide Efficiency For NASCAR Productions

NASCAR Productions, based in Charlotte NC, prides itself on maintaining one of the most technically advanced content creation organizations in the country. It’s responsible for providing content, graphics and other show elements to broadcasters (mainly Fox and NBC), as w…

eBook:  Preparing for Broadcast IP Infrastructures

This FREE to download eBook is likely to become the reference document you keep close at hand, because, if, like many, you are tasked with Preparing for Broadcast IP Infrastructures. Supported by Riedel, this near 100 pages of in-depth guides, illustrations,…

Super Bowl to Use IP and Network-Based Audio

Every Super Bowl is a showcase of the latest broadcast technology, whether video or audio. For the 53rd Super Bowl broadcast, CBS Sports will use almost exclusively IP and network-based audio.

Super Bowl LIII Set To Dazzle On CBS

This year’s Super Bowl LIII telecast on CBS will be produced and broadcast into millions of living rooms by employing the usual plethora of traditional live production equipment, along with a few wiz bang additions like 4K UHD and a…