Studio Technologies Drives Intercom Forward With Dante Audio Engine

Studio Technologies will extend its support of the Dante audio-over-Ethernet system by launching a new intercom engine based on the technology at the 2017 NAB Show. The Model 5422 is designed to provide a party line-style communications set-up when used together with Dante compliant devices.

The Model 5422 is intended for a variety of broadcast operations, including interruptible foldback (IFB) to cue presenters, sound mixing and interface functions. Studio Technologies has built compatibility with the AES67 audio over IP (AoIP) interoperability standard into the system, which allows it to be part of a wider AoIP network for large-scale projects.

As well as this the new intercom audio engine can work with a range of third-party products running on networks using Audinate's Dante Ethernet-based connectivity technology, which is now widely used for AoIP installations in broadcasting and live events. Among the applications for the Model 5422 are studio and outside broadcast television production, post-production facilities, theatre and other live event venues.

The Model 5422 is also able to work with other Dante-equipped products in the Studio Technologies range. These include the company's range of intercom belt packs - the two-channel Model 370, the four-channel 374 and the recently introduced 371 - and its commentary consoles, such as the Models 214, 215 and 216.

Commenting on the new product, Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies, said the intention behind the 5422 was to exploit the "inherent qualities" of Dante. "We chose the term 'audio engine' for the 5422 to describe its set of audio input, processing, routing and output resources that can be configured to support specific intercom, talent cueing and interfacing functions," he commented. "Unlike general-purpose Dante digital matrix devices, the Model 5422 is optimised to allow direct support for these commonly-required broadcast and intercommunication functions. It's a very specialised product that allows Dante to fulfil yet another set of real-world audio needs."

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