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Ferrofish A32 Dante

32 x 32 AD/DA <> MADI <> ADAT <> Dante Converter
Manufacturer: Ferrofish
SKU: A32 Dante
GTIN: 4313042884047
$3,499.00

Connect anything. With everything.

Life saver, problem solver, flexibility champion. The A32 Dante is a worldwide unique solution to convert and route all important PRO-Audio formats with the highest possible I/O density in a single HU rack device: Analog, MADI, ADAT and Dante/AES67 – all with up to 192 kHz.

The incredible flexible converter provides 32 x 32 balanced analoge I/Os in D-Sub25 format with pro studio levels up to +20dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps.

The A32 Dante is using the recent high-performance low-latency converter generation from Cirrus Logic. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the 386-channel behemoth delivers an exceptional detailed sound.

On the digital side, the multi-format device provides a MADI I/O with 64 channels – as redundant BNC and optical fiber ports. The additional 2 x 4 ADAT ports – port 4 switchable to SPDIF – can convert all 32 analog I/Os.

The A32 Dante incorporates a Word Clock I/O and a classic MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control of the unit. On top of it: intuitive one-knob control, Preset Management, Panel Lock and a powerful cross-format routing matrix (see below).

All in all the fan-less, small footprint Smart Converter & Routing system is a huge problem solver for studio and live sound applications. The efficiency puzzle is solved – finally.

 

A32 Dante

Specifications

Dante I/O
2 x RJ-45 Ethernet connector (CAT5/6 cables),
64 x 64 channel Brooklyn II board built-in.

MADI I/O (AES10)

Optical (multimode) + Coaxial interface
  • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 32 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz*
* both MADI ports work independently to achieve full 32+32 channel transmission
Support of MIDI over MADI.
Latency: 3 samples
Redundancy: Automatic switching between optical <-> coax MADI when signal lost.

Analog Inputs (AD)

4 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu ... -8 dBu, 1dB steps

Latency

  • @48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms,
  • @96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms,
  • @192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms

OpAmps

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator

TFT screen, 28 levels

Analog Outputs (DA)

4 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu ... -8dBu, 1dB steps

Latency

  • @48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms,
  • @96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms,
  • @192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms

OpAmps

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator

TFT screen, 28 levels

Headphones Out

  • 1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
  • Provides an independent stereo channel.
  • Selectable mono/stereo source or one of 5 mixes of all inputs and outputs.
  • Digitally controlled volume level.

ADAT I/O

4+4 optical interfaces (8 channels each with 48 kHz)

  • 32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • n/a @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Latency: 3 samples

SPDIF I/O

ADAT 4 I/O can be reconfigured as S/PDIF I/O.
The input includes a sample rate converter (performance of SRC: -128dB)
The output follows the sample frequency of the A32.

MIDI I/O

  • 2 x DIN5 connector for remote control of the unit
  • Conversion MIDI <> MIDI over MADI possible

Wordclock I/O

  • BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
  • 75 Ohm Termination switchable for input

Power Supply

12V, 3A

  • 2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power.
  • Voltage supervision, warning message on screen when PSU input fails
  • Internal resettable polyfuse
  • 1 x power supply included
USB Port

1 x USB 2.0 for Remote/Updates

Additional Features

  • 192 kHz operation (S/MUX up to 192kHz).
  • Individual delay-compensation of all analogue outputs.
  • DSP Plugin-ready
  • MIDI in/out plugs Headphone /submix output for easy control.
  • MIDI over MADI Preset Management
  • Extensive routing/mixing possibilities.
  • Redundancy (MADI I/O, Dante I/O, Power Supplies).

Internal Clock

  • Temperature compensated oscillator, with high accuracy.
  • Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
  • Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
  • Aging: +/-1ppm

PLL

  • Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
  • Output jitter: 50ps ... 100ps typ.

LCD Displays

  • 4 x TFT Screens for the complete control of all analog I/O levels and all settings of the unit
  • One Key Control provides an easy control of all functions.
  • Multi language help pages guides available (No need to study the manual.)

Audio Core Processor

  • Sharc DSP ADSP-21489 / 400MHz.
  • Routing and processing of of all 384 audio channels.
  • Mixing to headphone output.
  • Independent mixing to selectable analog output pair.
  • Calculation of DSP plugins.

Dimensions

  • 1HU
  • Depth: 27cm (10.6”) (including connectors)

Weight

4.1kg (9 lbs)

Ambient temperature

41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

Connect anything. With everything.

Life saver, problem solver, flexibility champion. The A32 Dante is a worldwide unique solution to convert and route all important PRO-Audio formats with the highest possible I/O density in a single HU rack device: Analog, MADI, ADAT and Dante/AES67 – all with up to 192 kHz.

The incredible flexible converter provides 32 x 32 balanced analoge I/Os in D-Sub25 format with pro studio levels up to +20dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps.

The A32 Dante is using the recent high-performance low-latency converter generation from Cirrus Logic. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the 386-channel behemoth delivers an exceptional detailed sound.

On the digital side, the multi-format device provides a MADI I/O with 64 channels – as redundant BNC and optical fiber ports. The additional 2 x 4 ADAT ports – port 4 switchable to SPDIF – can convert all 32 analog I/Os.

The A32 Dante incorporates a Word Clock I/O and a classic MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control of the unit. On top of it: intuitive one-knob control, Preset Management, Panel Lock and a powerful cross-format routing matrix (see below).

All in all the fan-less, small footprint Smart Converter & Routing system is a huge problem solver for studio and live sound applications. The efficiency puzzle is solved – finally.

 

A32 Dante

Specifications

Dante I/O
2 x RJ-45 Ethernet connector (CAT5/6 cables),
64 x 64 channel Brooklyn II board built-in.

MADI I/O (AES10)

Optical (multimode) + Coaxial interface
  • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 32 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz*
* both MADI ports work independently to achieve full 32+32 channel transmission
Support of MIDI over MADI.
Latency: 3 samples
Redundancy: Automatic switching between optical <-> coax MADI when signal lost.

Analog Inputs (AD)

4 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu ... -8 dBu, 1dB steps

Latency

  • @48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms,
  • @96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms,
  • @192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms

OpAmps

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator

TFT screen, 28 levels

Analog Outputs (DA)

4 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)

4 x DSub25 / Tascam

  • Analog switches: +20dBu, +13dBu, +4dBu
  • Digital gain: +20dBu ... -8dBu, 1dB steps

Latency

  • @48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms,
  • @96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms,
  • @192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms

OpAmps

RC4580 + OPA1664

Level indicator

TFT screen, 28 levels

Headphones Out

  • 1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
  • Provides an independent stereo channel.
  • Selectable mono/stereo source or one of 5 mixes of all inputs and outputs.
  • Digitally controlled volume level.

ADAT I/O

4+4 optical interfaces (8 channels each with 48 kHz)

  • 32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • n/a @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Latency: 3 samples

SPDIF I/O

ADAT 4 I/O can be reconfigured as S/PDIF I/O.
The input includes a sample rate converter (performance of SRC: -128dB)
The output follows the sample frequency of the A32.

MIDI I/O

  • 2 x DIN5 connector for remote control of the unit
  • Conversion MIDI <> MIDI over MADI possible

Wordclock I/O

  • BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
  • 75 Ohm Termination switchable for input

Power Supply

12V, 3A

  • 2 x input jacks with screw lock for redundant power.
  • Voltage supervision, warning message on screen when PSU input fails
  • Internal resettable polyfuse
  • 1 x power supply included
USB Port

1 x USB 2.0 for Remote/Updates

Additional Features

  • 192 kHz operation (S/MUX up to 192kHz).
  • Individual delay-compensation of all analogue outputs.
  • DSP Plugin-ready
  • MIDI in/out plugs Headphone /submix output for easy control.
  • MIDI over MADI Preset Management
  • Extensive routing/mixing possibilities.
  • Redundancy (MADI I/O, Dante I/O, Power Supplies).

Internal Clock

  • Temperature compensated oscillator, with high accuracy.
  • Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
  • Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
  • Aging: +/-1ppm

PLL

  • Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
  • Output jitter: 50ps ... 100ps typ.

LCD Displays

  • 4 x TFT Screens for the complete control of all analog I/O levels and all settings of the unit
  • One Key Control provides an easy control of all functions.
  • Multi language help pages guides available (No need to study the manual.)

Audio Core Processor

  • Sharc DSP ADSP-21489 / 400MHz.
  • Routing and processing of of all 384 audio channels.
  • Mixing to headphone output.
  • Independent mixing to selectable analog output pair.
  • Calculation of DSP plugins.

Dimensions

  • 1HU
  • Depth: 27cm (10.6”) (including connectors)

Weight

4.1kg (9 lbs)

Ambient temperature

41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

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