Bittree to launch Dante network-enabled patchbay at NAB 2019

Bittree’s Dante patchbay eliminates the complexity of analogue and Dante audio patching in the broadcast infrastructure
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Bittree, a manufacturer of audio and video patchbays and patch panels, will bring the world’s first Dante audio patchbay to market in time for the 2019 NAB Show.

The company will demonstrate its innovation at Booth SU6221 in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11.

Bittree’s Dante patchbay eliminates the complexity of analogue and Dante audio patching in the broadcast infrastructure. It provides a ramp to instantly move 16 channels of analogue audio on and off of Dante networks, and serves as a natural bridge to unite legacy audio equipment with IP systems. Beyond broadcast, the Dante patchbay provides connectivity solutions to recording studios, post-production facilities and commercial AV environments.

Consultants and systems integrators will benefit from reduced labour and integration costs by removing the need to hard-wire devices into the patching systems. This removes the need for extraneous cabling and conversion equipment and eliminates the costs that come with it.

The Dante patchbay will interface with Dante Virtual Soundcard, countless Dante devices, and almost any analogue component in the same system, including audio distribution equipment, digital audio workstations (DAWs), digital signal processors (DSPs), mixing consoles, multi-track recorders and video routers. The compact stand-alone or rack-mounted 1.5RU powder-coat enclosure incorporates TT patching for audio I/O (16x16), redundant DC power in, external word clock I/O, network status, and audio VU multi-level LED metering.

Bryan Carpenter, senior sales consultant at Bittree, noted that the company’s Dante patchbay continues Bittree’s legacy of innovation over four decades. Bittree’s industry-firsts include the E3 audio patchbay and its patented, front-programmable audio technology.

“This is an ideal meeting of true innovators in engineering,” said Carpenter. “Audinate’s Dante innovation has been an undeniable game changer for integrators and end users in several industries, and has an exceptionally wide rate of acceptance within the manufacturing community. 

"This patchbay streamlines the integration of analogue and digital network audio patching, and establishes a foundation for interconnectivity across facilities within central equipment rooms, production studios, and IT closets among other locations. It is flexible enough to immediately solve problems in existing facilities, or optimise flexibility from the start in new facility designs.”

Bittree’s Dante patchbay supports a wide variety of audio sample rates, ranging from 24-bit 44.1 to 192kHz. The design integrates balanced TT connections to Dante analogue and digital conversions, maintaining signal integrity and audio quality without requiring specialised patchbay circuit programming. Settings will be configurable using Dante Controller, including sample rates and channel assignments to and from Dante networks.

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