NTP Technology: Classical concert conversion13 September 2014
The DAD AX32 ultra-high-quality digital/analogue/digital converter is being showcased in Hall 8, fresh from capturing a large-scale recording of a concert with baritone José van Dam in Brussels.
The recording was made at the city’s largest cultural venue, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, for the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. The concert was streamed directly over the web using low-latency uncompressed audio-over-ethernet networking.
Composer, musician and sound engineer Jarek Frankowski was responsible for the recording and the sound design: “We were able to take this feed straight from an Audinate Dante card in the AX32,” he said. “The event worked so well that Music 3, the main Belgian classical radio channel, asked me to be an adviser for its future Dante set-up.”
“I decided to invest in two DAD AX32 converters for my Brussels-based company, Acoustic Recordings, because of their very high sound quality and versatile connectivity,” he continued. “Each converter allows up to 48 microphones to be routed as IP data along 100 metres of Cat 6 cable or a practically unlimited distance via optical fibre.”The AX32 comes as standard with Avid Pro Tools and eight AES/EBU and MADI inputs and outputs. It can optionally be fitted with a Dante IP audio interface and two optical MADI interfaces.
The structure allows analogue-to-digital, digital-to-digital and digital-to-analogue converters to be assigned to any digital interface, as well as patching between the interfaces on a channel-to-channel basis.
An optional microphone preamplifier for the DAD AX32 provides up to 72 dB of analogue gain.
The AX32 can be fully remote-controlled via Ethernet using NTP Technology’s DADman software. Alternatively, the preamps can be controlled from Pro Tools software and basic control is also possible from the front panel.