PLASA 2018: Crest debuts SoundGrid-to-Dante bridge
Friday, 7 September 2018
pb32sg-to-dante-network-bridge-renderingThe PB-32 enables the audio signal to remain in the digital domain from the desk through to the Dante-enabled Versarray Pro PA system
UK - Crest Audio unveils the PB-32 SoundGrid-to-Dante network bridge for the very first time in the UK at PLASA 2018. Brand new out of the box at InfoComm 2018, PB-32 provides the connection between Crest Audio’s flagship Tactus digital mixing system and the new powered Versarray Pro line array system, both of which will also be featured at PLASA.
The PB-32 enables the audio signal to remain in the digital domain from the desk right through to the Dante-enabled Versarray Pro PA system. It may also be deployed by any other audio systems utilizing the Dante audio networking protocol, thereby also offering compliance with the AES67 interoperability standard.
Housed in a rugged, 1U ½ rack chassis, the PB-32 provides up to 16 channels of bi-directional audio to be transmitted and received by each network (SoundGrid and Dante) via interchangeable 16x16 networking modules. The unit is shipped with one Dante and one SoundGrid module as standard but may be loaded with two Dante cards to link separate Dante systems with different clock sources. The device benefits from high quality full asynchronous sample-rate conversion on all channels to keep clocking simple and straightforward, and a PoE network source selector switch for when PoE is available.
According to PCA’s operations manager, James Kennedy, the PB-32 is an essential piece of equipment for all Tactus users. “Our Tactus digital mixing system is an exceptionally powerful and flexible platform, thanks in large part to our decision to integrate the capabilities of the Waves LV-1 software. By default, this means that all internal digital signal flow is handled by the Waves SoundGrid protocol.
“A bridge from SoundGrid to the far more widely adopted Dante protocol, already integrated in so many of our other audio systems, was therefore essential in order to fully optimize Tactus’ performance and interoperability into the PA system and back of house fixed installation domains. This also allows direct integration of the Tactus Digital Mixing System with our MediaMatrix technology, giving designers and integrators the best of both worlds for fixed theatre, live venue, themed entertainment and house of worship applications.”
Fitted with robust XLRnet RJ45 connectors and easily visible status LEDs, the PB-32 is designed to withstand the day-to-day demands of live sound applications and high-traffic installations such as clubs, live venues, houses of worship and beyond. PB-32 will be shipping by the end of Q4.
Visit Peavey Commercial Audio on stand U60 at PLASA 2018.
(Jim Evans)

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