Dante Break-In, Break-Out Device

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The Octadrive DSP-DN has integral 32-bit audio digital processing and a bi-directional DANTE™ interface. The unit may thus act as an audio Analogue break-in function/distribution amplifier with the added advantage of highly configurable on-board signal processing, or form part of a DANTE™ based audio system, with all inputs and outputs being in the digital domain. In this case, the analogue connectivity can be used as an emergency backup signal path, in the event of failure of the digital audio sources. The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) allows control of gain, EQ and delay for each input and output. Control of the DSP functions are via AXYS’s WinControl software, which uses DANTE™ control data capacity for communications.

The Octadrive DSP-DN (DANTE™) is Audinate Dante Domain Manager™ (DDM) Ready.


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  • 2 analogue audio inputs and 8 analogue audio outputs (all transformer coupled)
  • Ambient Noise Sensing (ANS) / Paging mic input
  • Mic capsule monitoring
  • 16 digital audio inputs via DANTE™
  • 18 digital audio outputs via DANTE™
  • 16 x 8 Audio Matrix Router (any Input(s) to any Output(s))
  • Pilot tone monitoing on all inputs
  • Pilot tone generation on all outputs
  • Adjustment of per-input level, EQ and delay
  • Adjustment of per-output level, EQ and delay
  • DSP-based autogain and compression algorithms
  • Control and monitoring via DANTE™ using WinControl software
  • DANTE™ interface is fully redundant for both digital audio and control data
  • Built-in headphone amplifier for monitoring purpose


WinControl (Windows) | Axys Speaker System Control Software
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The key to harnessing the powerful potential of an AXYS speaker system is the dedicated WinControl software – a highly developed, yet intuitive environment through which the system designer can access and set all functions and parameters.

WinControl has been developed for use with AXYS Intellivox Loudspeakers, as well as Target, G2 products (Source and Scope ranges), the PB Series of networked amplifiers and the recently released AXYS Octadrive DSP – a high performance line driver that can be used to interface between 3rd-party systems and AXYS products. This enables WinControl to provide system-wide status monitoring, even across products from different manufacturers.

As the name implies, the WinControl software runs on most varieties of Windows® OS on a standard PC. Communication, via RS-485, with the settings stored in non-volatile memory in the Intellivox units themselves, meaning the PC can be removed at the end of the process.

AXYS WinControl directly controls DDC-driven products, and enables the upload of DDA-calculated DDS directivity files. It is also used to define other audio parameters that are critical to achieving the full capabilities of an installation within a specific acoustic space. In short, it is WinControl that enables coherent, intelligable sound to be delivered to the areas where it is required, while steering it away from reflective surfaces that would cause unwanted reverberation.

Despite the extent and precision of control offered by WinControl, the in-house software development team has ensured that the user interface can be readily understood. Typically, parameters can be adjusted numerically, or scrolled up and down, with confirmation of the changes displayed graphically in real-time.

The inputs can be configured to work in one of three ways:

  • Inputs can be summed
  • Level controlled priority switching
  • Pilot tone controlled priority switching

Once the units have been configured, the PC can be removed from the network as the settings are stored in non-volatile memory.

The latest version of AXYS WinControl is available for immediate use or evaluation. Existing users are advised to check from time-to-time that they are running the most recent WinControl release.