Project Description

Nixer PD Dante

The Nixer RD Dante is a rackmounting audio monitor and analyser for Dante AoIP networks. It permits up to 64 audio channels to be monitored in any combination via two front panel speakers while audio levels are displayed on bargraph meters on the 5” full colour touchscreen. A headphone output is provided together with analogue and AES3 stereo inputs and outputs. Full Dante channel routing is available.

Main feature set

  • 2U rackmounting, mains powered Dante AoIP analyser
  • Compatible with all sample rates (44.1 to 96 kHz) and 32/64ch implementations
  • Comprehensive status display of all connected Dante channels
  • High quality stereo auditioning of any combination of channels
  • Twin 3” full-range speakers on the front panel
  • 2 x 25 W power amplifier
  • Headphone output
  • High resolution, 24-bit colour 5” touchscreen
  • Simple menu-driven control system for easy navigation
  • Comprehensive screen displays of all or selected channels
  • Individual metering of all channels, plus monitor outputs
  • Dante Menu page shows status of all current network devices
  • Local Analogue or AES3 input signals may be injected onto any Dante channel(s)
  • Monitor output available in analogue and AES3 formats
  • Two Ethernet ports: cater for redundant networks or permit other Dante/network devices to be linked
  • Dante routing can be controlled directly from analyser
  • Internal multi-function test oscillator with full routing
  • Eight memories for saving routing allocations
  • Rapid boot time
  • USB port for external power and firmware updates
  • Dual internal PSUs for redundant

For rapid deployment at broadcast or live sound events, the portable PD Dante provides all the facilities of the RD Dante in a compact, hand-held, battery-powered unit.


The Nixer RD Dante is a professional Dante network analyser and monitoring unit designed for fixed installation in theatres, arenas, stadiums, broadcast suites or OB vehicles. It is also ideal for inclusion in equipment racks for touring, festivals and other large-scale live sound events.

Nixer RD Dante lets the engineer examine all aspects of the Dante network and to diagnose any problems. Its analysis is non-invasive, meaning that none of the Dante devices already on the network need be individually interrogated. RD Dante is AES67 compatible, and will operate at 44.1/48 kHz (64 audio channels) or 88.2/96 kHz (32 audio channels): bit depths of 16, 24 and 32 are supported. It is also fully compatible with Audinate’s new Dante Domain Manager software.

Physically, RD Dante is a robust, 2U rackmounting unit. It is mains-powered using dual Universal PSUs (90 to 250 V, 50/60 Hz), with separate AC inlets. An internal 2 x 25 W power amplifier drives a pair of 3” full-range speakers mounted on the front panel; these have individual internal rear acoustic ports for excellent audio reproduction. Centrally mounted on the front panel, the 5” high definition, full colour touchscreen provides all user interaction: this includes all network and audio information as well an easy-to-navigate, menu-based control system.

RD Dante is intended to form part of the local Dante network, and will be recognised by the system’s Audinate Dante Controller software as a network device. Once established on the network, the name, status and audio level of all connected audio channels will be displayed in a logical manner on the unit’s touchscreen.

On the display, the main page shows network status and clock rate at the primary and secondary ports, together with audio level, status, channel number and name of all audio channels. Any channel or channels may then be selected for auditioning on the speakers, or via headphones connected to the front panel ¼” jack. The speakers are muted when headphones are plugged in. A large stereo bargraph meter shows the monitor level (i.e., the sum of all selected channels). All on-screen meters have a peak hold function, which may be disabled if preferred. Standard monitor volume, mute and per-channel PFL functions are provided: the PFL mode is particularly powerful as it uses one-touch operation to select monitoring of adjacent channel pairs: additive PFL may be selected as an alternative. There is also a Solo function, and one-touch routing of all channels to either left or right monitor outputs. Alternatively, all odd-numbered channels may be selected to left and all even to right.

Enhanced monitoring of 16, 8 or individual channels is available on further pages: users can then swipe sideways to inspect other channels. A Focus function allows the user to highlight any subset of audio channels, simplifying the display if only certain channels are of interest.

The monitor output is available for external use both as a pair of balanced analogue line outputs and an AES3 digital output. RD Dante also allows an external signal to be injected into the Dante stream: an AES3 digital input is provided and there is also an unbalanced analogue input (with level control) on a ¼” front panel jack socket. The inputs may be routed to any odd/even channel pair.

Several further screen pages give an overview of network information, control of meter setup, Solo setup, and other “housekeeping” functions. A test oscillator is included which generates sine, square or triangle waveforms at eight frequencies from 50 Hz to 10 kHz, plus white or pink noise. The oscillator output can be routed to any Dante audio channel(s) and/or to any of the unit’s outputs.

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