Crest Audio’s PB-32 SoundGrid-to-Dante network bridge connects Crest Audio’s flagship Tactus digital mixing system and the powered Versarray Pro line array system.

Crest Audio’s PB-32 SoundGrid-to-Dante network bridgeThe PB-32 enables the audio signal to remain in the digital domain from the desk through to the Dante-enabled Versarray Pro system. It may also be deployed by any other audio systems using the Dante audio networking protocol, offering compliance with the AES67 interoperability standard.

Housed in a 1U-high, half-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.

‘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,’ says Operations Manager, James Kennedy. ‘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 optimise 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 and houses of worship. PB-32 will ship by the end of Q4.


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