In essence, the SPNDNT is a full function DSP mixer and processor like other ASPEN models except that instead of analog I/O ports, it uses digital network Dante ports. The processor combines Dante networked digital audio with the ASPEN digital matrix to expand signal routing options. The on-board Audinate® Brooklyn II module functions as a native Dante device using standard ethernet or AVB compliant switches.
The processor also handles the clock synchronization for the ASPEN equipment and the Dante network. If the processor is the Dante master, it generates the clock signal for the network and the ASPEN rack. If the processor is a Dante slave, it picks up the network clock and passes it on to the ASPEN system below it. Multiple Dante equipped devices will automatically discover one another and configure the Master/Slave relationship.
Redundancy, which is required in some applications, is accomplished by connecting to a secondary network that duplicates real-time audio traffic. If the primary network fails for any reason, the secondary network’s audio continues without losing even a single sample.
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