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31-Aug-2020 Analog Intercom Dante Recommendations

Interfacing Unity Intercom to Analog Intercom using Dante

We often get calls from customers looking to connect their existing analog intercom systems to the intercom solutions provided by Unity Intercom. This can be easily done by installing Dante® Virtual Soundcard on the Mac running Unity Server. Then Dante Controller can be used to route any Dante audio to/from the Unity system.

Studio Technologies’ Model 44D Audio Interface is intended to be used to connect two channels of analog 4-wire intercom to a Dante network.

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01-Jun-2020 Recommendations

Procedures for Cleaning and Sanitizing Broadcast Equipment

Recently, a customer of ours in an education setting asked us if we recommend any procedures for cleaning and sanitizing broadcast equipment during this COVID 19 pandemic. The customer uses our equipment in a broadcast school and most of their announcer’s consoles have multiple users per day.

Studio Technologies has not published any cleaning procedures for our equipment. However, we’ve come across some good information from other sources.

One of our resellers,

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10-Feb-2020 Dante Testing & Troubleshooting

Understanding Dante Flows

If you have had trouble making routes in Dante Controller due to a “No more flows” error it is important to understand the concept of Dante Flows.

From the Dante Controller user guide: “Dante audio routing creates ‘flows‘. Each flow carries one or more channels of audio from a transmitting device to one or more receiving devices.”

The Dante Ultimo IC is limited to two transmit and two receive flows. So while many Studio Tech Ultimo-based products are capable of transmitting and/or receiving four channels of audio it can only receive from two unique flows and transmit to two unique flows.

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16-Oct-2019 Firmware Updates

Configuring a Local FTP Server for Firmware Updates

Some of Studio Technologies’ devices utilize file transfer protocol (FTP) to update the firmware running on them. Examples of these devices include the Model 5401 Dante Master Clock and Model 5422 Intercom Audio Engine. By default, these devices can connect to Studio Technologies’ FTP server to check for and download updates. In some cases, these devices cannot connect to the Studio Technologies FTP server. This can be caused by network security restrictions or no connection to the internet.

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01-Oct-2019 Dante STcontroller

Can’t Select a Network Interface in STcontroller?

Can’t Select a Network Interface in STcontroller? No Problem.

Recently we’ve had customers contact us regarding an issue where STcontroller could not connect to a local network interface. They found that their network interfaces would be listed in the dropdowns, but no option could be selected. The IP Address and MAC values below the interface dropdowns would also remain unchanged. This would result in STcontroller failing to identify supported Studio Technologies’ Dante products on the network and leaving the device list empty.

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02-Aug-2019 Dante Firmware Updates Model 348

New Features for Model 348 Intercom Station

Yesterday we released new firmware for the Model 348 that adds several significant features:

  • IFB Program Inputs: 8 new Dante receive channels are used to provide the IFB Program source allowing the user the option of monitoring the IFB program source or the main output from on-air talent.
  • Audible Call Tone: Call signals can now be indicated both visually or visually and audibly. When visual and audio call indication is selected the active call input channel will blink and a ~500 Hz tone is sent to the speaker and/or Dante Monitor outputs.
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04-Apr-2019 Dante Live Sports Production

Using Studio-Tech Dante Products for Intercom and Audio with NewTek Tricaster

Many of our customers use the NewTek TriCaster system to broadcast live sports events and have asked us “How can we integrate your announcer’s consoles, IFB, and/or Intercom devices?” The best way is to choose products from our Dante family and install Dante Virtual Soundcard on the TricCaster system.

More information about our Dante products is available here: https://studio-tech.com/product-type/dante-audio-over-ethernet-technology/

Dante Virtual Soundcard is available from Audinate here: https://www.audinate.com/products/software/dante-virtual-soundcard

We also came across the following blog post with more information about using NewTek TriCaster for live sports production: https://www.newtek.com/blog/2017/01/11/ndi-solutions-for-livesports-production/

Happy Broadcasting!

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13-Mar-2019 Dante Testing & Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Dante IP Address Configuration

We often receive technical support calls from customers who are setting up their first Dante network and are having issues communicating with the devices using Dante Controller. Usually this comes from confusion regarding what IP address assignment scheme is being used. It is important to make sure that all of the Dante devices, included the PC running Dante Controller, are assigned to the same IP subnet.

For small networks using self-assigned IP addresses,

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19-Nov-2018 Dante ST 2110

New Product Audio Performance – A Big “Thumbs Up”

Last month we took final prototypes of our new Model 5512 Audio Interface and Model 5518 Mic/Line Interface units for a “real-world test drive” at a well-regarded music recording studio in Chicago. The ‘5512 and ‘5518 support SMPTE ST 2110 and utilize our latest analog and digital circuit designs. These units are hardware “cousins” with the new Dante-enabled Model 5412 Audio Interface and Model 5418 Mic/Line Interface. We knew that the performance specifications of all the units as measured by our test equipment was very good.

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