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A X I T E

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AXITE is a completely preprogrammed platform designed to evolve with you and your organization, offering flexibility and scalability whenever you need it.

With AXITE, I/O cards can be easily shared between systems, ensuring seamless integration.

Whether you're using AXITE as your main mixer or for smaller desktop applications, rest assured that you've invested in a future-proof product.

From small local setups with 6 faders to large-scale productions with up to 128 processing channels, AXITE can handle it all.

Imagine having complete control over your console, customizing switches, encoders, and faders to suit your specific needs.

With AXITE, this level of customization is not only possible but easily achievable.

Simply choose from hundreds of functions in the AXITE/AXUM browser database to tailor your console to your exact requirements.

 

Need to share I/O cards between two studios? With AXITE/AXUM, it's a breeze. Purchase two control surfaces, each with its own CRM sections, place them in different rooms, and share the same I/O rack over your LAN – it's that simple.

Experience the power and flexibility of AXITE

features

  • Scalability: From 6 to 126 K-Alps faders, AXITE offers unparalleled flexibility to grow with your needs.

  • Versatility: Faders can be used for channel faders and buss master faders, providing complete control over your audio workflow.

  • Scalable On-air/production console: AXITE is designed as a scalable solution with separated control surfaces and I/O racks, connected effortlessly via Ethernet.

  • Easy setup: Our internal website for console setup is pre-programmed in the factory, ensuring seamless integration.

  • Extensive routing: With an impressive I/O matrix of 1280 x 1280, AXITE provides extensive routing capabilities.

  • Multiple buses: Enjoy 16 stereo summing buses (Prog, Sub, Cue, Comm, 12x Aux) and 4 stereo monitoring buses, along with 16 Talk back buses.

  • DSP power: AXITE supports up to 128 Stereo DSP channels (with 4 DSP Cards inserted), each equipped with a 6-band comprehensive EQ and Enhanced Voice Processing for the best audio quality.

  • Advanced features: Take advantage of processing/module & console presets, direct outputs, and 24bit/96kHz converters.

  • User-friendly interface: Stay informed with on-air and phone indications directly on the screen, along with phase meters on modules, buses, and monitors.

  • Reliability: Optional redundant power supplies for both the Control Surface and I/O rack ensure uninterrupted operation.

  • Dante compatibility: With Dante compatibility, integrating AXITE into your existing setup is effortless.

control panels

AXITE-1 Front

Main unit:

This control surface is equipped with 4 user interface nodes:

  • Six fader section:

    • 6 displays

    • 6 encoders

    • 6 encoder-push

    • 24 switches with LEDs (12 small, 12 large)

    • 6 faders (K-Alps)

  • Control section:

    • 4 control pots

    • 49 switches with LEDs

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Extender unit:

This Extender surface will offer you an extra:

  • Six fader section:

    • 6 displays

    • 6 encoders

    • 6 encoder-push

    • 24 switches with LEDs (12 small, 12 large)

    • 6 faders (K-Alps)

To include the Extender unit, you can built any number of faders you need, over and over again.

How does it work

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With the D&R AXITE's modular concept, our MambaNet™ protocol controls the primary portion of the I/O rack. Each I/O card is shared in the network and can be controlled remotely.

The I/O cards, together with the rack, function as a large Matrix in the network. With every inserted DSP card, you gain access to 32 stereo channels with full control over the EQ and dynamics of the audio.

AXITE accepts a maximum of 4 DSP cards.

 

Key features:

  • Compact design: The large number of inputs and outputs per card couldn't be accommodated with dedicated connectors on the front of the card.

  • Standardization: By using standard STP cables in every input and output module, a compact and neat cabling system is achieved. This standardization allows for easy changes in wiring without the need for soldering.

  • Cost-effective cabling: Low-cost Cat-5 cables are readily available from us or your nearest computer store, starting at lengths of 30cm up to 20 meters. This ensures a cost-effective and efficient cabling solution for your setup.

I/O-rack

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The AXITE digital audio system features a 19” rack (for 21 slots), requiring at least one power supply (3 slots) and one engine card (2 slots). This leaves space for a maximum of 16 input and output cards.

As the AXITE is a modular system, the number of input and output cards needed is entirely up to you.

For the connections, we use standard RJ45. Connection between de RJ45s in the rack and your patch units is by standard STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cable.

Rack ONE (3HE):

  • Accepts 21 one-slot cards.

  • 16 available slots for I/O cards.

  • 5 slots used for power and engine card.

  • Standard 19” rack mount design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack TWO (6HE):

  • Accepts 40 I/O one-slot cards.

  • Requires two internal power supply cards (3 slots each on the left side) and one engine card (2 slots on the right-hand side of the rack).

  • Redundant power supply optional.

  • Standard 19” rack mount design.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information:

  • Both racks use standard RJ45 connections for easy integration.

  • Standard STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cables are used for connections between RJ45s in the rack and your patch units.

  • Low-cost Cat-5/6 cables are readily available from us or your nearest computer store, starting at lengths of 30cm up to 20 meters.

  • Any changes can be performed while on-air, ensuring uninterrupted operation.

Available I/O-cards

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MIC input card

The MIC input card provides four balanced MIC inputs, each accessible through an RJ45 connector. Additionally, two GPIOs are available per connector, allowing for versatile connectivity to 19” patch panels using shielded twisted pair (STP) cables.

Key features:

  • MIC inputs: Four balanced MIC inputs per card.

  • Phantom power and PAD: Each MIC input can individually activate the +48V phantom power and PAD (-20dB) as needed.

  • GPIO options: Each GPIO offers flexibility, allowing you to choose between TTL Input/output or Photo-MOS relay output via a hardware jumper on the board.

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Line input card

 

 

 

The Line input card provides four balanced stereo line inputs, with each input accessible through an RJ45 connector. Additionally, two GPIOs are available per connector, allowing for versatile connectivity to 19” patch panels using shielded twisted pair (STP) cables.

 

Key features:

  • Stereo line inputs: Four balanced stereo line inputs per card.

  • GPIO options: Each GPIO offers flexibility, allowing you to choose between TTL Input/output or Photo-MOS relay output via a hardware jumper on the board.

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Line output card

The Line output card provides four balanced stereo line outputs, with each output accessible through an RJ45 connector. Additionally, two GPIOs are available per connector, allowing for versatile connectivity to 19” patch panels using shielded twisted pair (STP) cables.

 

Key features:

  • Stereo line outputs: Four balanced stereo line outputs per card.

  • GPIO options: Each GPIO offers flexibility, allowing you to choose between TTL Input/output or Photo-MOS relay output via a hardware jumper on the board.

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Digital in/output with sample rate converter

The Digital In/Output card with Sample Rate Converter offers four balanced digital inputs and outputs, with each input/output accessible through an RJ45 connector. Additionally, two GPIOs are available per connector, allowing for versatile connectivity to 19” patch panels using shielded twisted pair (STP) cables.

 

Key features:

  • Digital inputs and outputs: Four balanced digital inputs and outputs per card.

  • Sample rate converter: Ensures compatibility with various audio sources and formats.

  • GPIO options: Each GPIO offers flexibility, allowing you to choose between TTL Input/output or Photo-MOS relay output via a hardware jumper on the board.

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Hybrid card

The Hybrid In/Output card converts analog telephone signals into digital audio, allowing processing by the 19” inch rack.

 

Key features:

  • Telephone connectivity: Allows external callers to be connected to the AXITE.

  • Call functionality: A connection can be established via the start/stop function in the engine.

  • Call origination: If a local phone is connected, it is possible to originate a call to a remote side. If no local phone is present, someone at a remote site must call you.

  • Hybrid RJ14 (telephone) connection

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Dante in/output card

Key features:

  • Channel capacity: Each Dante card can handle up to 32 mono input and output channels.

  • Scalability: Install up to 7 Dante cards in the I/O Rack, significantly expanding your audio network capabilities.

 

Required software:

  • 16x16 Audio: Stream audio with a WDM interface.

  • 64x64 Audio: Utilize an ASIO interface for extensive channel support.

 

Supported audio formats:

  • Resolution: The AXITE Dante 32x32 card supports 16, 24, and 32-bit resolution.

  • Sample rates: Compatible with sample rates of 44.1kHz and 48kHz.

 

USB audio vs. Dante virtual soundcard:

  • Dante virtual soundcard: Supports up to 64x64 mono audio channels with 16, 24, or 32-bit resolution, sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 192kHz, and latency as low as 1ms.

  • Direct streaming: The flexibility of the Dante network allows direct streaming to other Dante-supported devices, providing unparalleled connectivity and convenience.

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CRM output card

The CRM Output card provides four stereo outputs, offering both balanced CRM stereo line outputs and unbalanced stereo headphone outputs.

 

Connectivity:

  • Balanced outputs (RJ45 A & B):

    • RJ45 connector A: Balanced CRM stereo line output

    • RJ45 connector B: Balanced studio stereo line output

  • Unbalanced outputs (RJ45 C & D):

    • RJ45 connector C: Unbalanced stereo headphone output 3

    • RJ45 connector D: Unbalanced stereo headphone output 4

 

GPIO options:

Each RJ45 connector also features two GPIOs, allowing for versatile connectivity to 19” patch panels using shielded twisted pair (STP) cables.

 

GPIO configuration:

  • For each GPIO, you can choose between TTL Input/Output or Photo-MOS relay output via a hardware jumper on the board.

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DSP card

The DSP card adds powerful mixing capabilities to your 19” rack. When combined with the AXITE engine, this card provides 32 stereo processing channels, effectively turning your rack into a fully functional mixing desk.

 

Key features:

  • Enhanced mixing capabilities: The DSP card enables you to create a mixing console with 32 stereo processing channels.

  • Scalability: The system can accommodate up to four DSP cards, allowing for a total of 128 stereo channels.

 

Status indicator:

  • The ACT(ive) LED blinks to indicate that the card is functioning properly.

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Engine card

The engine card serves as the controller of the AXITE Digital Audio System, and it is essential for the proper functioning of the system. Positioned at the far-right side of the rack, this card must be inserted into your digital audio system's network.

 

Network connectivity:

The engine card features a default 100Mbit Ethernet port (RJ45), through which the following information is transmitted:

  • MambaNet: Control protocol

  • HTTP: Configuration of your engine via a web server

  • FTP: Firmware/configuration update and backup via a file server

 

Service connectivity:

Currently, the serial RS232, VGA, keyboard, mouse, and USB connections can be used for service purposes only.

 

Clock synchronization:

Via the BNC connectors, you can synchronize the entire rack to an external frame clock, as well as to remote equipment with the clock of this 19” rack. The 75-Ohm switch allows you to turn on/off a 75-Ohm termination on the receiving frame clock connector.

 

Status indicator:

The ACT(ive) LED blinks to indicate proper functioning of the Engine card.

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Power supply

At the far left in the I/O RACK is the position where the power supply card is inserted. An optional second power supply card can be inserted alongside this first one, providing automatic power supply redundancy.

 

Key features:

  • Redundant power supply: With two power supplies, you have created automatic power supply redundancy, ensuring uninterrupted operation.

  • LED status indicator:

    • Green blinking LED indicates the power supply is up and running.

    • In case of local power failure, the LED activity will blink red or not blink at all.

 

NEUTRIKTM powerCONTM:

The NEUTRIKTM PowerCONTM provides power input ranging from 100-240V to the supply.

 

Power switch:

The power switch allows you to turn off the local power supply when needed.

interfaces for the AXITE

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The D&R AXITE interfaces effortlessly with CobraNet™ and Dante compatible devices, making it a long-term solution to the evolving needs of broadcast facilities for future innovations and developments in broadcast audio and software.

 

Dante:

Dante replaces long runs of specialized analog cables between microphones, mixers, processors, amplifiers, and speakers by connecting through your computer network. It effortlessly sends all channels of audio over Ethernet cables with perfect digital fidelity.

  • Efficient network management: All connections are managed with software, making routes fast, readable, and reliable.

  • Flexible signal routing: Because all devices share the same network, signals can be sent between any devices, regardless of their location on a site, with no changes to the wiring required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CobraNet:

CobraNet is a combination of software, hardware, and network protocols designed to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network.

  • Widely used in large Installations: Developed in the 1990s, CobraNet is widely regarded as the first commercially successful audio-over-Ethernet implementation.

  • Applications: CobraNet is primarily used in large commercial audio installations such as convention centers, stadiums, airports, theme parks, and concert halls, where a large number of audio channels must be transmitted over long distances or to multiple locations.

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19" I-O rack connector panels

When it comes to interfacing digital audio components to I/O racks, the defacto standard is the use of RJ45 connectors with STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cable.

At D&R, we have successfully employed this breakout system in our earlier consoles, and it continues to be the preferred choice for seamless connectivity.

Our rack-mounted interface units feature balanced ¼” Jacks and/or XLR connectors on the front panel, while shielded RJ45 connectors on the back panel ensure reliable connections to the I/O rack.

Below, you'll find a selection of our passive breakout panels, designed to streamline your audio setup and ensure optimal connectivity.

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MIC I/O breakout panel, article number: 60882045

 

With the following features:

  • 8 MIC XLR inputs: Connect up to 8 microphones using XLR connectors.

  • 16 remote jacks: Expand your connectivity options with 16 remote jacks.

  • 4 stereo phone jacks: Easily connect stereo devices using 4 stereo phone jacks.

  • 2 line out jacks: Connect to line output devices using 2 line out jacks.

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Line I/O breakout panel, article number: 60882046

 

With the following features:

  • 16 balanced line in/out jacks: Connect up to 16 line input or output devices using balanced line jacks.

  • 16 remote jacks: Expand your connectivity options with 16 remote jacks.

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Line input XLR breakout panel, article number: 60882047

 

With the following features:

  • 12 balanced line In XLRs (female): Connect up to 12 line input devices using female XLR connectors.

  • 12 remote jacks: Expand your connectivity options with 12 remote jacks.

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Line output XLR breakout panel, article number: 60882048

 

With the following features:

  • 12 balanced line out XLRs (male): Connect up to 12 line output devices using male XLR connectors.

  • 12 remote jacks: Expand your connectivity options with 12 remote jacks.

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Line I/O XLR breakout panel, article number: 60882049

 

With the following features:

  • 8 balanced line In XLRs (female): Connect up to 8 line input devices using female XLR connectors.

  • 4 balanced line out XLRs (male): Connect up to 4 line output devices using male XLR connectors.

  • 12 remote jacks: Expand your connectivity options with 12 remote jacks.

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Dig I/O breakout panel, article number: 60882050

 

With the following features:

  • 6 stereo digital inputs: Connect up to 6 stereo digital input devices.

  • 6 stereo digital outputs: Connect up to 6 stereo digital output devices.

software

AXITE METER SCREEN

​Metering software:

  • Phase meters: Monitor phase with 2 phase meters displayed on the surface-screen.

  • PPM meters: Keep track of audio levels with 6, 16, or 32 PPM meters on the surface-screen.

  • Broadcast clock: Stay synchronized with the built-in broadcast clock.

  • Extra label fields: Customize your workspace with additional label fields.

  • Red-light indicator: Easily identify active channels with the red-light indicator.

  • Studio visibility: View Studio 1-4 status directly on the surface-screen.

  • Phone active detection: Detect active phone lines with phone active detection.

  • Cable disconnect detection: Stay informed with cable disconnect detection.

  • On-screen channel processing: Access channel processing directly on the screen for seamless control.

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AXITE configuration options:

On the AXITE website, you'll find all the necessary options to configure your system into a fully functioning mixing console(s).

 

Begining with the Console 1-4 configuration, this menu allows you to easily navigate from top to bottom, ensuring a smooth and straightforward setup process.

AXITE technical specifications

I/O cards:

 

DSP:

  • 32-bit floating-point processing.

  • 32 stereo channels.

  • 32 mixing busses (program/sub/cue/comm/24x Aux).

  • 6-band fully parametric equalizer.

 

MIC:

  • Electronically balanced, 2Kohm.

  • Analog input sensitivity: -70dBu up to +20dBu (Pad).

  • CMRR MIC inputs: 85dB @ 1kHz, maximum gain.

  • Optional transformer balancing.

 

Line input:

  • Electronically balanced, 10kOhm.

  • Input sensitivity: +6 dBu, maximum +26dBu.

  • CMRR Line inputs: 50dB @ 1kHz, maximum gain.

  • Optional transformer balancing.

 

Line output:

  • Electronically balanced, <47Ohm.

  • Output level: +6dBu, maximum output level +26 dBu.

  • Optional transformer balancing.

 

CRM output:

  • Electronically balanced, <47 Ohm.

  • Output level: +6dBu, maximum output level +26 dBu.

  • Optional transformer balancing.

 

Headphones out:

  • Power: 80mW into 600R.

  • Minimum load: 8 Ohm.

 

Digital inputs/output:

  • Sample rate conversion.

  • AES/EBU (AES3), S/P-DIF (cinch or optical).

  • Bit depth: 16/20/24 bit.

  • THD+N: -105dBfs @1kHz, 0 dBFS.

  • Input/output impedance: 110 Ohm (XLR) / 75 Ohm (Cinch).

  • Output level: 2 to 5 volts.

 

GPI:

  • 5V TTL, 100 kOhm input impedance.

 

GPO:

  • Selection of optical isolated relay or 5V TTL output.

  • Optical isolated relays: max 50V at 200mA.

General:

  • Matrix: Up to 1280x1280.

  • Synchronization:

    • Word clock input or internal generator.

    • Supported sample rates: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz.

    • Word clock out 75R.

    • Selectable 75 Ohm termination on word clock input.

 

Dimensions:

AXITE 6 fader main unit (drop-through mounting):

  • Width: 375 mm

  • Height: 335 mm

  • Drop-through hole: 350 mm x 310 mm

  • Front panel thickness: 2 mm

 

AXITE 6 fader extender:

  • Width: 255 mm

  • Height: 335 mm

  • Drop-through hole: 230 mm x 310 mm

  • Front panel thickness: 2 mm

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