Interfacing Pivitec PMM/AVB with Dante Networks

There are several ways to connect a Pivitec System with a Dante network using 3rd party devices, and more are being added. Here we will outline four of those methods.

 

 

Connecting Dante to AVB/Pivitec PMM with the Pivitec e64i/o-MADI

 

 Pivitec e64i/o-MADI with Focusrite REDNET 6 or AuviTran AVBx3

Figure 1. Using the Pivitec e64i/o-MADI with Focusrite REDNET 6 or AuviTran AVBx3

 

1). Using the Focusrite REDNET 6- The REDNET 6 has many features that will automatically help set up your network. Please refer to the REDNET 6 User guide to assist you in its setup.  Determine where the e64i/o-MADI will receive clock; from the REDNET 6 MADI out, or from a network device on the Ethernet connection. This is dependent on your network topography. Your Pivitec e64i/o-MADI clock settings can be adjusted on the Pivitec AVDECC controller discussed below.

2). Using the AuviTran AVBx3 Toolbox- The AuviTran AVBx3 frame can be set up with Dante and MADI cards to bridge between these networks. You will need:  AVBx3-Dante/IS Frame with Dante card and an AxC-MADI card.  Refer to the AuviTran AVBx3 manual for setting clock sync. Setup is as simple as plugging the Dante Card into slot #1 and the MADI card into slot #2. The AVBx3 frame will automatically assign channels between the two cards on a one per one basis, bidirectionally.

The e64i/o-MADI will pass 64 channels at 48k divided into four 16 channel streams. If you are interfacing with an AVB network, use the Pivitec AVDECC controller to assign talker and listener streams. The AVDECC controller is available here. To better understand how to configure the Pivitec e64i/o-MADI, download the Pivitec MADI Quick Start Guide.

If you are connecting to a Pivitec Personal Monitor Mixing system, you will be able to assign the first two MADI streams in the V2Mix Pro app as shown in the Pivitec System Quick Start guide.

 

Connecting Dante to AVB/Pivitec PMM with the Pivitec e16i-ADAT.

 

Pivitec e16i-ADAT with the Focusrite REDNET 3

Figure 2. Using the Pivitec e16i-ADAT with the Focusrite REDNET 3

 

Using the Focusrite REDNET 3- you can convert 32 channels of DANTE format to 32 channels of ADAT at 48k in four 8 channel streams through TOSLINK optical fiber cables. Please refer to the REDNET 3 Userguide to assist you in its setup.  The e16i-ADAT will recover clock from the REDNET 3 ADAT Streams.

Use a single e16i-ADAT for 16 channels, or 2 e16i-ADAT units for 32 channels.  Connect as shown below.

 

 Focusrite REDNET 3 to the Pivitec e16i-ADAT

Figure 3. Connecting the Focusrite REDNET 3 to the Pivitec e16i-ADAT

 

Connect the e16i-ADAT(s) to your Pivitec system switch, and set up the system as described in the Pivitec System Quick Start guide.

 

Connecting Dante to AVB/Pivitec PMM with the Pivitec e16i/o-MY card

 

A Yamaha RSio64-D i/o rack can be used with any system for conversion of Dante network to a Pivitec Personal Monitor Mixing system and/or Ethernet AVB. With Dante resident and 4 card slots available on the RSio64-D, it is possible to have 64 channels of audio at 48k bidirectional between the 2 networks, or use the other 2 slots for another type of card. In addition, you are able to route the Pivitec e16i/o-MY card audio to other devices in any other slots. Please reference the Yamaha RSio64-D product page for more information.  Shown below is a typical 32 channel setup using the RSio64-D and 2 Pivitec e16i/o-MY cards. Notice slots 3 & 4 are available for more Pivitec e16i/o-MY cards or other compatible cards.

Connecting to a Dante Network Using the Pivitec e16i/o-MY

Figure 4. Connecting to a Dante Network Using the Pivitec e16i/o-MY

The Yamaha RSio64-D will pass 64 channels at 48k divided into four 16 channel streams. If you are interfacing with an AVB network, use the Pivitec AVDECC controller to assign talker and listener streams. The Pivitec AVDECC controller is available here.  If you are connecting to a Pivitec Personal Monitor Mixing system, you will be able to assign the first two streams to the e32 mixers in the V2Mix Pro app as shown in the Pivitec System Quick Start guide.