DARC Surface

AoIP for Everyone.

Audio over IP does not need to be complicated or expensive. With the DARC Surface, you can control any Dante network audio source. Mix, adjust levels, everything you need for an On-Air or production room console.

A Digital AoIP Console designed for you.

starting at $1,500.


Meet DARC Surface, an intuitive, powerful Dante enabled Digital Console. It is a powerful mixing console that can control any source on your Dante AoIP network


Designed to be easy to setup, and use. Yet flexible and powerful for your needs today, and tomorrow.

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Digital AoIP Broadcast Console.

8, 12 or 16 input channels.

2 Stereo output buses.

Simple & Configurable

8, 12 or 16 Channel Models. DARC Surface comes in 3 different models (DARC Surface 12 & 16 available 4th quarter 2018). This means that you can choose what size best fit your needs. Whether the 8 with its small profile yet powerful design, or the 16, with all the faders you could ever need.

DARC Virtual Console Software. The DARC Virtual Software comes included in the package deals. The DARC Surface works in harmony with the DARC Virtual Console software.

Programmable Inputs & Outputs

The DARC Surface is a Digital AoIP console. Being digital means that your audio is handled digitally, and there is no signal degradation within the board. It is protected from RF, and is very flexible.


Being AoIP means that the DARC Surface has access to any audio input or output on your Dante local network. Quickly select your inputs and outputs via the DARC Virtual Console software. OR swap assignments via the 4 programmable buttons on the DARC Surface.


The DARC Surface is the ultimate in power, flexibility and value.



Stylish & Functional

OLED Displays. The DARC Surface utilizes long life OLED displays. These displays show what source channels have been selected for each channel. These OLED displays are high contrast, easy to read and beautiful to match.

LED VU Meters. Complimenting the DARC Surface, we gave it two pairs of bright, 20 segment stereo bargraph LED VU Meters. These meters have an extremely long life span utilizing the latest in LED technology.

LED Switches. Momentary switches are 5 million operation & LED illuminated, for an extremely long life. No more need to replace switches or bulbs.

Compartmentalized. The DARC-Surface is sleekly designed with its compartmentalized design. The majority of your audio input and output wiring goes to your Simple IP units, while the DARC has limited wiring to make your studio stylish and functional.

3 Types of Channels


1 to 16 Mic channels. Your choice, your configuration. Simply connect your mics to the Simple IP inputs.

Direct Plug & Play. Directly connect the Mic output from the DARC Surface to a Simple IP input for easy setup.

High performance mic preamps.

48 VDC phantom power.

(optional, $69)

Mic Monitor Mute. Mic channels will automatically mute the monitor output when activated.

LED illuminated switches.

  Stereo Line

1 to 16 Inputs. Software assignable line inputs. Simply connect your audio source outputs to the Simple IP inputs. Each Simple IP box allows you to connect up to 4 Stereo Line inputs.

Analog or Digital. Choose to use either analog RJ45 inputs with the Simple-IP-8A or Digital XLR AES3 inputs with the SImple-IP-8D.

+4dBu or -10dBu analog inputs. Simple-IP-8A is jumper selectable between balanced +4dBu and unbalanced -10dBu inputs.

LED illuminated switches.


Phone channel. Within the DARC software, choose to assign one of your I/O on the Simple IP to a phone mix-minus to connect to your phone hybrid.

Mix-Minus. Once a channel has been assigned as a Phone channel in the software, it will configure to audio to work with your phone hybrid.

Talkback. With the Phone channel setup, the first mic channel will have a Talkback function that allows you to talk to the caller off line.

LED illuminated switches.

  Logic Inputs & Outputs

8 Logic I/O (Surface 8). On the base model of the DARC Surface 8, you get 8 input or output logic pins. Output pins can be connected to an external relay box to send closures. Or receive a 5 volt input closure to perform programmed tasks. Operations like turning an On-Air light on & off, or starting your automation, can all be triggered via the I/O.

24 additional I/O (per optional daughter card). On the DARC Surface 12 you get a total of 32 I/O logic. On the DARC Surface 16 you have 56 I/O pins. More than enough logic for any operation.


2 Output Buses

  Program - Audition - Monitor - Headphone

PGM, AUD. The DARC Surface comes with 2 output buses. These outputs can either be programmed to play out any audio output on your Dante network, and or be hardwired from the RJ45 outputs on the DARC Surface. These outputs are balanced stereo.

Monitor & Headphone outputs. The DARC Surface comes with a monitor output to connect to your studio speakers. You may select which output to listen to, such as Program, Audition or Cue. You may also monitor audio via the headphone output. The headphones will continue to play audio even when the monitor speakers are muted by a mic channel.

Mic Monitor Mute. Mic channels will automatically mute the monitor output and play audio through the headphones when activated. Talk back audio plays through headphones as well.

Cue Speaker. Built in Cue speaker talkback system with built-in amplifier.

Monitor input. Use the monitor input to listen to your station's on-air feed.

The ARC 15 is extremely powerful, with its 5 mic inputs and extra input channels. It is the flagship of any radio station.

Assets come standard.

Balanced RJ45 Connectors

All Stereo inputs and outputs are world standard balanced RJ45 connectors. 10ft. Cabling is included, no charge.


Momentary switches are 5 million operation & LED illuminated, for an extremely long life. No more need to replace switches or bulbs.

Linear Faders

Conductive plastic faders for highest possible resolution and life. Dust covers designed to protect and prolong the life of the fader.

Power Supply

The power supply is auto-sensing 110-220VAC. Certified: UL, CE, CS, CB. Perfect for use anywhere in the world.


Headphone system with stereo amp for 8ohm (or Hi-Z) headphones. Plus Monitor and Cue systems.

DARC Virtual Console

The DARC Virtual Console comes standard with DARC Surface bundle packages. This gives you tons of additional features at your fingertips.

4, 8, 12, or 16 input channels models.

3 stereo output Buses.

Phone Mix-minus bus for Telephone hybrid.

Analog or Digital Inputs and Outputs.

Windows 10 compatible.

Dante AoIP interstudio ethernet connectivity.

AES67 AoIP support to work with any network.


8, 12 or 16 Input Channels

The DARC Surface comes as an 8 channel main board. This main board can connect to two additional 4 channel daughter cards, giving you either 12 or 16 total channels. The daughter cards come with:

4 Channels with fader level control.

2 Mic Preamps.

12 Logic I/O.

4 Programmable Buttons.




What you need to get started

To get started with DARC AoIP is extremely simple. You only need two components:


(1) Dante Audio Source - You need to connect your audio sources, such as your microphones, headphones, phone systems, automation, etc..., to the Dante audio network. You can do this using the Simple IP analog or digital nodes, Dante AVIO adapters, Dante Virtual Sound Card, or any other Dante enabled device. Once your device(s) is connected to the Dante network, this step is complete.


(2) DARC Virtual software - Then all you need is the DARC Virtual console software ran on a Windows PC (not included). This software is designed to recognize Dante devices on your Local Area Network (LAN), and then gives you the ability to control any of these devices.


Optional - You can now connect other optional equipment to your Dante network to expand your setup as necessary. Whether you want to use a physical control surface such as the DARC Surface, or add more equipment to your Dante AoIP network such as Simple IP. It is all expandable to as large as you want or need.




That all said, we give you a quick and easy way to get started, and that is by purchasing turn-key bundle packages such as the ones listed below:

Bundle Packages

DARC Surface 8 with Simple IP


DARC Surface 8 Console ($1,500)

DARC Virtual Console software license FREE

Qty 2 Simple IP (8A or 8D) ($2,000)

PC not included

DARC Surface 12 with Simple IP


DARC Surface 12 Console ($2,000)

DARC Virtual Console software license FREE

Qty 3 Simple IP (8A or 8D) ($3,000)

PC not included

DARC Surface 16 with Simple IP


DARC Surface 16 Console ($2,500)

DARC Virtual Console software license FREE

Qty 4 Simple IP (8A or 8D) ($4,000)

PC not included

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AoIP for Everyone.


Need audio over IP? Simple-IP is the solution. Connect any analog or digital audio sources to Simple-IP putting your boards on the Dante network This simple and reliable solution will save you time and money.

Starting at $129

Quickly connect any analog or digital audio source to play into a Dante audio network, at an extremely affordable price.


Configured PC


Purchase a fully configured Dell Optiplex Micro from us. This PC will be ready for use out of the box to work with the DARC Virtual Console software. It will be ran in Kiosk mode and dedicated to the DARC Virtual Software for optimal reliability.


To qualify for software support for DARC, you must purchase a configured PC from us.


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