DARC

Virtual Console

AoIP for Everyone.

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

A Virtual Console designed for you.

starting at $2,300.

 

Meet DARC, an intuitive, powerful Dante Virtual Console. It is a powerful mixing console that runs virtualized in a PC environment.

 

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

Virtual Broadcast Console.

4, 8, 12 or 16 input channels.

3 Stereo output buses.

Simple & Configurable

The DARC Virtual Console can be ran as a stand alone unit, or in conjunction with an AoIP network with multiple studios. It will control any Dante enabled audio device on your LAN, whether it is a source connected to our Simple IP units, or any Dante device such as the Dante AVIO.

Standalone Unit

As a standalone unit, you don't need a large AoIP network to utilize this brilliant board. Simply connect all your audio sources into one of our Simple IP boxes (or any Dante enabled device), then connect the Dante Virtual software onto the same network. Utilizing the Dante Controller software, you choose which sources to control, and away you go.

DARC Virtual Software, ran on a Windows PC

GB Switch

Connect the Simple IP & DARC Virtual PC to a standard network switch.

Simple IP

Connect all your audio sources & outputs here. The beauty of Simple IP is that it is expandable. Start with 4 stereo channels (In & Out) and expand as needed.

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AoIP Configuration

Since DARC controls any Dante audio source, you can configure DARC to control any audio source on your LAN. This allows you to make your setup as large and complex as your studios require. Which also allows you to expand your operations in the future.

GB Switch

Connect all your studios to the same LAN using a standard GB switch.

DARC Virtual Software

Controls any audio source on your Dante network.

Simple IP

Connect all your audio inputs and outputs here.

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DARC Surface

Console control surface that utilizes DARC Virtual to control audio sources on your Dante network.

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Analog Source

Connect any of your existing consoles to the Dante network, either using Simple IP, or a Dante AVIO device.

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Auxiliary Studio

Connect any of your existing studios to the Dante network, either using Simple IP, or a Dante AVIO device.

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AES67 Studio

Connect any of your existing AoIP studios that are using AES67 compliant equipment, such as Wheatstone, Telos, or Lawo.

Rack Room

If you prefer your equipment centralized, you may bring your audio inputs and outputs to a rack room. All I/O will be accessible anywhere on your Dante network.

3 Types of Channels

  Microphone

Simple IP  Required

1 to 16 Mic channels. Your choice, your configuration. Simply connect your mics to the Simple IP inputs. Each Simple IP box allows you to connect up to 4 mic channels. Channels are software assignable.

Mic Pre Needed. Simple IP are all high level stereo inputs. Mic channels require an external mic preamp with mono to stereo wiring.

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

  Stereo Line

Simple IP  Required

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.

 

Phone

Simple IP  Required

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.

  Logic Outputs

Optional Add-on

2 Logic Output. As an optional add-on, add logic outputs to the DARC family. This USB logic output connects to your PC, and is controlled via the DARC Virtual Console software. This is programmable to turn on On-Air Lights, trigger phone hybrids, etc... This option gives you 2 relay outputs.

8 Logic Output. 2 outputs not enough? Get the 8 logic output USB control instead.

 

3 Output Buses

  Program - Audition - Utility - Monitor - Headphone

PGM, AUD, UTL. DARC can assign output control to any output on your Dante network. This may be one of our Simple IP units, which has 4 stereo outputs per box.

Monitor & Headphone outputs. Utilize the Cue function built in to the DARC software to play audio off-air through your monitor or headphones. Both monitor and headphones are assignable, and use the on board Windows sound card by default.

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.

Power of Software

Touch Screen compatible. The DARC Virtual Console is touch screen compatible, and will work with any Windows based hardware.

Configurable. The power of the DARC software, is that you can choose how many input channels & faders to have control over. The software lets you choose between 4, 8, 12 or 16 inputs. This means you can start small, and then grow your operation at any time without having to buy a new board.

Control any Dante audio source. DARC lets you control any Dante audio inputs or outputs on your LAN. Simply select the inputs and outputs via the Dante Controller.

Manage channel labels programmatically. Name an input channel a ‘Mic’ and the channel reconfigures the console for muting, phone talkback, and more. Name a channel a phone and it is automatically reconfigured to have a mix minus bus. Save a Preset for your on air shift, and load it when it is time to go on air.

Remote Control. As a Windows based software, you may use any 3rd party remote access software, such as GoToMyPC, LogMeIn & more. Access your studio anywhere in the world, using the latest and most secure software in the world.

 

 

Bundle Packages

4 Channel Console

$2,300 ($1,000 in savings)

DARC Virtual Console software license

Qty 1 Simple IP (8A or 8D)

PC not included

8 Channel Console

$3,000 ($1,600 in savings)

DARC Virtual Console software license

Qty 2 Simple IP (8A or 8D)

PC not included

12 Channel Console

$3,900 ($2,000 in savings)

DARC Virtual Console software license

Qty 3 Simple IP (8A or 8D)

PC not included

16 Channel Console

$5,000 ($2,200 in savings)

DARC Virtual Console software license

Qty 4 Simple IP (8A or 8D)

PC not included

Accessories

SIMPLE-IP

AoIP for Everyone.

 

Need audio over IP? Simple-IP is the solution. Connect any of our ARC or MARC series boards to Simple-IP to connect your boards over Ethernet. 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

$1,000

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.

 

APEX-Live is the ultimate live assist software for any Internet or Broadcast radio station. It is flexible, with customizable user interfaces; and powerful with numerous features. Use it in tandem with APEX, or as a stand alone software. And is FREE with our broadcast consoles.

 

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Other Accessories.

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