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Arista E-Vocal Dante Stage Interfaces

FOH Staff • New Gear • June 23, 2020


Fremont, CA-based Arista Corporation is introducing their E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 multiple channel analog input and analog output Dante-equipped stage boxes.

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These rugged standalone units, the size of a 3U rackmount enclosure, are the ideal solution for connecting as many as 16 analog microphones and other audio sources and then feeding a mixing console via Dante using a single Ethernet cable—dramatically streamlining stage setups for live performers.

The ARS-1616S Series Stage boxes are available in two versions: the ARS-1616S-A10 incorporates -8 dB to 34 dB preamp gain control with Phantom Power while the ARS-1616S-A00 does not and would require a separate preamp. In addition to their ability to convert 16 analog audio sources to a Dante stream, the ARS-1616S Stage boxes can also convert a Dante stream into 16 channels of analog output signals—in other words, the units are designed to transfer 16 audio channels over a Dante network in both directions. Equally notable, two etherCON connectors (Dante Primary/Secondary) are available for redundant operation when using two separate networks. For mission-critical operation requirements, dual AC input and dual PoE power sources are available for redundant operation, thus ensuring the most dependable and reliable functionality.

The ARISTA E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 Stage boxes support up to 96 kHz sampling rates and 24-bit resolution—enabling the most pristine audio quality. The ARS-1616S-A10 also incorporates a mute function for the 16 inputs while the ARS-1616S-A00 does not. These robust and portable interface units are designed to facilitate placement onstage either horizontally or vertically, providing impeccable integration and the ability to endure harsh live performance environments. For operational ease-of-use, parameters such as sampling frequency, channel routing, or latency settings can be made via the free ‘Dante Controller’ computer application. This application is an integrated web-based controller for monitoring the unit’s operational status via a common web browser.

Paul Shu, ARISTA’s President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the new E-Vocal ARS-1616S Series Stage interfaces, “Both ARS-1616S Stage interfaces are compact and rugged units that make converting as many as 16 analog audio channels to or from a Dante stream as easy as can be. And for feeding those analog inputs to a digital mixing console, things couldn’t be easier. Simply make the necessary analog connections directly on stage and then run a single Ethernet cable upwards of 320 feet to the audio console. I’m confident that when audio technicians, mixing engineers, and others discover the simplicity of operation made possible by the ARS-1616S Series Stage boxes, they’ll wonder why this type of product never surfaced earlier.”

ARISTA’s E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 Stage boxes are expected to ship in Q3, 2020. MSRP is as follows:

  • ARS-1616S-A00: $1399 USD
  • ARS-1616S-A10: $1999 USD
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