Neve® has announced the launch of the StarNet DM256 at NAMM 2024 – a compact and professional unit aimed at redefining format conversion in recording studios, live sound venues, and broadcast/post-production suites.
The StarNet DM256 can convert up to 256 channels of Dante®, Rx to 256 channels of MADI Tx and vice versa. With the integration of Dante IP core technology, this powerhouse enables an expansive I/O count through a single ethernet connection, setting a new benchmark in audio technology.
Featuring one of the largest digital I/O counts on the market, the StarNet DM256 accommodates 256 channels of MADI inputs and outputs across four MADI ports. These ports feature duplex MADI SC optical connections and dual-BNC coaxial connections, meeting and exceeding professional MADI standards outlined by the Audio Engineering Society.
The StarNet DM256 incorporates a modern, low-drift crystal oscillator clocking system and PLL, positioning itself as the ultimate master clock in any professional studio environment. Dante connections are facilitated through dual ethernet ports, offering redundancy for network failure resilience or daisy-chaining capabilities in switched mode.
With a Maximum Channel Mapping (MCM) feature, the DM256 ensures multiplexing of MADI I/O assignments per port, maintaining session integrity during sample rate switches. The unit's front-mounted OLED screen provides at-a-glance access to crucial network settings, sample rate, bit depth, and more.
Built with an external PSU design, the StarNet DM256 aims to efficiently dissipate heat, safeguarding internal components for an extended lifespan.
Chris Bloor, engineering manager at AMS Neve commented: “The DM256 not only redefines format conversion but sets a new standard for versatility and reliability in professional audio environments. With its extensive I/O capabilities, modern clocking system, and user-friendly features, the DM256 stands as a testament to our legacy of pushing the boundaries and shaping the future of sound engineering."