DiNET™ DAN-TX™ Using & Applications

The following page describes how to use the Radial DAN-TX. For more details, feel free to download the full manual by clicking the icon at left.

Making Connections

Begin by connecting the DAN-TX to the Dante enabled network using a standard Cat5e/Cat6 cable. When connected to an active network, the LED indicators on the Ethernet jack will illuminate. If Power over Ethernet (PoE) is available, the red PoE LED indicator will illuminate. If PoE is active, an external power supply is not required. If PoE is not available, connect the included 400mA 15VDC supply to power the DAN-TX.

Ethernet Connection

The DAN-TX connects to the Ethernet Network using a standard CAT5e or CAT6 cable. For optimal reliability and rejection of interference, use shielded Ethernet cable and connectors whenever possible. Once the Ethernet switch is connected to a computer running the Dante controller software, the DAN-TX will appear as an available transmit device.

Using the DAN-TX as an instrument DI box

The DAN-TX allows you to plug in an instrument such as a guitar or bass and have it directly feed a Dante network, allowing it to be routed to a distant mixing console, recording interface, or any other endpoint on the network. Set the LINE/INST switch to the INST setting to accept instrument level, high impedance signals. This configures the ¼" inputs so that the LEFT/MONO will be your instrument input, while the RIGHT connector changes to a THRU output that is wired in parallel with the left input. You can use this connection to simultaneously feed an amplifier on stage, just like you would with an analog direct box.

Start with the TRIM control at 12 o'clock and adjust the level as needed, turning up if you require more signal, or down if the LEFT SIG/CLIP LED indicator turns red. The TRIM control will not affect the signal level from the THRU output. The PAD will also not affect the ¼" connections when the DAN-TX is set to INST mode. To clean up excessive low frequency content, engage the HPF on the side of the DAN-TX to roll off frequencies below 80Hz.

When using the DAN-TX with a mono instrument, only the left channel of the Dante output will be used. You still have access to the right channel of the Dante output via the RIGHT RCA connector or the ring of the 3.5mm TRS input. This allows you to connect a mono line level source and a mono instrument to the Dante network simultaneously. Note that the level control will affect both inputs.

Using the DAN-TX with unbalanced consumer audio equipment

When using the DAN-TX with consumer audio devices, typically either the RCA connectors or the mini 3.5mm connector will be used, however, the ¼" inputs can also be employed. With the LINE/INST switch set to LINE, the DAN-TX will accept consumer line level signals such as those from a CD player, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Stereo keyboards can also be connected to the DAN-TX in this mode. The TRIM control can be used to fine tune the level, and the PAD can be engaged should further attenuation be required. Only one set of inputs should be used at a time, as they will all sum together to the left and right Dante outputs over Ethernet. To connect more than one device at a time to the Dante network, use multiple DAN-TX units.

Using the DAN-TX with professional level equipment

The DAN-TX can also be used with professional audio equipment such as mixing consoles and recording interfaces, with the ability to handle extremely hot signal levels of up to +24dBu. The ¼" connectors accept balanced TRS inputs, with +/-10dB of gain available on the TRIM control, along with a -18dB pad to accommodate a wide range of input levels. When the TRIM control is set to 12 o'clock and the PAD is engaged, +18dBu = 0dBFS. Without the PAD engaged, or when the DAN-TX is set to Instrument mode, 0dBu = 0dBFS. Ensure the LINE/INST switch is set to LINE when connecting pro audio equipment to the inputs of the DAN-TX.