The digital detangler pro series is based on the same technology as the z-8.8
digital detangler, without the optical format capability (they're AES/EBU or
S/PDIF only), but with the added convenience of remote/computer control.
If you have more than a couple of pieces of digital audio gear, you've
probably found that getting them all hooked up and talking to each other is no
simple task. Furthermore, you've probably found that re-configuring your set-up
for different users or different modes of operation can be a real nightmare. If
the z-8.8 is not large enough for you or if you need the added convenience of a
remote control or a Mac or Windows control interface, the digital detangler pro
is the way to seamlessly integrate and re-configure your digital audio
For example, let's say you have many A/D and D/A converters, several DAT
machines, CD transports, digital audio workstations, and outboard effects
processors. There are conceivably many different ways you would want to hook
these devices together, depending on which source might need to feed which DAT
machine, workstation, or D/A converter. Furthermore, if a single source needs to
feed multiple destinations at the same time (e.g., an A/D converter feeding
several DAT machines, a workstation, and a D/A converter for monitoring),
daisy-chaining these destination devices is an unsafe and unreliable way to go.
The digital detangler pro series offers a solution to all of these problems.
Unlike the z-8.8, however, the digital detangler pros use multi-pin breakout
cables for their AES/EBU connections. This is because of the high density of
interconnect needed to establish up to 64 source and destination connections.
The breakout cables are identical in pinout to those used by TASCAM for the DA88
eight-track DAT recorder. We supply the pinout so you can make your own cables,
or we can supply you with extremely high-quality AES/EBU breakout cables.
Hook up all of your digital audio sources and destinations to the digital
detangler pro's rear panel. The connection pattern is then simply established by
the touch of a few buttons on the unit's remote control or a couple of
keystrokes on the computer. Furthermore, both the remote control and the
computer interfaces allow the creation of multiple presets, or "salvos" which
can later be recalled for instant reconfiguration on-the fly.
As with the z-8.8, the detangler pros are fully asynchronous, which allows
them to handle multiple sample rates at the same time. For the real
do-it-yourselfer, we also supply the control protocol so you can build your own
control interface (software or hardware). Other manufacturers have written their
own control interfaces for the digital detangler pro so it can be used with
Input and output connectors: DB25-to-XLR
Input and output impedance: 110
Input and output resolution, SNR, THD+N: what comes in goes out!
Standard units are all AES/EBU. If any other configuration is needed, p[lease
specify at time of order. Note, these routers do not handle the optical format
due to their i/o interface connectors.