The Yamaha RI8-D is a Dante-compatible Input rack, featuring 8 analog inputs - 1RU.
Long Distance Dante Network Capability - Low-latency, low-jitter audio can be transferred over distances up to 100 meters* between devices via standard Ethernet cables using the Dante network protocol. The RI8-D can be used as a general-purpose Input box for the Dante network. Supported sampling rates are 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz. (* Depending on the type of cable used)
Remotely Controllable Internal Head Amplifiers - Internal head amplifier parameters can be remotely controlled from a compatible device.
Gain Compensation Function - If the RI8-D’s Gain Compensation function is enabled from a supported device that lets you set gain compensation (such as CL series products), the subsequent fluctuations in analog gain will be compensated for by internal digital gain. The audio signal will be output to a Dante network with a gain level that was fixed immediately before the Gain Compensation function was enabled. In this way, you can set the gain individually for FOH and MONITOR even if they share the same channel.
Direct Audio In/Out with a Connected Computer - Connecting the RI8-D with a standard Ethernet cable to a computer that has a Dante Virtual Soundcard installed enables you to directly input or output audio signals without using an audio interface device.
About DANTE - The RI8-D features Dante technology as a protocol to transmit audio signals. Dante is a network protocol developed by Audinate (link). It is designed to deliver multi-channel audio signals at various sampling and bit rates, as well as device control signals over a Giga-bit Ethernet (GbE) network. Dante also offers the following benefits:
Dante transmits up to 512 in/512 out, for a total 1024 channels (in theory) of audio over a GbE network. (The Rio3224-D features 32 in/24 out with a 24/32-bit resolution. The Rio1608-D features 16 in/8 out with a 24/32-bit resolution.)
Dante-enabled devices will automatically configure their network interfaces and find each other on the network. You can label Dante devices and their audio channels with names that make sense to you.
Dante uses high accuracy network synchronization standards to achieve sample-accurate playback with extremely low latency and jitter. Four types of latency are available on the Rio: 0.25 msec, 0.5 msec, 1.0 msec, and 5.0 msec. • Dante supports redundant connections via primary and secondary networks to defend against unforeseen difficulties.
Connecting a computer to Dante network over Ethernet enables you to directly input or output audio signals without using any audio interface devices. By taking advantages of these benefits, you can skip any complicated procedures to automate connections and setups of Dante-enabled devices, remotely control I/O racks or amplifiers from a mixing console, or make multi-track recordings to a DAW, such as Nuendo, installed on a computer in the network.