GLENSOUND PARADISO COMMENTATOR UNIT – For DANTE network
This range of commentator units by Glensound provide the facilities required by three commentators, connecting to a DANTE network. DANTE is a software and hardware solution, offering high-performance audio distribution over standard IP networks, supporting hundreds of simultaneous channels of uncompressed audio with low latency and accurate synchronization.
Designed for live on-air broadcast applications the Paradiso has been designed with multiple redundancy capabilities. It has 4 possible sources of power (mains, 2x PoE, and external DC) and it also has fully redundant network connections for both Copper and Fibre circuits. Paradiso contains three mic/line inputs and three headphone amplifiers, each with 8 mixable audio inputs and their own level controls. Remote control of input gain and switching functions is by way of Windows 10 app. The Paradiso can also be used in conjunction with other manufacturer's equipment when connected to a DANTE audio network, and it can also be used outside of a dedicated DANTE network when connected to Glensound's DARK or AoIP Series 'break out boxes'. This connection can be direct or across a structured network.
The four network connections of the Paradiso can be configured as a switch. In this configuration, if the primary and secondary redundant SFP/fibre slots have been used as the network link, the RJ45 connections can be used to loop out to further local Paradiso units or other DANTE devices. These will all be shown separately on the network within the DANTE Controller configuration utility.
On the vertical front panel of the Paradiso there are three sockets for the headphones. The standard 6.35mm stereo jack socket can drive headphones with impedances between 32 and 1000 Ohms. The Paradiso has a circuit that automatically adjusts the output level to match the impedance of the headphones used. There is also three 3-pin, female XLR microphone/line input connectors, which have compression/limiting when mic is selected. A variable rate compressor is applied to the input peaks to ensure no clipping occurs. This also functions without affecting the rest of the audio signal. There are three yellow push switches for input type. These change the input type between mic, mic with +48V phantom power, and line. Associated LEDs indicate the current state. There is one Aux input present which accepts an unbalanced stereo circuit on 3.5mm jack socket. The front panel also has three gain control rotary shaft encoders that alters the input gain being applied. When adjusted the ePaper display above indicates, in dB, the current actual gain being applied. Turning the control quickly will make the gain adjust in larger steps and turning slowly makes the gain change in finer resolution. It is possible to disable this gain control from the control app.
The top panel of the Paradiso houses an On-Air LED in the top left corner. This illuminates when any one of the three ‘MIC ON’ switches are switched on. In the opposite corner there is a blue LED that indicates when the unit is connected to a suitable power source, and when the internal processor is working. Across the top of the upper panel there is a PPM meter which shows the output level of the mix of the three commentator’s microphones. Below this there are three red ‘MIC ON’ buttons which turn the commentator’s microphones on and off.
The Paradiso is fitted with ePaper displays, with each display providing information that would normally be associated with the headphone level and pan control and the talkback switch. The graffiti provides an indication of what the associated audio source or destination is. The top ‘bar’ of the ePaper display provides a visual indication of the position of the associated volume control, whilst the bottom ‘bar’ of the display provides a visual indication of the current panned position of the source.
Twenty-four coloured knobs provide the level and panning of the associated input audio source. Turning the knob clockwise/anticlockwise increases/decreases the level. The knobs are used to pan the audio source between the left and right ears of the commentator’s headphones. The bottom section of the ePaper display indicates the current panned position. The talkback buttons also present on the top panel route the commentator’s microphone to the associated talkback output.
On the rear panel there are five standard balanced audio outputs/inputs on 3-pin XLR. These are fed internally from the DSP and can be completely independent to the DANTE audio circuits as they do not require the DANTE network to operate. There are two fibre network interfaces fitted, one Primary and one secondary on Neutrik Opticon connectors. The Paradiso is also fitted with a primary and secondary Neutrik Ethercon connectors that provide the copper network interface. In the top right corner of the rear panel is a D9 socket that provides 1x AES3 input and output giving two channels of audio. The sample rate of this AES3 circuit matches, and is locked to the DANTE network. A pair of GPO (general purpose outputs), and a pair of GPI (general purpose inputs) are also provided. There are two USB sockets on the rear panel USB. One is used for updating firmware to the main processor and the other is used for updating firmware to the processor controlling the front panel. There is one blue identify and reset button which is used for updating software. A 3-pin IEC mains inlet accepts a mains input range of 100-240 VAC, and a two-pin barrel type DC input connector. It is designed to accept a +volt DC input between 9-15 volts.
The Windows 10 App is called Glen Controller and allows full remote control and set up of all the features of the Paradiso. Glen Controller connects to the Paradiso via the same network as the Dante audio circuits and provides a reliable redundant control system via both the primary and secondary network interfaces, meaning that even if one of the two networks were to become disconnected, the remote control would continue to work. Glen Controller can connect to multiple Paradiso units, and multiple instances running on different PCs can connect to a single Paradiso. There is an option to lock out other users from controlling a Paradiso and this facility can be password protected. For users regularly using the units at different events and functions settings can be saved, and assigned names for quick recall and imported/exported between different Paradiso hardware units.
Glen Controller provides day to day operation such as turning mics on/off adjusting microphone gains, setting PPM levels, viewing/ adjusting headphone level controls and changing graffiti on the ePaper displays. It also provides full facilities to allow complete customisation of the Paradiso’s features including, but not limited to: Switch operation settings including momentary, latching, and cough. Switch interaction - pressing TB switch turns off Mic; GPIO setup, headphone volume attenuation, routing/mixing audio circuits to the Dante/AES67 network, routing/mixing audio circuits to the analogue and digital outputs, routing/mixing audio circuits from the Dante/AES67 network, and routing/mixing audio circuits from the analogue and digital inputs.
Included accessories: Handbook, mains cable, 2m RJ45-RJ45 Cat5 cable.
Optional accessories: Polypropylene carrying case, fibre modules - multimode instead of single-mode, desktop style switch mode power supply.
Mic input gain range: -40dB to +40dB. Dynamic mic line up: 30dB. Mic + Phantom power line up: 30dB. Line input line up: 0dBu (gain range +/-20+dB). Mic input impedance: 100k. Equivalent input noise: 127dBu (22-22kHz RMS terminated 300 Ohms). Maximum input level before clipping: +10dBu, dynamic mic; +18dBu, mic + 48V phantom; + 18dBu, line. Frequency response: >+/- 0.25dB 50Hz to 22 kHz(-2 at 25Hz), mic; > =0.1dB 22Hz to 22kHz, line. THD + Noise (ref +8dBu): 100Hz = 0.023% 1kHz = 0.012% 10kHz = 0.014%. Headphone impedance: 16-1000 Ohms. Maximum headphone output: +12dB into 600 Ohms. Headphone frequency response: >=0.1dB 22Hz to 22kHz. Headphone noise: -76.6dB at lineup (residual noise). Headphone THD + noise: 0.008% at 1kHz, (ref8dBu). Headphone volume pot range: +10dB to off (+10dB to -30dB configuration option). Headphone Impedance: 200-2000 Ohms. Dante/AES67 Network interface sample frequency: 48kHz. Resolution: 24Bit. PSU: Filtered IEC,100 to 240VAC (+/-10%) 47-63 Hz. AC consumption: <25 watts. DC input: 2.5mm Barrel, centre +Ve, 9 – 15 volts. Dimensions (WxDxH): 256 x 285 x 115mm. Weight: 2.75kg
Paradiso Lite has the same feature set as the Paradiso, excluding both ePaper display and fibre network connection functionality.