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  • 16 Channels of network audio interface for Dante/ AES67
  • Word clock input/ output
  • 16 analogue inputs/ outputs
  • 8 AES3 inputs/ outputs
  • AES3 outputs can be locked to Word Clock input, AES3 input or Dante Clocks
  • 0dBFs can be set to be -18, -20 or -24dBu 
  • Controllable by GlenController App
  • Redundant network links & power supplies
  • Alarms for Power & Network
  • Copper & fibre network interfaces
  • Audio I/O wired to AES59 standard

The DARK1616S is a versatile break in/ out box for sending/ receiving both analogue and digital (AES3) audio to/ from a network utilizing the Dante audio over IP (AoIP) protocol.

In total there are 16 channels of audio sent from the DARK1616S into the network. The DARK1616S has 8 off AES3 inputs and 16 off analogue inputs. Using the GlenController App it is possible to set which inputs (AES3 or Analogue) are being sent to the Dante/ AES67 network, an auto mode is available that sends AES3 (when a valid signal is detected) in preference to the analogue input. 

Simultaneously there are 16 channels of audio being received from the network by the DARK1616S and these incoming circuits are provided as outputs from the DARK1616S in both AES3 and analogue.

The AES3 inputs have sample rate converters on them and can accept input frequencies up to 192kHz, the incoming AES3 circuit is always sample rate converted to match the Dante network frequency.

The AES3 outputs have sample rate converters on them and can be locked to the sample frequency of the Word clock input, the first AES3 input or to the Dante network.

A Word clock output is also provided, this is clocked at the same sample rate as the Dante network and can be used for locking external equipment to the network's sample rate.

The unit can be remote controlled using our GlenController Windows 10 App. The App allows such things as the dBFs levels to be set, clock masters and also provides input/ output metering. See the App tab for further details. 

For ease of cabling audio I/O is presented on D25 sockets to the AES59 standard (Tascam wiring convention) for which there are a number of reasonably priced break out cables available from multiple suppliers.

Being designed for resilient broadcast applications, the DARK1616S features both redundant power supplies and redundant Dante network links with link status GPOs (general purpose outputs (solid state relays)). Both primary and secondary network links are provided with both magnetic (copper RJ45) and fibre (SFP) interface connections. The Dante system itself provides a completely transparent redundant link system which means that if the DARK1616S lost its primary link circuit the secondary link would automatically take over with no loss of audio.

The primary and secondary network interfaces are routed internally via a network switch.  It is possible to set this switch to work as a traditional network switch instead of the default redundant mode.  This means that there would be just one link to the Dante network and the other connections of the switch could have other Dante or network devices connected to them. As with all Dante devices, once set up, DARK1616S units can be directly connected with each other with no external network hardware.

Analogue Audio
Maximum Input Level:  +18dB
Maximum Output Level: +18dBu
Input Impedance: >20k Ohm
Output Impedance:  =Distortion:  0.0013% @ 100Hz
                   0.00094% @ 10kHz
Reference to +8dBu output
Noise: -93dB@line up A weighted RMS
Dynamic Range:  111dB
Input And Output Type:  Electronically balanced (can be wired unbalanced) 

Digital AES3 Audio
Frequency Response: flat to 22kHz
Maximum Input And Output Level: 0dBFs = +18dBU (other to special order)
Input And Output Impedance: 110 Ohm
THD+N:  0.00018% relative
Noise: >-123dB (residual) A weighted RMS
Inputs And Outputs:  transformer balanced
Dynamic Range:  >141dB
Input Frequency:  16-192kHz (sample rate converted to meet Dante network frequency)
Output Frequency:  44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192kHz (output matched to Word Clock or Dante network) 

Word Clock
Frequency: 44.1 - 192kHz
Impedance: 75 Ohms
Type: BNC

Dante Sample Frequency: 44.1 - 192kHz
AES67 Sample Frequency: 48kHz
Resolution: 24 Bits
AES67 Streams: Max 8 audio channels per stream
Full Scale: FS = +18dBu (other to special order)

Connections:  2 x mains inputs filtered IEC, 100 to 240 VAC 47-63Hz
AC Consumption: 18 Watts@230VAC
Internal Mains Fuse:  20mm 1A anti surge.

Audio Connectors: 25 way D connectors wired to AES59
Alarm Connector: 9 way D socket
Alarm Type: solid state relay
Size: 1RU 19” 300mm deep excluding connectors
Nett Weight:  3.3kg
Shipping Carton:  Rugged export quality cardboard 610x420x130mm LxDxH
Shipping Weight: 4.8kg

Operating Temperature: 0 to +50°C (32 to 122°F)
Storage Temperature: -20 to +70°C (-4 to 158°F)
Relative Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing

Audio Connectors: 25 Way D connectors wired to AES59
Alarm Connector: 9 Way D Socket
Alarm Type: Solid State Relay

Included Items
 Available by download
Mains Cable: 2 Metre IEC (UK & Europe only)
Network Cable: 2 metre Cat5 RJ45


The sophisticated, modern looking Windows 10 App allows full remote control of all the features of the DARK1616S.

The App connects to the DARK1616S 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 2 networks were to become disconnected the remote control would continue to work.

One App can connect to multiple DARK1616Ss and multiple Apps running on different PCs can connect to a single DARK1616S. The App provides the ability to lock out other users from controlling a DARK1616S and this facility can be password protected, meaning only authorised personnel can change the settings on a DARK1616S.

For users regularly using the units at different events and functions, settings can be saved and assigned names for quick recall.

Controls on the App include:

  • Selecting the audio input source (Analogue, Digital or Auto)
  • Monitoring an input level on a PPM style meter
  • Selecting output AES3 clock source (Word Clock, 1st AES3 input, Dante network rate) 
  • Viewing the output clock frequency
  • Monitoring a channel's output level on a PPM style meter
  • Setting 0dBFs reference output level (+18, +20, +24dBu)
  • Setting PPM Full scale reference levels and metering segments/ range
  • Altering the ADC (analogue digital converter) filter settings
  • Adjusting Channel names shown in the App (and auto transcribed to Dante controller)
  • Saving & recalling setups
  • Password protecting the DARK1616S to prevent other Apps controlling it
  • Monitoring the state of both power supplies
  • Seeing the state of both Primary & Secondary network links
  • Displaying the Dante network clock rate

The App that controls the Dark1616S is GlenController. The latest version and further information is available on the GlenController's webpage.

Please read the manual for installation instructions.

Latest Version of the Firmware is v1.0.0

The download location of this file is:

Latest Version Of The Brooklyn Module Firmware is v1.0.0

The download location of the files for Brooklyn Module v1.0.0 is:


PLEASE NOTE: Prior to December 2018 (and the opening up of GlenController to the DARK1616S) the DARK1616S shared the same firmware as the standard DARK1616.  

Please note these addresses are locations of the files and not web pages, if you copy & paste the above address in your browser it should automatically download the file.You may see ‘page not found’ but all that you actually need is for the file to be downloaded.  

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