by Lyubomir Dobrev | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Ferrofish A32pro

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German pro audio manufacturer FERROFISH today announced the A32pro & A32pro Dante AD/DA and format converters. The successors to the A32 Series come with expanded digital I/O (ADAT, MADI, Dante), dual headphone outputs, updated front panel and remote controls, GPIO, and additional redundancy and DSP expansion options. Here’s the overview…

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FERROFISH A32pro & A32pro Dante AD/DA Converters

The new models are based on a new modular hardware platform and implement the latest generation converters from ESS Tech, operating at up to 192kHz sample rates and 24-bit depth. Changes are present on the outside as well. The A32pro and A32pro Dante feature updated front panels with touch-screen controls for easier operation.

Likewise, the addition of a main TRS output and dual headphone connections offers further monitoring and recording flexibility. On the side of digital, the new GPIO connection provides extended remote-control functionality while a dual QSFP slot bay enables future DSP expansions (both units have on-board SHARC DSP chips). The Ferrofish A32pro and A32pro Dante feature 32 analogue inputs and 32 analogue outputs on fully balanced DSub25 connectors.

Digital connectivity supports up to 64 channels over MADI via dual SFP slots (either optical or coaxial MADI SFP) which can be run in tandem for redundancy. Up to 32 channels of ADAT optical I/O is provided in each direction. It is possible to use one of the connections for S/PDIF optical I/O. The A32pro Dante also supports an additional 64 channels of I/O via Audinate’s popular Dante networking format.

Finally, Wordclock I/O is provided on BNC and clocking is also an option via ADAT, MADI or Dante (A32pro Dante only). MIDI I/O is provided on 3.5mm TRS connectors for remote control via MIDI CC. Remote control is also possible from the RemoteFish app for Mac & Windows (USB, MIDI, MIDI over MADI and Dante), or via GPIO.

The units make it possible to freely convert audio signals between all analogue and digital formats. They can be routed to multiple destinations in blocks of 8 channels. Multiple FERROFISH units can be connected in series and powered from redundant power supplies. The units are sized in 19-inch 1U frames and employ silent fan-less designs.

FERROFISH A32pro and A32pro Dante Price and Availability

The FERROFISH A32pro and A32pro Dante are expected to start shipping in April 2022. They will be sold via Ferrofish distributors, such as Thomann (affiliate link) and Synthax. The prices are as follows:

  • Ferrofish A32pro – GBP 2429 / EUR 2895.79 inc VAT
  • Ferrofish A32pro Dante – GBP 3179 / EUR 3789.92 inc VAT

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