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TM
AD-24
ANALOG INPUT &
DIGITAL CONVERTER
USER GUIDE
1266 Park Road
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952-401-7700
support@digitalaudio.com
www.digitalaudio.com
Version 1.0
March 2014
LIVEMIX AD-24
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. CONTACT DIGITAL AUDIO LABS FOR SERVICING.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the
user to the presence of un-insulated and/or potentially dangerous voltage within the products
enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence
of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying
the appliance.
POWER CORD NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATION
Please call Digital Audio Labs Support at 952-401-7700.
Important Safety Instructions
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Read and understand this entire manual.
Keep this manual available for reference.
Heed all warnings and precautions in this manual and notices marked on the product.
Do not use this product near water or damp environments.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Provide for proper airflow around product. Do not install near products that produce high levels
of heat. Do not expose the unit to direct sun light or heating units as the internal components’
temperature may rise and shorten the life of the components.
7. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong.
8. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they connect to the product. Do not use the unit if the electrical
power cord is frayed or broken.
9. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
10.Unplug this product during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
11.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. There are no user serviceable components inside
the product.
12.The product shall not be exposed to moisture. Do not touch the unit with wet hands. Do not
handle the unit or power cord when your hands are wet or damp.
13.The product should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating
instructions or as marked on the product.
Care
• From time to time you should wipe off the front and side panels and the cabinet with a dry soft
cloth. Do not use rough material, thinners, alcohol or other chemical solvents or cloths since this
may damage the finish or remove the panel lettering.
• The Livemix system is capable of delivering high levels of volume. Please use caution with
volume levels, listen with the lowest possible volume for proper operation and avoid exposure to
prolonged high volume levels.
• The manufacturer cannot be held responsible for damages caused to persons, personal
possessions, or data due to an improper or missing ground connection.
LIVEMIX AD-24
CONTENTS
Safety Instructions................................................................................................. ii
Important Safety Instructions.................................................................... ii
Care.......................................................................................................... ii
Digital Audio Labs Limited Warranty..................................................................... 1
Repair Policy............................................................................................. 1
Warranty Service....................................................................................... 1
Contents of Box..................................................................................................... 2
Introduction........................................................................................................... 2
Anatomy of the AD-24.......................................................................................... 3
Setup Diagrams..................................................................................................... 5
Connecting the AD-24 to a Mixer/Snake/Interface.................................. 5
Connecting the AD-24 to the MIX-16...................................................... 5
Setup and Operation............................................................................................. 6
Livemix System Overview...................................................................................... 7
Input Options........................................................................................... 7
Central Mixer Options.............................................................................. 7
Control Surface......................................................................................... 7
Troubleshooting.................................................................................................... 8
Appendix............................................................................................................... 9
TASCAM DB-25 pin out............................................................................ 9
Livemix Support................................................................................................... 10
Technical Specifications....................................................................................... 10
LIVEMIX AD-24
DIGITAL AUDIO LABS LIMITED WARRANTY
Digital Audio Labs warrants their products against defects in material and workmanship for a period of two
years from date of purchase. During this period, Digital Audio Labs will, at its option, repair the defective unit
or replace it with a new or rebuilt one.
The warranty does NOT cover:
• Damage due to abuse, misuse, or accident.
• Damage due to operation contrary to the instructions in the product instruction manual.
• Units on which the product serial number has been removed or altered.
• Units that have been serviced by unauthorized personnel.
All implied warranties, including warranties on merchantability and fitness, are limited in time to the length of
this warranty. Some states do not allow time limitations on implied warranties, so this limitation may not apply
to you. Digital Audio Labs’ liability is limited to the repair or replacement of its product. Digital Audio Labs
shall in no way be held liable for incidental or consequential damages resulting from the use of their product
or its software, including, without limitation, damages from loss of business profits, business interruption,
loss of business information or other pecuniary loss. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
Repair Policy
Please do not return the product without obtaining an RMA number first. Contact Digital Audio Labs at
support@digitalaudio.com to acquire an RMA number. Do not return the product to the place of purchase.
Please write the RMA number on the outside of the shipping carton. Any product sent to us without a valid
RMA number will be refused. Include the following with the product: a brief description of the problem, your
name, return shipping address, phone number and the RMA number. Do not include any accessories. DAL
is not responsible for any damage to or loss of the product during transit. We recommend that customers
obtain a receipt and tracking number for all packages shipped to us. Turnaround time on repairs is generally
ten business days. If you live outside of the United States, please contact your local distributor for warranty
service.
Please return product to:
Digital Audio Labs
Attn: RMA Number
1266 Park Road
Chanhassen, MN 55317
USA
Warranty Service
You will be required to pay the shipping charges when you ship your product to DAL. DAL will pay for return
shipping via UPS ground. We reserve the right to inspect any product that may be the subject of any warranty
claim before repair is carried out. For warranty service, we may require proof of the original date of purchase
if you have not registered your product with DAL. Final determination of warranty coverage lies solely with
Digital Audio Labs.
Non-Warranty Service
If it is determined that the product does not meet the terms of our warranty, you will be billed for labor,
materials, return freight and insurance. There is a $50 USD minimum charge for materials and labor.
Appropriate shipping charges will be applied. We require payment in advance of repair by credit card; we
accept Visa and Master Card. In the event the charges are over the minimum charge, DAL will contact you
and inform you of the cost of the repair before any work is completed.
LIVEMIX AD-24
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CONTENTS OF BOX
• AD-24
• External 12VDC Power Supply
INTRODUCTION
The Livemix AD-24 is the analog input component for the Livemix system. The AD-24 receives line
level audio signals from a mixer, snake, or interface and converts them to the Livemix Data format.
Livemix audio data is sent from the AD-24 to the MIX-16 over a single shielded CAT5 or CAT6
network cable.
Accessible front panel controls make the Livemix AD-24 very simple to setup, while front panel LED
meters allow for easy monitoring of incoming audio signals.
Livemix AD-24 features include:
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24 Balanced/Unbalanced Inputs
¼” TRS and DB-25 (D-SUB) Audio Connections
Front Panel +4dBu/-10dBV Select Switches (1 switch per stereo pair)
Front Panel 3-Color Input Metering
High Quality Audio Conversion
External 15VDC Power Supply
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ANATOMY OF THE AD-24
FRONT
LIVEMIX
DATA
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REAR
8
AD-24
5
6
AD-24
3
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
4
7
12VDC
3.33A
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1. External Power Supply Connector: Connect the included external power supply to this jack.
Make sure to only use the power supply that is supplied with your AD-24.
2. Power Switch: This switch turns on the power to the AD-24.
3. ¼” TRS Inputs: These connectors accept a balanced or unbalanced line-level signal from your
analog audio source. Up to 24 separate audio channels can be fed to the AD-24, all of which are
available to your Livemix personal monitor mix.
Whenever possible, we recommend using a balanced connection to the AD-24; balanced
connections allow for longer cable runs and offer better
interference rejection.
4. DB-25 Inputs: Each DB-25 connector carries eight separate
channels of balanced, +4dBu audio signals, using a single
multi-pin connector. Since each connector carries eight
channels of audio, connections can be made more quickly
(only three connections instead of 24). DB-25 connections
can also be secured using screws available on the
connector.
The DB-25 connectors follow the TASCAM format. See
Appendix for more information on this wiring scheme.
LIVEMIX AD-24
NOTE:
The DB-25 connectors on the
Livemix AD-24 are passed
through to the ¼” TRS inputs.
This means that you can
connect the DB-25 from your
mixer, and still use the TRS
jacks to connect the mixer
feed to another source.
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5. Input Lights: These lights give you a visual indication of the incoming audio signal level. Use the
signal level lights as a guide, when adjusting the output volume of the signal sources that are
feeding the inputs of the AD-24.
The input lights can be one of three colors based on signal strength:
-20dB (Green): A green light indicates a healthy signal level, and is where you want to see your
signal strength most of the time.
-6dB (Yellow): The yellow color indicates that the signal is
almost too loud, and should only occur when a signal is at
an occasionally loud moment.
0dB (Red): The red color indicates that the signal is
“overloading” the input, and needs to be turned down at
the source. If you see red lights, the source signal needs to
be turned down in volume, or the signal will be distorted as
it is sent to the other parts of the Livemix system.
6. +4dBu/-10dBV switches: These buttons allow you to
configure each pair of inputs for different types of incoming
signals.
If using unbalanced -10dBV signals, set the button to the
OUT position. This setting will optimize the connectors for
the lower-level signals common in consumer equipment
such as a portable digital audio player, a consumer CD
player, etc.
If using balanced, +4dBu signals, set the button to the IN
position. This setting will configure the connectors for the
higher-level signals you would find in the direct outputs of a
professional audio mixer or rack of standalone microphone
preamplifiers.
NOTE:
If you see a red light, it may
also be an indication that you
have the +4/-10 switches in
the wrong position.
NOTE:
The AD-24 allows you to
select between these two
operating levels, by channel
pairs. This means that you
may mix and match different
incoming signal sources, and
do not have to choose an
overall input level for all 24
channels.
7. Livemix DATA Out: This female RJ-45 connector is the output of the AD-24. It sends a digitized
audio signal containing all 24 input channels to a MIX-16 over a single shielded CAT5 or CAT6
cable.
8. Livemix DATA Light: This light will illuminate green when the AD-24 has a valid connection and
is sending data to a MIX-16. If this light is red, it is an indication that the connection to the MIX16 is not functioning properly. A shielded CAT5 or CAT6 cable is required for proper sync.
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SETUP DIAGRAMS
Connecting the AD-24 to a Mixer/Snake/Interface
ANALOG MIXER/SNAKE/INTERFACE
ANALOG MIXER/SNAKE/INTERFACE
DB25 CABLE
(TASCAM PINOUT)
TRS CABLE
TRS CABLE
DB25 CABLE
(TASCAM PINOUT)
AD-24
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
AD-24
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
12VDC
3.33A
12VDC
3.33A
LIVEMIX
DATA
AD-24
LIVEMIX
DATA
AD-24
Connecting the AD-24 to the MIX-16
AD-24
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
AD-24
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
12VDC
3.33A
12VDC
3.33A
SHIELDED
CAT5
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
MIX-16
STEREO MIXES 17-32 (MIX-32 ONLY)
MIX-16
STEREO MIXES 17-32 (MIX-32 ONLY)
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
LIVEMIX
DATA IN
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
LIVEMIX
DATA IN
STEREO MIXES 1-16
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
STEREO MIXES 1-16
SHIELDED
CAT5
24VDC
3.75A
24VDC
3.75A
DANTE ENABLED MIXER/SNAKE/INTERFACE
DANTE ENABLED MIXER/SNAKE/INTERFACE
GIGABIT NETWORK SWITCH
GIGABIT NETWORK SWITCH
CAT5/CAT6
LIVEMIX AD-24
CAT5/CAT6
MIX-16
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
STEREO MIXES 17-32 (MIX-32 ONLY)
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CAT5/CAT6
DANTE
NETWORK
CAT5/CAT6
LM-DANTE-EXP
LIVEMIX
DATA OUT
STEREO MIXES 1-16
LIVEMIX
DATA IN
24VDC
3.75A
SETUP AND OPERATION
The AD-24 will most likely be installed in a rack near the
mixer, but this is not required. The MIX-16 will likely be
placed near the stage. A single shielded CAT5 or CAT6
cable will connect the AD-24 to the MIX-16 and transmit all
the necessary audio data for creating personal mixes.
1. Attach the external Power Supply to the AD-24 External
Power Supply connector.
2. Connect the AD-24 to the analog signal source.
• Either balanced TRS or DB-25 connections are
acceptable.
• If necessary, the connections can be mixed, for
example, you may have channels 1-8 connected via DB25 and channels 9-16 on TRS connections.
• The TRS and DB-25 connections are in parallel. For
example, a signal input on channel 1 via DB-25 will
appear on TRS channel 1. In this way, the AD-24 can
pass through an analog signal from one device to
another.
3. Adjust the front panel switches for the appropriate
signal levels.
NOTE:
The most common audio source
for feeding the AD-24 inputs will
be the direct outs on an analog
mixer.
If your mixer does not offer direct
outs, you can use the inserts. If
using inserts, a special cable must
be used. This cable will short the
Tip and Ring of the TRS cable for
proper operation.
NOTE:
Networking cable comes in
a variety of “flavors”. For the
purposes of Livemix, either CAT5
or CAT6 cabling is appropriate,
but it does need to be shielded.
4. Connect the Livemix Data Out port on the AD-24 to the
Livemix Data In port on the MIX-16 with the included
shielded CAT6 cable.
5. Turn on the power switch to the AD-24.
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LIVEMIX SYSTEM OVERVIEW
There are three components required to make a Livemix system. Each system will have either an
analog or digital input unit, a central mixer unit, and at least one attached control surface.
Input Options
Users with analog source material will use the AD-24. Using the TRS or DB-25 inputs, audio from the
source material is made available to the Livemix system.
Users with digital source material will use the Dante Option Card (LM-DANTE-EXP). This is an option
card that is installed in the MIX-16 and allows the Livemix system to receive audio from a Dante
based network.
Central Mixer Options
The Livemix Central Mixer processes and distributes digital audio and power to connected Control
Surfaces. Control up to 16 personal mixes with the Livemix MIX-16.
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Control Surface
Livemix needs at least one connected controller to make a mix. Livemix Bundles (both Analog and
Digital) come with 4 Livemix CS-DUO units for a total of 8 personal mixes. Each Livemix CS-DUO
connects via network cable to one of the ports of the MIX-16. Using various controls on the unit, two
users can each create their own custom mix, which is then output to headphones, in-ear monitors or
stage monitors, right from the CS-DUO unit.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
My AD-24 is not turning on, and I do not see the power light illuminating.
Check to make sure that you have the AD-24’s external power supply connected to a working
power outlet.
I do not see the Livemix Data light illuminating, on the front panel.
If the Livemix Data light is not illuminating, there is a problem with the power to the AD-24.
Check to make sure that the power supply is connected to the AD-24 and that all the cables are
secure. Also check to ensure that the power supply is plugged into an appropriate power source
and that the power cable from the source to the power supply transformer is securely attached.
The signal levels coming in to the AD-24 are way too loud/way too soft.
• Adjust the +4/10 level buttons on the front panel of the AD-24.
• If feeding the AD-24 from a consumer-level, -10dBV signal, set the level switches for -10
• If feeding the AD-24 a professional-level, +4dBu signal, set the level switches for +4
I have set the +4/-10 switches to the correct setting, but the levels on some input channels are
still a little too soft/loud. How can I further fine tune the levels coming into the AD-24?
The AD-24 does not offer individual input gain control for each channel; if you want to fine tune
the signals further, you will need to adjust the strength of the audio signal directly from its source.
In most cases the source will be an analog mixing console that is also being used to provide the
live sound mix in the venue.
In this case, you should be able to find a setting for each mixer channel’s gain knob, that works
well both for the mixing console itself, as well as the signals being sent from the consoles direct
outputs, to the inputs of the AD-24.
Every time I set up our equipment at an event, it takes a long time to connect 24 separate
¼” cables, from the direct outputs of the mixing console, to the 24 ¼” inputs of the AD-24. Is
there an easier way?
The AD-24 also offers three separate 25-channel DB-25 connectors on its rear panel, each
accepting 8 channels through a single multi-pin connector. By using cabling that terminates on
the AD-24 side using DB-25 connectors instead of ¼”, you can feed all 24 inputs using only three
connections, instead of 24 separate ones.
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APPENDIX
TASCAM DB-25 pin out
LIVEMIX AD-24
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LIVEMIX SUPPORT
Phone Support: Toll Free:
Email Support: Website:
952-401-7700
844-DAL-INFO
support@digitalaudio.com
www.digitalaudio.com/support
DIGITAL AUDIO LABS
1266 Park Rd
Chanhassen, MN 55317
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
AD-24 (ANALOG CHARACTERISTICS)
THD+N
.001%
S/N Ratio
111 dB
Frequency Response
20 Hz – 22KHz ± .5dB
Crosstalk
-92 dB
Maximum Input Level
+24 dBu
(minor distortion above 23.5dBu,
hard clip at +24 dBu)
Input Impedance
20KΩ Balanced, 10KΩ
Unbalanced
Max cable length from MIX-16
300 Feet
LIVEMIX SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
.03% (100mW, 22Ω Load)
THD+N
(18 dBu 1KHz input)
.014% (100mW, into 32Ω Load )
.005% (100mW into 64Ω ohms)
.003% (100mW into 300Ω)
S/N Ratio
103dB
Frequency Response
20Hz-22KHz ± 3dB
Crosstalk
(Left to Right)
Latency
LIVEMIX AD-24
-103 dB
1.5 mS
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© 2014 Digital Audio Labs.
Audinate®, the Audinate logo and Dante are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd.
Livemix is a trademark of Digital Audio Labs.
Patents pending.
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