NION® n3 Dante®

Programmable Digital Audio Processor


Built on an architecture designed for stable, efficient and robust performance, the NION® n3 Dante® features a 448 channel high speed digital audio bus for seamless expandability. This low-latency audio path makes NION perfect for performance audio projects in addition to applications where a massive amount of audio processing is required. All units feature a floating point-based DSP engine, coupled with the world’s most efficient and high performance audio algorithms. This makes the NION system the most powerful configurable DSP core ever built for the commercial, engineered systems marketplace.

Intuitive, network-centric role assignments and extensive transport options make NION an unbeatable product for large and small projects alike. A single tool to design, program, and control your entire project, NION will change the way you design forever!

Features NION n3 Dante

• Floating point DSP Engine with 3 DSP chips

• World-famous MediaMatrix audio algorithms

• Up to 128 channels total audio I/O

• 32-bit processing engine

• 24-bit conversion

• Scalable I/O architecture with four NIO-card bays

• Low latency audio performance

• Integrated Dante I/O

• Network-centric architecture

• Supports centralized, distributed or hybrid processing

• Integrated serial support

• X-DAB bus supports up to 448 bi-directional audio channels

• Front panel interface with intuitive user input controls

• Robust Linux embedded system controller

• Integrated flash-based storage

• Windows configuration and control client

• Full support for SNMP network management tools

• Universal mini-ATX industrial-grade power supply

• Software support for large-scale multi-node systems

• Advanced DSP compiler

• Configurable GPIO (compatible DIN rail package available separately)

• Transparent control grouping across physical nodes

• Supports redundant, self-healing configurations

• Supports a range of sample rates from 22.05 kHz to 96 kHz

• Stand alone or combined operation

Additional information

Channels (Input)

up to 32channels analog or 64 channels digital plus 32 channels via Dante

Channels (Output)

up to 32 channels analog or 64 channels digital plus 32 channels via Dante

DSP On-Board

Yes (open architecture)

Networked Audio

Yes (Dante)

Network Control


Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20 kHz; ±3 dB

Expansion Bus

Yes (448 Channels)

GPIO & Relays

25 pins with 16 individually programmable pins, 4 switchable high current outputs, plus 'Form C' fault relay

Front Panel Control


Serial Bridging


Input Connectors

via Phoenix/Euro Connector (4 x NIO series cards x 8 channels balanced audio); RJ45 via Dante Card; RJ45 via XDAB (448 channels expansion bus)

Output Connectors

via Phoenix/Euro Connector (4 x NIO series cards x 8 channels balanced audio); RJ45 via CobraNet Card; RJ45 via XDAB (448 channels expansion bus)

Rack Mount (19")

Yes (2U)



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