No self-respecting music producer or studio engineer can abide a clutter of cables causing consternation and confusion. It's not even that it looks untidy. Let's face it, cables everywhere can lead to bamboozlement when all you want are beats.
To clear up the mess our cables leave behind are RME DTOX breakout boxes (available in four versions) designed to correct any connection issues. Here's what RME tells us about the new DTOX boxes in the official press release:
"Available in four versions, the DTOX line of breakout panels replaces two usual multicore breakout cables with a 19-inch rack mount unit.
Premium German interface manufacturer RME [AES 2018 NY booth 414] has officially announced its DTOX series of D-sub to XLR breakout boxes. These boxes will be highlighted at RME’s booth 414 during AES 2018 from Oct 17–19, 2018, at the Javitis Convention Center in New York.
The DTOX breakout panels are the ideal rack solution for interconnecting multichannel XLRs with the common D-sub connector format.
“Using D-sub to XLR breakout cables where other XLR cables need to be plugged into poorly labelled XLR plugs can result in errors and connection issues,” said Derek Badala, Director of Sales, Americas for Synthax, distributor of RME. “The DTOX series of boxes provides a professional solution by replacing two usual multicore breakout cables with a space-efficient 19-inch rack mount unit — streamlining the process and eliminating confusion.”
Named after their primary function, D(-sub) to X(LR), the DTOX panels are 19-inch rack enclosures with 1 height unit featuring 16 XLR sockets on one side and 2 D-sub connectors on the other. Due to differences between digital and analog formats, the DTOX series is available in four different models.
The DTOX-32 is a double D-sub solution for AES/EBU signals with one D-sub converted to 4 XLR males and 4 XLR females each, equaling a total of 8 AES/EBU inputs and 8 AES/EBU outputs. The DTOX-32 is pin-compatible to the common TASCAM pinout as well as the popular Yamaha pinout. An internal connector allows the user to change between both formats separately for both D-subs.
For analog connections, the DTOX-16 is available in three versions: DTOX-16 I – with only inputs (XLR female); DTOX-16 O – with only outputs (XLR males); and DTOX-16 I/O – with 8 female and 8 male sockets.
All for DTOX units are available for $399 MAP.
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