Ashly Ne8800S Network Enabled Digital Signal Processor With Aes Output Option

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Ashly NE8800S overview


The ne8800S from Ashly is a network-enabled DSP processor that offers easy setup and control using standard 10/100 Ethernet protocol and Protea ne software. The unit features eight analog inputs and eight analog outputs, along with eight channels of AES3 output, with the digital card filling one of the four option bays that provide expanded functionality.

The DSP signal processing library is extensive and utilizes multiple SHARC 32-bit processors with sample rates of either 48 or 96 kHz. Processing blocks include a 8 x 8 matrix mixer, a full array of graphic, parametric and all-pass equalization, crossover filters including 8th-order Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley and notched Linkwitz-Riley.

The Protea Software Suite also includes an automatic feedback suppressor, gain sharing automatic microphone mixing, ambient noise sensing and level adjustment, autolevelers, compressors, matrix duckers, limiters, frequency-keyed noise gates, signal delay up to 1365 ms on every channel and a choice of sinewave, pink or white noise generators.

All programming is accomplished using standard 10/100 Ethernet or RS-232 protocol and Protea ne software on a PC platform. Hot-plug software control allows for plugging any function into any channel block, even when running live audio with recompiling necessary. Automatic DHCP network IP configuration reduces network set up time. Multi-level software security with password access provides a tamper-proof audio system.


  • Audio processor and controller for networked systems
  • Easy and intuitive user interface
  • Eight-channel AES3 digital output
  • 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 computer interface standard
  • Extensive DSP
  • 32-bit SHARC DSPs
  • 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion
  • 48 and 96 kHz sample rates
  • Hot-plug software control
  • Automatic DHCP network IP configuration
  • Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley, and Notched-Linkwitz-Riley filters
  • FIR filter capability
  • Advanced automatic feedback suppression
  • Wordclock input and output
  • Euroblock connectors for audio, preset recall, DC remote level control and data in/out
  • Remote controls for level, logic I/O and programmable functions
  • Third-party control friendly, input and output metering, multi-level security
  • cTUVus, CE, FCC, RoHS safety compliance
  • CobraNet, Dante, and microphone input options
Protēa DSP Functions and Processors
  • Input source selection
  • Brick wall limiter
  • Compressor
  • Autoleveler controls
  • Ambient noise compensation (output only)
  • Ducking (high/low priority, trigger, filibuster, ducked program)
  • Gate
  • Advanced gate controls
  • Gain
  • EQ:
    • 31-band
    • Parametric 2, 4, 6, or 10 band
    • High/Low Shelf 6/12 dB per octave
    • All-Pass
    • Variable Q HP/LP
    • Notch/Band-Pass
  • Feedback Suppressor (inputs only and 48 kHz sampling rate)
  • Crossover: 2-, 3-, 4-way crossover and High-Pass/Low-Pass filters
  • Delay:
    • Input time, distance, and temperature @ 48 kHz sampling rate
    • Input time, distance, and temperature @ 96 kHz sampling rate
  • Audio metering tool
  • Signal Generator Tool (pink noise, white noise, sine wave)
  • Matrix mixer
  • Processors




Ashly NE8800S specs

Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz,
+/-0.1 dB, A>D
+/-0.25 dB, D>A
+/-0.25 dB, A>A
Dynamic Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz (unweighted)
>115 dB, A>D
>114 dB, D>A
>114 dB, A>A
THD + N 1 kHz, +20 dBu analog (-1.0 dBFS digital)
>0.001%, A>D
>0.002%, D>A
>0.002%, A>A
>0.00001%, D>D
Latency @48 kHz
1.42 ms, A>D
0.90 ms, D>A
2.21 ms, A>A
0.10 ms, D>D
@96 kHz
0.71 ms, A>D
0.45 ms, D>A
1.11 ms, A>A
0.05 ms, D>D
Wordclock Input/Output Type: 75 Ω BNC
Lock Range: 48 kHz +/- 4%, 96 kHz +/- 4%
Input Impedance: Selectable 75 Ω or high impedance
Input Voltage Range: 1.0 to 7.0 Vpp
Output Impedance: 75 Ω
Output Level: 5.0 Vpp nominal, unterminated
Master Clock Sources
Audio network
Internal crystal clock
Prioritized auto switching 
Inputs Analog Line
Input Type: Active balanced Euroblock
Input Impedance: 20 kΩ
Maximum Input Level: +20 dB
Outputs Analog
Output Type: Servo-Balanced Euroblock
Output Impedance: 20 Ω
Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu
Output Type: Transformer balanced male XLR
Output Impedance: 110 Ω
Maximum Output Level: 5.0 Vpp
Other Connectors 10/100 Ethernet port 
RS-232 port
Remote level control 
Logic I/O 
Data in/out ports
On/Off switch
Environmental 40 to 120°F (4 to 49°C) non-condensing
Power Requirements 90~240V AC, 50/60 Hz 
70 W maximum
System Requirements Computer running under Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP (32- and 64-bit systems)
UPC: 694970813229