Overview

General Description

The Shure ANI4IN Audio Network Interface converts 4 analog audio channels into independent digital audio channels on a Dante™network. Microphone, auxiliary, and line-level devices are supported, with adjustable gain and +48V phantom power for each channel. In networked conferencing systems, the Audio Network Interface provides a simple way to connect analog equipment onto the audio network, such as wireless microphones. The web application controls signal routing and channel settings from any computer connected to the same network.

Model Variations

ANI4IN-XLR: Four XLR inputs (balanced audio only)

ANI4IN-BLOCK: Four 6-pin block connector inputs (balanced audio and logic connections)

Hardware and Installation

Hardware

Block Connector Model:

XLR Model:

① Input Signal Clip Indicators

Each indicator corresponds to a single input channel. If the LED turns red, attenuate the level from the source device to prevent clipping at the input stage. Analog and digital gain adjustments are made through the web application.
LED State Audio Signal Level
Off less than -60 dBFS
Green -60 dBFS to -18 dBFS
Yellow -18 dBFS to -6 dBFS
Red -6 dBFS or more

② Audio and Logic Inputs

Note: Logic connections are only featured on the block connector version

Block Inputs: Each input receives balanced audio and logic signals. Pin assignments are as follows:

Audio +

Audio -

Audio ground
switch Logic Mute (sent from microphone)
led Logic LED (received by microphone)
gnd Logic ground

XLR Inputs: Each input receives a balanced audio signal. Pin assignments are as follows:

1 Ground
2 Positive
3 Negative

③ Chassis Ground Screw

Provides an optional connection for microphone shield wire to chassis ground

Note: only applies to block connector version

④ LED Indicators

Power: Power over Ethernet (PoE) present

Note: Use a PoE injector if your network switch does not supply PoE.

Network: Network connection active

Network Audio: Dante audio present on the network

Note: Error details are available in the event log in the web application.

Encryption: Not currently supported

LED Status Activity
Off No active signal
Green Device is operating successfully
Red Error has occurred. See event log for details.

⑤ Dante Network Port

Connects to a network switch to send Dante audio, while receiving Power over Ethernet (PoE) and data from the control software. See the Dante and networking section for additional information.

⑥ Reset Button

Resets the device settings back to the factory default.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

This device requires PoE to operate. It is compatible with both Class 0 and Class 3 PoE sources.

Power over Ethernet is delivered in one of the following ways:

  • A network switch that provides PoE
  • A PoE injector device

Installation and Rack Mounting

Two mounting solutions are available for installing the Audio Network Interface:

CRT1 19" Rack Tray (optional accessory): Supports up to 3 devices; mountable in a rack or under a table

Single-unit Mounting Tray (included accessory): Supports a single device for mounting under a table

Securing the Devices

Use the included screws from the mounting hardware kit to secure the Audio Network Interfaces. Audio Network Interfaces can be mounted to face either direction. Insert the screws from the bottom in the appropriate holes, according to the following diagrams:

Align the holes as shown for securing a single device in the single-unit mounting tray

Align the holes as shown for securing up to three devices in the 19" rack tray.

Rack Ear Configuration

A combination of up to 3 Audio Network Interfaces can be mounted in a single 19-inch rack space. The adjustable rack ears support mounting in a standard equipment rack or underneath a table.

Standard 19" Rack Mount

  1. Align the ears with the mounting holes pointed forward.
  2. Install the two screws that hold the ear to the tray as shown.

Under-table Mounting

  1. Align the ears with the mounting holes pointed upward.
  2. Install the two screws that hold the ear to the tray as shown.

Installing Underneath a Table

  1. Hold the tray in the desired location under a table
  2. Use a pencil to mark the location of the mounting holes on the table.
  3. Drill 4 holes for the screws. The diameter of the holes in the tray are 7.1 mm.
  4. Install the components into the tray
  5. Install with 4 screws to secure the tray underneath the table

Reset

The reset button is located inside a small hole in the front panel. Use a paperclip or other small tool to press the button.

There are two reset functions:

Network reset (press button for 4-8 seconds)

Resets all Shure control and audio network IP settings to factory defaults

Full factory reset (press button for longer than 8 seconds)

Restores all network and web application settings to the factory defaults.

Signal Flow and Connections

Setting up the Audio Network

Shure networked conferencing systems are comprised of Microflex Advance microphones and network interfaces, which operate entirely on a Dante network. Additional hardware, including network switches, computers, loudspeakers, and audio processors are described in the hardware component index.

Shure components shown in this diagram:

Microflex Advance Microphones

The MXA910 and MXA310 are equipped with Dante outputs, and connect directly to a network switch.

Audio Network Interfaces

The interfaces are used to connect analog devices such as loudspeakers and analog microphones to the network.

ANI4IN: Converts 4 analog signals (separate XLR and block connector models available) into Dante digital audio signals.

ANI4OUT: Converts 4 channels of Dante audio from the network into analog signals.

This diagram shows the entire signal path through a networked conference system. Signals from the near end and far end are exchanged through an audio processor connected to a phone system, or through a computer connected to the internet. Analog microphones connect to the network through the Shure ANI4IN, while loudspeakers connect through the Shure ANI4OUT.

This diagram shows Microflex Advance components in context, with two rooms communicating through video codecs.

Controlling Hardware and Audio Over the Network

Audio and hardware settings are managed through a computer connected to the same network.

Shure Hardware and Audio

Each Microflex Advance component has a web application which provides mixing and configuration tools to optimize sound quality.

Expanded Control for Analog Devices

Analog devices that are connected to the network through a Shure network interface (ANI4IN/ANI4OUT) benefit from additional remote control: Volume levels, equalization, and signal routing are managed through the web application. For example, adjusting loudspeaker volume or muting a wired microphone, which would normally be done from the hardware, can now be controlled remotely over the network.

Dante Signal Routing

Signal routing between devices is managed through Dante Controller software, provided by Audinate™.

Connections and Signal Flow

① MX396 (Dual-element)

In addition to running the audio signals, this boundary microphone features three additional wire leads for logic connections. This allows the switch on the microphone to send a logic mute signal to other equipment on the network, and to receive a logic LED control signal.

② MX392

In addition to running the audio signal, this boundary microphone features three additional wire leads for logic connections. This allows the switch on the microphone to send a logic mute signal to other equipment on the network, and to receive a logic LED control signal.

③ ULX-D Receiver

Wireless microphones connect to the network interface through the balanced analog outputs on the receiver.

④ Network Switch

Provides connectivity between the Dante audio network and the computer that controls signal processing and routing.

⑤ Computer

A computer or tablet running the web application provides independent gain control for each connected device.

Input: Analog (4 XLR or Block Connectors)

Each Audio Network Interface has 4 analog inputs with variable analog gain for line, auxiliary, and microphone-level signals. Examples of devices to connect to the network with the Audio Network Interface:

  • Wireless microphone systems
  • Wired installed microphones (logic functions supported by block connector model)
  • Computers or mobile devices used for presentations
  • Other playback devices

Output: Dante Digital Audio

Connect the Dante output to a network switch with a network cable. A single network cable delivers all 4 channels of audio onto the network, and carries Power over Ethernet (PoE) to power the device. Use Dante Controller to route audio channels from the Audio Network Interface to the appropriate network destination. Any of the signals may be routed to multiple destinations, to provide local reinforcement while simultaneously delivering audio to the far end.

Summing

The Audio Network Interface provides channel summing to combine input signals and send them over a single Dante channel. This makes it possible to send all channels to a device with a limited amount of Dante receiver channels. Mixer functionality does not change; audio channels are simply sent as one combined signal.

Note: When summing is enabled, a limiter is activated to prevent signal overloading. The limiter never applies to the direct outputs, and only affects the summed signal.

To enable, select one of the summing options in the toolbar at the top of the mixer in the channels tab.

Example Scenario

A common application that requires summing is a video conference where there are multiple microphones. When a device (a computer running conferencing software and Dante Virtual Soundcard, for example) only supports 1 or 2 Dante receiver channels, the Audio Network Interface combines the input signals to transmit as a single Dante channel.

① Summed analog audio channels

When the 4 analog audio channels are summed, each of the Dante transmit channels includes all of the input signals.

② Single Dante audio channel

One Dante signal is sent over the network, which contains all 4 summed channels.

③ Connection to computer

A computer that is running limited number of Dante channels with Dante Virtual Soundcard, receives all audio on a single channel. This audio is sent to the far end.

Software Installation, Management, and Security

Software Installation and Device Discovery

The Shure Web Device Discovery application is used to access the web application for a Shure device. The web application opens in a web browser to provide comprehensive device management. Any computer networked to the device can access the GUI with this application.

Compatible Browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  1. Install the Shure device discovery application, available at www.shure.com
  2. Double-click the component to open the interface.

Accessing the Web Application

The Shure Web Server Discovery application finds all Shure devices on the network that feature a web-based GUI. Follow these steps to install the software and access the web application:

① Install the Shure Discovery application

Download and install the Shure Discovery application from www.shure.com. This automatically installs the required Bonjour device discovery tool on the computer.

② Connect the network

Ensure the computer and the hardware are on the same network.

③ Launch the Discovery application

The app displays all Shure devices that feature a GUI.

④ Identify the hardware

Double-click on a device to open its GUI in a web browser.

⑤ Bookmark the device's web application (recommended)

Bookmark the device's DNS name to access the GUI without the Shure Discovery app.

Accessing the Web Application without the Discovery App

If the Discovery application is not installed, the web application can be accessed by typing the DNS name into an internet browser. The DNS name is derived from model of the unit, in combination with the last three bytes (six digits) of the MAC address, and ending in .local.

Format Example: If the MAC address of a unit is 00:0E:DD:AA:BB:CC, then the link is written as follows:

ANI4IN: http://ANI4IN-aabbcc.local

ANI4OUT: http://ANI4OUT-aabbcc.local

Firmware Updates

Firmware is embedded software in each component that controls functionality. Periodically, new versions of firmware are developed to incorporate additional features and enhancements. To take advantage of design improvements, new versions of the firmware can be uploaded and installed using the Shure Update Utility. Software is available for download from http://www.shure.com.

Important: When components are connected through the Shure MXW Audio Network Interface, their firmware must be updated on one device at a time prior to updating the MXW Audio Network Interface firmware. Attempting to update all devices at once will cause the interface to reboot after its firmware is updated, and the connection to other networked components will be lost.

Perform the following steps to update the firmware:

CAUTION! Ensure the device has a stable network connection during the update. Do not turn off the device until the update is complete.

  1. Connect the device and computer to the same network (set to the same subnet).
  2. Download Shure Update Utility app and install it.
  3. Open the application.
  4. Click Check For Updates... button to view new firmware versions available for download.
  5. Select the desired firmware and press Downloadto download it to the Firmware Library.
  6. From the Update Devices tab, select the new firmware and press Send Updates... to begin the firmware update, which overwrites the existing firmware on the device.

Firmware Release Requirements

All devices comprise a network with multiple communications protocols that work together to ensure proper operation. The recommended best practice is that all devices are on an identical release. To view the firmware version of each device on the network, open the component user interface, and look under Settings > About .

The format for Shure device’s firmware is MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH. (Ex. 1.6.2 where 1 is the Major firmware level, 6 is the Minor firmware level, and 2 is the Patch firmware level.) At minimum, devices that operate on the same subnet should have identical MAJOR and MINOR release numbers.

  • Devices of different MAJOR releases are not compatible.
  • Differences in the PATCH firmware release level may introduce undesired inconsistencies.

Channel Utilities

+48V (Phantom Power)

Delivers + 48V phantom power to the selected channel

Polarity Reverse

Each channel has a checkbox to reverse the polarity of the input signal.

Analog Gain

Adjusts the gain to optimize input signal level before the analog audio is converted to a digital audio.

Digital Gain

Adjusts the digital signal level to optimize the signal strength over the network.

Mute Groups

Check the Mute group box to add the channel to a group. Muting any channel within the Mute group mutes all channels in the group.

Fader Groups

Check the Fader group box to add the channel to a group. All faders within the group are linked, and move together when a single fader is adjusted.

Logic Switch Indicator

Illuminates when a switch logic signal is received by the Audio Network Interface from a microphone.

Note: only applies to block connector model.

Logic LED Indicator

Illuminates when an LED logic signal is received by the Audio Network Interface through the network from a control system.

Note: only applies to block connector model.

Parametric Equalizer

Maximize audio quality by adjusting the frequency response with the parametric equalizer.

Common equalizer applications:

  • Improve speech clarity
  • Reduce noise from HVAC systems or video projectors
  • Reduce room irregularities
  • Adjust frequency response for reinforcement systems

Setting Filter Parameters

Adjust filter settings by manipulating the icons in the frequency response graph, or by entering numeric values. Disable a filter using the check-box next to the filter.

Filter Type

Only the first and last band have selectable filter types.

Parametric: Attenuates or boosts the signal within a customizable frequency range

Low Cut: Rolls off the audio signal below the selected frequency

Low Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal below the selected frequency

High Cut: Rolls off the audio signal above the selected frequency

High Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal above the selected frequency

Frequency

Select the center frequency of the filter to cut/boost

Gain

Adjusts the level for a specific filter (+/- 30 dB)

Q Width

Adjusts the range of frequencies affected by the filter. As this value increases, the bandwidth becomes thinner.

Equalizer Applications

Conferencing room acoustics vary based on room size, shape, and construction materials. Use the guidelines in following table.

EQ Application Suggested Settings
Treble boost for improved speech intelligibility Add a high shelf filter to boost frequencies greater than 1 kHz by 3-6 dB
HVAC noise reduction Add a low cut filter to attenuate frequencies below 200 Hz
Reduce flutter echoes and sibilance Identify the specific frequency range that "excites" the room:
  1. Set a narrow Q value
  2. Increase the gain to between +10 and +15 dB, and then experiment with frequencies between 1 kHz and 6 kHz to pinpoint the range of flutter echoes or sibilance
  3. Reduce the gain at the identified frequency (start between -3 and -6 dB) to minimize the unwanted room sound
Reduce hollow, resonant room sound Identify the specific frequency range that "excites" the room:
  1. Set a narrow Q value
  2. Increase the gain to between +10 and +15 dB, and then experiment with frequencies between 300 Hz and 900 Hz to pinpoint the resonant frequency
  3. Reduce the gain at the identified frequency (start between -3 and -6 dB) to minimize the unwanted room sound

Event Log

The event log provides a detailed account of activity from the moment the device is powered on. The log collects up to 1,000 activity entries and time-stamps them relative to the last power cycle. The entries are stored in the internal memory, and are not cleared when the device is power-cycled. The Export feature creates a CSV (comma separated values) document to save and sort the log data.

Refer to the log file for details when troubleshooting or consulting with Shure Systems Support.

To view the event log:

  1. Open the Help menu
  2. Select View Event Log

Severity Level

Information

An action or event has been successfully completed

Warning

An action cannot be complete, but overall functionality is stable

Error

A problem has occurred that could inhibit functionality.

Log Details

Description

Provides details on events and errors, including IP address and subnet mask.

Time Stamp

Power cycles:days:hours:minutes:seconds since most recent boot-up.

Event ID

Indicates event type for internal reference.

Tip: Use the filter to narrow down results. Select a category heading to sort the log.

Levels and Metering

Adjusting Input Levels

Before you begin, verify that levels from the analog devices with adjustable output levels are operating at nominal levels.

The analog gain adjusts the level of the audio signal before it is converted from analog to digital. It is adjustable in 3 dB increments, with up to 51 dB total gain.

  1. Set the Metering to Pre-fader in the toolbar at the top of the workspace to monitor analog signal levels
  2. Select the analog gain value to open the fader
  3. Match the analog gain setting to the incoming signal level. Use the gain range markers on the fader to apply the appropriate amount of gain:
    Source Level Gain Range
    Line (+4 dBu) 0 to +9 dB
    Auxiliary (-10 dBV) +9 to +21 dB
    Microphone (varies) +21 to +51 dB
  4. The meters should peak between -18 and -9 dB.

    Note: Leaving some additional headroom is a recommended to prevent clipping if mobile devices will be plugged into particular channels.

Adjusting Output Levels

Output levels are controlled by the Digital Gain (dB) fader. Always adjust the input gain (analog) before the output gain (digital). In most cases, setting the analog gain correctly results in an appropriate output level. Sources that have a quiet signal, such as a microphone with low sensitivity, may need someDigital Gain (dB) applied. If adjustments to the Digital Gain (dB) fader are required, follow these steps:

  1. Set the Metering to Post-fader in the toolbar at the top of the workspace.
  2. Adjust theDigital Gain (dB) fader as needed.
  3. If using summing, use the Digital Gain (dB) faders to mix the channel levels.

Metering Options (Pre-fader and Post-fader)

There are two modes for monitoring, for input and output signals to be monitored separately.

Pre-Fader (Analog Input Level)

Pre-fader metering displays the signal level before it reaches the digital gain fader, so that input signal levels can be optimized for each channel. Analog gain adjustments affect the meter when set to pre-fader, but the digital gain adjustments do not.

Important: If the incoming signal is adjustable (wireless microphone systems, for example), make sure it is at the nominal level before adjusting the analog gain on the Audio Network Interface.

Post-Fader (Digital Output Level)

Post-fader metering displays the signal level at the very end of the signal chain, which includes both the analog and digital gain. Use this setting to meter the levels that are being sent over the Dante network.

Logic and Control Systems

Logic Applications

The block connecter model variation (ANI4IN-BLOCK) features three logic signal connections. Logic signals are converted into Ethernet command strings and sent and received by any device (such as an echo canceller or control system) that supports Ethernet command strings.

In this diagram, Shure MX392 and MX396 Microflex® microphones are connected the audio network interface. The mute button on each microphone sends a logic signal (switch) to mute other audio equipment. The microphones receive logic signals (LED) so that the microphone LED behavior reflects the state of the entire audio system.

ANI4IN MicroflexAdvance™ Command Strings

This document can also be found at: http://shure.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6061

The device is connected via Ethernet to a control system, such as AMX, Crestron or Extron.

Connection: Ethernet (TCP/IP; select “Client” in the AMX/Crestron program)

Port: 2202

Conventions

The device has 4 types of strings:

GET

Finds the status of a parameter. After the AMX/Crestron sends a GET command, the ANI4IN responds with a REPORT string

SET

Changes the status of a parameter. After the AMX/Crestron sends a SET command, the ANI4IN will respond with a REPORT string to indicate the new value of the parameter.

REP

When the ANI4IN receives a GET or SET command, it will reply with a REPORT command to indicate the status of the parameter. REPORT is also sent by the ANI4IN when a parameter is changed on the ANI4IN or through the GUI.

SAMPLE

Used for metering audio levels.

All messages sent and received are ASCII. Note that the level indicators and gain indicators are also in ASCII

Most parameters will send a REPORT command when they change. Thus, it is not necessary to constantly query parameters. The ANI4IN will send a REPORT command when any of these parameters change.

The character “x” in all of the following strings represents the channel of the ANI4IN and can be ASCII numbers 0 through 4 as in the following table

0 All channels
1 through 4 Individual channels

Command Strings (Common)

Get All
Command String:

< GET x ALL >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4. Use this command on first power on to update the status of all parameters.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP ... >

The ANI4IN responds with individual Report strings for all parameters.
Get Model Number
Command String:

< GET MODEL >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP MODEL {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 32 characters of the model number. The ANI4IN always responds with a 32 character model number.
Get Serial Number
Command String:

< GET SERIAL_NUM >

MZA910 Response:

< REP SERIAL_NUM {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 32 characters of the serial number. The ANI4IN always responds with a 32 character serial number.
Get Firmware Version
Command String:

< GET FW_VER >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP FW_VER {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 18 characters. The ANI4IN always responds with 18 characters.
Get Audio IP Address
Command String:

< GET IP_ADDR_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP IP_ADDR_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is a 15 digit IP address.
Get Audio Subnet Address
Command String:

< GET IP_SUBNET_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP IP_SUBNET_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is a 15 digit subnet address.
Get Audio Gateway Address
Command String:

< GET IP_GATEWAY_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP IP_GATEWAY_NET_AUDIO_PRIMARY {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is a 15 digit gateway address.
Get Channel Name
Command String:

< GET x CHAN_NAME >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x CHAN_NAME {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 31 characters of the user name. The ANI4IN always responds with a 31 character name.
Get Device ID
Command String:

< GET DEVICE_ID >

The Device ID command does not contain the x channel character, as it is for the entire ANI4IN.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP DEVICE_ID {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 31 characters of the device ID. The ANI4IN always responds with a 31 character device ID.
Get Preset
Command String:

< GET PRESET >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP PRESET nn >

Where nn is the preset number 01-10.
Set Preset
Command String:

< SET PRESET nn >

Where nn is the preset number 1-10. (Leading zero is optional when using the SET command).
ANI4IN Response:

< REP PRESET nn >

Where nn is the preset number 01-10.
Get Preset Name
Command String:

< GET PRESET1 >

< GET PRESET2 >

< GET PRESET3 >

etc

Send one of these commands to the ANI4IN.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP PRESET1 {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

< REP PRESET2 {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

< REP PRESET3 {yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy} >

etc

Where yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is 25 characters of the device ID. The ANI4IN always responds with a 25 character device ID
Get Digital Audio Gain
Command String:

< GET x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES yyyy >

Where yyyy takes on the ASCII values of 0000 to 1400. yyyy is in steps of one-tenth of a dB.
Set Digital Audio Gain
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES yyyy >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 1 through 4. Where yyyy takes on the ASCII values of 0000 to 1400. yyyy is in steps of one-tenth of a dB.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES yyyy >

Where yyyy takes on the ASCII values of 0000 to 1400.
Increase Digital Audio Gain by n dB
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES INC nn >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 1 through 4. Where nn is the amount in one-tenth of a dB to increase the gain. nn can be single digit ( n ), double digit ( nn ), triple digit ( nnn ).
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES yyyy >

Where yyyy takes on the ASCII values of 0000 to 1400.
Decrease Digital Audio Gain by n dB
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES DEC nn >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 1 through 4. Where nn is the amount in one-tenth of a dB to decrease the gain. nn can be single digit ( n ), double digit ( nn ), triple digit ( nnn ).
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN_HI_RES yyyy >

Where yyyy takes on the ASCII values of 0000 to 1280.
Get Analog Audio Gain
Command String:

< GET x AUDIO_GAIN >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN yy >

Where yy takes on the ASCII values of 00 to 51. yy is in steps of one dB.
Set Analog Audio Gain
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_GAIN yy >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 1 through 4. Where yy takes on the ASCII values of 00 to 51. yy is in steps of one dB.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_GAIN yy >

Get Channel Audio Mute
Command String:

< GET x AUDIO_MUTE >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE ON >

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Mute Channel Audio
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_MUTE ON >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE ON >

Unmute Channel Audio
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_MUTE OFF >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE OFF >

Toggle Channel Audio Mute
Command String:

< SET x AUDIO_MUTE TOGGLE >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE ON >

< REP x AUDIO_MUTE OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Flash Lights on ANI4IN
Command String:

< SET FLASH ON >

< SET FLASH OFF >

Send one of these commands to the ANI4IN. The flash automatically turns off after 30 seconds.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP FLASH ON >

< REP FLASH OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Turn Metering On
Command String:

< SET METER_RATE sssss >

Where sssss is the metering speed in milliseconds. Setting sssss=0 turns metering off. Minimum setting is 100 milliseconds. Metering is off by default.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP METER_RATE sssss >

< SAMPLE aaa bbb ccc ddd >

Where aaa, bbb, etc is the value of the audio level received and is 000-060.

aaa = output 1

bbb = output 2

ccc = output 3

ddd = output 4

Stop Metering
Command String:

< SET METER_RATE 0 >

A value of 00000 is also acceptable.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP METER_RATE 00000 >

Get Sig/Clip LED
Command String:

< GET x LED_COLOR_SIG_CLIP >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4. It is not necessary to continually send this command. The ANI4IN will send a REPORT message whenever the status changes.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x LED_COLOR_SIG_CLIP OFF >

< REP x LED_COLOR_SIG_CLIP GREEN >

< REP x LED_COLOR_SIG_CLIP AMBER >

< REP x LED_COLOR_SIG_CLIP RED >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings. This matches the sig/clip LEDs on the front of the ANI4IN.
Get LED Brightness
Command String:

< GET LED_BRIGHTNESS >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP LED_BRIGHTNESS n >

Where n can take on the following values:

0 = LED disabled

1 = LED dim

2 = LED default

Set LED Brightness
Command String:

< SET LED_BRIGHTNESS n >

Where n can take on the following values:

0 = LED disabled

1 = LED dim

2 = LED default

ANI4IN Response:

< REP LED_BRIGHTNESS n >

Get Phantom Power Status
Command String:

< GET x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE ON >

< REP x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Turn on Phantom Power
Command String:

< SET x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE ON >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE ON >

Turn off Phantom Power
Command String:

< SET x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE OFF >

ANI4IN Response:

< REP x PHANTOM_PWR_ENABLE OFF >

Get Mic Logic Switch Out
Command String:

< GET x HW_GATING_LOGIC >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4. It is not necessary to continually send this command. The ANI4IN will send a REPORT message whenever the status changes.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x HW_GATING_LOGIC ON >

< REP x HW_GATING_LOGIC OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Get Mic Logic LED In
Command String:

< GET x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE >

Where x is ASCII channel number: 0 through 4.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE ON >

< REP x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.
Set Mic Logic LED In
Command String:

< SET x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE ON >

< SET x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE OFF >

Send one of these commands to the ANI4IN.
ANI4IN Response:

< REP x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE ON >

< REP x CHAN_LED_IN_STATE OFF >

The ANI4IN will respond with one of these strings.

Networking and Dante

Digital Audio Networking

Dantetm digital audio is carried over standard Ethernet and operates using standard Internet Protocols. Dante provides low latency, tight clock synchronization, and high Quality-of-Service (QoS) to provide reliable audio transport to a variety of Dante devices. Dante audio can coexist safely on the same network as IT and control data, or can be configured to use a dedicated network.

Switch Recommendations for Dante Networking

In addition to the basic networking requirements, Dante audio networks should use a Gigabit network switch or router with the following features:

  • Gigabit ports
  • Quality of Service (QoS) with 4 queues
  • Diffserv (DSCP) QoS, with strict priority
  • Recommended: A managed switch to provide detailed information about the operation of each network link (port speed, error counters, bandwidth used)

Dante Transmit Flows

This device supports up to two transmit flows and two receive flows. A single flow consists of up to four channels, through either a unicast or multicast transmission.

  • A unicast flow is a point-to-point connection between two devices, supporting up to four channels per flow.
  • A multicast flow is a one-to-many transmission, which supports sending up to four channels to multiple receiving devices across the network.

Shure Device Applications

This device can connect with up to two Dante devices.

The Shure MXA310, ANI22, ANIUSB-MATRIX and ANI4IN support multicast transmission. This means that flows can transmit to multiple devices -- as many as the network can support. If using unicast flows, each of these devices can connect with up to two Dante receiver devices.

The Shure ANI4OUT connects with up to two Dante transmitter devices.

QoS (Quality of Service) Settings

QoS settings assign priorities to specific data packets on the network, ensuring reliable audio delivery on larger networks with heavy traffic. This feature is available on most managed network switches. Although not required, assigning QoS settings is recommended.

Note: Coordinate changes with the network administrator to avoid disrupting service.

To assign QoS values, open the switch interface and use the following table to assign Dante-associated queue values.

  • Assign the highest possible value (shown as 4 in this example) for time-critical PTP events
  • Use descending priority values for each remaining packet.

Dante QoS Priority Values

Priority Usage DSCP Label Hex Decimal Binary
High (4) Time-critical PTP events CS7 0x38 56 111000
Medium (3) Audio, PTP EF 0x2E 46 101110
Low (2) (reserved) CS1 0x08 8 001000
None (1) Other traffic BestEffort 0x00 0 000000

Note: Switch management may vary by manufacturer and switch type. Consult the manufacturer's product guide for specific configuration details.

For more information on Dante requirements and networking, visit www.audinate.com.

Networking Terminology

PTP (Precision Time Protocol): Used to synchronize clocks on the network

DSCP (Differentiated Services Code Point): Standardized identification method for data used in layer 3 QoS prioritization

Important Product Information

The equipment is intended to be used in professional audio applications.

Note: This device is not intended to be connected directly to a public internet network.

EMC conformance to Environment E2: Commercial and Light Industrial. Testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other than shielded (screened) cable types may degrade EMC performance.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Shure Incorporated could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)

Authorized under the verification provision of FCC Part 15B.

Please follow your regional recycling scheme for batteries, packaging, and electronic waste.

Information to the user

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from: www.shure.com/europe/compliance

Authorized European representative:

Shure Europe GmbH

Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa

Department: EMEA Approval

Jakob-Dieffenbacher-Str. 12

75031 Eppingen, Germany

Phone: 49-7262-92 49 0

Fax: 49-7262-92 49 11 4

Email: info@shure.de

This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from Shure Incorporated or any of its European representatives. For contact information please visit www.shure.com

Specifications

Inputs

ANI4IN-XLR (4) XLR connector
ANI4IN-BLOCK (4) 6-pin block connector

Phantom Power

selectable per channel

+48  V

Logic Connections (Block connectors only)

Sent as Ethernet command strings

LED(+5 V), Switch

Polarity

Non-inverting, any input to any output

Output

(1) RJ45

Power Requirements

Power over Ethernet (PoE), Class 0

Power Consumption

10W, maximum

Weight

672  g (1.5 lbs)

Dimensions

H x W x D

4 x 14 x 12.8 cm (1.6 x 5.5 x 5.0 in.)

control application

HTML5 Browser-based

Operating Temperature Range

−6.7°C (20°F) to 40°C (104°F)

Storage Temperature Range

−29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)

Audio

Frequency Response

20 to 20,000 Hz

Dante Digital Output

Channel Count 4
Sampling Rate 48 kHz
Bit Depth 24

Latency

Does not include Dante latency

0.35 ms

analog gain range

Adjustable in 3 dB steps

51 dB

Dynamic Range (Analog-to-Dante)

20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted, typical

113 dB

Equivalent Input Noise

20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted, input terminated with 150Ω

Analog Gain Setting= +0 dB -93 dBV
Analog Gain Setting= +27 dB -119 dBV
Analog Gain Setting= +51 dB -130 dBV

Total Harmonic Distortion

@ 1 kHz, 0 dBV Input, 0 dB analog gain

<0.05%

Common Mode Rejection Ratio

150Ω balanced source @ 1 kHz

>70 dB

Impedance

5 kΩ

Input Configuration

Active Balanced

Input Clipping Level

Analog Gain Setting= +0 dB +20 dBV
Analog Gain Setting= +27 dB -7 dBV
Analog Gain Setting= +51 dB -31 dBV

Built-in Digital Signal Processing

Per Channel Equalizer (4-band Parametric), Mute, Invert Polarity, Gain (140 dB range)
System Audio Summing

Networking

Cable Requirements

Cat 5e or higher (shielded cable recommended)

IP Ports and Protocols

Shure Control

Port TCP/UDP Protocol Description Factory Default
21 tcp FTP Required for firmware updates (otherwise closed) Closed
22 tcp SSH Not supported Closed
23 tcp Telnet Standard console interface Closed
68 udp DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Open
80* tcp HTTP Required to launch embedded web server Open
427 tcp/udp SLP Required for inter-device communication Open
443 tcp HTTPS Not supported Closed
161 tcp SNMP Not supported Closed
162 tcp SNMP Not supported Closed
2202 tcp ASCII Required for 3rd party control strings Open
5353 udp mDNS Required for device discovery Open
5568 udp SDT Required for inter-device communication Open
8023 tcp Telnet Debug console interface Password
8180* tcp HTML Required for web application Open
8427 udp Multcast SLP Required for inter-device communication Open
64000 tcp Telnet Required for Shure firmware update Open

Dante Audio & Controller

Port TCP/UDP Protocol Description
162 udp SNMP Used by Dante
[319-320]* udp PTP Dante clocking
4321, 14336-14600 udp Dante Dante audio
[4440, 4444, 4455]* udp Dante Dante audio routing
5353 udp mDNS Used by Dante
[8700-8706, 8800]* udp Dante Dante Control and Monitoring
8751 udp Dante Dante Controller
16000-65536 udp Dante Used by Dante

*These ports must be open on the PC or control system to access the device through a firewall.

These protocols require multicast. Ensure multicast has been correctly configured for your network.

Accessories

Furnished Accessories

Hardware kit (XLR model)

90A29254

Hardware kit (block connector model)

90B29252

Mounting Bracket (1/3 rack unit)

53A27742

Optional Accessories and Replacement Parts

19" rack tray

CRT1