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Sonifex RB-DSD8

8 Channel Silence Switcher

The Sonifex RB-DSD8 8 channel silence switcher works in a similar way to the Sonifex RB-SD1 and RB-DSD1 but allows for 4 stereo channels of audio.

Original price was: €3,530.Current price is: €3,355.

SKU: 106708


Sonifex RB-DSD8

8 Channel Silence Switcher

Broadcasters Warehouse -The RB-DSD8 8 channel silence switcher works similarly to the Sonifex RB-SD1 and RB-DSD1 but allows for 4 stereo channels of audio. These stereo audio channels can be either analogue or digital and can be used independently to give 4 stereo silence detectors, or they can be linked to handle multichannel audio inputs, e.g. for 5.1 and 7.1 surround systems. Designed to switch from one input (or set of inputs) to another in the event of loss of audio, the RB-DSD8 is ideal at transmitter sites, or after the master output of a studio, to switch in another audio source, or simultaneous broadcast, should a master source fail.

The unit can switch:

  • On loss of level of the main input.
  • On loss of level on one channel of the main input.
  • On loss of synchronisation lock of a main digital input.

The 2 × 8 channel audio inputs can accept both digital and analogue connections, with the unit automatically recognising a digital input. For the 8 channel outputs, by setting the appropriate DIP Switches, each stereo output can be designated as either an analogue pair or as a digital output, thus making the RB-DSD8 incredibly flexible and suitable for many applications. The unit level settings are in dBFS but when using analogue signals the equivalent full scale value can be set to +24dBu, +18dBu, or +12dBu by DIP Switches.

Each stereo pair has individual settings and controls and when stereo signals are linked, the foremost pair determines the switching characteristics and controls to be used. Each stereo pair has an AES LED that shows the status of the digital audio on that channel and a Selection LED to show that input is currently being sent to each respective output. Two Presence LEDs for the left and right inputs of each stereo pair indicate the input level of the channels.

The unit can switch between sources manually or automatically at the push of a button. If switching manually, silence detection is disabled and the user chooses when to switch using the main or backup buttons. If switching automatically, the unit switches between the two sources automatically upon the detection of silence. Each pair can be set to switch manually or automatically, and the current setting is indicated by the Mode LED. Link/Select buttons are used to group channels together to access multichannel operation and switch simultaneously. Each pair has a Link/Select button which illuminates blue when active. Pressing and holding the first Link/Select button with any other Link/Select button causes all inputs up to that point to be selected.

The RB-DSD8 has a ‘slave mode’ that allows you to connect two RB-DSD8 units and control them simultaneously from one unit.

The silence detect level is adjustable between -39dBFS and -84dBFS in 3dBFS steps via DIP Switches, and this level is compared to peak signals. The silence interval can be adjusted between 2 seconds and 254 seconds in 2 second steps via DIP Switches.

A powerful feature of the RB-DSD8 is that by using the Sonifex SCi serial software, the unit can be programmed for different delay durations, levels and switching functions so that you can set up the unit for your specific application. A DIP Switch configures the unit to be controlled serially, which is indicated by a front panel LED. You can control the unit remotely using either USB or Ethernet.

The RB-DSD8 has been designed with dual redundant power supplies. This means that if either power supply fails, the other is ready to take over. In the extremely unlikely event that both fail, the unit has been designed with a passive signal path through the main input. This is essential for applications such as installation at transmitter sites, where a power failure to the unit should not prevent the audio input signal from being output to the transmitter.

Contact Sonifex for further information if you have a particular requirement that isn’t catered for by the RB-DSD8 as standard.

Clocking & Synchronisation

All digital input signals are routed to a sample rate converter, allowing mixed incoming sample rates to be used. The output sample rates are selectable from a predefined master clock of 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz or 192kHz or the clock can be derived from a sync input. When analogue inputs are selected, the analogue to digital converters are also clocked at that sample rate.

DIP Switches choose the synchronisation mode and the sync source from TTL wordclock or AES/EBU through the dual-purpose synchronising input as standard. A front panel indicator shows the status of the synchronisation input. Selectable sync modes are as follows:

Master Mode

In this mode the digital output sample rate is simply set by, and locked to, the internal on-board clock generator. No sync signal is used or required.

Auto Lock Mode

In this mode, no output is generated until lock is achieved with a sync signal. The digital output sample rate now follows the sync input. If the sync signal is removed, then the output sample rate is set by, and locked to, the internal on-board clock generator at the closest frequency available to the previous sync input.

Slave Mode

Here, the digital output sample rate follows the sync input. When the sync signal is not present, the digital output is turned off.

SCi logoThis product has settings that can be adjusted using the Sonifex SCi (Serial Control Interface) software. To download a copy of the SCi software, please use this link >

SCi Screens

Sci image - RB-DSD8

Status screen.

Sci image - RB-DSD8

Miscellaneous Screen.

Technical Specification For RB-DSD8

Audio Specification – Digital In To Digital Out

Input & Output Impedances: 110 Ω ± 20% AES/EBU balanced I/O 50 Ω BNC TTL word clock input
Dynamic Range: >138dB ref. 0dBFS, 22kHz BW, unity gain
THD+N: ≤137dBFS, 0dBFS, 20-20kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW
Signal Level: Balanced: 3V/10V peak to peak min/max
Sample Rates: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96,176.4 or 192kHz
Bit Depth: Up to and including 24-bit

Audio Specification – Analogue In To Analogue Out

Full Scale Setting:
(Software Selectable)
0dBFS = +12dBu 0dBFS = +18dBu 0dBFS = +24dBu
Maximum Input Level: +12dBu +18dBu +24dbu
Noise (A-weighted, Unity gain, RS=200Ω) ≤93dBu ≤88dBu ≤82dBu
Input Impedance: >20kΩ bridging balanced
Dynamic Range: >105dB ref. +24dBu, 22kHz BW, unity gain
THD+N: <0.005%, +8dBu, 20-20kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW
Common Mode Rejection: >60dB @ 1kHz

Front Panel Operational Controls

Switch Mode Select: Via AUTO, MANUAL or SLAVE push-buttons
Manual Source Select: Via MAIN and BACKUP push-buttons
Group Selection : Via LINK/SELECT push-buttons

Front Panel Indicators

Presence LEDs: For all input channels
Link LEDs: Show which channels are controlled concurrently
Mode LEDs: Indicate the current mode selected for each group
Selection LEDs: Indicate whether MAIN or BACKUP
is selected
AES LEDs: Show the state of the digital input to each group
PSU LEDs: Show the state of each power
Remote Control LED: Show if remote control is selected
External Sync LED: Show the state of any sync inputs

Rear Panel – Operational Controls

Silence Threshold: -39dBfs to -84dBfs in 3dBfs steps, via rear panel DIP Switches
Silence Duration: 0 – 254 seconds in 2 second intervals’ duration, via rear panel DIP Switches
Stereo/Mono Switching: Stereo or mono, via rear panel DIP Switch
Master Select: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96,176.4 or 192kHz Output sample rate, via rear panel DIP Switches
Ignore Silence: Each channel can be set to ignore silences, via rear panel DIP switches
Remote Control Enable: Enabled or disabled, via rear panel DIP switch
Sync Mode & Source Select: Sync in master mode or sync from MAIN input1, AES or wordclock sync input in auto or slave mode, via rear panel DIP switches
Remote Start: Latched or momentary, via DIP switch
Input Lock Loss: Switch immediately or treat as silence delay, via rear panel DIP switch
Digital or Analogue Output: Digital or analogue, via rear panel DIP switches
Full Scale Line Up: 24, 18 or 12 dBu = 0dBFS, via rear panel DIP switches
Boot Mode: Boot in boot or normal via rear panel DIP switch


Digital/Analogue Inputs: 2 × 8 channel inputs on 2 × 25 pin D-type male
Digital/Analogue Outputs: 1 × 8 channel outputs on 1 × 25 pin D-type female
Sync Inputs: 1 x BNC (Wordclock or AES)
Remote I/O Port: 25 way D-type female
SCi port: USB or ethernet
Mains Input: 2 x Universal filtered IEC, continuously rated 85-264VAC @47- 63Hz, max 60W
Fuse Rating: 2 X Anti-surge fuse 2A 20 × 5 mm

Equipment Type

RB-DSD8: 8 channel silence switcher

Physical Specification

Dimensions (Raw): 48 cm(W) x 22 cm(D) x 4.2 cm(H) 1U
19” (W) x 8.7” (D) x 1.7” (H) 1U
Dimensions (Boxed): 55 cm (W) x 28 cm (D) x17cm (H)
21.7” (W) x 11” (D) x 6.7” (H)
Weight: Nett: 2.3 kg Gross: 3.8 kg
Nett: 5.1lb Gross: 8.4lb
* Note that this product is deeper than standard Redboxes


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