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Adding Third-Party Dante Devices to Composer

Symetrix Composer contains a list of supported third-party Dante devices. When these supported devices are added to a Site File, Composer can create transmit and receive subscriptions as well as provide control for some devices.

The User Library, located in the Third-party Dante Devices section of the Toolkit in Device View, allows for any third-party Dante device to be located on the network even if Composer doesn’t already have a built-in module for it. Once a device is added to the User Library, Composer will treat it as a supported third-party Dante device.

  1. In the site view of Composer, open up the User Library folder and double-click or drag in “Add New Dante Device.”

  2. This will open the Dante Device User Library Manager. Click Browse Network to search the Dante network for devices. This Locate Hardware window will show every Dante device that the locating DSP can see, whether Symetrix or third-party. Find the device you’re looking for, highlight it, and click Select Hardware Unit.

  3. The User Library manager will add the device to the known types list. If a unit of this type has already been identified and added to the Library, Composer will offer a warning that explains that it is already aware of this type of unit.

  4. Highlight the newly added Dante device and click Select Device Type. A new module will be added to the Site View. This device will still need to be located in the same way that a Symetrix DSP will need to be when dragging one in from the Toolkit. Click the brown box in the lower left and locate the unit as you would any other.

  5. Now that the device is located, it will have automatically created a transmit bus in Composer to send to a DSP. We can double check this in the unit properties as well as in the Design view under Network I/O Modules, Receive Modules.

  6. While the device created a transmit bus, Composer creates a receive bus. This is because the Dante device is transmitting, but the DSP is receiving. The Design View is from the perspective of the DSP.

We can double-check that the Dante bus is connected to the correct Dante device by right-clicking on the bus and choosing Show Network Audio Transmit Module. For a transmit bus, sending from the DSP to another Dante device, this option will show as Show Network Audio Receive Module.

Once the device has been confirmed, you can now wire it into the programming and use the new Dante device in the installation.