Processing and Control for Professional AV Installations

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Dante Basics for Successful Audiovisual Design

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The learning objectives for this chapter are:

  • Define various concepts related to networked digital audio including sample rate, bit depth, and bandwidth.
  • Explore the features of Dante audio networks and their use with Symetrix DSP-based systems.
  • Understand Unicast and Multicast modes for audio over IP networks.
  • Explain what the clock is and why it is critical to proper functioning of a networked digital audio system.
  • Recognize the role and impact of latency options.
  • Explain what Dante controller is and how it is useful for troubleshooting.

This chapter covers background information about Audinate, information about the Dante technology and hardware, and a top-level overview of how Dante integrates with Symetrix hardware. Audinate, the manufacture of Dante technology is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Dante is developed by network engineers to provide a 100% interoperability solution for manufactures using Dante technology. Dante works with most existing networking hardware and does not need specialized network hardware. Dante is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology, with near-zero latency and synchronization. Dante does away with heavy, expensive, analog or multicore cabling, replacing it with low-cost, readily available CAT5e and higher Ethernet or fiber optic cable for a simple, lightweight, and economical solution. Dante integrates media and control for an entire audio system over a single, standard IP network. In 2007, Symetrix recognized the need for a standardized, high performance digital audio networking protocol – not only for our own products but for the pro audio industry at large. After considerable research, we aligned with Audinate to become one of the earliest licensees of the Dante protocol. Since the introduction of our first Dante-enabled product in 2012, we’ve leveraged the benefits of the protocol for our own box-to-box audio networking, as well as for peer-to-peer connection with major third parties including Yamaha, Shure, and Audio-Technica. Audinate makes hardware modules, development tools and software products. Some software products are Dante Controller, Dante Virtual Soundcard, and Dante Via.