Portland,OR-Nov.11,2010-Since its inception, the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta has grown into the most dynamic center for the visual and performing arts in the South and is among the top such centers in the nation. Today the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art, Young Audiences, 14th Street Playhouse and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Alliance Theatre, now in its 42nd season, is nationally acclaimed and the recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®. With its two stages the Alliance creates powerful experiences for youth and adult audiences, while maintaining its status as the premier regional theater in the Southeast.
Clay Benning, Resident Sound Designer for the past 11 years, is sold on Dante. Benning uses Dante Virtual Soundcard and a Dante-MY16-AUD card for productions on the Alliance Stage and on the smaller Hertz Stage. Using the Dante Virtual Soundcard he can now bypass a FireWire connection, using Ethernet instead, which future-proofs the solution and in turn saves money in the long run.
The Alliance's setup includes an Apple Mac Mini, running DVS and Figure 53's Qlab v2 software, and the Dante-MY 16-AUD in a Yamaha DM1000. Using DVS, Benning is able to rout the audio outputs from Qlab directly to to the inputs of the DM1000, with no external audio interface required. In addition, Benning uses another copy of DVS on his laptop during production periods to route audio directly from Logic into the sound system, streamlining the design and composition process.
The Alliance can now send audio over the network digitally instead of over analog cables. The Dante Virtual Soundcard is a powerful software application that turns your PC or Mac into a Dante-enabled device, allowing uncompressed Dante audio traffic to be transmitted and received using the standard Ethernet port. No additional hardware is required.
“What’s great about Dante (MY16 and DVS)” says Benning, “is that it allows me to use Qlab integrated with the DM1000 and a MY 16 card without anything in-between. It reduces my cabling, setup time, and overall costs.” Benning adds “Now I can buy less equipment, with better quality, and save tons of time because I have fewer configuration and driver issues to deal with. This makes doing my job easier and I get a far superior design process, and therefore, end result”.
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