Learning to Live Together
AV Magazine - February, 2021
"Competition, co-operation or conjunction? AV and IT have been growing closer for years, but how far has the relationship progressed, where is it heading, and have the challenges of ‘Covid Year’ altered it for better or worse?"
Socially Distanced Studio Production
Pro Sound News - February, 2021
"The current worldwide pandemic has sent musicians and audio experts scrambling to devise solutions to challenges created by social distancing. Recording music is normally an intimate undertaking with others, but that intimacy now directly contradicts safety guidelines. Thus, studios are asked to answer the question, How can we work together while staying safe?"
Open Mic: Practical Interoperability
Sound & Video Contractor - February, 2021
"It’s certainly not news to say that audio networking is changing the way that sound systems are installed and how they operate. But the world was full of audio before networking—thus, any practical user of audio networking will wish to adapt perfectly good, non-networked gear to work in this new technical reality. Further, audio networking itself is not homogeneous. So, that same practicality creates a need for sensible, reliable solutions that span network technologies."
Digital Audio: A Mixer is Just the Start
Church Production - February, 2021
"Embracing the power and flexibility of digital audio networking, and bucking the analog world."
Networked Audio Prepares University of Miami for COVID-Safe Production
Sports Video Group - Febraury, 2021
"Major-league sports’ workflows were significantly disrupted last year by the coronavirus pandemic. An extra square foot became valued in control rooms and other shared production spaces, and personnel increasingly found themselves working from isolation space, including their own homes."
February 2021 - "Audio Over IP Leads the Way to Networked Broadcast Installations" - Digital Media World
"The transition to IP operation is well underway in professional audio and broadcast, but audio and video are not yet evenly served. Networked audio systems are already the standard for high-quality installations, with mature support for high channel count and uncompressed audio that is perfectly synchronized to a common clock over common Gigabit network fabric."
"To adhere to social distancing requirements, performances at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama are constructed across four separate rooms and performed synchronously with one another using Dante."
January 2021 - "Dante: Networked AV Distribution - Q&A with Audinate’s Brad Price" - Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
"Dante is an audio distribution platform that has seen much use and growth within the professional audio sector."
"Remote learning and music is long-distance, real-time and full res"
November 2020 - "AVoIP Case Study: Guildhall School of Music & Drama goes back safely" - Sound & Video Contractor
"To adhere to social distancing requirements, performances are constructed across four separate rooms and performed synchronously with one another using Dante"
"AV-over-IP workflows safeguard the continuation of education through effective transition between remote, hybrid and in-person classes, as an industry executive explains."
November 2020 - "How AV-over-IP improves every business in which communication is critical" - Tech Radar Pro
"AV-over-IP is seeing rapid adoption – learn how it helps business communicate better during critical times"
"Long used in professional audio applications, AoIP is now heading to homes."
"One university is leveraging technology solutions to manage learning today, tomorrow, and into the future"
"Ensuring value, ease-of-use & performance with purpose-built AV-over-IP solutions"
October 2020 - "AV-over-IP is Coming Home Sooner Than Expected Thanks to Global Pandemic" - Residential Tech Today
"The market for high-end residential AV is now encompassing larger numbers of zones and channels for immersive experiences in the home and is looking to the professional audio world for effective, flexible solutions that fit inconspicuously into decor while providing the highest possible quality."
October 2020 - "Tech Focus: Streaming Technology — The Pandemic Speeds Transition to IP" - Sports Video Group
"Broadcasters see the protocol as supporting increased REMI-type production"
September 2020 - "A Walk-Through of the Pro Audio Landscape — the LAVNCH EMEA Audio Session Recap" - rAVe
"Hi everyone, Steph Beckett here as your stand-in recap host (just for this session today). I was lucky enough to get to watch today’s audio session of LAVNCH EMEA — and I get to tell you about everything I learned."
"When it first appeared, digital audio was sold on its low noise and lack of distortion. These days, as Kevin Hilton explains, the real selling point is its interconnectivity and potential for remote control."
"Broadcast sports production was already well on its way to embracing an IP-based workflow before COVID-19 arrived and compelled sports to shut down last March. Unlike some other technology migrations — such as the shift from stereo to surround and current moves towards immersive sound, both driven largely by the technologies themselves — the move to IP has been propelled by its own business case."
"The Bangkok headquarters of TMB – previously known as the Thai Military Bank – is a 33-story building located in the Chatuchak district of the city. Inside the facility is a 500-seat, multi-purpose auditorium on its seventh floor that hosts conferences, press events, presentations, and even live music."
"The professional audio/video business has changed dramatically this year, for both installers and their customers. As a result, three major components of pro AV integration are heading home — and it’s likely to be long term."
"This set of conferencing best practices will help eliminate the all-too-common conferencing problems we've seen run rampant."
"Audinate’s journey began back in 2003 as a set of ideas from current co-founder, Aidan Williams. Based in Sydney, Australia, the company soon gained approval and backing from the NICTA..."
"Brad Price, senior product marketing manager at Audinate, traces the history and development of Dante Domain Manager software, which allows users to build ever-larger, more sophisticated AV systems using brands they already know."
"Pro-audio brands enhance online educational and training portals and offerings... Dante is offering enhanced online training, making all of its AVIXA CTS RU-accredited online training courses available on its training site. These include Level 1, 2, and 3 CTS certifications."
"Audinate’s Dante – the AV-over-IP solution that dominates the world of professional audio – is seeing rapid adoption by manufacturers of residential audio equipment. The technology provides an easy solution to route audio over long distances without any signal degradation, making it perfect for higher-end residential homes with multi-zone audio setups."
"Audio over IP, and in particular Dante, has become very popular in broadcast and live sectors of the audio industry as well as in some of the larger studios and multi-room facilities. But what about smaller facilities and one-room studios?"
February 2020 - "Dante For The Small To Medium Sized Project Studio - A Case Study On Using Audio Over IP" - Pro-Tools-Expert
"Audio over IP, and in particular Dante, has become very popular in broadcast and live sectors of the audio industry as well as in some of the larger studios and multi-room facilities. But what about smaller facilities and one-room studios?"
February 2020 - "AVoIP Case Study: GRAMMY Awards Transitions to Audio-Over-IP" - Sound & Video Contractor
“Every year, the award-winning veteran audio production crew behind the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast strives to further raise the bar on the already unparalleled audio quality of 'Music’s Biggest Night.' This year, in a first for the show, the audio team implemented a Dante Audio-over-IP network.”
“Dante Domain Manager has truly helped organisations of all types take control of their AV networks,” said Joshua Rush, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Products, Audinate. “What we’ve seen with Dante Domain Manager is that we’re making management and observability more effective, and security more robust for everyone utilising the system.”
"Audio installations no longer require trips to crawl spaces to make change, and heavy custom cables are replaced with lightweight, multipurpose Ethernet Cat5/8."
"As zoos continue to transform to more robust environments themed to specific geography (the Amazon, the Congo) or broader biomes (rain forests), they are also employing tools of themed entertainment design, such as modern sound systems, to provide a more robust visitor experience.
Two Ohio properties – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – recently upgraded their audio systems with state-of-the art, networked installations spanning large outdoor areas."
"While there are a couple of competing technologies, like AES50 and AVB, currently the most ubiquitous platform is Dante. "
"Audio technologies have evolved a great deal over the past few decades, from all-analog systems, recording and instruments, to an era of analog/digital hybrids and MIDI-enabled devices, to now, where almost everything is digital, computer-based and is jumping on standard IT networks."
"As today's digital AV systems integrate more with facility and campus information infrastructures, HOWs must learn to manage IP network and information security."
"There is a structural shift in the way audio systems are designed, built and used in the professional industry and Audinate ((AD8)) has ambitions to make its Dante platform the industry standard across original equipment manufacturers (OEM)."
Audinate explains the components that create its new AV-over-IP solution, Dante AV, and how it works.
"With Dante audio networking technology having been widely adopted by the pro audio industry, developer Audinate is now launching Dante AV for the distribution of audio and video over standard IP networks. "
With several new develops from the sector’s key players, Worship AVL revisits the state of audio networking and where Dante fits in.
A look at the history of audio-over-IP and how it is revolutionising the professional audio business, enhancing the capabilities of professionals in the field and presenting manufacturers with various opportunities to expand on their networked audio offerings.
A guide to AV training for Pro AV integration experts, including Audinate's AVIXA CTS certified Dante Certification training program.
"In a sea of overhyped technology hopefuls, Audinate stands out as the real deal."
Thanks to work carried out in part with readers of Installation, we have a quantitative picture of the state of networked audio adoption.
As audio and video media migrates from analog to digital means of creation and production, the tools used to deliver AV content have evolved from bespoke cables and technologies to something quite universal in the IT and computing world: IP networking.
Audinate, a young Australian company that listed on the ASX in June 2017, has become a world-leading provider of audio networking systems.
For the second year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to NAB easier. Dante Domain Manager and Dante Via are spotlighted for this years show at the Audinate booth.
"Where Dante shines is in cost and implementations." Breaking down the reasons Dante is a great choice for audio over IP.
February 2017 - "The Next Big Opportunity: IP Audio Brings Installation and User Benefits" - Electrical Contractor
Moving the analog world into the digital future. How users and contractors can bridge the divide or use the existing infrastructure to complete projects faster.
AES67 Explained by our very own Product Marketing Manager Brad Price. How to utilize AES67 for Broadcast, the highlights and pitfalls of this standard.
Most agree that networking audio products to create flexible workflow infrastructures is the best way to distribute and leverage the multiple signals required in a video production or broadcast facility. However there remains some debate about the most efficient way to do it.
The various Audio over IP protocols and how they work in the real world. Interviews with installers and consultants about how each works in their projects.
An interview with the CEO of Audinate, Lee Ellison.
December 2015 - "Dante Digital Audio Networking Recalibrates Cost and Complexity" - Commercial Integrator
An introduction to the Dante technology as well as a number of real-life business cases that detail the itemized costs of an analog system versus a Dante digital system.
By combining options for creative flexibility in designs, effortless integration with other technologies, and reduced equipment costs, Dante has opened the door to a new world of custom system design without the prohibitive costs.
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Australia has become a common birthplace for technological advancements. And recent talk of potential tax breaks and further government incentives should make it significantly easier for start-ups to tackle global industries from their home ground. The private sector is ramping up too, with several recently announced venture capital funds worth $200 million or more, providing more local, early-stage private investment than ever for those companies with the right idea and product.
How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Aidan Williams from Audinate
Installation's November 2015 issue introduces Dante Via: "The premise of Dante Via is very simple: it brings Dante network functionality to any computer, and to any audio device connected to it and any audio applications it is running."
There was a time, not so long ago, when the term 'audio over IP' suggested some far-flung, future technology, the likes of which only wild-haired, white-coated audio scientists would be able to use. These days we're a little more comfortable with the notion, and with more than 250 OEM partners, and more then 500 compatible products on its side, Audinate's Dante has become the name that much of the industry thinks of when it considers its AoIP options.
To say that Audinate's Dante digital audio platform has taken the professonal AV industry by storm would be an understatement. Only six months after announcing that 150 manufacturers had signed on as licensees, Audinate recently announced it has added more than 50 to bring its impressive list to more than 200 companies.
During May and June, SCN, our European sister title Installation, and publications in the Middle East and Asia, asked their readers to complete an online survey on audio networking. The results of this comprehensive and truly worldwide survey are now in.
Commercial and broadcast audio is at a crossroads. The inevitable merging of computer networking technology and audio distribution is here; networked audio has matured into robust and capable systems poised to rapidly eclipse what came before. The broadcast industry has been using IP for several years in its workflow for storage and post-production and is now recognizing the benefits to IP distribution for the audio for production. As such, it is a good time to re-examine the assumptions and concerns that are holding some professionals back from choosing audio over IP solutions, as decisions made today will affect their clients for years to come.
Installation readers recently took part in a major survey investigating use of, and attitudes towards, audio networking. The results provide a clear insight into the thinking behind audio professionals’ choices, and the future of audio networking.
NATIONAL ICT Australia (NICTA) startup Audinate has achieved global success in delivering low latency audio over networks. Audinate was founded by Aidan Williams, a musician, R&D engineer and IT professional, who along with a team of researchers developed the Dante technology, an ecosystem of software and hardware which delivers professional quality audio over a standard computer network, with perfect synchronisation and near zero latency.
- "Divine Inspiration" - The developer of the Dante media networking technology, Audinate, has consistently emphasized the technology's ease of integration into leading audio products -- but what is the view 'on the ground' among manufacturers themselves? David Davies speaks to representative of Bose, Harman Professional, SSL and Stagetec to discuss the process of delivering Dante operability.
- "Forty Love" - The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited -- Wimbledon -- has upgraded with 40 Dante-ready processors and Crown amplifiers, all supplied by Sound Technology.
Dante developer Audinate will be declared the winner of the third grand prix prize at the Pro Sound Awards in September. With more than 225 licensees at recent count, including Shure, Harman, Sennheiser, Bose, TC Group and Avid, 2014–15 has seen the AoIP-based Dante emerge as the clear frontrunner in the format war between rival audio networking technologies.
DELEC, a member of the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup organization, has been selected by Atlanta, GA-based Turner Studios to replace its aging intercom system with new technology. As the broadcast production division of Turner Entertainment Group, which provides turnkey services for film, video, and audio production for all of the Turner Entertainment Networks, Turner Studios’ new DELEC intercom system will effectively tie together the multitude of studios and offices at the sprawling facility to streamline workflow and enhance communication, with a state-of-the-art 2,048-port intercom system comprised of 140 intercom panels.
Audio-over-IP has been a boon for live sound production. Flexible, scalable and reconfigurable, using easily deployable fiber, coax or category cable, digital audio networking can significantly streamline set-up and instellation--yet some challenges remain.
The Cube at Virginia Tech, an immersive data exploration environment, utilizes 124 independently-addressable Harman JBL Professional loudspeakers and Dante-enabled BSS Audio amplifiers along with motion capture and visual environment technologies, specialized acoustics, real-time audio visual rendering and high-performing computers to create a virtual environment laboratory that allows scientists to model and explore data in sonified, virtual form. The four-story, $15 million theater and high-tech laboratory opened on January 30, 2015.
Mar 2015 - Working Together - Audio-Technica, Biamp & Symetrix with Audinate's Ultimo chipset - ProAudio-Central
Audio-Technica's ATND971 boundary microphone isn't just a mic with an Ethernet jack instead of an XLR. Audio-Technica reached out to top DSP makers Biamp and Symetrix to take advantage of the capabilities built into the Audinate Ultimo chipset. Ultimo gives the mic both signal transport and control, allowing new levels of integration with Symetrix SymnNet Composer 3.0 and Biamp's Tesira system.
Jan 2015 - All the World's a Stage, an In-Depth Look at the Sydney Opera House's New Stage Management System - ProAudio-Central
With ticket sale revenue growth nearing its logical limits, the Sydney Opera House has upgraded its massive audio and video infrastructure to accomodate new production, broadcast and web streaming capabilities to meet the new demands and revenue generation opportunities. The 229 back-of-house rooms are supported by a Dante audio network broken int o 136 zones.
Dec 14 - [Podcast] Dante Networking, Interview by Mike Sessler with Landon Gentry - Church Tech Weekly
CTW interviews Landon Gentry of Audinate to uncover the mystery of Dante networking (and discovers there is no real mystery - it just works!) Dante Networking: Part 1 of the downloadable podcast covers the protocol itself, how it works, how it differs from other protocols and about the new Dante Via. Dante Networking: Part 2 covers the best practices for setting up a Dante Network including switched vs. redundant, running Dante over your existing IT network and what cable should you use.
The Milano Congressi (MiCo) in Italy, needed to expand its capabilities for large conferences for the second time in two years and tie the new north block upgrades into the recent south block upgrade. The goals were flexibility to accomodate many types of sources and configurations, and simplicity in use by standardizing the user controls in the old and new systems. Harman BSS Audio with Dante media networking was the answer.
Oct 14 - Dante: The Innovative Networking Technology that is Changing the Audio Landscape - Systems Integration Asia
In July of 2014, Kramer Electronics became the150th equipment manufacturer to sign on with Audinate to use Dante technology. In light of this milestone and the rapid adoption of Dante by the AV industry, Systems Integration Asia interviewed Audinate's COO David Meyers and discusses the company's beginnings and future plans.
A project where the customer is happy to pay more is the dream of any integrator. Nial Anderson looks at how PZ Multimedia handled the audio overhaul at the Swiss church Basel Minster.
Sept 14 - The games begin: Singapore Sports Hub Opens - InAVate Asia Pacific by Hurrairah bin Sohail
The Singapore Sports Hub was completed this year, replacing singapore's National Stadium in Kallang. How do you design the AV systems for such a large and diverse facility? Read about the integrators, the decisions and the equipment in the construction of this modern, digital stadium.
Aug-Sept 14 - Korea's Gimhae Waterpark has the Edge in flexible audio processing - Systems Integration Asia
Dante-capable open-architecture scalable DSP's from Symetrix are providing solid, stable audio processing at one of the world's most popular waterparks.
Audinate believes in Metcalfe’s Law, said Ellison. Also known as the network effect, it states that a network’s value is proportional to the square of the number of nodes on the network; the more users there are, the more valuable the device becomes to each owner. “By adding AES67, we will be able to connect with a larger ecosystem. We think that makes the market bigger.”
"On the other side of the hall, Dante continues its push into various endpoints as the Audinate booth displayed a healthy group of devices from various professional audio manufacturers. Where they showed out this year was in the introduction of Dante Via, which allows for an audio system to be designed using only networked PCs rather than relying on Dante-enabled hardware. "
June 14 - AVB and Audinate's Dante: An Update After Infocomm 2014 - Control Geek Blog - John Huntington
"So, it seems the prediction I made after peering into my crystal ball back in November still holds up: "... Audinate's Dante has won the race, while AVB is still being tweaked by the mechanics over in the pit lane."
"One of the coolest applications of Dante networking technology is through the Dante Virtual Soundcard. Anything that is active in your Dante network can be routed into and recorded by your favorite digital workstation software. That featurealone is worth the price of admission if you have any studio or live performance gear that speaks Dante."
June 14 - First Impression: Dante Via - New Audinate software program being introduced at InfoComm turns any computer into an audio network bridge - Church Productions by Bruce Borgerson
"Certainly Dante Via affords exceptional flexibility. You can set up ad hoc audio networks across any rooms with LAN connections. You can record audio in one place and monitor in another. You can loop back off a Dante network for remote sound checks. As far as configuring networks, about the only limit is your imagination – and wired LAN connections. Audinate does not recommend trying to use it over WiFi."
Mar 14 - Making Digital Audio Networking Easy - Part 2 - AudioXpress by Joao Martin (Editor-in-Chief)
The story of Audinate and its Dante audio networking implementation is one of the most interesting examples of perseverance and focus in the industry. The evolution to an industry standard results from a clear vision of market needs and the ability to fulfill those necessities with practical implementation of converging technologies. This is part 2 of a two-part series.
Mar 14 - What's New - A recap of the AV Networking World's recent event held in Amsterdam on February 3, 2014 - inavateonthenet.com by Steve Montgomery
"The interest shown in audio networking from both attendees and Audinate's participating partners indicates very firmly that this is a technology that is rapidly gaining a foothold in the AV world as an extremely comprehensive and capable method of delivering multi-channel audio streams around buildings and locations of all sizes and all types of applications from residential entertainment systems to the largest auditorium or shopping centre."
Feb 14 - Masque Sound Provides Audio For Queen of the Night, Theatrical Dinner Experience - Install Part of $20 Million Renovation to New York’s Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel - Livedesignonline.com
In consultation with Masque Sound, Coes and West put together a Dante digital sound network that allows them the ability to control anything in the space and send audio to anywhere within the space. “Because we are covering more than 20 individual rooms with more than 48-channels of playback and 36-channels of control beyond that playback, we felt the Dante system was the best option to achieve our goal,” says Coes.
PSNE Editor Dave Robinson comments about Dante, AVB and the future of digital media networking.
Feb 14 - Dante Connects the Circles of Networking for Greater Connectivity - PSNEurope's Audio for Broadcast
Audio networking and general interconnection of systems has long been at the heart of TV and radio installations but in recent years these technologies have taken on even greater importance and significance with the introduction of databased file-transports, usually over fibre optic links.
The momentum behind AES67 continues with Audinate's decision to incorporate the standard into Dante. But what-if any-does this mean for AVB?
Ritz-Carlton Hotel group recently launched its latest luxury property, and first in Israel, taking the luxury hospitality in the Mediterranean to a new fascinating high. Bringing together rich blend of international expertise in structure and texture of the place, the newest Ritz-Carlton in the sea front town of Herzlia, north of Tel Aviv, seeks to redefine luxury hospitality that has synched a high degree of audio-visual systems. Playing central to the technology experience is Symetrix. An exclusive account from SIA
Jan 14 - Solutions: Toision D'or, Dijon-Installation of the Month - Twenty years after its inauguration, the Toison d'Or shopping centre needed work to maintain its position as the ultimate shopping destination in France's Burgundy region - Installation Magazine by James McGrath
"We chose Dante because it not only offers us simplicity when networking the different zones and managing various sources, but it also gives the possibility of future extension (with a wide range of products from different manufacturers) and provides a low-latency protocol for the Piano zone"
“The Dante network has been very stable, and the Yamaha CL consoles are very easy to set up and use with classic Yamaha reliability. I also appreciate the extra DCA’s, effects rack, and custom fader banks.”
Jan 14 - INSITE - From A to D - What's Happening with Digital Audio Networking? - Live Sound International by Gary Parks
Read a brief history of digital audio networking in live sound, how it was being used and how Dante is leading the way in the future.
Digital signal processing has already brought untold flexibility to a wealth of install applications. But with full-scale networking likely to become the default, could it be that an even more exciting era is just around the corner? Read how Symetrix and Dante are working together as DSP enters into the next phase of evolution.
Jan 14 - Norway's top universities equipped with Symetrix Solus processors - Audio Pro International by Adam Savage
“Generally speaking, the Radius 12x8 and Solus DSPs offer the processing power and versatility required for academic-type installations,” said André Dominic Schorr, AV senior consultant/programmer at Atea. “In most cases, we are talking about general purpose lecture room audio, streaming and sharing of content, and flexible routing to and from different lecture halls and teaching spaces. The Radius 12x8 and Solus 16 are entirely capable of handling such tasks, but there is no doubt that Dante networking affords even greater flexibility, so the level of interest in those solutions is definitely on the rise.”
The story of Audinate and its Dante audio networking implementation is one of the most interesting examples of pervseverence and focus in the industry. The evolution to an industry standard results from a clear vision of market needs and the ability to fulfill thoes necessities with practical implementation of converging technologies. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.
After almost 90 years of being ravaged by war, weather and economic down turn, the Capitol Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland, has been returned to its former glory after a 2 years of extensive renovation. Read how Yamaha, RedNet and Dante help make this classic structure into a extremely modern audio system.
This article is based on one of Audinate's must popular white papers which addresses the case for shifting from an analogue distribution to digital networking. The paper discusses the benefits of digital networking, limitation of products by other vendors, and the unsurpassed quality advantages that can be provided by Audinate’s Dante technology.
As the first phase of what is billed as the world's largest Focusrite RedNet audio network installation gets underway, the London College of Music has found itself at the forefront of the audio networking revolution and they're thrilled with its possibilities.
For Showtime Championship Boxing, the ULX-D receiver integration of Dante digital audio networking is a big highlight. “We initially overlooked the benefits of Dante, but now in speaking with Greg’s team about their gear use, we’ve learned how Dante has really eliminated a lot of headaches for them,” Barbuti continued. “Having reliable, low latency audio transport that can coexist safely on the same network as IT and control data has been a great way to simplify set up. Tim Arden, the show’s RF operator, works with Greg to distribute the ULX-D signals to FOH, monitors, press rooms, and more.”
Oct 13 - Focusrite RedNet Modular Ethernet - Networked Interface Series - Pro Audio Review by Rob Tavaglione
The efficiencies and workflows of networked audio systems have become expected necessities these days, so when a pro audio industry player like Focusrite enters the fray, I believe it’s a big deal. Through RedNet, Focusrite has combined digital audio hardware interfaces, proprietary software control and “audio over IP” networking via Audinate’s Dante solution and Dante Controller software.
Oct 13 - The State Of Modern Networking Solutions - Focusrite RedNet: A Case in Point - Pro Sound News By Phil Wagner
Phil Wagner president of Focusrite Audio Engineering’s US subsidiary Focusrite Novation talks about digital media networking, Dante and their very successful RedNet Modular Ethernet Networked Interface Series
The famed Park Avenue Tunnel in midtown Manhattan has been closed to pedestrians for nearly 180 years. Over three weekends this August that changed. A dramatic art installation took over and the city closed traffic for the first time to make way for “Voice Tunnel,” an incandescent, echoing and interactive art show from artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Sept 13 - Audinate's Dante - the local network that went global - CX Magazine-September 2013 by Jason Allen
Audinate's Dante protocol is dominating the world of networked audio, yet many people don't realize that the company is proudly Australian. Read the how a small start up spun out of a Government funded research project has become one of the most important digital media networking player in the market today.
Aug 13 - View From the Top - Making the Connection - An Interview with Lee Ellison - Pro Sound News August 2013
Pro Sound News interviews Audinate's CEO on topics ranging from how he got involved with Audinate, the evolution of Dante and where the company is going.
"With Dante being integral to the Yamaha CL Series, it allowed us to connect all of our systems to one central hub from which we could control everything. We needed a system which could cope with a high number of exchanges and the Dante network did exactly that. It made our lives significantly easier, even with a network that used over 2km of fibre optic."
Some 20 years ago my working life began as an IT & network administrator for a large university. Looking back I can appreciate the broad education provided by an environment that included equipment from just about every major vendor coupled with an expectation that it all should work together as a system
"Using the Dante controller software, the two BOB 88’s found one another and we configured the I/O matrix in about five-minutes. This was a much cleaner setup that was more than capable of managing the multiple audio lines that, otherwise, would have run across the floor.”
"We were considering new digital consoles for our rental stock and particularly for the Nordic World Ski Championships. After looking at both the digital mixers and audio networking currently on the market, we felt that the Yamaha CL series was the best for our needs," says Jam Session's Michele Garbari. "Dante can also manage extremely complex network situations which would require a much bigger investment using any other system."
Mar 13 - Sun Shines Bright on Ft. Pierce Theatre with Yamaha CL5 - Historic Theater Upgrades to Digital with the CL5 - Yamaha Commerical Audio Systems Website
Hatcher says he is running Dante networking in redundant mode. “I've also hooked my computer up to the CL to use Nuendo Live—purely awesome! This was one of the best decisions I've ever made, thanks to our executives and donors.”
Mar 13 - Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP Plays Ball at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena - Symetrix Website
"In what is perhaps the one of the nation’s first Dante radio broadcast digital backbone system in a professional sports arena, Greater Media installed three Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 processors with built-in Dante digital audio networking. The SymNet Radius 12x8s gather inputs from three strategic locations in the Wells Fargo Center and deliver them with full fidelity and near-zero latency to the station’s codec."
Mar 13 - Northwestern Michigan College installs RedNet - The first official installation of a RedNet system within the US occurred in January, 2013, at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), located in Traverse City, Michigan. - Focusrite Website
"The install was almost too easy. I installed the PCIe card in our Mac Pro tower myself, and it popped right in. Two of the RedNet 4 units and a RedNet 2 are setup in the studio. Once the connections were made, all of the RedNet elements ‘saw’ each other and the RedNet hardware inputs and outputs were selectable in Logic Pro, Studio One v2, and Pro Tools 10. The RedNet 4 mic inputs are controlled from the control room. The RedNet 2 gives us 16 outputs in the studio for headphones, studio speakers, talkback, re-amping guitar tracks, etc."
A candid article about the AV Networking Congress 2013 that recently took place in Amserdam
Ethernet-based audio interfaces seem set to be the next big thing in digital audio, and forward-looking manufacturers Focusrite are getting in on the ground floor.
Feb 13 - Yamaha Commercial Audio Provides Sound System for Concert Celebrating Company's 125th Anniversary - Elton John Headlines Star - Studded Event - Yamaha Commercial Audio Website
Three Yamaha CL5 digital consoles were used at front of house (one for the orchestra, one for the house band, and one for guest bands) for a total of 150 inputs, two CL5s were used at monitors, two DME64N digital mix engines were used for Dante Network Bridging and FOH speaker system processing, NXAMP4x4s for amplification with NX-DT104 Dante cards, NEXO RS18 and S118 subwoofers, NEXO PS10 speakers for front fill, NEXO 45N-12 stage monitors, LS600 and DXS15 subwoofers for drum mix subs, and, for flown for the first time in the U.S., the new NEXO STM line array used as FOH Mains.
Jan 13 - Automated Expertise - Affordable DSP and expert programming transforms a small church system - SVC January 2013 - Cynthia Wisehart
The core of the system is the Symetrix DSP. Dow is a Iongtime Symetrix user, but St. Lucy was his first opportunity to use the new SymNet. Radius 12x8, which had just come out; the system uses two Radius 12x8 connected via Dante. '"We'd originally spectfted the Express 8x8, but we were excited to use the Radius. With it's fixed I/O (12-lnI8-out). It falls at an accessible price point, so it lets us bring our programming approach to churches that need more affordable systems. It's more processing horsepower for less money and it also incorporates the Dante networking capabilities. The cost-per-power is so good," Dow says.
Interconnection, the New-Fashioned Way - FOCUSRITE’S REDNET PRO AUDIO NETWORKING SYSTEM - Pro Sound News Manufacturer’s View
Focusrite's latest in studio networking technology is called RedNet, who's core is based on Audinate’s Dante solution. RedNet provides wide-scale networking of audio signals using standard Ethernet architecture.
Oct 12 - First Yamaha CL5 Broadcast Installation Is Top Of El Hormiguero Yamaha Commercial Audio Website
"The new system had to be very fast to reconfigure and it was essential that the network is fully redundant. We achieved this by installing primary and secondary Dante networks throughout the building. Once it was set up, the system has already proved robust, very reliable and simple to manage with Dante Controller software.” Rafael Chorro, Videoreport’s chief technician on the project
The Dante card has also proven popular by facilitating the ability to do multi-track recording of services, rather than just stereo
Oct 12 - Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Processor Runs Hagmyren a Swedish Horse Racing Track - Symetrix Website
"The Dante bus used by the new SymNet Edge and SymNet Radius system is easy to set up and represents an excellent standard for installed, live, and broadcast audio.” Robert Nilsson of DAT AB
Oct 12 - Hornets New Nest - A new audio system is providing this historic football stadium with improved sound for match days and more.Installation, Oct 2012 by Tom Bradbury
"We have a nice touchscreen display that shows us all of the 20 zones, and Dante allows us to use one system for monitoring and control. There are no latency issues, no issues with bundles that you might have with Cobranet, and all in all, it’s a very simple network.”-Rowland Hemming RH Consulting
A network of over 500 channels of Audinate’s Dante provided interoperability between manufacturers’ systems at BC Place in Vancouver, where Peavey MediaMatrix NION DSP enabled the creation of custom control and confidence monitoring interfaces for the Lab.gruppen PLM amplifiers located in the catwalk.
Aug 12 - In It Together - Revitalized concert sound for Kenny Chesney. Live Sound International Aug 2012 by Gregory A. DeTogne
“Making us more efficient, high-performing, and adaptable is the fact that now we’re entirely digital before the preamps,” Mills explains. “I took everything this year to (Audinate) Dante.""In combination with the digital drive, the Dante transport made a stunning difference compared to last year. Everyone is blown away and asking what we did to change things so noticeably.”
"The CL Series is the first Yamaha console family to run natively using the Dante digital audio network protocol, with connections between Dante elements via Cat5e cable further reducing overall weight and truck space requirements."
Jul 12 - Technology Focus Is Audio Video Bridging the Next Big Thing? Lighting and Sound Internatiuonal by Richard Cadena
"Dante works with PCs or Macs, and it works with any network switch, while AVB requires an AVB switch"
"In addition to guaranteeing low latency, Dante provides more bells and whistles than AVB, like the virtual sound card that allows you to record in real time, redundant data transmission, and auto discovery of Dante devices on the network"
BlackBox recorder manufacturer JoeCo has commenced shipments of its new 64-channel BBR64-Dante recorder. Despite doubling its track count from 32 to 64, the BBR64-Dante recorder occupies just 1U of rack space.
"Millward selected an iLive-80 Control Surface and iDR10 modular MixRack fitted with a Dante Card for multitrack recording and virtual soundchecking because the production required a small, lightweight console for travel."Jun 12-Yamaha CL5 treble success at Royal Albert Hall
For the HTB conference, the event's FOH engineer Mark Sunderland took full advantage of the CL5's Dante recording facility, doing a multitrack recording at prior rehearsals with the HTB conference band. "We were also able to do Dante splits to the PM5D / DSP5D monitor board. I like to run a system digital all the way to the amplifiers and it allowed us to have no analogue splits on what was a very complex show. It worked absolutely faultlessly and the sound quality was excellent."
The system, designed by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) and installed by Parsons Electric, is powered by Lab Gruppen amplification and utilizes Lake Systems DSP to provide delay and processing via a Dante network controller and fiber-optic digital distribution network that streamlines control of audio and video throughout the entire venue.
“Dante is tremendously fast,” said Doug Windle, audio/video manager at Ace Audio. “Had we done the system with CobraNet, we’d have latency in the neighborhood of 3 to 5ms. With Dante, we’re down to 0.25ms, which is virtually unnoticeable. In addition, we have a lot of flexibility – once a signal is into a Dante-equipped piece, it can be routed anywhere without penalty.”
With the current proliferation of digital transport protocols and standards,interoperability seems to have made its way back onto the agenda. Chris Fitzsimmons asks if this time the namufacturing community is ready to play nice.
As with almost every other technology it seems, audio components are now being networked. Roland Hemming explains how to achieve nirvana.
The journey from a government-funded research group to one of the leading names in networking technology has been an award-winning and interesting one for Audinate. But what does the future hold?
Yamaha Commerical Audio Web SiteInspiring the science and technology professionals of the future is the purpose behind Ideen Expo, a nine day bi-annual event in Hannover, Germany, which seeks to stimulate young people with a wide range of ideas for their future education and careers. The 2011 event relied on a sophisticated and powerful Yamaha / Dante™ digital media networking system, designed to be set up and operated very simply.
Lighting & Sound America Oct 2011
Like many house-of-worship facilities with a strong media ministry, First Baptist Church, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was anxious to upgrade its audio system. With an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing console already in place, the church was interested in expanding the system's extensive capabilities in a way that would simplify training of its volunteer audio staff. John Williams, worship and media director for the church, engaged Entertainment Arts, an Orlando-based design and integration firm, to find and integrate a cost-effective solution.
Total Productions International October 2011 Issue 146
FOH Engineer Fabrizio Piazzini and Monitor Engineer Jamie Hickey chose two Allen & Heath iLive-R72 digital mixing systems for the performance, connected via Audinate’s Dante audio networking solution with a split to record multiple channels. Make sure to read the "Dante's Peak" paragraph.
Pro Sound News Europe September 2011 Written by Dave Davies
With a flurry of corporate-and technology-related announcements in recent months, Audinate seems to be going places. CEO Lee Ellison tells David Davies about educating OEMs and Dante’s future in the context of AVB
Aug 11: The Rise of the Media Network - Chris Fitzsimmons attempts to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in digital audio networking.
inAVate Magazine August 2011
“Dante is really a product name for Audinate’s high performance media networking system. Some confusion arises when people wrongly identify Dante as just a transport, but there really are many protocols, software and hardware components working together inside a Dante solution.” Aidan Williams, CTO Audinate.
Jun 11: Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Communications Systems Division announces OMNEO media networking technology at InfoComm 2011
From Bosch web site
OMNEO's program transport component is the result of a partnership between Bosch Communications Systems and Audinate Pty. OMNEO uses Audinate's Dante networking technology to provide standards-based, routable IP media transport.
From Lab.gruppen web site
Simon Gladstone, Technical Manager at SSE, said: “The main thing that we were trying to achieve was to integrate everything into one system, and use one fibre backbone for all of the subsystems that make up the PA returns. Obviously, at no point did we want it to give us less features or flexibility than we have been used to, and ultimately, we want the system to have a superior sound quality. Being able to use the Dante has enabled us to achieve one part of that, and obviously using the Dante has meant that we didn’t need to have 150m of copper inserted into the signal path and degrading the quality.”
Written by Rolling Hemming
As with almost every other technology it seems, audio components are now being networked. Roland Hemming explains how to achieve nirvana.
"The Dante I/Os also enabled us to daisy-chain the FOH left-and-right mix between all three LM 26 units, which then used those signals to derive their loudspeaker-specific signals," Weeks continued. "The enhanced sound quality from the main left and right loudspeaker arrays was a noticeable advantage, with improved converters, crossover filters and EQ sections."
“Dante is running via Cat5 to a host of Lab Gruppen PLM Dante-enabled amplifiers and provides house L/R, lip fills, and up to a half dozen monitor mixes in a typical weekend event,” states Trent Keeling Senior Design Consultant, Vice President of Operations, Advanced Audio. “We are also using Dante to provide clocking. The difference in audio quality is impressive and the improvement in latency is astounding. The Dante MY16-AUD card really makes the onboard FX processing in the M7CL console achieves the performance of higher-end outboard units.”
The heart of the system, with central control of all audio functions, is an Apple Mac Pro running Logic Studio software. Logic's main audio outputs are assigned to a Dante virtual soundcard and the audio is sent down the cable run using Audinate's Dante media networking protocol.
Jan 10: AV Produktion (Sweden) Dante-MY16-AUD vinner sitt första pris (Dante-MY16-AUD wins its first prize)
Written by Mikael Collin
Distributed worldwide by Yamaha Commercial Audio, the Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD networking card is so new that it has barely left the production line, yet it has already received its first industry award.
The Dante-MY16-AUD card is now shipping, offering seamless integration of the latest audio networking technology with a wide range of Yamaha digital audio products. And the new interface is already proving its worth to Britannia Row, one of the UK’s leading audio production companies, whether it’s in touring, festival or club systems.
The LM 26 will accept audio signals as analogue, AES digital, or via Audinate’s Dante digital audio network at 48 kHz and 96 kHz sampling rates.
Written by Richard Northwood
As it is now over ten years since the introduction of CobraNet to the audio community it seemed appropriate to review the current state of audio networking protocols and discover how much growing up has gone on in the last ten years.
NSCA University has approved the addition of Audinate's Audio Networking Course into its rapidly growing libaray of Partner Provider courses.
Dec 09: The International Buyer's Guide - Audio Consoles 2010 - Technology Snapshot: Digital Network & Transmission Protocols
Report by Stephen Bennett
Getting sound from one place to another is a lot more complicated than it sounds. Luckily, quite a few clever people have done the hard work for us, and there are now a good choice of systems and protocols for the digital journey. Stephen Bennett picks out the gems…
NSCA University has approved the addition of Audinate’s Dante Audio Networking Course into its rapidly growing library of Partner Provider courses, which are eligible for NSCA Learning Units (LUs) to apply toward NSCA’s Certificate of Completion Program (CCP) or recertification.
Aug 09: AV Magazine Dante is the new audio networking name on everybody’s lips. But why is Dante so hot?
Written By Christopher Holder
Shock, Horror… digital audio is now just like all the other data chugging around computer networks. Audio isn’t special anymore (sob). Yes, that’s right (are you sitting down?), any IT shmo can start configuring and managing an audio network in the same way as he or she might manage any other ethernet-based Internet Protocol (IP) network.
Aug 09: Prosoundweb.com - The Decision-Making Process In Growing A Regional Sound Reinforcement Company
Written by Shannon Dunn
For a regional sound company, as in any growing business with significant hardware costs, equipment purchases can really affect cash flow and strain the budget.
The challenge is to make smart choices and stay within a set budget without compromising quality - a course being navigated by Spider Ranch Productions Owner/Founder Alex Moran.
Presented by Ashesh Doshi
In response to an invitation from the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audinate gave a presentation to the AES LA section about Dante and AVB. The presentation was well-received, generating a lot of interest and questions from the audience. A write-up of Audinate's presentation can be found in the AES LA Section's August newsletter.
Another digital audio networking contender – Audinante’s Dante – arrived in full form at this year’s InfoComm, complete with heavy hitter partners like Bosch Communications, Yamaha and a couple of dozen other licensees.
Written by Jeff MacKay
One item of note were the announcements of Bosch and Yamaha Commercial Audio releasing products to support Audinate’s Dante networking protocol. “Dante” was a buzz word of the show.
Written by Editor
YAMAHA Commercial Audio Systems (YCAS) has announced a partnership with Audinate to create Dante compatible cards for its line of products, specifically the Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD card
AUDINATE has also announced its partnership with Bosch Communications Systems for a companywide license agreement to implement Dante audio networking solutions into their products
Written by Shannon Dunn
SUCCESS CAN SOMETIMES create its own challenges. For a regional sound company it can often mean buying more equipment to handle the needs of additional, bigger and more demanding clients…
…An added bonus to the Dolby Lake Processor was that it came with Dante – Audinate’s digital audio networking technology…
…The savings on the new setup has been a real relief for the tight budget. Considerable money – about $10,000 – was eliminated for items that would usually be allocated to connect analog amps to the system.
Written by Scott Wilkinson
As all electronic musicians know by now, digital audio has transformed nearly all aspects of modern music production. But one area remains largely analog: signal distribution within recording studios and live-performance venues… Several companies have developed various solutions to this problem…
… An Australian company called Audinate has thrown its hat into the ring…
Written by Steve Harvey
Digital media networking just got easy, according to technology developer Audinate – and it’s difficult to argue otherwise. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante is a plug-and-play solution for transporting digital multimedia that has already been licensed into more than two-dozen audio equipment brands.
Written by Dan Garcia
Setting up the Dante network was “undaunting” Luken reports. “All we did was turn the processors on and connect them…I think it took us longer to plug in the Cat 5 cables than it [Dante] did to configure the network”
Written by Mark Mayfield
Ten years ago, you would rarely see the words “AV” and “network” used in the same sentence, let alone linked together. Today, modern networking concepts and technologies are common in pro audio and AV applications…
… Dante is a new digital audio networking technology from Audinate that is compatible with standard lnternet Protocols (not just Ethernet) without compromising performance. Sample-accurate synchronization and low latency allows Dante to be used in live audio applications.
Written by Brent Harshbarger
Networking has been a source of frustration and confusion for pro AV professionals for decades. Fortunately, the International Organization of Standardization, more commonly referred to as ISO, created a framework…
… a newcomer to professional audio networking, Australia basedAudinate, has recently become the first professional audio networking technology to use UDP/IP technology over Ethernet with its product called Dante.