Resources

Training and Tutorials

Dante Certification

Learn about Dante and promote your expertise with in-depth training offered both online and in-person.

Live Training

Dante AV Networking World and other training events are offered throughout the year.

Video Tutorials

Getting Started with Dante and Dante Controller 101 video series now available in addition to the Dante Certification videos.

Online Training

We currently offer several online courses that are approved for InfoComm RU credit.

Technical Documentation

Networks and Switches

Dante Basics for the IT crowd

Can I connect a Dante device directly to my computer?

Yes. Simply connect your Dante enabled devices to an Ethernet switch, using Cat5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable, and then connect your computer to the same switch.

If you have only one Dante-enabled device to connect to your computer, you may eliminate the switch and simply connect the two with a Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cable.

What type of Ethernet cable is recommended for Dante?

As most Dante devices support gigabit Ethernet, Cat5e or Cat6 cable is recommended. For purely 100Mbps networks, CAT5 may be used.

Does Dante work with Fiber Optic network cable?

Yes. Because Dante works with standards based networking technology, using fiber is simple. Use a switch that supports fiber connections to send Dante data over a fiber optic cable.

Whitepapers

AES67, Networked Audio, and the Impulse Towards Interoperability

AES67, Networked Audio, and the Impulse Towards InteroperabilityPro Sound News Europe provides an insight into the objectives, benefits and limitations of the AES67 AoIP networked audio standard

  • An overview of IP-based networking and where AES67 fits in
  • AES67 interoperability features, strengths and limitations
  • The elements required for successful networked audio
  • Dante and AES67

Implementing AoIP (Audio-over-IP) from an IT Manager’s Perspective

Implementing Audio-over-IP from an IT Manager’s PerspectiveReal-world lessons at the AoIP convergence of AV and IT in a mixed-use IT infrastructure.

IT managers increasingly expect AV systems to be integrated with enterprise data networks, but they may not be familiar with the specific requirements of audio-over-IP systems and common AV practices. Conversely, AV professionals may not know the concerns of IT managers or know how best to achieve their goals. This whitepaper helps both sides understand each other's needs when utilizing AoIP.

Audio Networking Trends 2016 - Global Survey Results

Audio Networking Trends 2016The largest annual audio networking survey results are in! Learn the trends from RH Consulting's latest survey

Audio professionals need to know what's happening in the industry in order to serve their clients and attract new ones. 

This 2016 independent survey from RH Consulting draws on audio professionals around the globe. It answers the questions - HOw fast is audio networking growing? Which audio networking protocols are being used, and why? The trends are clear for those wondering about the future of AVB, Cobranet, Dante, EtherSound and RAVENNA.

Download the whitepaper and find out!

Dante Digital Audio Networking Recalibrates Cost and Complexity

Dante Digital Audio Networking Recalibrates Cost and ComplexityDante has opened the door to a new world of custom-designed, feature-rich AV systems without the prohibitive costs.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Until recently, that was the reality faced by integrators, consultants and their customers who dared to dream of an audio system that offered high performance and versatility along with reasonable price, simple design and easy installation. But everything changed when Audinate launched Dante, its revolutionary audio networking solution.

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The Three Pillars of Audio Networking

Three Pillars of Audio Networking WhitepaperThe critical components of a complete, interoperable audio networking solution.

While there is much debate about different standards and protocols within audio networking, the reality is that it takes much more than just standards to create a truly usable, interoperable audio networking solution. This new whitepaper examines the three critical pillars of audio networking that sit on top of this foundation.

The Death of Analogue and the Rise of Audio Networking

The Death of Analogue and the Rise of Audio Networking Whitepaper

A "must read" from RH Consulting

A detailed examination of audio networking today, revealing growth rates and market forces that are rapidly leading to an industry-wide convergence.

Audio Networking Survey 2015

Audio Networking SurveyWorldwide survey reports bright future for audio networking.

In 2015, audio and AV consultancy RH Consulting carried out a survey on the use of audio networking and this was done in conjunction with four magazines - Systems Contractor News, Installation International, Pro Sound Asia and Pro Sound Middle East. The purpose of the survey was to try and find out how much audio networking is going on and what choices people are making.

Dante FAQs

Dante Software Support on Sierra (macOS version 10.12)

Audinate is in the process of validating Dante software on Sierra.

Dante Controller

The latest version of Dante Controller (v3.10.0.19 for macOS) has passed validation and is fully supported on macOS Sierra.

Dante Virtual Soundcard

The latest version of Dante Virtual Soundcard (v3.10.0.8 for macOS) has passed validation and is fully supported on macOS Sierra.

Dante Via

The latest version of Dante Via (v1.1.1.1 for macOS) has passed validation and is fully supported on macOS Sierra.

Dante PCIe Card Drivers

The current GA Dante PCIe card drivers for Focusrite and Yamaha cards for macOS are not currently supported on Sierra. Updated driver versions will be published individually by the manufacturers as soon as they become available.

The latest Audinate PCIe-R card driver for macOS does however support 10.12 Sierra. Note that you cannot use this driver for Focusrite or Yamaha cards.

  • This is likely to be caused by the input not being synchronous to Dante.  Either:
  1. Set the input source to clock to Dante (in most consoles this is a card slot option).
  2. Set Dante to slave to external word clock on this device (external being external to the Dante Network – it is not normally a visible cable).
  • EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet) is a technology that reduces switch power consumption during periods of low network traffic. It is also sometimes known as Green Ethernet and IEEE802.3az.

    Although power management should be negotiated automatically in switches that support EEE, it is a relatively new technology, and some switches do not perform the negotiation properly. This may cause EEE to be enabled in Dante networks when it is not appropriate, resulting in poor synchronisation performance and occasional dropouts.

  1. If you use managed switches, ensure that they allow EEE to be disabled. Make sure that EEE is disabled on all ports used for real-time Dante traffic.
  2. If you use unmanaged switches, do not use Ethernet switches that support the EEE function, because you cannot disable EEE operation in these switches.
  • Most of the time, you do not need to be involved in the Master Clock selection process. Dante guarantees that the Master Clock device will be by default the strongest candidate.
  • A Dante device with "Slave to External Word Clock" set will use the external word clock from its host equipment to tune its onboard VCXO. A Dante device with this attribute set will become the PTP Master Clock, unless there is another Dante device present with "Preferred Master" set.
  • Sometimes it may be necessary to force a particular device to provide the PTP Master Clock. A Dante device with "Preferred Master" set will always be chosen as the PTP Master Clock. If more than one device has "Preferred Master" set, the device with the lowest MAC address will be chosen.

 

As of July 2013, the Dante-MY16-AUD product box includes updated documentation. The Dante-MY16-AUD card itself is unchanged. As part of this update, we have changed the way you redeem the Dante Virtual Soundcard License bundled with your Dante-MY16-AUD purchase. 

If your product box contains a 'Download Your Software' card (like the one shown below) with a DVS token label on it, you can redeem the DVS token for a Dante Virtual Soundcard license ID here: Redeem DVS Token

As of this date, we no longer record or track the serial numbers of the Dante-MY16-AUD cards.  If the card above was missing from your product box, or if you have misplaced the card, we do not track which DVS Tokens were included in each Dante-MY16-AUD product box.  Yamaha provides exclusive distribution and support for the Dante-MY16-AUD card. Support information can be accessed by contacting your authorized Yamaha Pro Audio Dealer. 

If your product box contains a DVD like the one shown below (and no 'Download Your Software' card), you will need to contact support (see below).

To proceed, you will need to know your Dante-MY16-AUD card serial number.  You can find your Dante-MY16-AUD serial number:

  • On a label on your Dante-MY16-AUD card
  • On a label on your Dante-MY16-AUD original packaging

You can submit your serial number using the form at the bottom of the Dante Software Support page (be sure to select 'Licensing & Registration' as the Case Reason).

  • Check that the Dante Virtual Soundcard is turned on.
  • Check that the network interfaces being used by Dante Virtual Soundcard are the correct ones.
  • Check the IP address settings of Dante Virtual Soundcard.

 

  • Check that the network cable is plugged in securely and that the activity lights are flashing rapidly.
  • Check that the correct network interfaces are selected.
  • Check that your network interfaces have the correct IP addresses (set to acquire IP address automatically).
  • If there are two different wired network interfaces on your computer, ensure that they are in different subnets – or disable the unused network interface.
  • Check that you have no firewall active – please see the Dante controller user guide for details of how to safely configure a firewall for use in a deployed network.
  • Check that you have no antivirus software active (Dante uses 'unusual' port addresses, due to the 'usual' port addresses already being used by other common applications) – you will need to configure your antivirus software to allow the full function of Dante.

Yes, the latest versions of Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard operate on Macs running OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Dante Controller requires Java on OS X. Java is installed automatically with OS X 10.7 and 10.8, but not with OS X 10.9 or 10.10.
If Java is not present when Dante Controller is first started, your machine should automatically install Java. If for some reason this does not occur automatically, please visit www.audinate.com/dc-macosx-java.

Go to the Dante Controller page for a link to the latest version.

Yes, the latest versions of Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante Controller operate on Macs running OS X 10.10 Yosemite. 

Go to the Dante Virtual Soundcard page for a link to the latest version.

Audinate has completed the process of validating Dante software on OS X 10.11. The following Dante software applications are compatible with OS X 10.11:

  • Dante Controller v3.6.2.4
  • Dante Virtual Soundcard v3.7.4.3
  • Dante Firmware Update Manager v1.4.16.6
  • The latest Dante PCIe card drivers for OS X

Yes, Dante Controller has been fully validated on Windows 10.

Yes, Dante Virtual Soundcard has been fully validated on Windows 10.

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