Dante Overview

A decade ago, we had an idea. Why can’t people use standard IT networks to transmit high quality media?

So we set out to do that, and much more.

Based on industry standards, Audinate created Dante, an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology, with near-zero latency and synchronization. Dante is the preferred audio networking solution that has been adopted by more pro-audio AV manufacturers than any other networking technology. Interoperability is not a dream of the future, but a reality today. Hundreds of Dante-enabled products are available from the world’s leading manufacturers, enabling you to mix devices from multiple manufacturers.

Economical and Versatile

One cable does it all. Dante does away with heavy, expensive analog or multicore cabling, replacing it with low-cost, easily-available CAT5e, CAT6, or fiber optic cable for a simple, lightweight, and economical solution. Dante integrates media and control for your entire system over a single, standard IP network.

Dante systems can easily scale from a simple pairing of a console to a computer, to large capacity networks running thousands of audio channels. Because Dante uses logical routes instead of physical point-to-point connections, the network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time with just a few mouse clicks.

Outstanding Quality

Since audio is transmitted digitally, you don’t have to worry about the common analogue challenges of interference from other electrical equipment, crosstalk between cables, or signal degradation over long cable runs.

Easy To Install

Setting up Dante networks couldn’t be easier. You no longer have to shudder when considering the deployment of an audio network. Even the most complex networks can be set up and configured quickly and easily with Dante, making system integration simple. Dante automatically handles the technical complexities for you.  

Signal routing and system configuration with Dante is fast, simple, and incredibly flexible. Dante Controller is a powerful software application that manages devices on the network. Setting up a Dante network is typically just a matter of plugging devices into an Ethernet switch and connecting a computer to the network. All Dante devices are automatically discovered and displayed in Dante Controller, so you can be up and running in seconds.

Easy to Use

With Dante Controller you can easily edit device names and channel labels, control sample rates, and set device latencies. There is no longer any need to remember device IDs or channel numbers. Instead, a single audio channel is referred to just like an email address: “leadVocal @ StageBoxSL or ”chairmans_mic @ conferenceroomA”. Set it and forget it. Once the network is configured, the computer running Dante Controller can be removed from the network, and reconnected only if changes are required or system monitoring is desired. Signal routing and other system settings are stored safely in the Dante devices themselves, so they are automatically restored if a device is power-cycled.

Network Health and Management

Real-time information about the health of your network is essential for a proper understanding of its performance. Audinate has developed a rich suite of diagnostic tools within Dante Controller, providing visibility into the network health status through features such as device latency monitoring, active clock health monitoring, packet error reporting, and bandwidth usage statistics.

Glitch-Free Redundancy

Many Dante-enabled devices support 'glitch–free' redundancy, enabling a secondary physical network to be provided, duplicating the audio traffic on the primary network. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.

Unicast or Multicast

Dante audio channels can be configured as unicast or multicast as appropriate, to make best use of available bandwidth. Unicast provides a direct point-to-point stream for unique channels; multicast sends an audio stream to multiple devices simultaneously.

Fully Integrated with Windows and Mac OS X

With Dante Virtual Soundcard, your computer becomes a Dante audio interface for multitrack recording and media playback, using the computer’s existing Ethernet port — no additional hardware is required.  Digital Audio Workstations, software-based media players, Skype, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and other applications are easily integrated into your network via Dante Virtual Soundcard.

Ask for the Dante. Dante is easy to integrate, easy to install, and easy to use.