MPS Digs Into Dante

Microsoft Production Studios (MPS), reportedly the largest full-service HD and 4K production facility in the Pacific Northwest, has adopted Audinate’s Dante networking for its content streaming, broadcast and communications needs.
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Portland, OR (September 11, 2014)—Microsoft Production Studios (MPS), reportedly the largest full-service HD and 4K production facility in the Pacific Northwest, has adopted Audinate’s Dante networking for its content streaming, broadcast and communications needs.

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“The transition to a Dante audio-over-IP environment just keeps generating steam, and I don’t see any end in sight,” said John L. Ball, systems engineer at Microsoft Production Studios, which houses three sound stages, three audio rooms and numerous editing suites. “It’s turned into a situation where it’s about who can think of the next cool idea on how Dante can transform and simplify our production while maintaining tight synchronization, and ultra-low latency to reduce the time and complexity for setting up the gear and sessions. We’re working toward a total networked environment for audio, communications and eventually video. Dante is core to making this easy by making every step a significant timesaver in setup, integration and network programming.”

Dante was initially installed to support in-store audio experience at Microsoft retail stores. Ball uses the software based Dante Virtual Soundcard to stream audio to a Symetrix Edge router, enabling playout of unique audio channels from PCs across multiple retail zones.

MPS then upgraded its RTS ADAM intercom systems, which are integrated with Dante, ensuring production teams can reliably move audio between the studio and any remote location. Microsoft expanded the system with a multi-vendor interoperable Dante solution including RTS Intercom, Shure ULX-D microphones and Yamaha CL5 mixing consoles. The system was then extended by integrating Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge units to an existing Grass Valley Miranda audio/video router.

Ball recently purchased Dante-enabled Studio Technologies Model 215 Announcer’s Consoles to control and distribute live programs in multiple languages simultaneously. His first project with the Model 215 units supported an Xbox Live broadcast from a gaming event in Germany, monitoring feeds over the Dante network and streaming the program in English, German, Italian, French and two Spanish dialects.

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