As an audio engineer working heavily in the performing arts such as music, theatre, and dance, Dante has quickly become an integral component of my work. Many of the venues I work in are outfitted with at least some component of Dante hardware already. In my recording studio, and with my company’s live sound equipment, I am also migrating to Dante-enabled products to maximize capabilities, efficiency, and compatibility with other venues’ equipment. Audinate has provided an effective bridge in digital technology between various manufacturers’ hardware.
Priced at $49.95, Dante Via has opened the doors for smaller venues, organizations, freelancers, schools and churches to be able to step foot in the world of Dante without obtaining expensive expansion cards or interfaces. Dante Via enables computers to work as a virtual sound card handling multiple devices via USB, Thunderbolt, or FireWire, connecting them by way of one Ethernet connection. Dante Via software allows the linking, for example, of studio computers in a classroom; overflow rooms for services or events; boardroom technology to attendees and moderators; and broadcasting or on-location recording devices. Importantly, Via allows interfacing existing Dante-enabled hardware together to expand system capabilities.
Dante is quite simply a stable and common protocol network that requires little networking knowledge to get connected. Dante-enabled controllers, such as the Yamaha CL5, house all digital patching and controls on board the console as opposed to requiring an outboard controller. The flexibility, efficiency and cost-effective cabling are why I personally use Dante products for all my major live sound events. It’s also why I am upfitting my recording studio to match it. I am also in the process of networking studio computers for my students in the Music Production class I teach to expand the functionality of our classroom. Stay tuned to PSN for full reports on my continued implementation of Dante-enabled gear in a wide range of settings.
Liz May is a live sound mixer, producer/engineer, educator and schooled pianist with wide-ranging experience in music theory, technology, publicity and arts/non-profit management fields. twitter.com/soundlizzard