Ethernet and IP connectivity developer Audinate has upgraded its software for routing multiple channels of computer audio. Version 1.1 of Dante Via offers new features including support of up to 16x16 channels for each application; capability for high performance ASIO drivers on Windows-based systems; the ability to mix sources with individual level control; and a Device Lock to stop unauthorised changes.
Since introducing Dante in 2003 as a way to transport audio over Ethernet, Audinate has produced a number of variations on its core system. The first version of Dante Via appeared in November 2015 and moved away from the manufacturer's previous software/hardware approach. Dante Via is fully software-based, with the intention of connecting any audio device or application to a Dante network through a computer.
In this way it is possible to connect microphones, mixing consoles, I/O units and other units to a network by using USB, Firewire, PCIe or Thunderbolt devices instead of proprietary Dante hardware. At the time of launching the new system Audinate said it was giving systems integrators, engineers and other users the ability to create audio installations based on lower cost IT equipment.
Among the original features of Dante Via are the automatic discovery of audio devices and apps connected to a network, in addition of Dante endpoints. All this can be achieved by using the system's drag-and-drop interface. Version 1.1 adds to this functionality by supporting ASIO-capable units running on Windows, along with full multi-channel operation, level control on source mixes and the ability to direct channels for sending to multiple channel destinations.
A new Mixer panel has been added so that levels can be adjusted on multiple sources, which are then combined at stereo destinations. The automatic Append Channels feature can be used to assign a source to whatever channel is available. This is designed for routing to multiple destinations, including digital audio workstations and mixing consoles.
As part of its higher channel count, Dante Via can handle up to 16x16 audio channels for every application plus a total of 32x32 for each device connected to the network. All this can be accommodated within one computer or shared over a number of networked computers. Because of this greater networking capability Audinate has introduced a new security feature called Device Lock. This means unauthorised users can be blocked from making changes to a project.
Commenting on the introduction of version 1.1, Joshua Rush, vice president of marketing and product at Audiante, said, "Dante Via has changed the way integrators, sound engineers and consumers use computer-based audio devices and programs. With support for multi-channel audio applications and ASIO devices, the latest version unlocks a host of new possibilities for computer-based audio."
Dante Via 1.1 is available to current users of Via as a free downloadable upgrade.
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