When it comes to digital audio networking, Audinate’s Dante is among the leading solutions for live audio, broadcasting and installations. Dante works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethernet standards and offers hundreds of channels of high-quality audio. “This is what makes Dante so attractive for us,” says Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. “With the extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers now can easily integrate our best wireless microphone system into a Dante network and benefit from its exceptional sound.”
The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 eight-channel receiver. Internally, the card features sixteen audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante network. Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to establish two redundant network circuits or daisy-chain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits.
Among the first users of the EM 9046 DAN Dante card is tpc technology and production center switzerland ag. The EM 9046 DAN will be available from mid-October.
New Wireless Systems Manager software
Sennheiser will also adapt its Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante card. The new version 4.2 will also be available from October and will allow users to listen to and monitor the EM 9046’s Dante audio streams from any point in the network.
Dante is already the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 155 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet networking standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.