Audinate’s Dante Via now available

Audinate, creator of the media networking technology Dante, has announced the immediate worldwide availability of its new Dante Via software.

Dante Via connects any audio application or device from your computer to a Dante network. Dante Via enables USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt devices — including microphones, legacy mixing consoles or I/O boxes — to join any Dante audio network. The new software also allows a Dante network to be created without the need for dedicated Dante hardware, providing a straightforward approach to routing audio using only computers. Sporting a ‘drag and drop’-style interface, Dante Via offers rapid discovery and simple connection of devices and applications.

Dante Via allows integrators, engineers and end-users to create and extend audio systems using cost-effective computer based networked I/O to virtually anywhere, according to Audinate. For example, a computer running Dante Via can be used by a corporate facility, school or house of worship to distribute audio to an overflow room.

Plus, with its ability to network software applications, Dante Via promises an easy solution for commonly-used applications, such as media players, to be individually played out across a public facility. The software isolates audio from one application, eliminating the system sounds from a computer’s general audio-out jack. A hotel, bar or restaurant might use Dante Via installed on a computer at the registration desk to route background music used in the lobby and other areas.

“The culture of Audinate has always been centred on inventing products that facilitate networked convergence, and Dante Via is the latest ground-breaking solution,” stated Lee Ellison, chief executive officer of Audinate. “Dante Via is the bridge from analogue to digital that makes networking the millions of legacy USB, Firewire and Thunderbolt devices literally as easy as ‘drag and drop’.”

Dante Via runs on PCs running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, and Macs using OS X10.9.5 or higher. It supports up to a total of 48 source and 48 destination channels, and stereo I/O for as many as eight simultaneous applications.