InfoComm: Audinate announces Dante Via

Audinate started this year’s InfoComm with a bang, announcing its 150th Dante licensee, Kramer Electronics, as well as the launched of its new Dante Via technology.

According to the company, Via transforms Macs and PCs into networked I/O devices, allowing you to build a complete, standalone audio system of networked PCs without the need for any dedicated Dante-enabled hardware to be present on the network. In essence, any computer instantly becomes a networked audio I/O device.

“Audinate’s mission is to revolutionize the way AV systems are connected to allow people to thrive in a networked world”, stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. ”Dante Via is another example of Audinate pioneering innovation, driving the convergence of audio with an IT world. Dante Via naturally complements the vast ecosystem of Dante-enabled products developed by our 150 OEMs.”

Via can be used to create a flexible audio bridge for a computer to connect with legacy USB, FireWire, and Thunderbolt audio interfaces and transform them into networked devices. Without the need for additional hardware, Dante Via transmits and receives professional quality audio via your Ethernet port to and from such endpoints.

Via can also be used to distribute or loopback audio via the network from any application such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic, Reaper, or even Skype.

“Dante Via opens up endless imaginative use cases,” said Gary Southwell, Audinate’s Vice President of Product Management. “Audio from USB microphones, or any audio interface, can be routed to other rooms in the building. Dante Via extends networked audio from facilities like classrooms, houses of worship, conference rooms, to overflow rooms. You can even monitor individual streams from the network for music instruction and audio system setup applications.”

Dante Via will be commercially available in Q4 2014. If you’re at InfoComm stop by the Audinate booth C11929.