Dante Audio Card

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This chapter describes the optional Dante audio card from Audinate which provides a maximum of 256 uncompressed, digital audio channels to be used in Pandoras Box. For other input or output boards, please see the introductory chapter.

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Dante distributes high-quality, low-latency media signals with perfect synchronization over existing IT data networks. Dante is a scalable, reliable and easy to use media network solution. Dante has become the de facto standard for media networking and digital audio over IP. Dante does not require dedicated network infrastructure and runs on off-the-shelf computer networking hardware. The card is compatible with all Dante-enabled audio equipment over standard IP/Ethernet network

With the Dante audio card you can transmit a maximum of 256 redundant audio channels: 128 input and 128 output channels with a sample rate of 44.1, 48kHz, 88.2, or 96KHz. If you set up a sample rate of 176.4 or 192kHz, you can still use 64 redundant input and 64 output channels. The sample bit depth is 24 bit PCM.

The card can act as a Dante Master that is necessary to unlock the Dante functionality per se, generate a clock and sync the signals. The "Dante Controller" software can be used to assign the Master functionality, route signals, match sample rates for sources and outputs, etc.

The audio interface presents as standard ASIO sound card. In Pandoras Box, you can setup the card in the Configuration tab. Please see the chapter "ASIO Audio" for more information.

The Dante audio card provides two distinct network connections, a "Primary" and a "Secondary" (each 1Gbps, Ethernet RJ45 connectors) which are Redundancy ports offering failover functionality. The card features Audinate's patented Glitch Free redundancy and ultra-low latency with sub-microsecond synchronization. Audio continues uninterrupted in the event of a primary network connectivity issue.​