The KT-DANTE64 network module provides Audinate Dante compatibility for the KLARK TEKNIK DN9650 and DN9652 Network Bridges, and features up to 64 or 32 bidirectional channels at 48 kHz or 96 kHz respectively. KT-DANTE64 offers high performance direct-to-computer audio recording, flexible routing and true Plug and Play technology with low latency, low jitter and sub-microsecond synchronisation. Dante is Internet Protocol (IP) compliant which allows operation over conventional Ethernet networks running on off -the-shelf computer networking hardware, and does not require dedicated network infrastructure.
Dante’s Zero configuration protocol allows Dante-enabled devices to identify and configure themselves automatically when connected to a network. Dante-enabled devices discover one another over the network and learn each other’s capabilities, including the number of input and output channels, sample rates and bit depths supported. A Dante-enabled device connected to a network will also automatically setup its own network configuration.
KT-DANTE64 is electrically and mechanically compatible with the industry standard Cirrus CM-1 format.
Dante Virtual Soundcard
Dante Virtual Soundcard allows the direct connection of a computer for recording, processing and playback using any audio application and any combination of Dante-enabled devices. Dante Virtual Soundcard uses a standard Ethernet port, so no additional audio interface hardware is required. Dante Virtual Soundcard enables audio routing to different destinations and devices for up to 64 channels of uncompressed bidirectional audio. Dante Virtual Soundcard is ideally suited for virtual soundchecks, and live playback and recording applications.
Dante Virtual Soundcard is available for Windows and Mac OS X and licenses can be purchased directly from the Audinate web site.
KT-DANTE64 features both Primary and Secondary interfaces for operation in dual redundant Dante networks. LED indicators are provided to indicate network activity and speed.
Precision Time Protocol
A network of Dante devices uses the IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) to synchronise their local clocks. A Dante device can be either a PTP Master clock or a PTP Slave clock. At least one device on a Dante network needs to operate as a PTP Master clock. Each Dante hardware device can derive its clock from either its high-quality onboard clock circuit, or an externally connected word clock. In the case of Dante Virtual Soundcard, the computer’s clock will be used. A Dante device with ’Slave to External Word Clock’ in Dante Controller set will become the PTP Master Clock, unless there is another Dante device present with “Preferred Master” set.
The KT-DANTE64 network module supports ’Slave to External Word Clock’ and can synchronise to one of the available external clock sources in either the DN9650 or DN9652 host unit.
Dante Controller Software
Dante Controller is a free software application available from the Audinate web site that enables device configuration and audio routing on a Dante network. It provides essential device status information and powerful real-time network monitoring, including device-level latency and clock stability statics, multicast bandwidth usage and customised event logging, enabling the quick identification and resolution of any potential network issues. Dante Controller allows the backup, restore, move, and reuse of Dante network configurations using Presets, and the editing of Dante routing configurations offline.
Dante Controller is available for Windows and Mac OS X.