Network Audio supports high-quality, multi-channel audio with low latency and integrates with existing IT infrastructures, making it a versatile solution for audio applications. Standards like Dante and AES67 enhance its interoperability, allowing seamless equipment integration from different manufacturers.
The Dante Protocol, developed by Audinate, transmits uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet. Widely used in professional audio, Dante delivers high-quality audio with minimal latency, essential in environments where sound synchronisation is critical. Its scalability ranges from small to large networks, supporting numerous audio channels. Dante uses standard Ethernet networks, reducing the need for specialized equipment and cabling. It also features user-friendly software tools for easy network management and is compatible with a wide range of audio devices due to Audinate's licensing program.
Dante has recently seen a surge in adoption in recording studios due to its ease of use and minimal latency. Brands like Apogee, Antelope, RME, Burl, Lynx and Ferrofish, all provide great Dante Interfaces.
AES67, developed by the Audio Engineering Society, focuses on interoperability between audio-over-IP systems. It sets minimum requirements for real-time, high-performance audio transmission over IP networks. AES67 ensures that different audio networking systems can exchange audio streams with different protocols. This standard is crucial in complex installations like broadcast facilities and recording studios, where different audio technologies must work together seamlessly. AES67 has been instrumental in enhancing integration and interoperability in the audio industry.
Merging Technologies has used the AES67/Ravenna protocol for their interfaces.Back to top.