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General Specification

What is difference between Dante-MY16-AUD and Dante-MY16-AUD2?

The following functions have been added to Dante-MY16-AUD2

  • 44.1 and 88.2kHz sample rates
  • Sample rate pull-up/down
  • 16/32 sample bit-depth
  • Daisy chaining
  • Device Lock

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How many audio channels can you send on a single 1Gbit/s link?

512 x 512 48kHz/24bit audio channels can be sent over a single 1Gbit/s link, giving a total of 1024 bi-directional channels. For 96kHz 24bit audio the channel capacity is halved.

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Does Dante support 44.1/88.2kHz sample rate?

Dante technology itself supports any popular sample rate including 44.1/88.2kHz.
However, Dante-MY16-AUD card and Dante Virtual Soundcard can operate with only 48/96kHz

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What is the lowest latency that can be achieved between two network audio nodes?

In principle the lowest latency between two nodes connected directly using Gigabit Ethernet is achieved if a single audio sample is collected and then transmitted in its own IP packet. Dante latency has been measured as low as 83.3µs for a gigabit implementation. The Dante-MY16-AUD card supports 150µs latency.

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Is the latency the same between all devices for the whole system?

Latency can be configured to be different between different devices in the same network, and does not have to be the same for all connections on the network. Dante allows you to configure low latency connections for critical audio paths, while at the same time running higher latency connections for a broadcast or recording feed where latency is less critical.

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What do I need to set up a Dante network?

To set up a Dante network simply connect your Dante-enabled equipment together using standard Ethernet cables (e.g., CAT5e or CAT6) and off-the-shelf Ethernet switches. A PC or Mac running Dante Controller is connected to this network and used to monitor the network and set up audio routes.

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If I am running Dante-enabled devices over my office Local Area Network and I save a big file from my PC to a network drive, is the audio interrupted?

The audio will not be interrupted provided that the Ethernet switches in your network supports QoS features that are required for Voice over IP (VoIP) applications.

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What kind of network switch should I use to operate the network comfortably?

Dante uses standard Voice over IP (VoIP) Quality of Service (QoS) switch features, to prioritize clock sync and audio traffic over other network traffic. QoS is available in many inexpensive and enterprise Ethernet switches. Any switch which supports Diffserv (DSCP) QoS with strict priority, Quality of Service (QoS) with 4 queues, and has Gigabit ports for inter-switch connections should be appropriate for use with Dante.

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Can Dante operate over a Wi-Fi network?

As Dante technology is IP based it can in principle operate over both wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks. However, Wi-Fi networks are broadcast networks and as such are prone to problems with collisions, interference and multiple paths, leading to variable latencies. As a result, Dante can only operate over Wi-Fi networks if the number of channels is severely restricted and audio latency is made very large. We do not recommend its use.

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Just after booting up PC or plugging Ethernet cable, Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard does not work correctly. Why?

If the network adapter is configured to "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" on Windows PC and there is no DHCP server in a network, it takes about a minute or less to assign IP address autonomously after trying to obtain address from a DHCP server. Please wait until network connection is established.
Of course, if a DHCP server is present in a network, connection should be established in several seconds.

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How should I choose the Word Clock Master in a system which consits of devices with Dante-MY16-AUD cards?

First, you have to decide which policy the your system has.
A: A whole system follows Dante Network's Word Clock.
B: A whole system follows internal clock of a Yamaha device which equips Dante-MY16-AUD cards or external Word Clock generator.

If you choose "A", please configure the Word Clock setting of all Yamaha devices to synchronize with the slot in which Dante-MY16-AUD card is inserted.
If you choose "B", please tick "Slave to External Word Clock" in Dante Controller for the card which is inserted in the Word Clock master device.

Please refer Dante-MY16-AUD User Guides for more detailed information.

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Dante Controller

What does "Sync To External" in Dante Controller work for?

Please activate it when you need to make all Dante-MY16-AUD cards follow master Word Clock generated by a Yamaha device or an external Word Clock generator device. When a card is configured to "Sync To External", it becomes a "Grand Master" of Dante Network. Only one card must be activated in a Dante Network.

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What does "PreferredMaster" in Dante Controller work for?

Usually, Word Clock master is determined automatically in a Dante Network. Only if you want to designate a card which should be a master, please tick "PreferredMaster" checkbox. Multiple cards can be activated and then they become "candidate" of Word Clock master. Word Clock master is determined automatically.

Please refer Dante-MY16-AUD User Guides for more detailed information.

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Dante Virtual Soundcard

What operating systems are supported with Dante Virtual Soundcard?

Dante Virtual Soundcard is supported on Windows and Mac OS X.
Please refer to the latest information in the Web Site of Audinate.

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What are the minimum system requirements for Dante Virtual Soundcard?

Processor: Dual core CPU
Memory: 1 Gigabyte of RAM
Network interface: Standard wired Ethernet, 100Mbps or higher. A Gigabit (1000Mbps) interface is strongly recommended. Especially, a Gigabit is necessary for use with channel counts above 32x32 @48kHz.
Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) interfaces are not supported.
Storage/Disk: Multi track audio recording places high demands upon data transfer rates. Disk speeds of at least 7200rpm are strongly recommended when recording 16 or more channels of audio. For example, recording 64 tracks @48kHz 24bit requires 32 Giga Byte storage capacity. Please prepare enough free space before recording.

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How do I get a copy of the Dante Virtual Soundcard?

Dante Virtual Soundcard may be purchased directly from our online store. Note: A single license of Dante Virtual Soundcard is also included with Audinate's Dante-MY16-AUD card for use in Yamaha equipment. Yamaha is the exclusive distributor for sales and support of the Dante-MY16-AUD card. Please contact your Yamaha Dealer for details.

You can choose the most appropriate license style for your purpose from
- 14 Day Free Trial License ( Only once for single PC )
- 7 Day License
- 30 Day License
- Permanent License

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What audio applications are supported by Dante Virtual Soundcard?

Windows: any audio application that supports the ASIO interface. This includes virtually all professional level audio workstations such as Nuendo, Cubase, Reaper and many others. Note: many consumer level audio applications such as Windows Media Player do not use ASIO and are thus not supported by Dante Virtual Soundcard.

Macintosh: any audio application that supports the Core Audio interface. This includes all professional level audio workstations such as Logic and Cubase as well as all consumer level applications such as iTunes and Garage Band.

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Can the Dante Virtual Soundcard be used to send audio data from one computer to another?

Yes. However, Dante Virtual Soundcard requires that at least one other hardware based Dante-enabled device be on the network for clocking. This would work with any of our OEMs partners Dante enable products that are available today.

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Can I install a single licensed copy of Dante Virtual Soundcard on all my computers?

No. Dante Virtual Soundcard is licensed to one machine per license and thus is "licensed" to the machine upon which it is registered. In addition, only one copy is admitted for backup and archive purpose. More additional licenses can be purchased on the Audinate Store (

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How many channels of audio are supported by Dante Virtual Soundcard?

You can set Dante Virtual Soundcard to provide the following channel representations:
48x48(Available only in Mac)

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What sample rates are supported by Dante Virtual Soundcard?

Dante Virtual Soundcard allows you to select either 48 kHz or 96 kHz sample rates.

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How do I get the best performance from Dante Virtual Soundcard and my audio application?

1.Make certain that your network is using good quality components and is running Gigabit throughout
2.Use the highest latency value that you can for your situation
3.Direct recording data to a non-system hard drive if possible
4.Disable all non-essential options for your Network Interface from device Properties in Windows Device Manager
5.Disable any unused network interfaces
6.Quit any unnecessary applications or services you may have running

Windows users are strongly advised to read the recommendations for audio performance optimization in the "Windows Performance Tuning" document that can be downloaded from

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Do I need to start Dante Virtual Soundcard each time I wish to use it?

No. It is not necessary to turn Dante Virtual Soundcard off when you power off your computer. The Dante Virtual Soundcard application acts like control panel, allowing the user to configure and enable the software. Dante Virtual Soundcard will show up as a soundcard in your audio settings. Once the application window is closed, Dante Virtual Soundcard continues to function and be available, even if the computer is restarted.

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What are some of the best practices for Dante Virtual Soundcard?

When using Dante Virtual Soundcard observe the following guidelines:

1.Make certain that Dante Virtual Soundcard is turned ON before starting your audio application (e.g. Nuendo, Logic, etc). Remember, Dante Virtual Soundcard is virtual hardware and the audio application needs to know that it is there as it starts.
2.Close your projects and your audio applications before stopping Dante Virtual Soundcard.
3.Dante Virtual Soundcard settings cannot be changed while Dante Virtual Soundcard is running. Be sure to close your audio applications and disable Dante Virtual Soundcard before making changes.
4.Configure your computer to provide good performance for audio applications as per recommendations above.

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HA Remote

I want to control the head amp settings of the Rio units from non-CL console such as M7CL and LS9. How can I setup those equipments?

  • 1. Insert a Dante-MY16-AUD to the Mini-YGDAI slot of the mixing console and connect them using Ethernet cables and switches.
  • 2. Set the DIP switch on the front panel of Rio to AD8HR mode.
  • 3. Set the UNIT ID of Rio, which must be unique in the single network. (Please refer the Owner's Manual for Rio)
  • 4. Set the HA Remote Bridging Mode properly using Dante Controller V3.2.9 or later.
  • 5. Set the communication port setting for HA REMOTE in the console side, if necessary.

Then, Rio3224-D will be shown up as 4 units of AD8HR in the console screen. (Rio1608-D:2 units of AD8HR)

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What kind of cable should be used to connect between the serial port of Dante-MY16-AUD and the HA REMOTE port of mixing console or AD8HR unit?

Please use a straight through serial cable with D-Sub 9pin, male-to-female connector. If you cannot get such type of cable, using female-to-female cable + gender changer is another option.

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The HA devices cannot be recognized by the mixing console at all. No device is shown up in the screen. What should I check?

  • Have you updated Dante-MY16-AUD firmware and Dante Controller? Firmware V3.3.9 or later and Dante Controller V3.2.9 or later are required.
  • (When connecting with serial cable:) Please make sure the cable is straight through type.
  • (When controlling via Mini-YGDAI slot:) Please make sure the Dante-MY16-AUD is inserted into the SLOT 1. The other slots cannot forward HA REMOTE control data.
  • Have you configured the HA Remote Bridging mode of the Dante-MY16-AUD properly?

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Can multiple controllers (i.e. mixing consoles) share one HA device and control it simultaneously?

No. Only one controller can control one HA device.

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