First steps with Dante
In this article we will guide you through the first steps in Dante routing. As an example, we use a Virtual Soundcard (or a mixing board) and route to KLANG:fabrik (or KLANG:vier) and the 3D in-ear mixes to KLANG:quelle headphone amp.
What you need
- PC/Mac with Dante Controller (DC)
- Either Dante-enabled mixing board or PC/Mac with Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS)
- KLANG:fabrik or KLANG:vier – 3D in-ear monitoring processor
- [optional – KLANG:quelle Dante headphone amplifier]
Step 1: Connect Devices to Network
If you connect a Dante-enabled mixing board, make sure to also connect your PC/Mac running the Dante Controller to the network. If you don’t have a mixing console at your fingertips, you can also use and configure KLANG equipment with the Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS). The DVS allows you to send and receive audio with your computer. With DVS, your computer can be routed with the Dante Controller just like any other Dante equipment.
– If you are unsure about the network switch setting of KLANG:fabrik or KLANG:vier connect your computer running the Dante controller to the Dante port and set the switch configuration mode to “Switch attached Control” to start. Read more on how to change modes and on what mode is most suitable for your setup… –
Step 2: Open Dante Controller
Open the Dante Controller on your PC/MAC and navigate to the Routing tab. Before starting to route audio streams let’s make sure that all devices are configured correctly.
Step 3: Set Sampling Rate and Latency
Use the same sampling rate for all Dante devices that you want to connect with Dante audio streams. Choose the lowest latency available if you have a good Gigabit network connection. Choose higher latency if you feel your network cannot handle the traffic. It is highly recommended to optimize the network and choose the lowest latency possible.
Step 4: Route Audio to KLANG:fabrik
To route audio, click on the square at the crossing. In the screenshot this is the position of the green check mark icon. You will notice that a blank square will turn to yellow first and then quickly to green if routing was successful. A red icon signals a problem. Hover your mouse over the icon to get more information on the problem.
If your routing is ‘diagonal’ (Ch. 1 to 1, 2 to 2 etc.) you can also press the ctrl key and click on the minus checkbox between transmitter and receiver.
–Please note that the number in brackets is increasing and counting the physical channels, where as the label before the brackets uses a similar labeling than on the devices or in the KLANG:app. L stands for left, and R stands for right channel, respectively–
Step 5: Route Mixes from KLANG:fabrik to KLANG:quelle
In Dante Controller navigate to the Routing screen. In the first example we route the first 3D in-ear mix of KLANG:fabrik (User 1 left “Out 1 – L (1)” and User 1 right “Out 1 – R (2)”) to all four outputs of KLANG:quelle. Expand the KLANG:fabrik channels in the top view (Dante Transmitters, click on the + sign). Expand the channels of KLANG:quelle on the right view (Dante Receivers). KLANG:quelle’s output 1 left: Out 1 – L (1) will receive KLANG:fabrik’s Out 1 – L (1) and KLANG:quelle’s right: Out 1 – R (2) will receive KLANG:fabrik’s Out 1 – R (2).
Download the preset to this first example and load the XML file with Dante Controller.
Step 6: Check for Problems (Optional)…
It is always good to quickly check for the status of the devices and the routing at this point, before proceeding to configuring mix settings in KLANG:fabrik. Click on the Clock Status Monitor indicator (green square in the lower right corner in the screen shot). A history of the last messages and warnings is shown. Click on clear. This indicator should now stay green. If it turns to red, there is most likely a problem and which should be investigated first.
Furthermore, by double-clicking on the Dante devices, the Receive and Transmit tab indicate whether audio is send or received on a particular channel. We recommend to check (in this example) if the Dante Virtual Soundcard is transmitting and the KLANG:fabrik is receiving audio. In some cases it is indicated that audio is transmitted, the clock status indicator is green but there is no indication that audio is received although the routing is correct. If this is the case, we recommend that you check your network switch and check if a device is set on mute.
Step 7: Check Internal Routing in KLANG:fabrik
Since KOS 2.2 the routing screen looks different from the earlier ones. The Signals can be routed in a Dante common habit FROM:source TO:receiver.
In KLANG:fabrik, route the incoming signals, in our case the Dante channels 1-24 to the i3Diem. Afterwards you can choose where the 3D mixes can be used. In the picture below the mixes are routed to the Optical, Dante, MADI and Analog Outputs 1-8. Make sure that the clock is set to Dante. The routing menu only appears in Admin-Mode. You can change the modes by clicking and holding the Config-label for a few seconds.
In KLANG:vier you only have to route Dante to the 3D In-Ear Processor (DSP). The outputs are always routed back to the Dante network. In the picture below we choose the ADAT inputs instead of Dante.That’s it. Take your KLANG:app and mix and connect your favorite pair of headphones to listen to 3D In-Ear mixing.
Proceed to Channel Naming in KLANG:app to start with icons, labels and color coding for your setup.
Find out how to connect KLANG products to your audio equipment
Dante overview by Audinate:
KLANG network modes – switch configuration:
Update your KLANG Operating System (KOS)
Learn more about the AES67 functionality of your KLANG products.
KLANG:quelle Quick Start Guide.
- Backup and Restore Dante Settings and Routings
- Getting Started with Dante Technology Overview
- How to choose the best Dante Switch Configuration mode
Thanks for reading our post. If you have any questions or remarks on topics, please let us now via support@KLANG.com. Sincerely your KLANG support team.