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Audinate Releases Dante Firmware Update

Audinate has released a major update of Dante firmware, version 4.0, for Brooklyn II Dante modules.

The new firmware provides support for Dante Domain Manager (DDM), performance improvements and bug fixes, the company said.

The firmware release allows manufacturers to provide field upgrades for products they have already launched so they can fully participate in Dante Domains.

More information is available on the Audinate website.

Intercom Mobility, Standards Trend Over Past Year, Says Browne

Simon Browne.

When it comes to intercoms for use in television production, the ability to move from fixed positions while doing video and audio production work and the development of audio-over-IP standards are the two most important trends over the past year, says Simon Browne, director of product management at Clear-Com.

“Some of that is being solved by conventional belt pack wireless, and some of it is being addressed in a less conventional manner using smartphones,” he says.

Growing reliance on the ability to be mobile with intercom communications reflects changes in production workflow, says Browne.

“More people involved with productions are doing different things, and I think today’s intercom capabilities are enabling that kind of flow,” he says.

The other major development is growing interest among intercom users in interoperability of systems between vendors.

“I think there is a lot of interest,” he says. “You are seeing it in things like AIMS [the Alliance for IP Media Solutions], and the fact that Dante has become pretty much an established audio standard for interoperability.”

“It’s now supplanting MADI, which was the previous technology for establishing an audio link to intercom consoles,” he says.

But what about AES67? Isn’t that the audio standard enabling AoIP interoperability?

Actually, that’s one of the reasons Clear-Com jumped on the Dante bandwagon.

“Once they [Audinate, the company responsible for Dante,] committed themselves to AES67 compatibility it closed the deal for us because we are keen on AES67,” says Browne.

AES67 is “the likely glue” between Clear-Com’s products and other audio-only and audio-video devices, he adds.


Audinate Expands Sydney, Portland Offices

Audinate has expanded its Australian global headquarters in Sydney and its North America headquarters in Portland, Ore., the company said today.

Audinate recently completed its global HQ expansion, which included growing its Sydney Innovation Center, and doubling the size of its office. The new North America facility, which is includes the company’s North American training center, is located in the Albers Mill Building in Portland and triples the size of the office compared to its previous office.

More information is available on the Audinate website.

AES67: Two More Ships Set A Course For Interoperability

Two weeks ago in this space, I posted “AES67: Are Two Ships Passing In The Night?,” an interview with Aidan Williams, CTO of Audinate, regarding AES67 and the ramifications of having four separate system discovery options as part of the audio-over-IP standard.

The underlying issue, according to Williams, is that having different system discovery options can lead to problems for end users of AES67-enabled equipment because they expect it to be essentially plug-and-play.

As I wrote at the time:

Understand, Williams and Audinate have settled on one of the four discovery options specified in AES67 and would like to see the whole industry do the same. Other vendors selecting other discovery options undoubtedly would like to see the industry support their selections.

Not surprisingly, I have begun to receive other points of view on the topic. Today, I present the thoughts of Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager at digital media technology at ALC NetworXand Kevin Gross, founder of AVA Networks, on system discovery and AES67.

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AES67: Are Two Ships Passing In The Night?

“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness…”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn

A funny thing happened on the way to IP audio interoperability. The Audio Engineering Society committee that developed the AES67 standard for IP audio couldn’t agree on a discovery mechanism, so it included four optional methods, says Aidan Williams, CTO of Audinate, developer of the Dante networking tech used by more than 200 OEMs in products for the professional audio and broadcast markets.

Just to review, AES67 is supposed to provide a way for audio equipment with an IP connection from one manufacturer to hook up to a piece of IP-enabled audio gear from another and communicate.

At a very basic level, before that sort of IP communications can happen, each device needs to know what it’s connected to — a process known as system discovery.

In a pure sense, AES67 provides for interoperability because all a user or vendor has to know is which system discovery options manufacturers have chosen, write some custom code to translate between the different discovery options in use and voila, the devices can communicate.

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Quicklink Ships Pro Skype Solution

Quicklink TX, a product designed to integrate Skype video and audio into broadcast productions, is now shipping.

Quicklink TX, a product designed to integrate Skype video and audio into broadcast productions, is now shipping.

Quicklink, a U.K.-based company specializing in IP transport of audio and video for live and recorded field contribution, has begun to ship Quicklink TX, a 19-inch rack-mounted hardware product, which converts Skype calls into video and audio signals for use by media professionals.

Quicklink TX leverages Microsoft’s Skype TX software and offers SD/HD-SDI input and output with embedded audio.

Designed for professional use, the unit includes features, such as a tally light to allow Skype video contributors to know they are on-air, and a pop-up remover that prevents computer notifications from interfering with incoming video.

Quicklink TX allows operators to monitor multiple incoming Skype video contributors, and supports a soft fail mode that defaults to a still image of the video caller and maintains audio when network bandwidth drops below the bit rate needed to sustain video streaming.

The product also includes Audinate’s Dante, an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology, for easy integration with other Dante-enabled products.

To learn more about Quicklink TX, visit the company’s website.

New Pro Skype Platforms Integrate Dante Audio

Yesterday, I wrote about NewTek shipping TalkShow — a professional implementation of Skype video calling that allows broadcasters to integrate those calls into their programs without suffering through the drawbacks that can accompany the consumer version of Skype.

Today, the focus shifts to the audio capabilities of the newly shipping product.

Audinate, the company that developed Dante media networking, announced last week that TalkShow is using Dante Virtual Soundcard software for routing digital audio from Skype to other Dante-enabled pieces in the production chain.

According to the company’s press release announcing the bundle, NewTek will pre-install the Dante Virtual Soundcard software on every TalkShow.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post on TalkShow, there are two other products — one from Quicklink and the other from Riedel — that tackle Skype video for professional use as well.

Audinate also has announced a deal with Quicklink to integrate Dante IP audio into its product.