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Ian Bethell

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Dante Virtual Soundcard and Controlling Levels
« on: January 13, 2021, 03:36:30 pm »

We have a Dante Amplifier, a Dante Mic input point, and a Laptop with Dante Virtual Soundcard installed.

We basically use Dante routing to switch between the mic input point and the laptop.

Everything works fine, however the audio output from the laptop with DVS, is far too Hot. Fortunately windows machines can control the volume, (which has to be down at volume 5 out of 100), but I seem to recall on Macs that the volume control is disabled on DVS.

Is there a way to reduce the level of the Dante Soundcard somehow? Much like there is a gain control on the AVIO boxes?
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Re: Dante Virtual Soundcard and Controlling Levels
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 08:42:00 pm »

We have a Dante Amplifier, a Dante Mic input point, and a Laptop with Dante Virtual Soundcard installed.

We basically use Dante routing to switch between the mic input point and the laptop.

Everything works fine, however the audio output from the laptop with DVS, is far too Hot. Fortunately windows machines can control the volume, (which has to be down at volume 5 out of 100), but I seem to recall on Macs that the volume control is disabled on DVS.

Is there a way to reduce the level of the Dante Soundcard somehow? Much like there is a gain control on the AVIO boxes?


You might be better off with Dante Via instead of DVS. Via allows you to route apps on the PC as if they were an input from anything else. Then the volume of that app would control the output. So you would use the volum bar on itunes, if itunes is one of your sources.
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Re: Dante Virtual Soundcard and Controlling Levels
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2021, 10:36:15 am »


Is there a way to reduce the level of the Dante Soundcard somehow? Much like there is a gain control on the AVIO boxes?

Check in your amplifier input section. Some will allow you to mix levels inside the amp. I recently had to do this with a Yamaha DZR used in exactly this fashion, with Dante input 1 (mic) fed from a  Shure ULX-D dante output and Dante input 2 (PC) fed from an AVIO-USB.  In the amplifier input section of the Yamaha DZR, each of the 4 input channels (2 ea. analog) and (2 ea. Dante) can be individually adjusted. This of course depends on your amplifier, but it's worth looking into.

The real solution is to do this in a mixer or an external DSP, but sometimes you uses what you has....
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Re: Dante Virtual Soundcard and Controlling Levels
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2021, 12:18:19 am »

The real solution is to do this in a mixer or an external DSP, but sometimes you uses what you has....

Yes, you need a real DSP, for more than just level control.  The Xilica QR1, for example, comes stock with 4x4 Dante - and card slots if you want to add AES3 or analog for backup, for not much cost. 
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