Audinate announced a firmware update to the Dante Ultimo audio networking chipsets. The new Ultimo 2.2 firmware adds several enhancements for OEMs building low channel-count audio products with Dante Ultimo. Dedicated 4-channel input (4x0) or output (0x4) configurations at 96kHz are supported on the Ultimo 4x4 chipset, and minimum device latency has been reduced from 2ms to 1ms for both 2x2 and 4x4 versions.
The new firmware also delivers improvements to the Dante Device Protocol (DDP) that allow for visual product identification on a network and greater control capabilities via GPIO.
Ultimo is part of Audinate’s portfolio of high performance Dante devices and is a family of complete, fully featured, ready-to-use, single-chip Dante solutions for low channel-count networked audio products. The Ultimo family incorporates all the differentiated Dante features such as automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, custom device names and channel labels, and network-based firmware updates.
Ultimo is a perfect choice for networking low channel-count products, including powered speakers, microphones, AV wall plates, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, recording interfaces, intercoms, and analog/digital break-in/break out interfaces.
“These improvements to Ultimo will help to continue the expansion of low channel-count endpoint products for networked audio,” says David Myers, COO of Audinate. “They provide the control, automation and performance options manufacturers need in order to build great products for network edges, at a remarkable price point.”
The Ultimo Release 2.2 firmware is available immediately for OEMS. Ultimo is available in 2x2 channel (ULT-01-002) and 4x4 channel (ULT-01-004) configurations.
New Dante Training Opportunities
After the success of its Spring regional training events, Audinate has announced a Fall schedule of Dante AV Networking World conferences throughout U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. These free all-day events are designed for anyone interested in audio networking, and will feature presentations, training workshops and interactive panel discussions led by industry experts.
The events are co-sponsored with 20 leading audio manufacturers, including Ashly, AtteroTech, Audinate, Audio Technica, Bose, ClearOne, Extron, Focusrite RedNet, Lectrosonics, NTP, RDL, Roland, Shure, SSL, Stewart Audio, Symetrix, Vue Audiotechnik, Williams Sound, Xilica and Yamaha Commercial Audio. Each event will feature Dante-enabled product demonstrations from the sponsors and will give attendees the opportunity learn about and see Dante-enabled products in action.
Agenda topics will include: an introduction to Dante, building a basic Dante network, troubleshooting a Dante network and using Dante Controller. In addition, there will be detailed system design presentations from a variety of fields, including houses of worship, live sound, broadcast, corporate AV systems, entertainment venues, transportation and educational facilities.
By attending the seminar, conference attendees can earn 4 CTS RU credits. As with all Dante AV Networking World seminars, there will be a hosted lunch and networking reception at the end of the day.
U.S. AVNW Schedule:
• Greater Los Angeles Area - September 22
• San Francisco Bay Area - September 24
• Chicago - October 14
• New York - October 28
• Nashville - November 17
• Miami - December 9
Europe and Middle East AVNW Schedule:
• Madrid - September 22
• Dubai - October 19-22
• London - November 11
• Paris - November 18
• Milan - November 25
For those who cannot attend one of these in-person events, Audinate announced availability of a new set of training videos designed for newcomers to audio networking. “Getting Started with Dante” is an eight-part series that runs through the basics of Dante systems, from connecting devices to a switch to recording multitrack audio. To view the videos, visit audinate.com/training.