Dante AV solves the problem of networked video and audio synchronisation by utilizing a single network clock for sub-microsecond accuracy. Dante is an IP routable Layer 3 technology, which allows to use standard IT network switches and cabling that are readily available, making it possible to build highly reliable networks while minimising equipment costs. The Dante AV Product Design Suite includes the industry leading intoPix JPEG2000 codec which is capable of supporting 4K/60 4:4:4 video for visually lossless results with low latency.
Dante AV brings all the benefits that have made Dante the market leading audio over IP solution to video: discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with nearly 2,000 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market. With Dante AV, audio and video signals are independently routable in a single, easy-to-use interface using Dante Controller software.
In recent years, with the development of IT infrastructure, Pro AV (which combines audio and video), is advancing rapidly. AV over IP provides a much more flexible cost-effective solution. Dante AV is a truly groundbreaking technology that seamlessly integrates video transmission and routing over existing 1 Gbps Dante networks.
Yamaha first supported Dante audio networking technology in 2010, with the Mini-YGDAI card DANTE-MY16-AUD. In 2012, Dante interfaces became a standard installed feature on CL Series digital mixing consoles, marking a major change in the professional sound industry. Yamaha has subsequently introduced a number of Dante-compatible products, such as the RIVAGE PM series of flagship digital mixing systems, the MTX / MRX series of matrix processors and the VXL series PoE line array speakers.
“Our collaboration with Audinate over the past 10 years has been extremely beneficial to us,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, Senior General Manager of Yamaha’s Audio Business division. “Having a commercially-supported, complete networking solution provides customers with a trusted solution. Taking advantage of Audinate’s expertise in digital networking has transformed networked audio and we anticipate Dante AV will deliver the same benefits for networked video in the Pro AV industry.”
“We are honoured that Yamaha has selected Dante AV for their new product line. Yamaha has a remarkable history of developing innovative, high-quality digital products,” adds Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “By adding Dante video into Yamaha products, the distribution of audio and video will become easier for customers to deploy integrated solutions.”
Yamaha’s product team has already begun the development of an exciting suite of new AV over IP products targeted at the Pro AV market, based on Audinate’s recently-announced Dante AV technology. The first of the new Yamaha AV products will focus on applications with the need to breakout and distribute audio and video signals, while maintaining tight synchronization throughout the facility or venue.
Dante AV is a groundbreaking technology which provides a flexible and cost-effective solution to integrating video transmission and routing over existing 1 Gbps Dante networks, synchronizing video and audio to sub-microsecond accuracy with a single network clock.
New Products at InfoComm 2019
Meanwhile, Yamaha is launching a number of key new products at InfoComm 2019 - held in Orlando, USA, from June 12-14 - which see significant new facilities and functions made available to both the installed and live audio industries.
The new PC Series D and DI models are a new kind of power amplifier, featuring state-of-the-art signal processing, Dante audio networking and a unique 20 x 8 input matrix. The matrix means that sound from analogue or Dante inputs can be output via Dante to another amplifier, after adjusting using the onboard processors, greatly enhancing the flexibility and scalability of the system.
There is a choice of standard (D) or installation (DI) version, both available with a power output of 600W or 1200W (8Ω) and delivering stable operation at a high load of 2Ω. The DI models can handle high-impedance connections, allowing them to drive multiple speakers from a single channel.
The onboard processing delivers extensive, powerful features that are highly effective when used with loudspeakers. These include effective FIR EQ2, 16-band parametric EQ, crossover, filter, delay and protection features like peak and RMS limiting. Even in a system with no mixer or signal processor, the matrix function’s flexible routing makes it possible to perform audio signal processing with the internal DSP.
A state-of-the-art Class-D amplifier unit delivers impressively low distortion with exceptional efficiency, providing a solid, clearly defined low end and articulate sound reproduction with detailed high frequency nuances.
Amp parameters and configuration settings can be set flexibly and quickly on the front panel or via the dedicated ProVisionaire Amp Editor amp management software. In addition, all models are compatible with Yamaha’s flexible ProVisionaire Control/Touch wireless remote control and monitoring software applications.
InfoComm 2019 also sees the announcement of AFC4, the latest version of Yamaha’s innovative Active Field Control (AFC) acoustic conditioning system.
Yamaha’s ProVisionaire Control (Windows) and ProVisionaire Touch (iOS) software applications allow the intuitive creation of bespoke touch panel controllers, dedicated to the applications and functions required for an installation project. The latest V3.5 update adds unified monitoring functionality for Yamaha pro audio equipment, allowing in-depth management via audio networks, with the number of supported Yamaha devices also being expanded.
For example, in a theatre where compatible devices such as CL/QL series digital mixers, Rio-D2 series I/O racks and PC-D/DI series power amplifiers are distributed throughout the area, a single operator can monitor and manage the entire system from one computer. The addition of improved monitoring capability will notably increase system convenience and reliability.
V3.5 also provides compatibility with the MSD series video switchers from IDK Corporation, providing more comprehensive control for conference rooms, halls, multipurpose halls and theatres that handle both audio and video content.
Design flexibility and operability are also enhanced with a number of new widgets. With significantly improved operation and management capabilities, plus more flexible control, ProVisionaire Control/Touch stands as a unified platform solution that offers outstanding convenience and reliability for a wide range of applications.
Easy QLab Control with Python templates for CL/QL/TF consoles
Yamaha’s final announcement for InfoComm 2019 is the release of Python script templates that facilitate external control of CL, QL and TF series digital mixing consoles, expanding the versatility and convenience of these popular mixers even further by providing easy control from Figure 53’s QLab5 show control software.
A huge asset for musicals and other theatrical productions that use QLab for control, Python script templates for the CL, QL and TF series consoles make it possible to remotely control scene recall, fader operation and channel on/off switching. The user can also easily rewrite the control parameters to provide control of any specific scene and channel.
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