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[AES Pacific NW Section - Seatle USA]
Around the Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

NOTE: anyone can attend this meeting regardless of their status as an AES member.
What's All This Dante Stuff, Anyway?
Audio Networking Using Dante

Presented by
Steve Macatee, Consultant & PNW Committee
The Pacific Northwest Section of the AES

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 7:30pm
Shoreline Community College, Music Bldg, Rm 818
Directions to Shoreline Community College

Audiante's Dante technology is the current market dominator in most pro audio market spaces. With hundreds of companies and hundreds of products offering Dante technology - all of which work seamlessly together - Dante is THE way to deliver deterministic, uncompressed digital audio over simple and complex Ethernet networks.

Dante's beauty is its ability to be very easily deployed and configured by end users from all walks of life. It utilizes a variety of open IEEE standards, yet, it is a very appealing proprietary solution due to Audinate's product offerings and development tools for manufacturers. Audinate has done the difficult under-the-hood work in software, firmware and hardware, so manufacturers can easily implement great, innovative solutions in almost every audio application imaginable.

While most installations of Dante audio networks use a dedicated Ethernet network infrastructure of hardware just for the audio system, Dante plays very well on converged or integrated networks along with any or all other IT traffic. This is an IT guru's dream in many corporate and large venues. Dante supports QoS (Quality of Service) and other IEEE Ethernet standards, making IT deployment light years ahead of older CobraNet technology.

We'll set up a Dante network on the fly and demonstrate Audinate's variety of end user software products - Dante Controller, Dante Virtual Soundcard & Dante Via. We'll also discuss how AES67, AVB (Audio Video Bridging) and Dante relate to one another.

Our Presenter

Steve Macatee was the Director of Product Development and Training for the past 15 years at Rane Corporation in Mukilteo, WA. Steve spent 29 amazing years at Rane. In July, 2016 the founders of Rane sold the company in order to retire.

For the past 9 years, Steve has been one of three co-instructors for the 3-day SynAudCon Digital seminar offered by Pat Brown's Synergetic Audio Concepts (aka This seminar covers every detail of digital audio from sampling and bit depth, through to packetized, deterministic delivery of digital audio over simple and complex Ethernet networks.

Let Us Hear Your Music!

We've decided that although we talk a lot at our meetings about how to better record and play back music, we never play any when we are together. We invite you to bring your own music to share with the group at each meeting.

There are two listening opportunities: 30 minutes before the meeting, and 15-20 minutes at the intermission/break.

The music can be something that you recorded, or played on, or someone else's material that you enjoy. We (Rick & Dan) reserve the right to adjust the volume and EQ of all music while it's being played. Ideally you would create a special version of the material that fades or ends at the requisite time. We will provide a stereo playback system (no subs) and a CD player, but any other format needs to have its own hardware and terminate in a pair of 1/4" tip-sleeve phone plugs.

At the conclusion, you have about a minute to describe what we just heard.

Interested? Contact to let him know you want the slot, and tell him which one. The 2nd person to reply gets the remaining slot, whichever one it is. 3rd and 4th should bring their music to the meeting in case of a no-show. There are other details. They and other terms and conditions can be found here.

Dan Mortensen
AES PNW 2016-2017 Section Chair

n.b. The material presented at our meetings is the opinion of the presenter and not necessarily that of the Society. You are encouraged to conduct your own research and to form your own opinions before adopting the presented material as Truth.

Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Audio. AES membership is NOT required for you to attend our meetings.

AES PNW Section Officer Contact Info 2015-2016

Section Officers
Section officers serve a one-year term.

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Dan Mortensen
Dansound Inc.

Seattle, WA 98125
phone: 206-525-2113

Vice Chair
James D. (JJ) Johnston

Redmond, WA 98052

Gary Louie
University of Washington School of Music

Seattle, WA 98103
phone: 206-543-1218

Lawrence Schwedler
Digipen Institute of Technology

Sammamish, WA 98074
phone: 425-629-5029

Members of the committee serve a 2 year term. Even numbered positions elect in even numbered years, odd numbered positions elect in odd numbered years.
Bob Smith
Physio Control / BS Studios

Committee 1

Lynnwood, WA 98037
phone: 425-867-4811

Paul Colvin

Committee 2

Seattle, WA 98133
phone: 206-769-4832

Rene Jaeger
Jaeger Audio

Committee 3

Woodinville, WA 98072
phone: 425-248-0982

Stephen DeVore
Access Audio

Committee 4

Seattle, WA 98103
phone: 206-288-3881

Dave Tosti-Lane

Committee 5

Brier, WA 98036
phone: 425-306-2773

Dana Olson

Committee 6

Kirkland, WA 98033

Steve Macatee
Rane Corp

Committee 7

Seattle, WA 98117
phone: 425-355-6000

Marlie Pesek
Robert Lang Studios

Committee 8

Shoreline, WA 98177
phone: 206-542-1041

Dr. Michael Matesky
Opus 4 Studios

Committee 9

Bothell, WA 98021
phone: 206-540-5111

Rich Williams
Lunchbox Audio

Committee 10

Seattle, WA 98125
phone: 206-617-9931

Rick Chinn
Uneeda Audio
PNW Section Webmaster


Sammamish, WA 98074
phone: 425-868-0442

Aurika Hays
Membership Promoter
Database Maven


Monroe, WA 98272
phone: 360-794-3817

Leslie Gaston-Bird
University of Colorado at Denver

Western Regional VP

Denver, CO 80204

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Last modified 11/27/2016 19:01:24.