Topic: Dante products
Hi there - I am a long time fan and user of RME products.
I would love to see more RME products with a Dante interface.
Currently I believe there is only the Digiface Dante - which I own and love!
I work in the broadcast industry in the UK and currently the most widely used multi channel digital audio protocols are Madi and Dante - with other AES67 implementations following close behind.
I realise standards are constantly evolving, however I believe that Madi and some form of AES67 implementation will be around for the foreseeable future.
Converting between these two formats along with the addition of analog signals is something that plays a large part in any large broadcast facility.
On a smaller scale I do jobs with my own equipment that also benefit from integrating Madi, Dante and analog signals.
Having an RME product that would incorporate Madi, Dante and analog would be fantastic for me - and I believe many other people.
I was initially very excited when I saw the AVB Tool and the 12Mic announced - a lovely combination of Madi, microphone pre-amps and network audio.
Unfortunately the network audio protocol chosen was AVB not Dante/AES67
A Dante version of these two devices would fit very nicely into many peoples workflow.
Alternatively adding Dante to an RME interface that also had Madi and pre-amps would potentially be even better.
A Fireface UFX with Dante would be ideal.
I don't want to get into an argument/discussion about the merits of AVB versus Dante/AES67, but for me personally - and for the industry I work in AVB is not used at all whereas Dante/AES67 is widespread.
RME have seemingly chosen AVB as their networked audio protocol of choice, and I'm sure that works for them and some of their customer base.
However I strongly believe that there is an even larger market that could make use of devices with Dante/AES67 rather than AVB.
Whether this decision has been made due to the costs of Audinate's products or the unwillingness to use another company's technology I do not know.
I'm sure RME could carry on with their existing line up of products, but add some more Dante equipped devices as well - they have dipped their toe in the water with the Digiface Dante and this works perfectly so the creation of some new converters and interfaces with Dante/AES67 should not be too difficult to implement.
Anyway that's enough of my ranting !
I would be nice to know if there is any interest in some more Dante/AES67 products from users or RME.
Many thanks and stay safe.