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The auditorium at the Setnor School of Music on the campus of Syracuse University that's been upgraded with Dante networking.

School Of Music At Syracuse University Upgrades With Audinate

Currently occupying one of the oldest facilities on campus, recent infrastructure upgrade to go from analog cabling to networking incorporates Dante to work around the historic structure.

The Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), currently occupying one of the oldest facilities on campus recently modernized and upgraded its department infrastructure that includes a move from analog cabling to audio networking, a task completed by implementing Audinate Dante with consideration to the historic significance of the building.

Copper wire and XLR cables running between rooms at Setnor were installed sometime in the 1950s. The analog cabling and break-out panels had become outdated, noisy, and inflexible.

“With a building like this, we can’t just knock big holes in the walls and run more and more copper,” says Kevin Muldoon, an instructor and the sound recording engineer at Setnor. “We’re replacing all the many runs of copper and XLR with about 200 feet of fiber optic cable to navigate through all the twists and turns to get signals from the auditorium to my office.”

Muldoon is also responsible for recording student performances for live streaming and archiving. With a Dante audio network connection in place, Muldoon and his team run all their microphone inputs through Dante-enabled Rupert Neve RMP-D8 eight-channel microphone preamps to the live board for mixing, recording, and live streaming.

Specifically, the XLR microphones in the auditorium connect to the RMP preamps, which convert the signals to the Dante network/fiber connection to an Avid MTRX audio interface in the studio, and then into ProTools for recording. A signal is also sent to back-up recorders via AES/EBU outputs. Soon, Muldoon plans to add a Dante network card to their Midas mixer, so the team will be able to work on projects concurrently — such as mixing for recording and live streaming performances simultaneously.

“Eventually, we want the Dante system to bring together our entire campus network, so we can connect to our off-site studio, as well as our separate jazz building and the Belfer Recording Studio, which is yet another separate building,” Muldoon notes. “We want to get to a point where a complete Dante audio network will allow seamless integration between all of these locations.”

Dante’s user interface and network management capabilities are designed to enable complex networks to be set up and configured quickly. “It’s cool that I’m an instructor because I can expose students to new audio network technology as well as the analog way of doing things, and the benefits of digital audio really sink in when you do that,” Muldoon says. “A digital network is so flexible and easy and can do so much more than analog, and you never have to worry about AC hum or grounding problems or dragging around a big audio snake.”

To help expose his students to all aspects of an audio production system, Muldoon teaches a class on audio electronics where the students build DI boxes and preamps and learn how to solder and repair basic equipment, and recently began having students build ethernet cables. “It’s no doubt Dante will play a big part in our future as well as the industry,” he concludes. “Either in recording studios or across a school of music campus, Dante should be the backbone of the audio production that goes on.”

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