Advanced Use Of SQ & Dante
Posted by Nicole Higgins, Last modified by Alex Skinner on 04 September 2019 09:28 AM
Advancing with SQ and Dante
This guide covers a more advanced approach to the use of SQ and Dante, with various techniques and features that are particularly useful for aspects such as theatre installs and multi-complex buildings such as large hotels or entertainment parks.
Expanding With More Than One Card
You can use a Cat 5 cable to link directly to another mixer via the secondary port of the Dante Card in switched mode.
Cascading out of the network switch into the primary port of the first Dante device, allows control over all of the Dante devices via Dante Controller. This is a useful technique if being used in a theatre install, as Cat 5 can be easily run between discreet wall and stage boxes.
*It is important to note that we do not currently support hot-plugging of the Dante Devices when in Daisy Chain set up.
Cascading for Dual Control
Cascading for dual control works very similarly to the cascading method. However, instead of the first Dante Device in the chain being connected to a port on the network switch, it is connected to the secondary port on the second SQ Dante Card. By having the two SQ Dante Cards connected on the same network, both desks can see and control the same preamps, and will also show the same gain, 48V and pad control values for any preamps which are patched to both.
*It is important to note that we do not currently support hot-plugging of the Dante Devices.
Expanding from SQ - Using SQ & dLive with Dante
*If using this method, please make sure that your SQ is on firmware version 1.4.1 and your dLive is on firmware version 1.81.
There are two ways in which you can expand from your SQ in the Dante network to also include your dLive.
The first method involves running your SQ and dLive parallel to each other on the network switch. The Dante card for SQ will be connected via Cat5 to its primary port from the network switch and the same for the dLive Dante card. This would be typical of a FOH and Monitors set up, where the dLive is on FOH and the SQ is on Monitors whilst both engineers want to see the same inputs, outputs and phantom power values.
2) The second method involves running your SQ and dLive linked together. For example, the Cat5 cable coming from the secondary port of the SQ and going into the primary port of the dLive or vice versa, would make one desk the master of the phantom power, preamp value and pads, but both desks would be processing the same network and audio signal.
Dante Domain Manager
In DDM, you can create domains for different Dante devices. For example, if you have multiple conference rooms running the same audio but only one SQ, you can put this SQ and the Dante Devices that are in the different conference rooms into one domain, so that they are all running the same audio consistently. Those that are left in the unmanaged domain, e.g. a hired SQ for a wedding band in a separate part of the hotel can continue to run without being interrupted.
*We do not currently support reboots whilst using DDM or with DDM running in the background.
Control Network Bridge
The Control Network Bridge can be switched on or off by going to 'Set Up > Audio > IO Port'. When this is on, the SQ's network port is bridged (connected) to the control side of the IO Port, allowing both the SQ and option card to exist on the same network.
It is important to note that when the bridge is switched on, any DHCP server connected to the SQ's network port (such as a wireless router which might be used for SQ-MixPad control) could affect the IP addresses of devices on the Dante network.
It is also important to note that this is for control purposes only, and does not carry any audio.