Getting Started With The SQ & Dante
Posted by Nicole Higgins, Last modified by Nicole Higgins on 01 November 2019 11:38 AM

Before you begin:

  • Your SQ Expanders must be on firmware version 1.0.5 or onward.
  • Your SQ Firmware must be on version 1.4.1 onward.

Getting Started with SQ and Dante:

1 – Your Dante Card

A Dante Card gives you the freedom to connect to other Dante Devices or to record via Dante Virtual Soundcard directly onto your PC/MacBook.

First steps with your Dante Card:

  • Insert your Dante Card into the Optional I/O Card port following the fitting instructions.
  • Go to Setup --> Audio --> Audio Sync --> Set Audio Clock Source to Internal.

2 - Your DT Devices

The DT devices have 16 XLR inputs and either 4 or 8 XLR outputs, as well as Primary and Secondary Dante ports. For more detailed information about these devices please go to

First steps with your Dante devices:

  • Using the Primary network port on the Dante Device, connect a Cat5 cable to the Dante Card.
  • Set your Dante card to Switch mode to allow control of the network and routing using Dante Controller from a computer also connected to the Card.

3 - IP addresses

Dante devices must all have a valid and unique IP address on the network in the same range. By default these will be assigned automatically by DHCP, but network settings can be adjusted in Dante Controller.

4 - 96kHz or 48kHz?

It is important to check the sample rate for all units is the same for all Dante devices you wish to patch between on the network. The sample rate for each device is set in the device view of Dante Controller.

5 - Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS)

Dante Controller allows you to control your transmitters and receivers for patching the inputs and outputs of Dante Devices for live or installation use, as well as the option to personalise the ID of Dante Devices that you are using. Once your setup is complete, Dante Controller can be disconnected, and all devices will store the channels they are patched to receive. This means they will automatically repatch when they next connected on to the same Dante network.


 You can also use Dante Virtual Soundcard if recording into a DAW, allowing you to record and playback up to 32x32 channels at 96kHz or 64x64 channels at 48kHz.

Two basic methods in which you can use Dante Controller to connect your Dante Card and Dante Devices:

1 – Connect a Cat5 cable from the primary port on your Dante Card to your PC/MacBook. You can then use Dante Controller to set direct control of your inputs and outputs according to your SQ set up for recording. In Dante Controller, make sure you set the Dante card as the preferred master and select ‘sync to external clock source’. You can then set up Dante Virtual Soundcard and patch from the Dante card to DVS to record into a DAW such as Tracks Live, Pro Tools or Logic X etc.


 2 – Connect an unmanaged switch to your PC/MacBook using a Cat5 cable. Then using another Cat5 cable, connect your Dante Card via the primary port to another port on your unmanaged switch.