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 multicomplex buildings such as large hotels or entertainment parks.
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 and you require discreet wall and stage boxes that can have Cat 5 running easily between devices.
*It is however important to note that we do not currently support hotplugging of the DT Units when in Daisy Chain set up.
Cascading for Dual Control
Cascading for dual control works very similary to the method above. However, instead of the first DT Unit 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 together from the secondary port on the first card and the primary port on the second card, both desks will be transmitting and receiving the same preamp gain, 48V and pad values.
For this to work correctly and for any connections involving the secondary port of a Dante Card in an SQ, you must make sure that the audio network bridge is turned on. To do this go to, Set Up > Audio > IO Port > Control Network Bridge > On
*It is however important to note that we do not currently support hotplugging of the DT Units.
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 and whilst both engineers want to see the same inputs, outputs and phantom power values.
- 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 receiving the network and audio signal.