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California Baptist University Adopts Dante to Meet a Range of Audio Networking Needs

Audinate, developer of the Dante® media networking technology, announces that California Baptist University has deployed a Dante audio network which runs through the entire campus to support the demands of several diverse departments. From high-end music productions and performances to academic lectures and sporting events, California Baptist University (CBU) relies on a Dante audio network, Dante Domain Manager, and Dante AVIO adaptors for deploying an efficient, cost-effective, reliable and secure, campus-wide, IP audio network. 

California Baptist University is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California, hosting nearly 11,000 students with a 160-acre main campus comprised of more than 30 buildings, including the 95,000-square-foot Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, the 270-seat Wallace Theater, and the JoAnn Hawkins Music building. 

Randal Murphey, Assistant Director of Multimedia Services at CBU, said the university now has around 500 total AV spaces across the campus. He also said a critical component to success in setting up these spaces is Dante by Audinate. 

Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist effectively on the same network. 

Dante Domain Manager is network management software that enables user authentication, role-based security, and audit capabilities for Dante networks while allowing expansion of Dante systems over any network infrastructure. 

The ways in which CBU has utilized Dante and Dante Domain Manager touch all aspects of the campus. Play-by-play announcing of baseball and soccer games takes place from a production studio one-quarter mile from campus. Live event audio is played out across multiple areas on campus. A CBU radio station streams to lobby areas. The School of Music can multitrack record live performances from separate facilities. Outdoor concerts are run with less labor and less equipment. 

A Dante network even runs through the school's Nursing department to support accreditation requirements, where the department must record all training sessions to show that students are meeting the necessary hours. Every nurse instruction room is multi-track recorded via the network, simultaneously. 

The school also utilizes more than 100 Dante AVIO adaptors in the school’s audio system. Available for analog input or output, for AES3 and USB conversion, Dante AVIO Adapters allow users to connect their favorite audio gear with any Dante-connected system. 

“With Dante we’re able to share audio from a device in our music department – such as our multitrack recorder – with the sound system in a theater, or our events center located across campus,” said Randal Murphey, Assistant Director of Multimedia Services. “This suddenly expands the capability of every device we have on the network. And because every room on our campus is networked you realize how quickly and effectively you can add devices – or move devices – into workflows. Networking with Dante makes things flexible and scalable in a way that is quite easy to manage.”

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