The University of Colorado Denver has adopted Dante and Dante Domain Manager to streamline audio production workflows and manage student projects. The University's Music & Entertainment Industry Studies department (MEIS) offers a series of programs focused on contemporary music styles, commercial music business, and music production.
"We teach a variety of skills in our recording program designed to help students prepare for careers in the live and recorded music industry, as well as in film and television and sports media, so technology is crucial for us," said Scott Burgess, the Manager of Recording Labs and Live Sound, and a Lecturer for the Department of MEIS.
With Dante, universities reduce their analog cabling by sending hundreds of audio channels over a single Ethernet cable.
The MEIS production team began to think of ways to incorporate more audio networking on campus, including using it to connect their six main studios, which are spread across two large buildings.
The CU Denver campus covers a lot of ground, and if the team is asked to put on a show in the Student Center, for example, the ability to jump from the departmental network and onto the campus network is a significant capability. The challenge with making this jump to another subnet, traditionally, was a work order needed to be filed with IT to trigger a process that would eat up the resources of both his department and the IT department. But with Dante Domain Manager, that process is now unnecessary.
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. Dante Domain Manager organizes a network into zones called “domains” that each have individual access requirements. All activity is logged, tagged, and date-stamped.
Over the next few semesters, as part of the expanding networked audio curriculum, the MEIS team aims to produce a live concert in a venue anywhere on campus, and then record that band or event from several other rooms at the same time - each with different purposes in mind. The idea is for everyone to grab a mix and then upload them to the server so the teams can compare notes and see how everyone did.
"We're still mulling over all the possibilities, but we're in the middle of implementing a major rewrite to our curriculum, so it's a perfect time for us to explore all the possibilities of the Dante network," added Burgess. "I've had alums come back and say that that they are really glad we have a focus on networked audio because in the real world, they are up to their ears in Dante, making the experience here very valuable."
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