The Dante Virtual Soundcard is a software solution which turns a PC or Mac into a Dante enabled device which uses the Ethernet port on the computer to communicate with a network of other Dante enabled devices. No special hardware is required - you simply install Dante Virtual Soundcard on a conventional PC or laptop. As long as you have another hardware Dante device in your network to act as clock master, the Dante Virtual Soundcard can enable the PC or Mac to be a source or a destination on the network.
The Dante Virtual Soundcard offers the flexibility, ease-of-use and ability to record and playback up to 64x64 channels from a standard computer without the need for a hardware soundcard. It can act like a physical sound card or audio interface, including the ability to play and record audio using any Windows audio application with standard ASIO multichannel audio.
Popular applications like Cubase, Ableton Live and Logic can transmit and receive up to 64 channels to networked audio equipment via the Dante Virtual Soundcard. In contrast to a physical sound card, Dante Virtual Soundcard has no physical audio inputs or outputs. Instead, audio signals are sent directly to or received from the PC’s Ethernet network interface card.
It's all about transmitting and receiving sound to and from other Dante enabled devices. Check Audinate's Partner Products page to get a better picture how to use its full potential in live situations. Dante does not require dedicated network infrastructure, see more here. And now think hooking up a couple of laptops with your mates :)
The Dante Virtual Soundcard is now available to purchase on-line. Audinate also offers a one-time “Try It For Free” option that will allow users to try the application for 14 days at no cost.