User's GuideDigiface DantePortable Dante via USB!USB 3.0 Digital I/O System64 Channels Dante / AES67 Interface64 Channels MADI Interface2 Channel Analog Stereo Monitor24 Bit / 192 kHz Digital Audio128 x 128 Matrix RouterStand-Alone Operation

General12345Introduction . 6Package Contents . 6System Requirements . 6Brief Description and Characteristics . 6First Usage - Quick Start . 75.1 Connectors – LEDs . 75.2 Quick Start. 8Installation and Operation - Windows6Driver and FirmwareDriver Installation. 10De-installing the Drivers . 10Firmware Update . 117Configuring the Digiface Dante7.1Settings Dialog . 127.2WDM Configuration . 147.3Dante Controller . 168Operation and Usage8.1Playback . 178.2DVD Playback (AC-3 / DTS) . 178.3Channel Count under WDM . 178.4Multi-client Operation . 188.5Digital Recording . 188.6Clock Modes - Synchronization . 189Operation under ASIO9.1General. 199.2Channel Count under ASIO. 199.3Known Problems . 2010Using more than one Interface. 2011DIGICheck Windows . 2112Hotline – Troubleshooting . and Operation - Mac OS X13Driver and Firmware13.1 Driver Installation. 2413.2 De-installing the Drivers . 2413.3 Firmware Update . 2514Configuring the Digiface Dante14.1 Settings Dialog . 2614.2 Dante Controller . 2714.3 Channel Count under Core Audio . 2814.4 Various Information . 2815Using more than one Interface. 2816DIGICheck Mac . 2917Hotline – Troubleshooting . 302User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

TotalMix FX18TotalMix: Routing and Monitoring18.1 Overview . 3218.2 The User Interface . 3418.3 The Channels . 3518.3.1 Settings . 3718.4 Section Control Room . 3818.5 The Control Strip . 3918.5.1 View Options . 4018.5.2 Snapshots - Groups . 4118.5.3 Channel Layout – Layout Presets . 4218.5.4 Scroll Location Marker . 4318.6 Preferences . 4418.6.1 Store for Current or All Users (Windows). 4518.7 Settings . 4618.7.1 Mixer Page . 4618.7.2 MIDI Page . 4718.7.3 OSC Page . 4818.7.4 Aux Devices . 4818.8 Hotkeys and Usage . 4918.9 Menu Options . 5018.10 Menu Window . 5119The Matrix19.1 Overview . 5119.2 Elements of the Matrix View . 5119.3 Operation . 5220Tips and Tricks20.1 ASIO Direct Monitoring (Windows) . 5220.2 Copy a Submix . 5220.3 Doubling the Output Signal (Mirror) . 5220.4 Delete a Submix . 5220.5 Copy and Paste everywhere . 5320.6 Recording a Submix - Loopback . 5320.7 MS Processing . 5421MIDI Remote Control21.1 Overview . 5521.2 Mapping . 5521.3 Setup . 5621.4 Operation . 5621.5 MIDI Control . 5721.6 Loopback Detection . 5821.7 OSC (Open Sound Control) . 5822DAW Mode . 5923TotalMix Remote . 60User's Guide Digiface Dante RME3

Technical Reference24Technical Specification . 6424.1 Firmware . 6524.2 General. 6525Technical Background25.1 USB Audio . 6725.2 MADI Basics . 6825.3 Terminology. 68Miscellaneous2627284Warranty . 72Appendix . 72Declaration of Conformity . 73User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

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1. IntroductionThank you for choosing the Digiface Dante. This unique, compact and portable audio interface iscapable of transferring USB digital audio data and MADI from/to Mac or PC to the world's mostpopular audio network, Dante. The latest Plug & Play technology guarantees a simple installation, even for the inexperienced user. The numerous unique features and well thought-out configuration dialog puts the Digiface Dante at the very top of the range of computer-based audiointerfaces.The package contains drivers for Windows 7 / 8 / 10 and Mac OS X x86 (Intel).2. Package ContentsPlease check that your Digiface Dante package contains each of the following: Digiface DanteCable USB 3.0, 1.8 m (6 ft)RME Driver CD with manual in PDF formatSwitched power supply, lockable connector, DC 12 V 24 WPower cord3. System Requirements Windows 7 or up, Intel Mac OS X (10.11 or up) USB 3 port, or USB 2.0 port (requires computer with at least Intel Core i3 CPU, reduced channel count)4. Brief Description and Characteristics 6All settings can be changed in real-timeBuffer sizes/latencies from 32 up to 8192 samples selectable64 channels Dante (AES67), 64 channels MADI32 channels 96 kHz/24 bit record/playback Dante & MADI each16 channels 192 kHz/24 bit record/playback Dante & MADI eachClock modes slave and masterClock sources MADI, internal or Dante4 x Gigabit ethernet port, 100 Mbit/s compatibleTotalMix for latency-free submixes and perfect ASIO Direct MonitoringTotalMix: 4096 channel mixer with 46 bit internal resolutionAnalog/Line headphone output, separate output for independent submixDIGICheck DSP: Level meter in hardware, peak- and RMS calculationStand-alone mode with Dante to MADI and vice versa converter functionalityUSB error analysis, displayed in the Settings dialogUser's Guide Digiface Dante RME

5. First Usage – Quick Start5.1 Connectors – LEDsThe front of the Digiface Dante features four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 BNC sockets for word orMADI I/O, a state LED, and the headphone output.The four network sockets, RJ45 format, support both 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. The integratedLEDs show the states connected (yellow) and data traffic (green). The four ports can be used inswitched (4) or redundancy (2) mode (Primary/Secondary).The State LED beside the BNC input shows Lock and Sync state for the word or MADI inputsignal.Phones is a low impedance line output.It provides a sufficient and undistortedvolume even when used with headphones.In case this output should operate asLine output, an adapter TRS plug toRCA phono plugs, or TRS plug to TSplugs is required.The pin assignment follows international standards. The left channel is connected to the tip, the right channel tothe ring of the TRS jack/plug.The rear of the Digiface Dante features the USB 3 port, a status LED, a power supply connector,and a hook to remove strain from the connectors. The LED indicates both power supply (USBbus power, green), as well as the USB status (yellow: USB 2, blue: USB 3).USB 3.0: Standard USB socket for connection to the computer. Please make sure the DigifaceDante can have the full voltage/current delivered from the computer by using hi-quality USBcables (like the one included). USB extension cables and USB hubs should be avoided. Whenconnected to USB 2 the channel count is reduced to 64 channels (Dante only).The Digiface Dante uses USB bus power. In case of USB 3 this is usually sufficient to run theinterface. But using all 4 network connections plus headphones can draw more current than theUSB 3 spec suggests (900 mA). The Digiface Dante therefore ships with a power supply forstable operation even at highest load.User's Guide Digiface Dante RME7

5.2 Quick StartAfter the driver installation (chapter 6 / 13) the Digiface Dante has to be connected to a Dantenetwork. A Dante network consists of a connection to at least one other Dante equipped deviceor computer with Dante Via installed. The Dante Controller does not allow any further settingswithout detecting a Dante network. Some basic and OS-specific options are available in theSettings dialog of the MADIface series driver.Level adjustment of the analog output Phones is done in TotalMix FX. The output is optimizedfor phones, but can also be used as line outputTotalMix FX remembers all settings, and loads these automatically when the Digiface Dantedrivers are loaded.Stand-alone OperationThe Digiface Dante can be used stand-alone, powered by the included power supply. Alternatively USB bus power from a USB power wall wart or USB battery can be used. When not connected to a computer host the device operates as 64 channel MADI to/from Dante converter.All channels are transferred to the other format unchanged, both ways.To make most use of the additional Phones output, a submix of all MADI and Dante input channels can be set up in computer-connected operation, and stored in the Digiface Dante for standalone operation. To store the current Submix Phones go to Options, Store current State intoDevice in TotalMix FX.8User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

User's GuideDigiface DanteInstallation and Operation - WindowsUser's Guide Digiface Dante RME9

6. Driver and Firmware6.1 Driver InstallationRME is constantly improving their drivers - the included Driver CD is most probably already outdated when unpacking the product. Please download the latest drivers from the RME website at Unzip the downloaded file and start the driver installation with rmeinstaller.exe.If internet access is not available insert the RME Driver CD into your CD-ROM drive. The driverinstaller is located in the directory \MADIface Net. Start rmeinstaller.exe and follow the instructions of the installer. After installation connect computer and Digiface Dante. Windows detectsthe new hardware as Digiface Dante and installs the drivers automatically.After a reboot, the icons of TotalMix FX and Settings dialog appear inthe notification area.The Digiface Dante driver also enables an internal USB Ethernet adapter for easier access tothe Dante Controller (see below). The Device Manager shows a RME MADIface USB Ethernetdevice if the MADIfaceNet driver has been installed (current version 0.9389).The Digiface Dante includes a module (Brooklyn II) from Australian company Audinate whichprovides all the Dante network technology. The software to control and access the Dante network, Dante Controller, needs to be installed on at least one computer in the Dante network. Itis available from Audinate directly, 25.1 explains how to find the ideal USB port.Driver Updates do not require to remove the existing drivers. Simply install the new driver overthe existing one.Possible reasons why a Digiface Dante is not found after driver installation: The USB port is not active in the system (check the Device Manager) The USB cable is not, or not correctly inserted into the socket. Check that the LED besidethe USB port is lit, it indicates power. The Digiface Dante does not receive any or not enough power. Remove current-consuminghard drives from nearby ports. Avoid USB extension cables and USB hubs.6.2 Uninstalling the DriversA de-installation of the driver files is not necessary – and not supported by Windows anyway.Thanks to full Plug & Play support, the driver files will not be loaded after the hardware has beenremoved. If desired these files can then be deleted manually.Unfortunately Windows Plug & Play methods do not cover the additional autorun entries of TotalMix, the Settings dialog, and the registration of the ASIO driver. These entries can be removed from the registry by a software de-installation request. This request can be found (like allde-installation entries) in Control Panel, Software. Click on the entry 'RME Digiface Dante'.The software Dante Controller is uninstalled the same way.10User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

6.3 Firmware UpdateThe Flash Update Tool updates the firmware of the Digiface Dante to the latest version. It requires an already installed driver.Download the latest version from the RME website at Unzip the downloadedfile and start the program fut usbplus avb dante.exe under Windows, or USB Series FlashTool under Mac. The Flash Update Tool displays the current revision of the Digiface Dante'sfirmware and whether it needs an update or not. If so, then simply press the 'Update' button. Aprogress bar will indicate when the flash process is finished (Verify Ok).After the update the unit needs to be reset. This is done by unplugging the Digiface Dante for afew seconds. A reboot of the computer is not necessary.When the update fails (status: failure), the unit's Safety BIOS will be used from the next boot on,the unit stays fully functional. The flash process should then be tried again.The manufacturer of the Dante Brooklyn II module, Audinate, also publishes firmware updates.The current firmware version can be checked in the Dante Controller software, Device View.There is currently no need to update the Dante module in the Digiface Dante, as they ship withthe latest 4.x firmware.Audinate will soon be launching Dante Updater, a new free Dante firmware management application for Windows and macOS desktops. Dante Updater allows Dante users to update entirenetworks of devices from multiple manufacturers with just a couple of clicks. Please check withAudinate's website for this new app: Starting the Dante Updater for the first time will bring up the Windows Firewall dialog.Make sure to allow access for both private and public networks or the flash process might fail.User's Guide Digiface Dante RME11

7. Configuring the Digiface Dante7.1 Settings DialogConfiguration of the Digiface Dante is done via its own settings dialog. The panel Settings canbe opened: by clicking on the fire symbol in the Task Bar's notification areaThe mixer of the Digiface Dante, TotalMix FX, can be opened: by clicking on the circle symbol in the Task Bar's notification areaThe following is available in the Settings dialog: ASIO LatencyUSB error analysisConfiguration of the WDM devicesConfiguration of the hardwareState of inputDisplay of current sample rateAny changes made in the Settingsdialog are applied immediately - confirmation (e.g. by clicking on OK orexiting the dialog) is not required.The tab About includes informationabout the current driver and firmwareversion plus four more options:Lock RegistryDefault: off. Checking this optionbrings up a dialog to enter a password.Changes in the Settings dialog are nolonger written to the registry. As thesettings are always loaded from theregistry when starting the computer,this method provides an easy way todefine an initial state for the DigifaceDante.Enable MMCSS for ASIO activatessupport with higher priority for the ASIO driver. Note: At this time, activating this option seems tobe useful only with the latest Cubase/Nuendo at higher load. With other software this option candecrease performance. The change becomes active after an ASIO reset. Therefore it is easy toquickly check which setting works better.Sort ASIO DevicesChanges the order only of the ASIO channels when using more than one interface.Limit ASIO to 32 ChannelsSome software crashes when presented with more than 32 ASIO channels. This workaroundremoves all higher channels, which can still be accessed and used via TotalMix FX.12User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

Buffer SizeThe setting Buffer Size determines the latency between incoming and outgoing ASIO and WDMdata, as well as affecting system stability (see chapter 7.1).USB Diagnosis shows specific USB transmission errors (CRC5, usually 0) and general errors.If the unit detects a record or playback error the number shown will no longer be 0. An audioreset is performed automatically. The counter is reset on start of playback/record. More information can be found in chapter 25.1.Sample RateDisplay of the currently active sample rate. Its setting / change takes place exclusively via theDante Controller. Neither WDM nor ASIO programs can change the sample rate.WDM DevicesAllows to freely set which I/Os are available as WDM devices, whether these are stereo or multichannel devices (up to 8 channels), and whether one or multiple of the currently active WDMdevices should have the Speaker property. Digiface Dante provides a maximum of 52 stereoWDM devices, or 16 multichannel devices. More details are found in chapter 7.2.OptionsWord Clock In Term.Checking this option terminates the word clock input internally with 75 Ohms.MADI CoaxialDefines the format of the MADI output signal. MADI can be a 56 or 64 channel signal. Samplerates in Double Speed range (64/88.2/96 kHz) can be transmitted by the normal 48K Frame, orusing a native 96K Frame.BNC I/OThe BNC input and output can be used as word clock I/O or MADI I/O.Iso(chronous) Streaming (USB 3 only)The Digiface Dante uses a special transmission mode with error correction in record mode. Incase the default mode does not work Isochronous Streaming can be tried. This is the standard’snative mode for audio transmission and should work with any USB 3 controller. See also chapter25.1.Input StatusWord / MADIIndicates presence of a valid signal at the word clock / MADI input (Lock, No Lock) and whetherthe signal is synchronous (Sync). The third column shows the sample rate detected by thehardware (coarse recognition, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz etc.), or the current channel format(56/64 channels).User's Guide Digiface Dante RME13

7.2 WDM ConfigurationThe WDM Devices configuration has onebutton to enter the edit dialog, a statusdisplay showing the number of currentlyenabled WDM devices, and a listbox toselect between Stereo or Multi-Channeldevices.The number represents both record andplayback devices, so ‘1’ means one inputand one output device.The screenshot to the right shows thestereo WDM devices available with theDigiface Dante. Here the first four stereodevices had been activated. Any can beactivated. Also only higher numbereddevices might be active. For exampleusing 25 26 for system based audio doesnot require to activate the prior stereodevices. Only Dante (25 26) will show upin the Windows Sound control panel.The checkbox All to the right allows for aquick check/uncheck of all devices.The screenshot to the left shows the multi-channel WDM devices available withthe Digiface Dante after selecting ‘MultiChannel’ in the WDM Devices listbox andhitting WDM Configure. In this examplethe devices Dante 1-8, 9-16, 17-24 and25-32 are active.Using a multi-channel WDM device allows for the use of multi-channel playbackwith specialized software as well as Surround sound from DVD or Blu-Ray playersoftware.Please note that configuring the WDMdevice to a specific surround mode in thecontrol panel Sound requires the deviceto have the Speaker property. See nextpage.Again the checkbox All to the right allowsfor a quick check/uncheck of all devices.14User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

Changing to the tab Speaker presents alist of all currently activated WDM devices. Any of these can now get the Speakerproperty.Please note that defining more than onedevice as Speaker usually makes nosense, and the speakers also don’t getnumbered or renamed in Windows, so itis impossible to find out which one iswhich.After leaving the dialog with OK the WDMdevices are reloaded so Windows seestheir new properties. In the WindowsSound control panel the modes Stereoand 7.1 can now be checked by selectingthe playback device and clicking the Configure button.User's Guide Digiface Dante RME15

7.3 Dante ControllerAll settings related to the Dante* network, like clock, streams and routing, are done with thesoftware Dante Controller by Audinate*. It is a free software application (registration required) forWindows and Mac, and can be downloaded nte-controllerDante Controller offers automatic device discovery, one-click signal routing and user-editabledevice and channel labels. It also provides device status information, real-time network monitoring including device-level latency and customized event logging. Presets can be used to quicklyand easily backup, restore, move, and re-use Dante network configurations.At startup Dante Controller scans the network for connected Dante devices and shows themautomatically in the Network View.Note: Dante Controller will not work as long as at least one other Dante device has been connected to the Digiface Dante.Note: The IP address of a Dante device must fit into the network environment for proper operation. The Dante Controller will mark a device entry red if the IP address does not match the network environment, thus helps resolving the issue.User guides, FAQs, Setup Documents and many more information around Dante and the DanteController software are available at: Digiface Dante is basically a USB audio interface. The Dante Controller software needs anetwork port to communicate with the Dante network. The standard solution would have been toplug a network cable from the computer's network port into one of the four ports of the DigifaceDante - which makes you loose two network ports!Therefore the Digiface Dante also includes the functionality of a USB Ethernet adapter. Afterinstalling the additional network driver (which is done automatically by the driver packages) thecomputer's Device Manager will show a RME MADIface USB Ethernet device. This added device can be used directly for the Dante Controller. No cable needed, two network ports stay free.* Audinate, the Audinate logo and Dante are registered trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd.16User's Guide Digiface Dante RME

8. Operation and Usage8.1 PlaybackIn the audio application being used, Digiface Dante must be selected as output device. This canoften be found in the Options, Preferences or Settings menus as Playback Device, Audio Devices, Audio etc.Increasing the number and/or size of audio buffers may prevent the audio signal from breakingup, but also increases latency i.e. output is delayed. For synchronized playback of audio andMIDI (or similar), be sure to activate the checkbox ‘Get position from audio driver’.Note: This is a network audio interface. In a network, clock definition is of particular importance.Therefore neither WDM nor ASIO are allowed to influence the sample rate. That setting is doneexclusively by the Dante Controller.8.2 DVD-Playback (AC-3/DTS)AC-3 / DTSPopular DVD software players can send their audio data stream to any AC-3/DTS capable receiver via the Digiface Dante.!The sample rate must be set to 48 kHz in the Dante Controller, or the software will onlyplayback a stereo 2-channel downmix via SPDIF.In some cases the Digiface Dante output device has to be selected in Control Panel / Sound /Playback and be set as Default, or the software will not recognize it.The DVD software's audio properties now show the options 'SPDIF Out' or similar. When selecting it, the software will transfer the non-decoded digital multi-channel data stream to a DigifaceDante output channel.Warning: This 'SPDIF' signal sounds like chopped noise at highest level.MultichannelPowerDVD and WinDVD can also operate as software decoder, sending a DVD's multichanneldata stream directly to the analog and digital outputs of the Digiface Dante. For this to work select the WDM playback device ’Loudspeaker’ of the Digiface Dante in Control Panel/ Sound/Playback as ‘Standard’. Additionally a Multi-channel WDM device is required, whose propertyof 7.1 Loudspeaker playback can be verified under Configuration .PowerDVD's and WinDVD's audio properties now list several multichannel modes. If one ofthese is selected, the software sends the decoded analog multichannel data to the Digiface Dante. On some software it is not necessary to select the Loudspeaker in the Sound panel.8.3 Channel Count under WDMThe Digiface Dante supports a maximum of 104 channels for WDM. These can be configuredand activated via the Settings dialog - WDM Devices, as Stereo or Multi-channel (8-channel)devices.In Double Speed mode the number of available channels is halved for both Dante and MADI. InQuad Speed mode the number of available channels is reduced to 16 channels for both Danteand MADI.User's Guide Digiface Dante RME17

8.4 Multi-client OperationRME audio interfaces support multi-client operation. Several programs can be used at the sametime. The formats ASIO and WDM can even be used on the same playback channels simultaneously. As WDM uses a real-time sample rate conversion (ASIO does not), all active ASIOsoftware has to use the same sample rate.However, a better overview is maintained by using the channels exclusively. This is no limitationat all, because TotalMix allows for any output routing, and therefore a playback of multiple software on the same hardware outputs.Inputs can be used from an unlimited number of WDM and ASIO software at the same time, asthe driver simply sends the data to all applications simultaneously.RME's sophisticated tool DIGICheck is an exception to this rule. It operates like an ASIO host,using a special technique to access playback channels directly. Therefore DIGICheck is able toanalyse and display playback data from any software, no matter which format it uses.8.5 Digital RecordingUnlike analog soundcards which produce empty wave files (or noise) when no input signal ispresent, digital interfaces always need a valid input signal to start recording. Taking this intoaccount, RME added a comprehensive I/O signal status display to the Digiface Dante, showingsample frequency, lock and sync status in the Settings dialog, and a status LED directly at theunit.The sample frequency shown in the Settings dialog is useful as a quick display of the currentconfiguration of the unit and the connected external equipment. If no sample frequency is recognized, it will read ‘No Lock’.This way, configuring any suitable audio application for digital recording is simple. After connection the Digiface Dante displays the current and external sample frequency. This parameter canthen be changed in the application’s audio attributes (or similar) dialog.8.6 Clock Modes - SynchronizationIn the digital world, a device must be either Master (clock source) or Slave (clock receiver).Whenever several devices are linked within a system, there must always be a single masterclock.!A digital system can only have one master! If the Digiface Dante’s clock mode is set to 'Internal', all other devices must be set to ‘Slave’.This also applies in a network. Typically, a single device is defined as a clock master (GrandClock), controlling both the network and all connected devices. The Digiface Dante can be synchronized as slave over incoming network streams, or an attached word clock, or MADI signal.As master, it uses its internal clock, becoming the clock master of the entire network.RME’s exclusive SyncCheck technology (first implemented in the Hammerfall) enables an easyto use check and display of the current clo

User's Guide Digiface Dante 7 RME 5. First Usage - Quick Start 5.1 Connectors - LEDs The front of the Digiface Dante features four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 BNC sockets for word or MADI I/O, a state LED, and the headphone output. The four network sockets, RJ45 format, support both 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps.The integrated