About Network Audio

Audio-Technica has bridged the gap between audio and IT with the first wired microphones that transmit audio and control data together over the Dante network protocol. A simple Ethernet connection allows the Network Microphone to communicate across an existing network of Dante-enabled devices and, with the mic’s integrated, programmable user switch, control any of those devices at the push of a button.

Dante networking technology has become the standard in the professional audio industry. A true plug-and-play solution, Dante uses standard Internet protocols to distribute digital audio and control data with very low latency. Network Microphones exploit Dante’s advantages to provide a powerful audio solution that’s easy to implement, use and expand.

Available Audio-Technica Network Microphones and Devices

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Compatible Devices

Frequently Asked Questions About Dante

Frequently Asked Questions About Audio-Technica and Dante
  • Do the Dante-enabled microphones have analog outputs?
    No, they only output a Dante audio stream utilizing an IP protocol. Another Dante-enabled receiving device is needed to receive the audio over the network.

  • Can the Dante-enabled microphones mute locally?
    Yes, this can be set up using the controls on the bottom of the microphone, or by using a third-party device capable of controlling the Dante-enabled microphones (see list of partners).

  • Can the controls on the bottom of the mic be disabled?
    Yes, the controls can be disabled by using the Lock button on the bottom of the microphone or via third-party control software.

  • Can the Dante-enabled microphone be controlled by multiple devices?
    Yes, the microphone will respond to – and can be adjusted by – multiple control-enabled devices.

  • Is the Dante-enabled microphone’s red/green LED indicator independent of the mute function?
    In remote mode, the red/green LED indicator is independent of the microphone mute. When in local mode, the indicator follows the mute status: red muted, green live.

  • Why doesn’t the user switch activate when I use a pen or other rigid device?
    The switch utilizes a capacitance circuit, so items such as pens, pencils and other inanimate objects do not trigger the circuit. The human body is a great trigger for this type of switch.

  • Can I connect a Dante device directly to my computer?
    If you are connecting a Dante-enabled microphone, the microphone will require Power over Ethernet (PoE). If your Ethernet switch provides PoE, connect your Dante-enabled microphone to the switch using Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cable, and then connect your computer to the same switch.

    If you have only one Dante-enabled microphone and want to connect it directly to a computer, utilize a PoE injector between the computer and the microphone with two Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cables.