Setting up Spatial Mic Dante using Dante Controller

Setting up Spatial Mic Dante Using Dante Controller
July 20, 2023 Voyage Audio

With Spatial Mic Dante you can easily route your audio over a Dante audio network for recording, broadcasting or streaming. In this tutorial we will go over how to set up Spatial Mic Dante using the Dante Controller application.

For this guide we will use the items below:

Spatial Mic Dante
1G network switch with POE (Managed) Netgear GS305EP
Cat5e or better cables
A computer connected to the network running Dante Controller
Any other Dante device. In this case we are using  Focusrite Red 8Pre

  1. We start by making the physical connections to the hardware.
  2. Once everything is turned on we start by opening the Dante Controller application. Dante Controller has many features and settings but we will cover only the basics for using Spatial Mic Dante with Dante Controller. If you aren’t already familiar with Dante audio networking or Dante Controller we suggest taking the Dante online training courses. To learn more about Dante Controller please see the Dante Controller manual found on Audinate’s website.
    In the routing matrix view, devices that are available as transmitters, such as Spatial Mic Dante are seen on the top as columns. Devices that are Receivers, such as the Focusrite AM-2 (a Dante Headphone amp) are on the left rows. Devices that transmit and receive, such as the Focusrite Red 8Pre will show up in both areas.
  3. Using the matrix routing you can click the intersecting boxes of the transmitter and receiver devices to complete a subscription. Below we see we have selected the 8 channels audio out from Spatial Mic Dante into the first 8 inputs of the Focusrite Red 8Pre. The green check mark means the subscription is made and audio is being transmitted from Spatial Mic Dante to the Red 8Pre. If you don’t have the option to create a subscription between two devices there may be a sample rate mismatch which we will see how to change in the settings below.
  4. To change Spatial Mic Dante’s Settings you can double click on a device’s name to open the Device View.
    The first tab is the transmit tab which shows the 8 channels coming from Spatial Mic Dante with speaker icons to indicate the signal being transmitted. If you have any multicast flows they will be displayed on the right column. Learn more about multicast flows on
  5. The status tab displays information about Spatial Mic Dante such as product and firmware details. It also displays information about Dante, the clock and the Interface.
  6. The Latency tab is unused on Spatial Mic Dante.
  7. The Device Configuration tab is where you can change the display name of your Spatial Mic Dante, adjust the sample rate, bit depth, and device latency. These settings are displayed in MicNet Control application but they can only be changed here in Dante Controller.
  8. The network configuration tab is where you can change spatial Mic Dante’s IP address. The default setting is automatic.
  9. The AES67 Config tab allows you to enable AES67 mode on Spatial Mic Dante. This will enable Spatial Mic Dante to be interoperable with audio networks other than Dante that support use of the AES67 protocol.
    Now that Spatial Mic Dante is setup and routed between Dante devices the next step is to make any necessary adjustments to the Spatial Mic Dante’s Gain or outputs using MicNet Control, then start recording or broadcasting. Learn more about MicNet Control with the MicNet Control tutorial.

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