Dante Software & AVIO Support

  • Videos and other extensive Dante training and certification material are available in the Training and Tutorials section of this site.
  • In addition to the software and Dante AVIO below, you can view our complete list of Dante FAQs on their dedicated page.
  • If you can't find a solution in the FAQs or user guides, please contact us using the provided form. Login to your Audinate account is required to submit the support form.

Common Dante Software & AVIO FAQs

In Dante Via, a source is any hardware device or software application that can add audio to the computer / network system.

Sources can be physically in the computer, connected to the computer, or connected to the Dante network.

Hardware sources include:

  • Internal (built-in) soundcards
  • External (e.g. USB or Firewire) soundcards
  • Internal and external microphones
  • USB headsets
  • Video cameras with built-in microphones
  • Dante audio devices (such as mixing consoles)
  • Hardware synthesizers, and other electronic instruments
  • Any Dante Via-installed computers on the Dante network
  • ‘System audio’ (the internal audio mix that the computer would usually play to the speakers)

Software sources include:

  • iTunes®, Spotify®
  • Skype®
  • Digital Audio Workstations (Cubase®, Pro Tools®, GarageBand® etc.)
  • Web browsers
  • Any other software applications that produce audio (such as games, Microsoft PowerPoint®, email clients etc.)
  • Software synthesizers

Devices and applications that can add audio to the system and receive audio from the system are both sources and destinations, so they appear in both lists.

Sources can also be a mix of two or more individual sources.

System Sounds is the audio produced directly by your operating system – such as Windows and OS X startup and shutdown sounds, error notifications, and other standard notifications.

System sounds are automatically sent to your default output destination (usually along with any other software sources that are playing audio, as part the ‘default mix’) unless another source has been specifically sent there instead.

Probably because it has built-in speakers and an internal soundcard – which means you can use it to play any audio you like.

In order for someone else to be able to connect to (receive audio from) one of your sources, you must:

  1. Select ‘Enable Dante’ for your source (this puts the source onto the Dante network).
  2. Proactively allow the connection from the other user.

When another user tries to connect to a source that has been Dante-enabled, you will be presented with an access control pop-up asking if you want to allow the connection. If you click ‘Allow’, the user will receive audio from your source. If you click ‘Don’t Allow’, they will not receive any audio.

Note that the privacy option ‘Network devices require my permission … ’ must be enabled in the Privacy preferences in order for you to receive access control pop-ups. If it is disabled, users will be able to connect to your Dante-enabled sources without your permission. Audinate strongly recommends that you do not disable the ‘Network devices require my permission … ’ option.

If you are using a computer that has multiple network interfaces, you may encounter an issue where DVS does not allow the selection of a network interface, or does not acquire an IP address.

The current workaround is to open Dante Controller on the machine running DVS, and in the 'Configure Dante Interfaces' dialog, ensure that the checkbox for ‘Use shared Dante interfaces’ is selected. This instructs other Dante software applications (DVS, Via, and Firmware Update Manager) to use the same interface that is currently selected in Dante Controller. 

A Dante Virtual Soundcard License can only be activated a limited number of times, and this activation limit has been exceeded.

Please be aware that the license for this software is for use on a single machine only (like a physical sound card license). The license agreement you acknowledged when you activated Dante Virtual Soundcard does not allow you to use the same license ID on multiple machines. In order to use Dante Virtual Soundcard on a second machine, you will need to purchase an additional license.

Reinstalling Dante Virtual Soundcard on a machine that it was previously installed on should not require an additional activation, and should be possible without limit.

If you believe this message is in error, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page, select 'Move or Reinstall DVS' and include your license ID.

The License ID that has been entered is not a known Dante Virtual Soundcard License ID.

Check to make sure a valid Dante Virtual Soundcard License ID has been entered, and not a serial number for a different product.

If you are seeing this after entering a DVS Token from the product packaging of Dante enabled equipment:

DVS tokens are bundled with some Dante products. A DVS (Dante Virtual Soundcard) token is a unique code that can be redeemed for a fully-functional Dante Virtual Soundcard license ID, which can then be used to activate Dante Virtual Soundcard. A DVS token can not be entered directly into the license field on the Dante Virtual Soundcard application, it must be redeemed first to produce a license ID.  You can redeem the DVS token for a Dante Virtual Soundcard license ID here: Redeem DVS Token

If you are seeing this after entering the serial number of a Dante-MY16-AUD card:

As of July 2013, the Dante-MY16-AUD product box includes updated documentation. The Dante-MY16-AUD card itself is unchanged. As part of this update, we have changed the way you redeem the Dante Virtual Soundcard License bundled with your Dante-MY16-AUD purchase. 

If your product box contains a 'Download Your Software' card (like the one shown below) with a DVS token label on it, you can redeem the DVS token for a Dante Virtual Soundcard license ID here: Redeem DVS Token

As of this date, we no longer record or track the serial numbers of the Dante-MY16-AUD cards.  If the card above was missing from your product box, or if you have misplaced the card, we do not track which DVS Tokens were included in each Dante-MY16-AUD product box.  Yamaha provides exclusive distribution and support for the Dante-MY16-AUD card. Support information can be accessed by contacting your authorized Yamaha Pro Audio Dealer. 

Dante Virtual Soundcard could not find the IP address of the Audinate Licensing Server. Likely to be caused by local network DNS failure or Proxy settings.

Wait and try again in case the issue is temporary. If the problem persists please talk to your local IT support staff


Dante Virtual Soundcard licenses are non-portable. When the license is activated, it becomes permanently locked to the physical computer on which it was activated, and it cannot be moved to another computer after activation.

Dante Virtual Soundcard can however be uninstalled, reinstalled and reactivated on the same physical computer any number of times, except in some situations where significant changes have been made to the fundamental hardware configuration of the computer (for example, if an internal hard drive or network interface has been added or removed).

If you are unable to reactivate Dante Virtual Soundcard on a computer which was previously running the software successfully, please complete the support form here.

Be sure that you are running the latest versions of Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard for your operating system.  If this is the case:

  • If there are two different wired network interfaces on your computer, ensure that they are in different subnets – or disable the unused network interface.
  • Check that you have no firewall active – please see the Dante controller user guide for details of how to safely configure a firewall for use in a deployed network.
  • Check that you have no antivirus software active (Dante uses 'unusual' port addresses, due to the 'usual' port addresses already being used by other common applications) – you will need to configure your antivirus software to allow the full function of Dante.


If you haven’t done so already, download Dante Via.

Installing Dante Via

Mac OS X: Open the Dante Via DMG file downloaded from Audinate. Double click the file Dante Via.pkg contained in the DMG and follow the on screen instructions.

Windows: Double click the Dante Via EXE file downloaded from Audinate and follow the on-screen instructions.

Activating Dante Via

  1. Run Dante Via (using the relevant method for your operating system).
    If this is the first time it has been run, an Activation Panel will appear, with buttons for Purchase, Activate or Start Trial. If no activation window appears when you run Dante Via, choose “Activation…” from the Dante Via main menu.
  2. Click Activate.
  3. In the window that appears, enter your Audinate account information.
  4. Click Activate.

That’s it! Your copy of Dante Via is ready to use.

To monitor specific channels on a multi-channel Dante device, first Dante-enable your headphones or speakers (click the ‘Enable Dante control for the headphones or speakers destination), and then use Dante Controller to send the required transmit channels from the Dante device to your headphones’ receive channels.

You can start and stop Dante Via using the button on the main window of the user interface, and in the general preferences.

  • To open the preferences in Windows, click the settings icon  and select ‘Preferences’.
  • To open the preferences in OS X, choose ‘Preferences’ from the Dante Via main menu.

Note that you will need to stop Dante Via if you want to use Dante Virtual Soundcard on the same computer (and vice-versa) – they cannot be used simultaneously. 

Dante Via supports 2x2 channels (2 in and 2 out) for software applications, 32x32 channels for hardware devices, and a total of 48 source channels and 48 destination channels.

This means that you could theoretically run 24 stereo sources into 24 stereo destinations simultaneously, on a sufficiently-powerful computer. However, audio mixes (including the ‘default mix’) require their own additional channels, which deduct from the total supported source channel count.

On OS X, the stereo Channel Application Input occupies 2 source channels, and the 16-channel application input occupies 16 source channels.

Individual computer performance and tuning can affect the number of channels that are practically supported.

In order to transmit multicast flows from Dante Virtual Soundcard on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), the IP address of the Ethernet port must be set to static, and/or the Wi-Fi port must be turned on.

Check the sample rate: Dante devices must be set to 48 kHz in order for them to appear in the Dante Via UI.

Make sure you are logged into this website, then go to 'My Account' (the link is at the top right) and then click 'My Products'.

Scroll down to 'My Dante Via Licenses', and follow the instructions for recovering a license.

You may also see "Fatal error code 0x80070643 - Fatal error during installation".

This can be because you are missing a Windows 7 security update which is required for software applications that use the latest Windows certificate signing method.

If you don't have the required update in your Windows 7 (SP1) installation, you can download and install it to resolve the setup failure issue.

To see if you have the update installed:

  1. Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> View installed updates.
  2. Use the search field at top right to search for: KB3033929

If the security update appears in the search results, it is already installed, and your problem is probably unrelated.

If it does not appear in the search results, you can download it from: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=46148

Install the update and restart your computer, then retry the installation.


You will need to manually restart the trial:

1. In Dante Via, open the Activation panel.
2. Click ‘Activate’, and then ‘Enter a License ID’.
3. If the License ID field is pre-populated with your existing license ID, just click ‘Activate’ again. 

If the License ID field is not pre-populated: 

1. Make sure you are logged in to this website.
2. Go to ‘My Account’ (the link is at the top right), and then ‘My Products’.
3. Copy your Dante Via trial license ID from the ‘My Dante Via Licenses’ section.
4. Go back to the Dante Via application, and paste the license ID into the License ID field in the Activation panel, and click ‘Activate’.

Dante Via is designed for stereo applications. If you have a requirement to move higher numbers of audio channels between audio software and a Dante network, Audinate also provides Dante Virtual Soundcard, which supports up to 64 x 64 channels of audio. Please note Dante Virtual Soundcard acts as an audio interface only, and does not provide the routing functionality of Dante Via.

For even higher channel counts, a Dante PCIe card supports up to 128 x 128 channels, with ultra-low latency. Dante PCIe cards are currently available from two major manufacturers.

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