Choosing DVS as your Audio Interface - Windows

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Select and configure Dante Virtual Soundcard as your audio interface from within the audio application. It should appear as 'Dante Virtual Soundcard' in the list of available soundcards. Note that if 'Dante Virtual Soundcard' does not appear in the list of available soundcards, it is either not running, or not operating correctly.

Use the Options button to configure options such as buffer size, latency and channel count.

WDM

Dante Virtual Soundcard supports 16 channels (8 stereo pairs) in WDM mode. Each stereo pair appears as an independent selectable audio device in any relevant Windows and supporting application dialogs.

Windows Audio Shared Mode

Windows allows applications to share audio interfaces.

If applications with differing sample rates share an audio interface, their sample rates are automatically brought into line by Windows, so it can mix the audio streams. This will result in sample rate conversion on one of the audio streams, which can adversely affect audio quality.

To prevent Windows performing sample rate conversion on Dante Virtual Soundcard audio, the 'Shared Mode' default format for all Dante Virtual Soundcard channels must match the sample rate currently selected on the Dante Virtual Soundcard control panel.

In Windows 7, the default shared mode format for the device is automatically updated when the audio format Dante Virtual Soundcard is adjusted in Dante Controller, so you should not have to adjust it manually.

In Windows 8.x and Windows 10, you will need to manually specify the default shared mode format for the device.

  1. Open the Windows Sound options dialog (Start > Control Panel > Sound).
  2. With the Playback tab selected, double-click the 'DVS Transmit 1-2' entry in the interface list.

  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. Set the Default Format to the required setting.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Repeat for all Dante Virtual Soundcard stereo pairs.
  7. Repeat again for the Recording tab.
  8. Click OK.

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