Reaffirming its market leadership in professional-grade audio and video IP networking solutions, Audinate has announced the first available product using Dante Ready, a licensing program that empowers end-users to add channels of Dante audio to supported products in the field. The first deployment is with K-array, the professional audio powerhouse, on its new Kommander, Thunder and Mugello amplifiers.
According to, Bryce Dunn, Audinate Senior Director of Product Management, the early adoption of Dante Ready by one of the most ambitious and innovative brands in professional audio underscores the potential of customer activated Dante channels. “We are truly excited about the possibilities that Dante Ready enables for manufacturers and customers alike, giving them the flexibility to add Dante channels and features when they need them. As one of the most innovative companies in the AV industry, K-array is the perfect partner to launch this revolutionary new service.”
Dante Ready is available for devices built using Dante Embedded Platform, a software implementation of Dante audio designed for Linux-based audio appliances. Dante Ready lets customers activate Dante as software online while devices are in the field, purchasing only as many channels of Dante audio as they require – from 2×2 to 64×64. Once activated, the product licenses never expire and can be expanded as needed through later purchases. All purchases are routed through Audinate’s secure payment system.
The Kommander Series amplifiers from K-array boast cloud-based technologies powered by the Integrated Electronic Brain on board each amp. More than a traditional DSP, the built-in microelectronics feature expansive sound processing and complete user control over the system performance. Volume, signal routing and presets as well as a complete USB player, are directly manageable from the device via a mobile app and dedicated professional interface.
“To be the first to use Audinate’s Dante Ready activation is a great privilege. Every aspect of K-array’s experience and expertise has been poured into the Kommander,” said Alessandro Tatini, K-array President. “Our all-new, high-performance amplifiers deliver all of the performance and dynamic excellence for which K-array is renowned, with the additional benefit of cloud-based technologies to extend the possibilities. This is for our customers who will appreciate and enjoy having complete control of K-array speakers.”