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Audinate told me:

“Dear Wouter,

The latency settings on Dante Virtual Soundcard represent the realities of network packet processing on typical computers and computer operating systems. A lower setting would simply exceed the capabilities of machines on the marketplace today. To complicate matters, laptops typically have lower throughput than desktops due to power saving concerns.

Another thing to consider is that plug-ins like Waves introduce their own latency, independent of Dante Virtual Soundcard. This is also a function of computer performance.

We developed the Dante PCIe card in order to provide a super low-latency solution for cases like this. The Dante PCIe handles all packet processing in hardware so that it is much faster than Dante Virtual Soundcard. Unfortunately for laptop users, this requires a desktop-style machine that can host full PCIe cards.

Dante Virtual Soundcard works beautifully for its intended purposes, and pushes computer performance as far as it is reasonable to go. For applications that demand very low latency, we will offer the Dante PCIe via Focusrite later this summer as a solution.”

“Significantly lower latency settings for Dante Virtual Soundcard are physically impossible with current commercial computing systems – if implemented, they would simply fail because we would exceed the packet processing capacities. The only viable solution is hardware based, ergo the Dante PCIe card.

Our current roadmap does not have a PCI ExpressCard version nor a Linux version of Dante Virtual Soundcard, but as expected we are always observing and sizing up business opportunities. If either of those appears to be viable from a business perspective, they will eceive consideration. Thank you for your suggestions.”

Are there other people that would consider using DVS on a linux environment, if drivers were available?