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Introduction to Show Networking

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Program Information

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Learn the basics of networks and their place in live entertainment shows such as theatre productions and concerts. Day One is appropriate for anyone working on show lighting, sound, video, scenery, pyrotechnics, etc: anything that uses a network.  Day Two is focused on network audio distribution using Audinate’s widely-used Dante system.

What does the program offer?

This program consists of two independent but related one-day workshops. Participants can attend one or both, depending on their level of expertise and interest. Please indicate your choice of workshop upon registration.

Day One: "Introduction to Show Networking" is an introductory workshop for beginners explains the basics of networks and how they are used on shows to distribute data for all kinds of systems: lighting, sound, video, machinery,and even pyro. Basic concepts such as IP addresses, sub net masks, and physical topologies will be covered. Basic network design concepts such as avoiding broadcast storms will be covered through hands-on labs. Participants must bring a laptop to participate in labs (Windows PC preferred).

Day Two: "Introduction to Show Audio Networking with Audinate's Dante" explains the basics of connecting, using, and patching audio networks using Audinate’s Dante system.  Attendees are expected to have a basic networking knowledge (Day One "Introduction to Show Networking" workshop or equivalent). The workshop will cover basic operation of Dante’s system, clock issues, patching, and multicast flows.  Attendees should bring a laptop to participate in labs.

Who should apply?

Entertainment professionals, students of theatre or entertainment medias, or anyone teaching in these fields will benefit from these sessions. Day One is appropriate for anyone working on show lighting, sound, video, scenery, pyro, etc: anything that uses a network. Day Two is appropriate for those with experience working with live sound, and have a solid understanding of digital audio consoles, word clock, and the like.


Before the Workshops:

From the "Show Networks and Control Systems" book, read Chapters 16: Networking Basics, and Chapter 17: Show Networks, Chapter 18, Advanced Show Network Topics and/or watch the relevant lecture videos (each one about an hour long) for those chapters. Since everyone is coming from a different background, some of you may need to cover some of the introductory chapters in order to get up to speed for Chapter 16.

Day 1: Introduction to Show Networking


  • Ensure students laptops are setup, test network connectivity
  • Review key information from the lectures/chapters and answer any questions.
  • Connect network cables and hardware to attendees laptops
  • Set IP addresses and subnet masks based on detailed written lab instructions.
  • Verify connections between machines
  • Demonstrate the difference between TCP and UDP.
  • Demonstrate network traffic flow, and discuss basic subnets


  • Setup laptops, connect a network.
  • Set IP addresses and subnet masks based on plan created by students.
  • Set IP addresses using a DHCP server.
  • Demonstrate and discuss broadcast domain, ARP, etc.
  • Create a bad topology and broadcast storm
  • Briefly introduce Wireshark
  • Review network applications in shows
  • Discuss networking’s future role on shows
  • Final questions

Note: This class counts for seven hours of ETCP recognized training.

Day 2: Introduction to Basic Audio Networking using Dante

In addition to reading the chapters listed above, you must review basic networking knowledge using Dante’s presentation and complete the online Dante training workshops before the workshop.


  • Ensure students laptops are setup with Virtual Sound Card (VSC) and Dante Controller, test network connectivity
  • Review Networking Basics/Answer Questions
    • Review about fixed IP and DHCP/Link Local Addresses
  • Review Dante online materials
  • Review Virtual Sound Card
  • Setup Basic Network 
  • Ensure connectivity
  • Distribute audio from mixer to VSC on student laptops 
  • Review Dante Controller
  • Setup multiple small networks
  • Use Dante Controller to patch


  • Network all laptops back to mixer
  • Review Dante Clocking
    • Demonstrate Clock system
    • Demonstrate clock problems
  • Setup multiple small networks
  • Review Unicast and Multicast Transport
    • Patch multicast flows
  • Dante Redundancy
    • Build redundant system
    • Demonstrate Dante Via overview and demonstration
  • Discuss networking’s future role in audio
  • Final Q & A


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (2 days, shared room package)*
Workshop Only (2 days)
Program fee (1 day, shared room package)*
Workshop Only (1 day)

A non-refundable registration fee of $135 will be charged upon registration.  Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to 7 days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment. If the program is cancelled all registrants will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred. 

*single room packages are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for availability and rates.

How to Apply

This program consists of two independent but related one-day workshops. Participants can attend one or both, depending on their level of expertise and interest. Please indicate your choice of workshop in Step 2 (SlideRoom). More information on each day can be found in the Itinerary section. 

You will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop.

Software Requirements:

For Day One:

For Day Two:

  • Virtual Sound Card (there is a 14 day free trial if you create a login).
  • Some sort of audio software that can both send and receive audio, such as Audacity (free).

All participants must read chapters 16, 17, and 18 in  "Show Networks and Control Systems" or watch the relevant video lectures prior to attending either of these workshops.

Note: All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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