LAMA NDI virtual soundcard: low-latency multi-channel audio over standard IP networks

In a collaboration between the global video-over-IP connectivity standard NDI and audio software company LAMA, the real-time efficiencies of NDI are now available to the audio world. The LAMA NDI Virtual Soundcard, a free 16 x 16 AoIP software interface, delivers low-latency multi-channel audio over standard IP networks, impulsing audio workflows, as manufacturer states.

According to the company’s information, this solution emulates the functionality of a physical soundcard without the need for additional hardware, harnessing the trusted NDI protocol to send and receive high-quality audio across networks.

Accessible and flexible audio networking

“One of the most compelling advantages of LAMA NDI Virtual Soundcard is its accessibility,” says Ewan Cameron, LAMA Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer. “Supporting up to 16 inputs and outputs, this free tool makes NDI Audio accessible to a wider range of users, from hobbyists and small content creators to educational institutions and professional broadcasting companies.”

Cameron adds, “For users with more advanced audio workflows, we will also be releasing a 64-channel version as a paid upgrade. This approach not only simplifies the setup and reduces the costs associated with live production and streaming but also enhances the flexibility and scalability of audio workflows.”

Remote collaboration

By turning a computer into an NDI-enabled device, users can network multi-channel audio with minimal setup and seamlessly integrate with a range of audio applications, including digital audio workstations (DAWs), live sound mixing consoles, and other audio processing software.

Daniel Nergard, NDI President, highlights the benefits: “LAMA’s development of the NDI Virtual Soundcard is a testament to the ongoing software-defined innovation within the growing NDI community and introduces a host of benefits. It is very relevant in today’s increasingly remote and distributed working environments, helping to facilitate remote production workflows and enabling real-time, low latency collaboration between teams in different geographical locations ─ and with no additional equipment needed.”

Adoption and compatibility

To promote widespread adoption, the new soundcard supports all major sound card drivers, including Microsoft Windows’ WDM, Apple’s Core Audio, the ASLA driver for Linux, and the ASIO driver specified by Steinberg and widely used in professional DAWs.

A preview of the LAMA NDI Virtual Soundcard will be showcased by NDI on Stand C10171 (Vizrt) at InfoComm in Las Vegas until June 14, 2024.

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