Broadcast mixer Paul Sandweiss (founder of Sound Design Corporation) is utilizing a Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI-to-Dante bridge to interface his Yamaha CL5 consoles with the rest of his systems on the road and in broadcast mixing situations.
RedNet, which utilizes Audinate Dante Ethernet audio networking, offers flexibility in a wide range of applications. So far, Sandweiss has used his system with the RedNet 6 units on the recent 86th Academy Awards (with long-time associate Biff Dawes mixing the music performances on the live broadcast), the BET Awards, the EMMYs, the American Music Awards, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Special, The BET Celebration of Gospel, and a recent Conan O’Brien broadcast from the road in Dallas.
His flight pack systems house a Yamaha CL5 console that works on the Dante network. To record from the CL5, signal is basically pushed through a RedNet 6, which converts Dante to MADI, which then feeds two Fairlight Xynergi recorders.
“I wanted something that easily converts Dante to MADI and MADI back to Dante, and that is exactly what the RedNet 6 does,” Sandweiss says. “It’s so convenient. They have a RedNet controller that talks to the RedNet 6, and it’s very easy to set up. It’s a very easy box to get up and running real quickly for what you need to do.
“It needs to be flawless in the signal back and forth, and it manages to do that very well,” he continues. “And aside from that, it has that classic cool red look, it’s only one rack unit and it’s priced right. What more can I say?”