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Focusrite Highlighting Next-Generation RedNet Range At InfoComm 2015

New models in Focusrite's Dante-based networked audio range feature power supply and Ethernet redundancy

Focusrite (booth C9147) is highlighting four second-generation models from its extended RedNet line of products based around the Dante audio-over-IP networking system at the InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando.

New models include the MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic preamp, D16R AES interface, HD32R HD bridge for Pro Tools and D64R MADI bridge. Interoperable with all other Dante-compatible units, these RedNet interfaces are designed for live sound and broadcast applications, due to their power supply and network-redundancy, locking Ethernet connectors, and compact 1U form factors.

Launched in 2012, Focusrite’s RedNet range was among the first to adopt the Dante audio-over-IP network as the infrastructure for a new and versatile range of products. Since then, RedNet has been used for a diverse range of audio applications, from broadcast to opera, from studio to live events.

Dual Ethernet ports, fitted with locking Ethercon connectors, are provided, with several operating modes including daisy-chaining and redundancy confirmed by front-panel indicators. Two separate power supplies with fault detection capability are included, with separate power input sockets on the rear panel. Power failure is indicated both remotely and on the front panel.

RedNet MP8R is an 8-channel remote controlled mic pre and A/D, with redundant power and networking. Based on the RedNet 4 mic pre and developed following approaches from international live sound companies, RedNet MP8R has a maximum input level of 28 dBu, polarity invert, 20 dB pad, and dual input impedances. Each pre feeds two channels to the network: one a direct feed and the other automatically DSP gain-compensated for a fixed signal level for multiple-user workflows. The selectable input impedances of 10 kOhms and 2.4 kOhms are useful for controlling the load seen by the mic when running multiple pres in parallel.

RedNet D16R provides 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with redundant power and networking. Perfect for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3-equipped audio equipment and any Dante network, RedNet D16R includes Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) on each input pair, for operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provide synchronization with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.

RedNet D64R is a development of the RedNet 6 Dante to MADI interface, providing a link between any Dante network and any MADI / AES10 setup, with redundant power and networking. D64R supports up to 64 channels of both coaxial and optical MADI interfaces and is bi-directional, making it possible to use RedNet modules with a MADI system, or MADI with Dante. A sample rate converter (SRC) is included on each input and output, allowing bridging between MADI and Dante irrespective of the sample rate at which either system is operating. Word Clock in and out is also included.

RedNet HD32R, a development of the original RedNet 5, is a second-generation Pro Tools bridge linking Pro Tools|HD and the Dante audio network, with redundant power and networking. Up to six HD32R units can be used with a Pro Tools|HDX system for a 192-channel I/O configuration. HD32R behaves just like a conventional Pro Tools interface and can be used with both older Pro Tools|HD systems and the latest Pro Tools|HD Native or Pro Tools|HDX systems—and alongside existing Avid or Digidesign interfaces. The same network can connect RedNet interfaces with both Pro Tools and with other DAWs.

All of the new models are now shipping.

For users who do not require the power supply and network redundancy provided by the new RedNet modules, the original RedNet 4 remote mic pre, RedNet 5 Pro Tools bridge, RedNet 6 MADI Bridge and D16 AES models are still available with lower price-points than the new models, for applications that do not require the level of redundancy offered by the new products.


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