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Somers Streamlines Undercurrent with RedNet

Multi-story studio reduces cable clutter with new network.

Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2019)—Bruce Somers, co-founder of industrial-rock band Kidneythieves and a recording studio and post production facility designer and builder, has streamlined the workflow at his new multistory Undercurrent studio in Los Angeles by implementing Focusrite RedNet Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces.

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Undercurrent spans from the upper floor, where Somers records and does project mixing and mastering, to the basement, where he built a drum isolation room and an amp rack closet. A Focusrite Red 8Pre 64-In / 64-Out Thunderbolt 2 and Pro Tools | HD compatible audio interface is the studio’s hub, using native Dante compatibility to network audio to Somers’ Pro Tools system. A RedNet X2P 2×2 Dante audio interface allows him to move about the facility, taking the interface with him and tapping into the various acoustical environments in the space.

“I have a 200-foot Ethernet cable, so I can literally go anywhere in the place and be ready to work,” he says. A RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring unit lets him monitor from anywhere there’s an Ethernet port—which, in the house of an IT expert like Somers, is pretty much everywhere.

“RedNet has completely changed the way I work,” says Somers. “I pulled out everything that was in the studio before—analog wiring, a big console and its furniture, four big racks—and replaced that with a small fraction of the cable and one 20-space rack, and it’s all built around RedNet. Now, I have a ton less gear, but I have much more flexible patching and the ability to work anywhere, anyway I want.”

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Somers says he’s saving not only on analog cabling costs but also on its maintenance. “Analog cables and contacts break down and degrade; you have to troubleshoot and then replace them, which takes time and money,” he says. “With RedNet, I went from four cable conduits to one skinny one, and I have even more I/O than I did before. It’s transformed my workflow.”

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