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Focusrite Extends RedNet Range, Aims at Live Sound

Pictured from the top unit: the MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic pre; D16R AES/EBU interface; HD32R HD Bridge for Pro Tools; and the D64R MADI bridge.

Focusrite announces the release of four single-rackspace interfaces for its RedNet line of products based around the industry-standard Dante audio-over-IP networking system: the MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic pre; D16R AES/EBU interface; HD32R HD Bridge for Pro Tools; and the D64R MADI bridge. Interoperable with any other Dante-compatible units, the new RedNet interfaces are designed especially for live sound companies and broadcasters.

Focusrite is exhibiting at AES137 in Los Angeles this week at booth #1408 and demo room 303B. The new modules will begin shipping in spring 2015.

The four new products include dual Ethernet ports fitted with locking Ethercon connectors, 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. The modules feature a rugged, roadworthy exterior with maximum internal build quality.

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, RedNet MP8R has a maximum input level of 28 dBu, polarity invert, a 20dB pad and dual input impedances. Each preamp feeds two channels to the network: one a direct feed and the other automatically DSP gain-compensated for a fixed signal level, ideal for many multiple-user workflows. The selectable input impedances of 10 kΩ and 2.4 kΩ are particularly useful for controlling the load seen by the mic when running multiple preamps in parallel.

RedNet D16R features 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with redundant power and networking. Designed 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 instant 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 reliable 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 completely 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 full simultaneous 192-channel I/O configuration. Focusrite states that 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, as well as alongside existing Avid or Digidesign interfaces. The same network can connect RedNet interfaces with both Pro Tools and with other DAWs for maximum flexibility.

Find more information about Focusrite’s new RedNet products for 2015.