Prolight + Sound 2014: Focusrite showcases expanded RedNet system and control software13 March 2014
Focusrite Audio Engineering is showcasing RedNet, its expanding range of Dante-powered audio-over IP interfaces and connectivity solutions. The company is demonstrating how RedNet allows a Dante network to interconnect seamlessly with AES/EBU, MADI and Pro Tools|HD systems – all via via a standard Ethernet cable. In addition, RedNet provides ultra-high quality, high-resolution A-D and D-A conversion anywhere it’s required.
On show for the first time is RedNet D16 AES, a 1U 19in rackmount interface that features 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with network redundancy for maximum network reliability. Suitable for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3-equipped audio equipment and a Dante network, RedNet D16 AES includes Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) on each input pair, allowing instant operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provide synchronisation with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.
Also on the stand (Hall 8 C10) are other members of the RedNet family. RedNet 1 and RedNet 2 offer eight and 16 channels respectively of line-level analogue in and out, with 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion. RedNet 3 interfaces digital audio systems and components to the Dante network via AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT. RedNet 4 contains eight Focusrite’s next-generation remote controlled preamps/line inputs with two selectable DIs. RedNet 5 and 6 bridge between the Dante network and Pro Tools|HD & MADI systems respectively, enabling the creation of fully integrated multi-protocol systems.
The range is rounded off by the RedNet Dante PCIe card, which delivers up to 128 channels of I/O for any Dante network as well as enabling software control solutions including Dante Control and RedNet Control.
The latter sees a new release providing significant additional features. The latest release of RedNet Control Beta v1.3b3 includes extensive MIDI control capabilities. It can now send and receive MIDI, allowing control of the RedNet 4 mic preamp from many hardware or software controllers including Pro Tools.
Also new within RedNet Control is compatibility between the RedNet PCIe Card and Thunderbolt PCIe chassis systems under Mac OS X. Finally, it provides RedNet 4 with improved metering to IEC 268-18:1995 specifications, offering better readability and longer decay time.