Focusrite Showcases Expanded RedNet System and Control Software at Prolight+Sound

05 Mar 2014

Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. will be showcasing RedNet, their expanding range of Dante-powered audio-over IP interfaces, including the new D16 AES interface and a suite of additional RedNet Control features, at Booth C10, Hall 8.0, Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt MusikMesse, 12-15 March 2014.

RedNet is Focusrite’s growing range of high quality audio interfaces and connectivity solutions based around the popular and well-established Dante digital audio networking system. RedNet allows a Dante network to interconnect seamlessly with AES/EBU, MADI and Pro Tools|HD systems as well as providing ultra-high quality, high-resolution A-D and D-A conversion anywhere it’s required, via a standard Ethernet cable.

RedNet at Prolight+Sound

The New RedNet D16 AES

RedNet D16 AES is a 1U 19in rack-mount interface on show for the first time, featuring 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with network redundancy for maximum network reliability. Perfect 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.

The RedNet Range

    RedNet 1 & RedNet 2 offer eight and 16 channels respectively of line-level analogue in and out, with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance.

    RedNet 3 interfaces digital audio systems and components to the Dante network via AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT.

    RedNet 4 contains eight of Focusrite’s next-generation remote controlled preamps/line inputs with two selectable DIs.

    RedNet 5 & RedNet 6 bridges between the Dante network and Pro Tools|HD & MADI systems respectively, enabling the creation of fully integrated multi-protocol systems.

    The RedNet Dante PCIe card delivers up to 128 channels I/O for any Dante network as well as enabling software control solutions including Dante Control and RedNet Control, which sees a new release providing significant additional features.

RedNet Control Enhancements

The latest release of RedNet Control Beta v1.3b3 , the software package to configure and remote-control a RedNet system, provides a number of enhancements, including extensive MIDI control capabilities, Thunderbolt compatibility for the PCIe Card, and improved metering for the RedNet 4.

  • MIDI Control – RedNet Control is now capable of sending and receiving MIDI, allowing control of the RedNet 4 mic preamp from many hardware or software controllers including Pro Tools. Two profiles exist in the software. Firstly a dedicated SysEx protocol allowing control from dozens of digital mixing consoles or iPad apps such as MIDI Designer. Secondly an implementation of the Avid PRE CC protocol allows control from any programmable CC capable MIDI controller or directly from the Pro Tools mixer and thus many Pro Tools control surfaces including Command 8, C|24, ICON, the new S6 and more.
  • Thunderbolt Compatibility – The new RedNet Control release provides compatibility between the RedNet PCIe Card and Thunderbolt PCIe chassis systems under Mac OS X.
  • Improved Metering for RedNet 4 – RedNet 4 now includes improved metering to IEC 268-18:1995 specifications, offering better readability and longer decay time.

At the booth

Focusrite will be demonstrating a fully integrated RedNet-Dante-AES-MADI-Pro Tools|HD system at Booth C10, Hall 8.0, and RedNet Product Specialists will be available throughout the show to answer any questions and provide additional information.

For more information or to arrange a demonstration or consultation please visit focusrite.com/rednet-portal or call (+44) (0)8458 940874.

*Pro Tools|HD, Avid PRE, Command 8, D-Control, Pro Control, ICON and S6 are registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.