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Focusrite Expands RedNet Range

22 April 2015

Focusrite has introduced four second-generation models from its extended RedNet line of products, based around the industry-standard Dante audio-over-IP networking system. Now shipping are the MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic pre and the D16R AES interface; the new HD32R HD Bridge for Pro Tools and D64R MADI Bridge will be shipping shortly.

Interoperable with all other Dante-compatible units, these RedNet interfaces are designed specifically 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 become increasingly popular for a diverse range of audio applications, from broadcast to opera, from studio to live events. Over the last three years, RedNet has become known for its quality and reliability - as well as it’s exceptionally simple operation and the terrific-sounding audio-over-IP solution.

The new products include a series of features that are particularly applicable to broadcast, live sound / recording and system integration markets, where reliability is paramount. 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. The modules feature a rugged, roadworthy exterior with maximum internal build quality, in a compact 1U rack-mount form factor. 

RedNet MP8R is an 8-channel remote controlled mic pre and A / D, with redundant power and networking. Based on the successful RedNet 4 mic pre and developed following approaches from leading international live sound companies, RedNet MP8R has a maximum input level of 28dBu, polarity invert, 20dB 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 - 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 pres in parallel. RedNet MP8R is priced $2999.99. 

RedNet D16R features 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 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. RedNet D16R is priced $1999.99.


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