Prolight + Sound: Focusrite showing expanded RedNet system and control software

At this year’s Prolight + Sound, which gets started this Wednesday 12th March, Focusrite Audio Engineering is showcasing it’s expanded range of RedNet interfaces as well as a suite of additional RedNet Control features.

The latest addition to the RedNet range, the D16 AES, was first launched in Amsterdam last month and allows users to connect their Dante network seamlessly with AES/EBU, MADI, and Pro Tools|HD systems.

The 1U 19inch rack-mountable interface features 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with network redundancy. The device is designed to act as a bridge between digital consoles, power amplifiers, or any other AES3-equipped audio equipment and a Dante network and includes Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) on each input pair. 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 latest release of RedNet Control Beta v1.3b3 will also be shown in Frankfurt. The software package includes a number of enhancements including extensive MIDI control capabilities, Thunderbolt compatibility for the PCIe Card, and improved metering (to IEC 286-18:1995 specifications) for the RedNet 4.

With the new MIDI Control functions, 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.

For more information, visit the Focusrite booth at Prolight + Sound in Hall 8.0, booth C10.