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RedNet studio setup – modularity and flexibility

RedNet studio setup – modularity and flexibility

The beauty of the Focusrite RedNet system is its modularity and expandability. By combining different RedNet units, you can build a bespoke audio system, perfectly suited to your requirements. In this first in a series of RedNet installation examples, we’ll start with a fairly straightforward system that’s ideal for the smaller studio, but that provides a great example of how a RedNet system can be scaled to fit the size and functions of your studio setup.

A basic RedNet studio setup

In this case, let’s consider a studio with a single control room and a single live room. In the live room, a single RedNet 4 provides 8 inputs, using either the pristine remotely conrolled Focusrite mic preamps, the 8 channels of line inputs, or the 2 instrument DIs on the front panel.

The RedNet 1 adds an additional 8 line inputs, which can be used for connecting line-level sources, or for connecting additional outboard preamps, depending on the sessions. The RedNet 1 also provides 8 line outputs for feeding cue-mixes back into the live room.

In the control room, a single RedNet 2 provides 16 channels of line inputs and outputs, with Focusrite’s premium AD/DA conversion. This connectivity is used to feed the monitoring, as well as for integrating external hardware, such as outboard signal processing equipment.

The three RedNet units are connected to an ethernet switch, which is connected to the ethernet port of the DAW computer running the Dante Virtual Soundcard.

A simple RedNet studio setup

In this basic RedNet studio setup example, A RedNet 4 and RedNet 1 in the live room provide 8 mic preamps and 8 line inputs and 8 line outputs for talkback and monitoring; a RedNet 2 in the control room provides 16 channels of line ins and outs for monitoring and connecting outboard equipment; the laptop runs the DAW and the Dante Virtual Soundcard. Equipment is connected with Cat5e or Cat6 cable.

Expanding the system

The flexibility of the RedNet system means that, as your studio grows or your workflows change, RedNet can change with it.

If you find yourself needing more live room inputs, simply connect additional RedNet 1s, 2s or 4s to the switch as required. Want additional line outputs in the control room to feed the analogue mixer you’ve added? -another RedNet 2 will give you a further 16 channels to mix outside of the box.

Maybe you’ve invested in a Pro-Tools HD system. Put a RedNet 5 in the control room and you can bridge your RedNet system straight into Pro Tools.

What if you want ultra-low latencies? Put the RedNet PCIe card in your computer tower, or inside a Thunderbolt PCIe extension chassis and achieve superior audio performance.

Moving RedNet to multiple rooms

Where RedNet really comes into its own though, is if you want to utilise additional spaces.

Let’s say you’re control room and live room is part of a shared facility, in a building that features a large common area. If you want to use that space for recording, just wheel your live room rack with your RedNet 1 and 4 into that space and, if you have an ethernet switch at each end – i.e. one in the live rack and one in the control room –  then a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable will be all you need to pipe your audio up to 100m.

With the remote control preamps of RedNet 4, and talkback through the RedNet 1, you can monitor everything from the control room, adjust preamp gains, and communicate with the engineer from the control room while you monitor the meters in the DAW.

If you wanted to add a second control room, adding a single RedNet 1 in that room and connecting to the network will instantly give that room access all the other connected devices. That means that your second control room can access the live room, as well as the outboard in the first control room, all with just a single network cable.

When you start to factor in the costs of cabling all these types of setup using analogue multicore, wallboxes and patchbays, you might that the reduction in your cabling budget can buy you that nice new outboard compressor…

A multiroom RedNet studio setup

In this example, our previous studio has been expanded with an additional 8 preamps in the live room. Control room 1 is now using RedNet 5 to bridge to a Pro Tools HD system. Additionally, a second control/mix room is running another DAW and, with its own ethernet switch can be connected to the rest of the system from a completely separate part of the building using a single network connection.

Focusrite RedNet studio setup – flexibility and modularity for any facility

In this example, we have discussed a basic setup example of how a Focusrite RedNet system can be used in studios. As we have illustrated, the power of RedNet is in not only its sound, but also in its flexibility due to the modular nature of the system and the ease or routing audio from place to place.

For more information on Focusrite RedNet, or to arrange a demo, please contact one of our RedNet specialists:

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