Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
World Cup stage, winning RedNet performance
The Focusrite RedNet range is quickly becoming the go-to solution for a range of applications. When it comes to perhaps the world’s biggest stage – the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the Focusrite RedNet performance matched the occasion.
Back of the RedNet
For live sound and broadcast RedNet, in conjunction with Dante-enabled stage boxes and live consoles, has proven to be a match-winner: not just because of its sound quality, but because of its range of connectivity options and the ease of routing audio over network cabling.
For the final stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, Brazilian outside broadcast company Mix2Go turned to RedNet.
RedNet was the perfect choice for the project, as Mix2Go were already using a Dante-enabled system. Connecting a RedNet 2, RedNet 3 and a RedNet 6 to their network switches gave them the flexibility and quality required for the event.
Using the RedNet 2, RedNet 3 and RedNet 6 allows Mix2Go to provide the program as either analogue, MADI or AES/EBU.
Incorporating the RedNet gear into their somewhat complex setup was incredibly fast and simple, thanks to the straightforward nature of the Dante network and the rock-solid reliability of the RedNet interfaces. “Installing RedNet was very fast, plug and play, and almost idiot proof,” said Mix2Go’s Daniel Reis.
The set up for the event consisted of a large Dante network that linked two OB trucks to the main stage. Two stage boxes were located in the arena, connected to gigabit network switches using Cat-6 cables. Signals from the stage rig were sent via multi-mode fiber cables to another pair of switches inside the music OB truck, about 150ft away. Inside the truck, the fiber signal was converted back to Ethernet and routed to two Mac Mini computers running Pro Tools and Audinate’s Dante Virtual Soundcard driver.
The signals from stage were also routed simultaneously to the live mix console, from where the final broadcast stems were then routed to RedNet 2, located inside the video OB truck, about 100ft away. Here, the stems were converted to analogue then mixed with the rest of the events audio and added to the final video feed, which was then sent to a distribution truck to be broadcast to television stations all around the world.
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