Focusrite sees Red
Focusrite sees Red
Described as being able to “supercharge” any audio interface from the Red range, Focusrite has unveiled a new remote desktop controller named RedNet R1. The device is capable of controlling a range of different monitor output setups, from mono through to 7.1.4 surround, Dolby Atmos and other immersive audio workflows, while completely custom setups of up to 12 outputs can also be configured for bespoke speaker configurations.
RedNet R1 can be used to control groups of outputs from a Red interface’s sources and destinations, including Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs, analogue inputs and outputs, ADAT and S/PDIF connections, and from entire Dante audio-over-IP ecosystems, simultaneously. Top-panel control includes level, reference level preset selection, cut, dim, mute and a variety of solo modes. There’s also an A/B functionality for switching between numerous monitoring presets, and up to four fold-down presets allow for the fast checking of downmixes.
The controller also features Dante-enabled talkback, an internal mic and an XLR input for connecting an external mic, and a high-powered headphone output so users can interact with their Dante system. Up to four talkback destination groups are available when used with a Red interface (when used with other Dante devices, a single talkback group is available). Two on-board LCD displays permit level metering of the outputs, sources and headphone outputs, and provide visual cues for navigating menus. Additional features include a 1/4-inch jack socket, which accepts a footswitch for talkback management and LFE muting. It can be powered via Ethernet to reduce cabling complexity (using the PoE standard) or by DC power supply.
Aside from the remote controller, the British manufacturer has added a new to model to its Red range of Thunderbolt interfaces. With mini-DigiLink, Thunderbolt 3 and Dante connections, Red 8Line makes it possible to instantly switch between Pro Tools, other DAW applications and a vast world of audio-over-IP, without the need to reconfigure audio settings.
Updates to the RedNet A16R and RedNet D16R Dante interfaces have brought new functionality in mission-critical scenarios. The new MkII models share the same feature set as their predecessors but are upgraded with individual level controls for input and output channels. This allows precise calibration of all inputs and outputs, reportedly making the process of accurate alignment of connected equipment more straightforward.
Last but not least, new drivers have made Red range interfaces compatible with Windows computers for the first time, meaning that PC users running Windows 10 with the appropriate Thunderbolt 3 hardware can now use Red interfaces in their audio systems.