Focusrite recently visited Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, to demonstrate a live band recording/performance via RedNet – the new, modular, high quality audio networking system that harnesses the power of Dante's tried and tested digital audio network.
The system comprised a RedNet 1,2,3 and two RedNet 4s in the live room, and a RedNet 5 in the control room – all connected via the studio's own Ethernet network. A full live band (keys, synth, guitar, bass guitar, drums and pads) performed in the live room, with the RedNet 4s receiving the microphone inputs and the RedNet 1 the line inputs (RedNet 1 was also used to output headphone mixes back to the performers).
The Cat6 cables built into the walls of the studio take the signal into the control room and into a switch, where the connected RedNet 5 bridges the Dante flows from RedNet to ProTools|HD, alongside 3 Digidesign 192 I/O™ interfaces (these are all synced to the house clock). The RedNet Control software interface is set up on the Mac Pro to control the routing and configuring of the RedNet interfaces and then, as the band played, to control the gain of the preamps, reference level, clock source, master clock, and sample rate.
Jan Castelein, the engineer of Galaxy Studios, commented: "The RedNet-system is the perfect plug-and-play solution for today's versatile audio facilities".