The RedNet Mic Pre

Bringing together decades of experience with mic preamps, Focusrite's latest innovation is the RedNet preamp – a remote-controlled, DC coupled, capacitor free design that is the most open, transparent and natural sounding pre Focusrite has ever made.

By employing techniques that are seldom seen outside the rarefied territory of the audiophile, the new Focusrite RedNet preamp offers next-generation sound quality for any modern audio recording application.

Read More

The Sound Of RedNet

RedNet is no exception to Focusrite's philosophy that 'sound is everything'. In fact, Focusrite took this philosophy one step further with RedNet, a technology which embodies the company's most advanced A-D/D-A conversion to date along with rock-stable JetPLL clocking and premium 'red' analogue circuitry.

With every design detail meticulously engineered, RedNet is a step above its I/O competition, providing some of the most transparent and pristine audio quality available – with the added benefit of the systems' revolutionary networking capabilities.

RedNet designer Simon Jones sat down with Richard Elen to discuss the technology behind the sound…

Read More

Build Your Audio Fortress

There have always been security concerns with audio in commercial applications. Back when tape was the go-to medium, for example, keeping a close eye on who had access to the storage facility was important to stop people tampering with, or stealing, a record company's masters. Similar media-management concerns are real in the digital domain. In fact, threats of data theft are multiplied due to the ability to share Gigabytes with the world in seconds. So despite the significant practical benefits of modern audio-over-IP systems, there are completely new security concerns to consider, and best practices to adopt.

Read More

Take the Dante Advantage

So you've bought a Focusrite Red interface – congrats! It's taken pride of place in your studio and you're over the moon with its rock-bottom latency and dynamic sound. Right now, you're happy using the DigiLink and Thunderbolt ports to interface with your various DAWs, after all it's the first time you've been able to use the same interface for Pro Tools | HD and Ableton Live. Or maybe you're using a Red interface on stage for playback with your band. You bought it because of the quality of the conversion and the low latency, but you've noticed that the stage crew is using a Dante network for the monitor and FOH mixing. Well, you have Dante too, and it's ready and waiting to be used.

READ MORE

The Red Range In Depth

The way in which we interconnect audio equipment has hardly changed since the early days of the technology. Each audio path is represented by a single cable that runs from one piece of equipment to the next. In modern telecommunications parlance, the logical and physical paths are the same: one cable equals one channel. Signals are routed via individual copper cables, and implementing unplanned – or even planned – changes in a system, such as moving or adding channel capability, can result in extreme expense, time and effort.

The advent of digital audio networking, also called "audio-over-IP" means the removal of much of that time, effort and expense, by separating a system's physical and logical connections...

Read More

The Wonders Of IP Clocking

All digital audio systems require a clock, in order to synchronise connected devices to a common, continuous, and time-aligned sampling rate. But with the technological advances of networked audio, with wholly different connection and communication infrastructures therein, we have to embrace new ways of distributing sync in the quest for glitch-free audio.

Read More

Designing The Ultimate Interface

The Focusrite Red interfaces represent the culmination of over 15 years of audio interface design and manufacture, which grew out of the company's preceding 13 years of expertise in analogue and digital audio fields. Not only are the Red 4 Pre and Red 8 Pre the newest and most advanced of Focusrite's interfaces, they have been designed and built with the highest specification of any Focusrite interfaces ever. This article uncovers the technical methods implemented by the R&D team to make the Reds the 'best ever', and perform to the standards demanded of the ultimate interface.

Read More
Configuring a switch for Dante

Configuring a switch for Dante

Audio-over-IP with Focusrite's Dante-based products is simple. For the majority of systems, setup will be extremely straightforward. The following guide details exactly what to do with your managed switch when setting up the network. Whether you're new to networking or a seasoned IT professional, this information will be easy to implement.

Read More