Hovey Gets Creative with RedNet

Noted sound designer/artist Dean Martin Hovey has streamlined his workflow with Focusrite’s Ethernet-networked RedNet, studio interfaces.
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Los Angeles, CA, (April 30, 2014)—Noted sound designer/artist Dean Martin Hovey has streamlined his workflow with Focusrite’s Ethernet-networked RedNet, studio interfaces.

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As the owner of Soundwell.tv, Hovey has created sound for projects including films, commercials, sound art installations and themed entertainment. In the four months since he acquired his RedNet units—five RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters, a RedNet 4 with eight remotely-controlled Focusrite mic preamps and a pair of RedNet 5 HDX interfaces, all sourced through Vintage King in Los Angeles—Hovey has used these components to streamline his workflow and increase throughput.

For instance, Hovey uses the RedNet units to connect as many as 80 sound sources and play and record all of them simultaneously. “Every piece of gear I own is connected through its own discrete I/O through the RedNet system, and I can record them all to three separate computers simultaneously—usually one for Pro Tools, one for Logic and one for Ableton Live,” he explains.

“It’s very extreme. For example, I can play a single keyboard and light up every synth output at the same time—that’s 64 analog voices. From there, I can use seemingly unconnected sounds together in a related way. Sounds that are totally in sync and follow the same resonance with one other. That lets me put together some very aggressive-sounding combinations which I might not have been able to discover and combine otherwise. I’ve been able to create some very interesting design palates that way.”

Hovey has also turned two of the RedNet HD/HDX interfaces and one of the RedNet 2 A-D/D-A converters into a portable unit. “I can use an HD or HDX card, the RedNet PCIe card, or just plug them directly into the back of a computer using a virtual sound card,” he explains.

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