Philip Reynolds, system engineer for The Killers, explaining his Focusrite RedNet touring set up.
New York, NY (June 3, 2013)—Alt rockers The Killers are currently roaring through Europe on their world tour; along for the ride is system engineer Philip Reynolds, who's been using a Focusrite RedNet 1 eight channel AD/DA and RedNet 4 eight-channel Mic preamp at every stop along the way.
Philips said he made the decision to use RedNet in order to keep audio within the digital domain—A-D conversion takes place side-stage as soon as the mics plug into the stagebox—for as long as possible before conversion to analog.
Reynolds' key responsibility is to set up the tour's sound system to perform as well as possible, and, because the venue changes on an almost daily basis, he uses audio analysis software coupled with a reference mic, to match the sound system response as closely as possible to the output of the front-of-house desk. RedNet handles all his inputs and outputs to facilitate that process, routing audio to and from his test system, as well as to the FOH desk for house music playout and the drones that are used during the show's encore. This material comes from a pair of Mac Minis, one primary and one backup, which all connect to the RedNet network using the Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver. RedNet also handles the press and video feeds, as well as any venue needs, such as a hearing assist system for the hard of hearing.
For the tour, Philips provided his own equipment, including the RedNet products, instead of renting out gear for the show. "Because it (the RedNet system) is mine, I know it works and that I'm going to have it where I go. RedNet does everything I want it to do, and the expandability is endless with this setup."
Over time, Philip intends to expand his RedNet system with an additional RedNet 1 and a RedNet 3 digital I/O, the latter of which will enable him to drive the front-of-house PA from the RedNet network. “RedNet units have allowed me to design a system to bring a fully digital system on the front end. With the RedNet 3 providing primary digital connection and RedNet 1 acting as my analogue backup, we can bring the latency down and keep the quality of audio the same, which has been a goal of mine for the last year.”