Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2014)—Multi-Grammy Award-winning producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge recently adopted Focusrite’s RedNet Ethernet-networked converters to interface his Avid Pro Tools system and his SSL 4000 E/G+ mixing console.
For more than 20 years, Lord-Alge has brought digital multitrack sessions into his analog console via the Sony 48-track DASH tape machine format, but with tape supplies dwindling, he made the transition to RedNet 2 digital-to-analog converters and other RedNet hardware in late 2013. Lord-Alge knew that he had found a replacement for the Sony converters after auditioning the RedNet system, consisting of a pair of 32-channel RedNet 5 HD Bridges with three RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters, at his Mix LA studio.
“When they put the RedNet rig up, I said, did you patch it or not? It sounded like what I like, what I’m used to and what works for me,” he says.
Lord-Alge says he would not have made the transition unless the Focusrite system offered the sound character with which he has become so familiar. “I want the sound of my old D-to-A, which is a bit more analog, in some ways a bit more lo-fi. It’s got a bit more glue in there,” he explains.
As the music production process becomes increasingly hard disc-based, the RedNet system was the logical step to take after spending so many years with “Bessie” and “Bertha,” his two vintage Sony PCM-3348 digital tape machines, he says. “I liked the 3348 D-As because they’re hard hitting. The RedNet has a harder impact, like I’m used to. I want it hard hitting—that’s my personal taste. I don’t want hype, and with RedNet I’m not getting hype, I’m getting impact.”
Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes album, which topped the charts worldwide in January, features three tracks—“American Skin (41 Shots),” “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and the title track—that Lord-Alge mixed using his new Focusrite RedNet system.