Microsoft Expands RedNet Use

Microsoft Production Studios is expanding its collection of Focusrite’s RedNet audio-networking interfaces at its media hub.
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Los Angeles, CA (July 7, 2015)—Microsoft Production Studios is expanding its collection of Focusrite’s RedNet audio-networking interfaces at its media hub.

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In addition to RedNet 4 Mic Pre, RedNet 5 HD Bridge, RedNet 6 MADI units and RedNet PCIe cards already in use at the 65,000-square-foot complex on the Redmond, WA campus, Microsoft Production Studios (MPS) has taken delivery of eight RedNet MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic pre interfaces and will soon take delivery of one dozen RedNet D64R MADI Bridge interfaces. The new modules were sold through Seattle-based firm Lift AV.

Microsoft has moved to a networked-audio signal transport paradigm, utilizing Cisco switches and a fiber backbone. There are now over 100 Dante-enabled audio units on that network, including the growing number of Focusrite RedNet modules. MPS represents one of the largest RedNet installations and is also one of the first customers to take delivery of the newly introduced MP8R and D64R. The facility comprises four soundstages, 16 edit bays and four audio studios.

The MP8R mic preamps create an Ethernet connection for the Dante-enabled Yamaha and Solid State Logic digital mix consoles used at the facility, and the D64Rs will soon act as a MADI bridge directly to the Miranda HD router, which results in 384 channels of digital audio.

“The RedNet units have helped reduce our set-up time for projects, too,” says John L. Ball, systems engineer at Microsoft Production Studios. “What once took two to three days now takes two to three hours, which really improves overall productivity here.”

Microsoft Production Studios embeds audio from RedNet into the studio’s RTS/Bosch intercom system, allowing the integration of IFB into the network and programming of mix minuses, as well as hot mics to intercom panels. The RTS OMNEO option allows the audio to be merged into the Dante streams.

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