Sonic Fuel Powered by RedNet

All of the gear connects with Focusrite RedNet interfaces at Sonic Fuel Studios, where award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz collaborates with as many as nine composer colleagues in the 7,000-square-foot studio space.
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L-R: Alexander Bornstein and Christopher Lennertz
Los Angeles, CA (November 23, 2015)—All of the gear connects with Focusrite RedNet interfaces at Sonic Fuel Studios, where award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz collaborates with as many as nine composer colleagues in the 7,000-square-foot studio space.

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Working with assistant Alexander Bornstein and the rest of their team, the studio implemented a network of RedNet devices. “In order to really stay efficient and maximize the times Chris can get to compose, we print our stems into Pro Tools,” Bornstein explains, “We used to have it set up where connections were all done with analog cabling, so it would leave Chris’ computer running Cubase via an audio interface as eight stereo pairs that would then go into Pro Tools, and we could print eight channels of audio at once.

“It was kind of a crude setup, honestly, and we had issues such as long latency. So we looked for a solution that would allow us to simultaneously work with Cubase and Pro Tools with 16 stereo pairs and have more channels that we could print stems on.”

Based on a recommendation from Rich Avrach at Westlake Pro in Los Angeles, they decided to bring RedNet into the studio: one RedNet 4 8-channel remote-controllable microphone preamp; one RedNet 2 16 channel A/D-D/A unit; two RedNet 5 32-channel HD bridges for Pro Tools; and a 128-channel RedNet PCIe card. The workflow has the RedNet PCIe card out of the sequencer into the switch, and then split into the two RedNet 5 units, which act as ProTools interfaces, and then back out into the switch to a RedNet 2 for monitoring. The RedNet 4 is used for guitar tracking, DI and other input applications.

Bornstein recalled, “I budgeted two days or more to get the new setup up and running. To my shock, we had it ready in about two hours.”

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