Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2015)—The Digital Media Commons creative laboratory within the University of Michigan Library has installed a Dante network served by a collection of Focusrite RedNet interfaces.
According to Dave Greenspan, managing producer, Audio Studios, the Focusrite RedNet system has eliminated signal flow bottlenecks that previously restricted the I/O count to just 16 channels from users’ laptops in each control room, permitted limited access to equipment in each room and between rooms, and made it difficult to utilize other production applications with the installed Pro Tools|HD systems.
“We also have Ableton, Logic, Final Cut Pro, Pyramix and other platforms that have to operate together,” explains Greenspan. “I wanted to go with the Focusrite RedNet system because it just doesn’t care what software I throw at it. You can work in the box or out of the box; however you want to work. That’s the beautiful thing about these RedNet interfaces and the Dante network—whatever the pedagogy requires, it can handle it.”
The Audio Studio and Electronic Music Studio (EMS) B are each equipped with three 16-channel RedNet 2 analog I/O interfaces, two 16-channel RedNet 5 Pro Tools|HD bridges and a RedNet D16 AES 16-channel digital signal interface. Each system provides 48 analog lines to an API Vision console—respectively configured for 5.1 and 7.1/8.0 surround sound operation—and enables 64 channels to Pro Tools|HD Native, 128 channels to Core Audio-based DAWs (via RedNet PCIe cards) and up to 16 AES3 interconnections with the outboard Bricasti, Eventide and TC Electronic multichannel reverb systems.
EMS A, outfitted with a RedNet 2, a RedNet 5 and a RedNet 1 eight-channel A-D/D-A converter, supports 128 channels to Core Audio applications, 32 channels to Pro Tools|HD Native and 24 lines to the API 1608 analog console.
The facility has also recently taken delivery of a RedNet system for the Video Studio, which is scheduled for upgrade and incorporation into the Dante network during the summer.