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Focusrite Pro Debuts Quartet of New Products

Focusrite Pro has unveiled its new Red 8Line interface, RedNet R1 desktop remote controller, and MkII editions of its RedNet A16R and RedNet D16R Dante interfaces.

New York, NY (October 16, 2020)—In a major expansion of its ongoing Red Range of professional audio tools, Focusrite Pro has unveiled its new Red 8Line interface, RedNet R1 desktop remote controller, and MkII editions of its RedNet A16R and RedNet D16R Dante interfaces. The company further announced upcoming availability of Windows 10 drivers that will allow Thunderbolt 3-equipped PC users to use the company’s various Red interfaces.

Focusrite Pro Red 8Line
Focusrite Pro Red 8Line

Red 8Line is a 58-input, 64-output, Thunderbolt 3 audio interface that features two Red Evolution mic pres, independent L/R monitor outs, eight balanced line inputs and outputs on DB25 connectors; 32 channels of Dante I/O; 16-channel ADAT input and output (at 48 kHz), and stereo S/PDIF input and output. The unit offers 24-bit/192 kHz A-D and D-A conversion for recording and audio playback, as well as a reported 119 dB dynamic range A-D and 121 dB dynamic range D-A (A-Weighted). Focusrite notes the Red 8Line will ship “soon.”

Focusrite Pro RedNet R1
Focusrite Pro RedNet R1

Meanwhile, the RedNet R1 is a desktop remote controller that works withany Red range interface, allowing users to control a range of different monitor output setups, ranging from mono through to 7.1.4 surround, including Dolby Atmos and other immersive audio workflows. Alternatively, completely custom setups of up to 12 outputs can be configured for bespoke speaker configurations.

RedNet R1 can be used to control groups of outputs from a Red interface’s multitude of sources and destinations, including from Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs, analog inputs and outputs, ADAT and S/PDIF connections, and from Dante Audio-over-IP ecosystems, simultaneously and interchangeably. Top-panel control includes level, reference level preset selection, dim, mute and a variety of solo modes. An A/B switch allows switching between numerous monitoring presets, and up to four fold-down presets allow switching for checking downmixes. RedNet R1 also features a Dante-enabled talkback section, an internal mic and an XLR input for connecting your own, and a headphones output. Up to four talkback destination groups are available when used with a Red interface. The R1 will be available soon.

the RedNet A16R MkII and RedNet D16R MkII Dante interfaces
The RedNet A16R MkII and RedNet D16R MkII Dante interfaces

Currently available, however, are the RedNet A16R MkII and RedNet D16R MkII Dante interfaces. Updating the original A16R and D16R interfaces, the new editions have the same feature set as their predecessors, but are upgraded with individual level controls for input and output channels, allowing calibration of all inputs and outputs, making the process of accurate alignment of connected equipment more straightforward.

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RedNet A16R MkII is a 16×16 line-level analogue interface, able to get 16 channels of analog audio on or off a Dante Audio-over-IP network, while the RedNet D16R MkII is a 16×16 AES3 interface for interfacing between digital audio equipment such as consoles and power amplifiers, and a Dante network.

Focusrite Professional • https://pro.focusrite.com

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