Edison, NJ (July 13, 2016)—RCF has updated its dedicated networking software for its loudspeakers with the latest edition of RDNet. The proprietary protocol allows users to monitor all system parameters, from the input to the status of each and every amplifier and transducer module, in the cabinets.
With DSP onboard of each cabinet, it is possible to address to single cabinets or groups of cabinets’ specific presets or modifications of parameters like gain, equalization or delay. The RDNet protocol is based on RS-485 communication protocol, so it can send and receive data on a Cat 5 or XLR cable.
Version 2.2 of the software includes a completely redesigned Offline and Online operating mode for a safe system administration; revised mute management logic rules; improved RDNet protocol communication and error correction; logic ID support for a "Faulty device tolerant" network operation; and a new Control 8 firmware release. With this release objects registering has been improved, with a significantly higher reliability compared previous releases (objects registrations is remarkably faster and safer thanks to the implementation of separated threads for each sub-network).
The software now allows up to 20 concurrent Control 8 interfaces to get up to 160 RDNet ports. Also added in this verison are faster multicast commands introduced for better control of large systems; a concert mode password has been added; and there’s new bypass override flag management. The Bypass Override function, masked for touring or live applications, is easily activated for installations.
On several speakers, major firmware updates have been developed to offer improved impulse and phase response, advanced bass response alignment, new dynamics processing algorithms, an improved noise floor and increased SPL output on specific speaker models