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American Mobile Builds RedNet Racks

Remote production company American Mobile has configured three identical Focusrite RedNet hardware systems.

Los Angeles, CA (December 14, 2017)—Last year, remote production company American Mobile purchased its first RedNet hardware to eliminate long analog cable runs from the stage, and has now configured three identical systems.

The racks, which have seen use at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella, Stagecoach and Bonnaroo, can also be combined as needed for shows with larger numbers of inputs. American Mobile chief engineer and owner Chris Shepard said the systems “allow us a lot of channel count, quick connectivity, and also a really low noise floor.”

Each of the stage racks houses eight RedNet MP8R eight-channel mic pre and A/D converters, yielding 64 channels of analog-to-Dante interface. The racks also have a RedNet D64R 64-channel MADI bridge for integration with live consoles on stage, HD32R Pro Tools HD bridges, and A8Rs are on the network at the mixing end. Focusrite RedNet AM2 two-channel headphone/line out interfaces provide feeds to other parties at live events.

“The [Red] 8Pre connects to everything—it can be a very small, compact engine, and allow us to expand,” said Shepard. The setups include Pro Tools on a laptop, the Red 8Pre, additional preamps as needed, and the AM2 headphone/line out interface.

“You can’t have enough of the AM2s,” said Shepard, who uses the units to provide “super-simple, fast and stealthy” feeds when the inevitable requests are made at live events.

Shepard says the Focusrite RedNet systems are future-friendly: “While the computers and a lot of the things that these units connect to with Dante are always changing, the Focusrite hardware and the Dante protocol are fantastic. It really opens your eyes to a lot of different connectivity, and so I think we’re still tip of the iceberg on what Dante can do. American Mobile has made a good long-term investment.”