Los Angeles, CA (March 6, 2017)—Westwind Media, founded in 1997 by producer Stephen J. Cannell, producer Steven Bochco and composer Mike Post, along with noted musician John Bidasio, recently acquired a suite of RedNet Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces from Focusrite.
The new equipment includes 15 RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridges, four RedNet A16R 16-channel analog I/O interfaces and nine RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring units and one RedNet D16R 16-channel AES3 I/O interface. Westwind purchased the gear through reseller Westlake Pro Audio in N. Hollywood, CA.
Westwind Media installed the RedNet components in three of four sound mixing stages, with the fourth expected to be retrofitted this year. Each mix stage houses five HD32R units: one each for playback of music, dialog and effects, and two for the Stem Recorder. The Pro Tools systems are all outfitted with Avid Pro Tools|HDX cards, as well as the Avid D-Control consoles in each room.
Each mix stage also houses one A16R to provide analog audio for the stage’s monitors, and there are three AM2 units per stage providing headphone feeds for the playback systems. Additionally, there are spare A16R and D16R units available to any stage for additional analog or digital I/O as needed.
“The RedNet systems really filled a huge need at the studio,” says Craig Holbrook, the studio’s chief engineer. The RedNet units also offer future expansion capability, in the event that the facility decides to interconnect all four stages. “That’s not really necessary right now, since each mix stage works on a separate project and we don’t need to move files back and forth between them constantly,” he says.
Shows recently working at Westwind include The Catch, Colony and Criminal Minds, among numerous others.