API TV: Recording at Galaxy Studios with Focusrite RedNet

The firm visited the facility in Belgium recently to demonstrate a live band/recording via the Ethernet-based interface system.
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Focusrite recently visited Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, to demonstrate a live band recording/performance via RedNet.

The new modular audio networking system harnesses the power of the Dante digital audio network.

The system used at Galaxy Studio comprised a RedNet 1,2,3 and two RedNet 4s in the live room, as well as a RedNet 5 in the control room – all connected via the studio's own Ethernet network. A full live band (keys, synth, guitar, bass guitar, drums and pads) performed in the live room, with the RedNet 4s receiving microphone inputs and the RedNet 1 the line inputs. RedNet 1 was also used to output headphone mixes back to the performers.

The Cat6 cables built into the walls of the studio take the signal into the control room and into a switch, where the connected RedNet 5 bridges the Dante flows from RedNet to ProTools|HD, alongside three Digidesign 192 I/O interfaces, which are all synced to the house clock. The RedNet Control software interface is set up on a Mac Pro to control the routing and configuring of the RedNet interfaces and then, as the band played, to control the gain of the preamps, reference level, clock source, master clock, and sample rate.

Jan Castelein, Galaxy Studios engineer, commented: "The RedNet system is the perfect plug-and-play solution for today's versatile audio facilities."

Check out the video below for a visual overview of Focusrite's trip to Belgium.

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