Producer/mixer Chris Lord-Alge has made the leap to a tapeless workflow with Focusrite’s RedNet as the sole audio interface between his Pro Tools|HD system and SSL 4000 E/G+ analogue console.
Lord-Alge has stayed with the Sony 48-track tape format for over two decades, interfacing it with his SSL console as well as an incredible amount of mostly vintage outboard gear.
“Yeah, the DASH format, it’s been over for a while, period,” Lord-Alge acknowledged. “I mean, they stopped making the tape in 07, so I can’t hold onto it for very much longer. I have to go into something that’s not running off the tape. So in order to make the switch [to a completely nonlinear workflow] I needed to hear something that met my standards and worked with my other studio equipment. So when [Focusrite president] Phil Wagner asked me to audition the RedNet interfaces for my Pro Tools|HD rig, I listened, I gave it a thorough test drive and I liked what I heard. It sounds very similar to what I already have, which I don’t really want to change. So this will be the cornerstone of my new workflow.”
According to Wagner, “Chris has a particular workflow which has proved to be very effective. Using two RedNet 5 32 channel HD Bridges for Pro Tools|HD and three RedNet 2 16 channel A/D – D/A interfaces he is connecting directly to the workstation as opposed to transferring to the Sony 3348. This requires a very high-quality converter, providing the hit making sound quality Chris is accustomed to. When we did the original RedNet demo at his Mix LA studio, Chris was pleased enough with the sound that he decided to use RedNet interfaces to make that transition from tape. He’s now using the full 48 channel RedNet I/O complement to feed his SSL console. We’re thrilled that Chris has chosen the RedNet system to make this workflow transition.”
“I’ve been using a Focusrite Red3 Classic Dual-Channel Compressor/Limiter on my two-channel mastering part of the process forever, and I’ve always been pleased with the audio quality,” stated Lord-Alge. “So now to be able to have Focusrite from the multi-track playback side forward is quite a big step for me.”