Formosa Group – a collective of re-recording mixers, sound designers and audio post-production leaders – recently turned to Focusrite’s RedNet Dante networked audio interfaces to bring increased efficiency to their expanding campus of facilities.
In recent months, Formosa Group has expanded to seven locations around LA and have invested deeply in RedNet, acquiring 38 RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridges, 10 RedNet D16R 16-channel AES3 I/O’s, a RedNet A16R analogue I/O interface, and a pair of RedNet 6 MADI bridges, which complement the dozen-plus RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring units already in place and the existing RedNet interfaces that have been working in facilities such as Formosa NoHo in North Hollywood and Formosa Santa Monica.
The group of audio professionals – which includes the likes of Tim Kimmel, Karen Baker-Landers, Onnalee Blank, Mark Mangini and Doug Hemphill – has collectively worked on titles like Game of Thrones, Transparent, SWAT, Spectre, Blade Runner 2049 and other hit TV series and films.
“Our mantra has always been ‘simplicity,’” said Bill Johnston, vice president of engineering at Formosa Group. “That’s what the RedNet technology does for us – it makes things simple, transparent and very reliable.”
Johnston explained that putting the facilities on RedNet has streamlined their workflow significantly, bringing costs down in the process: “Once the audio is on a network, we can pull it from anywhere to anywhere just by bussing it, so we don’t have to send it through a router,” he said. “That eliminates the need for, and the expense of, MADI routers and MADI interfaces.”
He went on to reveal that selling the studios’ old MADI infrastructure has helped pay for more RedNet throughout the new facilities. “We’re using multiple Pro Tools systems, but through RedNet, we only need a single SYNC HD I/O for everything.”
RedNet will continue to be deployed throughout Formosa Group’s facilities, including as the signal management for the Dolby Atmos speaker array for Formosa Santa Monica, the former Pacific Ocean Post facility: “It just makes things so much easier, by increasing our throughput and doing so totally transparently,” Johnston concluded. “And that lets us get down sooner to what we do best.”