IBC 2017: Focusrite release new Red16 Line and RedNet X2P

IBC 2017: Focusrite release new Red16 Line and RedNet X2P

The team have made it back from Amsterdam more or less intact, and they’ve bought all the audio news back with them. In terms of exciting new audio releases, Focusrite ruled the roost, launching the new RedNet X2P and Red16 Line. 

While we don’t have pricing or a fixed release date for either piece of hardware yet, we’ve seen demo units at work on Focusrite’s IBC stand, and we’re pretty impressed by the specs they’ve released so far. Here’s what we know.

RedNet X2P

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This compact interface adds I/O to your Red, RedNet or Dante systems, packing its 2U form with a 2×2 Dante interface, a pair of Red Evolution mic pres, a stereo line out and its own headphone amplifier. Power, audio and remote control capabilities are all shared over Ethernet (though you’ll need a power over Ethernet injector or switch). It boasts 11 dB of dynamic range, and Focusrite say it has been perfectly balanced to deliver sound quality, dynamic range conversion latency.

Those Red Evolution mic pres boast Focusrite’s famous ultra-clean gain, plus stereo linking, phantom power, a high pass filter and phase reverse. They also support Air mode, which allows you to emulate classic Focusrite transformer mics.

The RedNet X2P body features a crossfader, so you can control the level of local inputs vs network ones, and it can be mounted directly to a mic stand and controlled remotely. You have the option to lock off the mic pre settings and/or the output settings, meaning you can safely allow people to adjust their own headphone mixes without risking them adjusting the mic pre gain.

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Red16 Line

For those of you who crave even more mic pres, there’s the Red16 Line, a 64-in, 64-out Pro Tools HD and Thunderbolt 3 interface that supports 16×16 analogue I/O, 32×32 Dante connectivity, 16 line inputs on D-sub, 16 line outputs and two main monitor outputs.

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Because the Red16 Line has native DigiLink and Thunderbolt 3 support, there’s no need to swap out option cards to work with different DAWs, and you can expand your setup quickly and easily over Ethernet.

Once you’ve found your ideal configuration, you can enjoy Red16 Line’s high performance audio convertors, which have over 118 dB dynamic range A/D and 121 dB dynamic range D/A (A weighted). Focusrite claim that, with the Red16, you’ll no longer have to create separate mixes for overdub and playback – just build your mix on your DAW and use it whether you’re overdubbing or playing back. All your plug-ins will remain in place, all the time.

You’ll also get access to the Focusrite Control software mixer, and their Red 2 and 3 compression and EQ plug-ins.

We’ll let you know as soon as we have information on availability and pricing, but if you’d like to discuss your options in the meantime, get in touch with the team on the details below.

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View from the front: Nuno Fernandes rounds up our RedNet Rundown

View from the front: Nuno Fernandes rounds up our RedNet Rundown

We’re a sociable bunch at Jigsaw24, and we like nothing more than a good natter over the latest audio kit. To that end, we opened the doors of our Soho facility for a RedNet Rundown, giving you the chance to see the range in action and put your questions to Focusrite’s team. Freelance engineer and producer Nuno Fernandes took time out from working with his impressive client list to come down, and has been kind enough to let us share his roundup

Focusrite Red 4PRE & Pro Tools

This past Thursday I went down to Soho to visit Jigsaw24 to attend an event on Focusrite RedNet. Focusrite has a long history in the audio world and when they first announced the RedNet line I was curious but a little skeptical. It seemed like a solution to a problem I didn’t have. So I kept following developments but it was slightly off my radar.

Recently, with the release of the Red 4Pre, I started thinking a lot about Nathaniel Kunkel’s Studio Without Walls concept again. Focusrite was offering an interface that I could use with my ProTools HD Native rig at home and that I could connect using Thunderbolt to my laptop on location, at the same time being able to use 32 channels of Dante expandability! I was almost convinced, but it wasn’t until the release of the Red 8Pre that I started really seriously considering it.

The idea of being able to reach a location and not having to carry long XLR multi-cores between points is nice. The idea of having the Red8Pre next to my laptop and just running an Ethernet lead to one or two MP8R (or a Grace Design m802, or a Millennia Media HV-3R) close to the sources and just having to run XLR leads from that point to the mics seems heavenly, especially since the pres are remote controlled. I could then have an A16R close to the interface for any other color preamps I would like to use.

True, for those I’d need some long XLR leads or multicores but that would be an option for flavor. Another Ethernet cable to feed headphones or DI’s… There are so many options that are Dante compatible, and in the near future with the adoption of the AES67 standard by the main Audio-over-IP suppliers, you can even add equipment from other standards, like Ravenna.

I truly believe that this would make my idea of a portable pro-studio a lot easier to achieve. The cabling will be a lot cheaper and easier to carry, and the gear itself also. Now, if I could only find the funds and get rid of my Avid Omni…

Thanks to Andy Brooks, Will Hoult, and Cameron Stevenson for the presentation and the patience to answer questions.

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Focus on Focusrite

Focus on Focusrite

Focusrite has long enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and innovation in sound, when it comes to audio interfaces their range is considered by many to be the de facto, industry standard – the Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 are major fans and as a fully authorised Focusrite Reseller we offer a comprehensive range of solutions to fit every possible production scenario.

Focusrite RedNet

Focusrite RedNet

RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces that harnesses the power of Audinate’s tried and tested Dante digital audio networking system to bring studio quality sound to any modern audio application. Designed with multiple audio applications in mind – from Live Sound rigs to Multi-room Recording Studios, Houses of Worship, Audio Distribution Installations, Post Production environments and anything in-between – fundamentally RedNet is an extremely scalable, near zero latency audio distribution system that can be used to expand I/O channel count, interface digital components, and/or bridge between Pro Tools|HD or MADI and the Dante audio network.

Incorporating Focusrite’s most advanced AD/DA conversion to date, rock-stable JetPLL clocking and premium multi-layered board circuitry, RedNet is no exception to the company’s philosophy that ‘Sound is Everything’. With every design detail meticulously engineered, RedNet is a step above its I/O competition, providing some of the most transparent and pristine audio quality available – with the added benefit of the systems’ revolutionary networking capabilities.

Focusrite Red 4Pre

Focusrite Red 4Pre Elevated

Red represents the pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range. Red 4Pre combines four of Focusrite’s digitally-controlled, ‘Air’ enabled, Red Evolution mic preamps with dual Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity. Featuring ‘parallel path summing’ conversion and beautiful yet robust design, the Red 4Pre interface is the perfect balance of form and function, delivering the sound quality and versatility engineers and producers expect from Focusrite.

Focusrite’s 58-in/64-out Red 4Pre includes Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for our lowest round-trip latency, in whatever DAW you use, enabling you to track and overdub with your preferred plug-ins and effects in real time, simplifying your workflow. Drop the Red 4Pre immediately, directly and seamlessly into any Pro Tools | HD system, or use it with existing Avid interfaces, thanks to its twin DigiLink connectors. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of additional components such as hard drives and displays. Plus the Red 4Pre is network audio enabled right out of the box, with dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking, letting you expand your recording capability over Ethernet for up to 64 additional channels anywhere on your network, with low latency – and lower cost. Additional Red or other Dante-compatible components can be connected to the Ethernet ports of the Red 4Pre to provide additional channels irrespective of the interface used to drive the Red 4Pre.

Please link to page 2 of our Focus on Focusrite feature where we cover the Clarett, Scarlett and iTrack interfaces.

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Focus on Focusrite (Part 2)

Focus on Focusrite (Part 2)

Focusrite has long enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and innovation in sound, when it comes to audio interfaces their range is considered by many to be the de facto, industry standard – the Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 are major fans and as a fully authorised Focusrite Reseller we offer a comprehensive range of solutions to fit every possible production scenario.

Focusrite Clarett Range

Focusrite Clarett

The Clarett range of Thunderbolt audio interfaces are expandable to up to 26 In / 28 Out, with a two, four or eight ‘Air’ enabled mic preamps. Excellent sound is the quality Clarett owners love most. With up to 119dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24/192 conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue ‘Air’ effect, Clarett 8PreX is the Thunderbolt audio interface that simply sounds great, easily out-performing other interfaces in its class and beyond.

Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.67ms round-trip latency simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favourite plug-ins in real time. Clarett’s ultra-low round-trip latency dramatically simplifies your workflow. Instead of having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Build your mix on the DAW and use it whether you’re overdubbing (monitoring the input you’re recording with the new Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with your plugins in place, all the time. Use your favourite plugins while recording, too – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage.

Focusrite Scarlett Range

Focusrite Scarlett

The Scarlett range provides a choice of USB audio interfaces to cater for any scenario. From the ultra-compact Scarlett 2i2 to the input-rich Scarlett 18i8, all feature Focusrite mic pres and professional quality conversion. Scarlett offers exceptional routing flexibility, allowing you to route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any output. There is also a DSP mixer to allow for latency-free monitoring, all Scarlett interfaces come supplied with a comprehensive software bundle, which includes the Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP-based software mixer and router, with intuitive one-click presets and Focusrite’s trademark low latency – under 1.4 ms. You’ll also find the Scarlett plug-in suite for VST, AU and RTAS, offering EQ, gate, compression and reverb, plus Ableton Live Lite, the Novation Bass Station soft synth and a Loopmasters sample pack.

Focusrite iTrack_Dock_iPad

Focusrite iTrack

The iTrack Dock is a comprehensive yet easy-to-use, studio-quality iPad recording interface that acts as the hub of your Lightning iPad recording studio. Featuring two legendary Focusrite microphone preamps, along with two line inputs and an instrument DI with plenty of extra headroom, stereo monitor outputs with 105dB dynamic range plus independently-controlled headphone outputs, and a USB port for class compliant MIDI instruments and controllers, iTrack Dock gives you everything you need to record, monitor and control music on your iPad with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling. And at the same time it charges and powers your iPad.

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