Focusrite Announces RedNet D16 AES - 16-channel AES3 I/O for Dante audio networks

03 Feb 2014

Focusrite RedNet D16

RedNet D16 AES is a 1U 19in rack-mount interface featuring 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with Ethernet redundancy for maximum network reliability. Perfect for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment and a Dante network, RedNet D16 AES has a Sample Rate Convertor (SRC) on each input pair allowing instant operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provides synchronisation with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.

Two DB25 connectors each provide eight channels of combined I/O to the AES59 standard, allowing speedy interconnection with other DB25-connected or XLR-based equipment by use of standard DB25 to XLR cables. The rear-panel XLR female input can be used either as a DARS sync source for the Dante system, or as an AES3 audio source replacing input channels 1–2 on the DB25 connectors. An XLR male socket provides a duplicated AES3 outlet for output channels 1–2. The RCA S/PDIF input can similarly replace input channels 3–4 of the DB25 connectors, while the S/PDIF output can replicate any adjacent odd/even pair of the 16 output channels.

The two network connectors on the rear of the unit allow two modes of operation. They can be used either as a primary/redundant network interface, allowing seamless switchover in the case of network failure, or as a daisy-chain port allowing the connection of multiple units.

All the clocking and input/output options of RedNet D16 AES are remotely-controlled by the RedNet Control software application for Mac and PC.

Focusrite RedNet will be discussing and demonstrating the full range of RedNet products at the AV Networking World event, taking place 4th February at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn during ISE. To register your attendance please click here.

For more information please visit: http://www.focusrite.com/ethernet-audio-interfaces/rednet-d16-aes

Also included in the RedNet range of Dante break-in/break-out boxes are RedNet 1 & RedNet 2, which offer eight or sixteen channels of line-level analogue in and out, with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance. RedNet 3, which interfaces your digital audio systems and components to the Dante network via AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT connections. RedNet 4 which adds eight of Focusrite’s next-generation remote controlled preamps/line inputs with two selectable DIs to your Dante system; RedNet 5, which provides a bridge between the Dante network and Pro Tools|HD systems and RedNet 6 which provides a 64-channel bridge between the Dante network and MADI systems. Also available is the RedNet Dante PCIe card, which is an ultra low latency 128 I/O Dante interface for PC and Mac.

Key Features

16 Channel RedNet AES3 Interface for Dante Network

AES3 connectivity allows you to connect external converters, effects units, mixing consoles or any other AES3-equipped audio equipment to your Dante audio network with industry-standard connectivity.

Ethernet Redundancy

Network redundancy is frequently specified. RedNet D16 satisfies this requirement with dual rear-panel Ethernet connectors giving you maximum network reliability with seamless switchover to a standby network in case of failure. The ports can alternatively be used to daisy-chain additional units.

Sample Rate Conversion on all input channels

Get up and running instantly: SRC allows external equipment to run at any sample rate, irrespective of the rate or clocking of the Dante audio network

1U Chassis

Compact design allows maximum functionality in minimum rack space, with a full 16 channels of I/O in 1U. RedNet D16 AES features the standard trademark red anodised front panel

2-channel XLR I/O as well as DB25

RedNet D16 provides two 8-channel AES59 combined I/O DB25 connections. In addition, a pair of XLR3 connectors duplicates channels 1 & 2

XLR Input for DARS or Digital Audio

The rear panel XLR input connector can alternatively be used as a DARS input instead of channels 1 & 2 input

2-channel S/PDIF I/O

Two channels of S/PDIF I/O are provided on RCA connectors: ideal for connecting CD players or solid-state recorders. The input replaces channels 3 & 4 in the DB25 connector while the output can be assigned to replicate any adjacent odd/even output pair

Word Clock

Word Clock I/O on BNC connectors allows synchronisation of the Dante network  to house clock, or the syncing of external equipment to the Dante network

Remote routing and control

RedNet Control software allows full routing and control from your audio computer system via a software control panel – no hardware patching required.

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