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Hosting RedNet

14 Jan 2011
RedNet interfaces can operate alongside any supported PC or Mac with an Ethernet port (including laptops), using Audinateʼs Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver, meaning portable RedNet rigs can be configured. However, Focusriteʼs RedNet PCIe card, which features its own, single Ethernet socket, is dedicated to communicating with the RedNet network. The technology on this card yields the extremely low latencies and high track count that makes RedNet the ultimate studio upgrade.
 
RedNet PCIe Card Performance:
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192kHz 
Track Count: 128 x 128 up to 96kHz, 64 x 64 @ 192kHz
Latency: Less than 3ms at all sample rates*
 
The Dante Virtual Soundcard will also work at these sample rates and will be available in the near future. Sign up to the RedNet newsletter to keep abreast with the technology as it progresses.
 
*Latency performance under 3ms requires the RedNet PCIe card and assumes a DAW buffer setting of 32 samples or less.
 
 
KEY FEATURES
 
Scalable, up to 128 inputs and 128 outputs
Supporting even the most demanding studio environments, choose from four high quality audio interfaces and connect as many as you like to your RedNet network. 
 
Pristine audio quality with low latency
RedNet stands up to the sonic demands of the professional studio with 118dB dynamic range and less than 3ms latency at any sample rate when using the RedNet PCIe card.
 
Robust and reliable networked audio system
Dante is a tried and tested audio networking standard, endorsed by companies like Yamaha, and by Britannia Row, who rely on it for major live events on a regular basis.
 
Professional networked audio system
With 24-bit operation at up to 192kHz sampling and JetPLLTM jitter-reduction technology, RedNet is a professional studio system supporting the needs of any studio. 
 
Easiest studio configuration – ever
Interfaces can be hot-swapped anytime and controlled remotely via the included RedNet control software. 
 
Supports any open DAW package
No need to spend hours learning a new platform – RedNet supports Pro Tools 9, Logic, Nuendo or any other open DAW running on Mac and Windows computers.
 
 
RedNet network requirements
RedNet uses standard 1Gbits/sec Ethernet components that support QoS (Quality of Service) for the audio network. QoS allows different priority to be assigned to different applications to ensure that they get the bandwidth they need. Dante employs standard Voice over IP (VoIP) QoS switch features to prioritise clock sync and audio data over other network traffic. A wide variety of inexpensive switches with these capabilities are available; and if a switch offers the following features, it should be compatible with Dante and with the RedNet system:
 
•Gigabit ports for inter-switch connections
•Quality of Service (QoS) with four queues
•Diffserv (DSCP) QoS, with strict priority
 
The use of managed switches is recommended to provide detailed information about the correct operation of each network link.   
 
Given the vast number of network equipment manufacturers and models available, Focusrite cannot guarantee that a certain product will work with Dante and RedNet. However, Audinate tests network equipment and maintains a list of known Dante-compatible switches and other components. A list of switches tested with RedNet will be made available via the Focusrite web site.