Focusrite’s RedNet rocks FOH for The Killers

Focusrite’s Ethernet-based audio interfaces have stepped out of the studio and up to front of house in one of the first live implementations of the system on The Killers’ world tour.
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One of the highest-profile implementations of Focusrite’s RedNet to date is as the front of house rig for The Killers' world tour, where a RedNet 1 eight channel A-D/D-A, and RedNet 4 eight-channel mic preamp perform a number of duties for systems engineer Philip Reynolds. He made the decision to use RedNet in order to maintain the audio within the digital domain – A-D conversion takes place side-stage as soon as the mics plug into the stagebox – for as long as possible before conversion to analogue. Reynolds uses audio analysis software coupled with a reference mic, to match the sound system response as closely as possible to the output of the FOH desk. RedNet handles all his inputs and outputs to facilitate that process. RedNet 1 routes audio to and from his test system, but also to the FOH desk for house music playout and the drones that are used during the show's encore. This material comes from a pair of Mac Minis, one primary and one backup, which all connect to the RedNet network using the Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver. RedNet also handles the press and video feeds, as well as any venue needs, such as the hearing assist system for the hard of hearing. Reynolds uses his own gear on tour – rather than rental equipment – making the RedNet system a significant personal investment. "Because it's mine, I know it works and that I'm going to have it where I go. RedNet does everything I want it to do, and the expandability is endless with this setup. I rely on my system 100%, and it just works." Over time, Reynolds intends to expand his RedNet system with an additional RedNet 1 and a RedNet 3 digital I/O, the latter of which will enable him to drive the FOH PA from the RedNet network. “RedNet units have allowed me to design a system to bring a fully digital system on the front end. With the RedNet 3 providing primary digital connection and RedNet 1 acting as my analogue backup, we can bring the latency down and keep the quality of audio the same, which has been a goal of mine for the last year.” www.focusrite.com

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