Los Angeles, CA, November 28, 2018 – Rocky Mountain Recorders (RMR) will turn 30 next year and was ready to make the leap into fully networked digital audio transport. The versatile studio’s clientele runs the gamut from advertising media for agencies such as Karsh Hagan and the Integer Group, and their clients like Visit Denver and Starbucks; music production for artists including Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Deborah De La Torre; ADR for film and TV shows, like Ferdinand and This Is Us; and corporate post-production for industrial giants like Lockheed Martin. To continue to serve all of them at a state-of-the-art level, RMR stays on the cutting edge, including the recent implementation of Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante™-networked audio converters and interfaces. Their complement of RedNet systems now includes three RedNet 5 Pro Tools® HD bridges; four RedNet 2 16-Channel A-D/D-A interfaces; and one RedNet 1 eight-channel A-D/D-A interface. The RedNet units were purchased through Wind Over the Earth, of Longmont, Colorado. Along with a refresh of all of the facility’s digital-audio infrastructure, the new RedNet network has given a host of new capabilities and efficiencies to the studio and its clients.
“We reached a point where we just had to move forward,” recalls Justin Davis, RMR’s Senior Audio Engineer, who came aboard just as the facility was moving from its analog roots to DAW-based production and who did the new network’s system integration. He cites longstanding issues such as aging computers, older software versions, and pernicious ground-loop problems stemming from uneven power quality between the facility’s two buildings. “Plus, all three studios were essentially isolated from each other, in terms of connectivity,” he adds. “If we had a large session that needed to use iso booths from different studios, we’d have to run [copper] snakes down the hallways to connect them. It was time to move forward.”
It was time, in fact, for RedNet. Over the course of the last year, taking one studio at a time, RMR was able to implement a dedicated LAN onto which the assembled RedNet units act as the connection points between studios, replacing older, outdated equipment and in the process vastly improving RMR’s workflows and even, perhaps, its bottom line. “The RedNet systems made a huge difference immediately,” says Davis. “We are able to get preamps from one studio to another simply by connecting to the network. There are no more ground-loop issues at all, no wires in the hall, just RedNet and a few [internet] switches. Everything is now audio-over-IP.”
That, he says, has been a substantial leap forward for both post-production work, allowing interchange between Pro Tools systems within the facility (“with Dante and RedNet, we can move audio from anywhere to anywhere,” he says) and for music production, because RMR can now make full use of its physical plant, connecting studios, control rooms and a range of isolation spaces without concern for signal loss or degradation. “We can use any room in the building, which gives us a lot more acoustical options,” he explains. Speaking of sound quality, Davis notes that the switch to RedNet has also brought an improvement in the sonic quality of any input source to its Pro Tools systems. “Whether it’s a mic input or any of the sources we use for advertising or post-production, like ISDN, Skype, or Source Connect, RedNet just sounds better, and it’s also improved the performance of signals, with better clocking and reduced jitter and other anomalies,” he says. “RedNet was the handle we used to pull ourselves into the future.”
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Photo caption 1: One of the work spaces at Rocky Mountain Recorders, featuring products from Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante™-networked audio converters and interfaces
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Photo caption 2: One of the work spaces at Rocky Mountain Recorders, featuring products from Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante™-networked audio converters and interfaces
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Focusrite Audio Engineering has pioneered professional audio recording technology spanning almost three decades. Focusrite Pro, the company’s Professional and Commercial division, meets the demands of recording, post-production, live sound and broadcast professionals. It consists of RedNet, a fully modular audio-over-IP solution, and the Red range, Focusrite’s flagship multi-format interfaces, along with the heritage ISA range of microphone preamplifiers and analogue signal processors. Focusrite Pro products have been developed to meet the needs of the most demanding applications through a relentless focus on ease of use, quality and reliability. Focusrite is based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.