Focusrite sees Red
Describing it as the ‘pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range’, the British manufacturer has introduced a 58-in/64-out Thunderbolt Red 4Pre audio interface. The interface combines digitally-controlled microphone preamps and instrument inputs with dual Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante network connectively. Dante connectivity is central to the other two launches to be unveiled by the manufacturer recently – the RedNet A8R and RedNet PCIeR card.
The four integrated preamps in the Red 4Pre are the newly-developed ‘Red Evolution’ preamps, which boast -129dB EIN and 63dB of gain. Software control reportedly allows recall of settings and stereo linking, plus configuration of HPF, polarity invert and individual phantom power. The unit also features parallel path summing to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. It operates at up to 24-Bit, 192kHz sampling with a dynamic range of 118dB (A-D) and 121dB (D-A). The Red 4Pre delivers a reported ≤0.0009 per cent THD+Noise and a flat frequency response from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25dB.
In terms of connectivity, the device includes dual-Thunderbolt ports, enabling the daisy-chaining of connected peripherals, as well as Dante connectivity via two integrated Ethernet ports, adding up to 64 channels if needed.
In terms of the two new RedNet products, the A8R simply adds eight channels of analogue I/O to the RedNet line of Dante devices. The 1U enclosure provides 24-Bit, 192kHz A/D/A conversion with full network and power redundancy. Lastly, the PCIeR is described by the manufacturer as being ‘functionally similar to the existing RedNet PCIe’, while adding dual RJ-45 Ethernet ports, allowing two networks to be connected which can reportedly be automatically switched to, according to network availability.