Focusrite Reveals Two New Interfaces: The Red 16Line and RedNet X2P

Focusrite has unveiled the new Red 16Line, the first interface to combine Pro Tools | HD and Thunderbolt 3, and the RedNet X2P interfaces…

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Red 16Line

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The new Focusrite Red 16Line is a 64-in/64-out Pro Tools | HD and dual Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with ultra-low latency A-D/D-A conversion, Red Evolution mic preamps, up to 121dB dynamic range, ultra-low round trip latency, and expansion over Ethernet for networked audio. Since Red 16Line provides both DigiLink connectors and Thunderbolt connections, it’s now easier than ever to switch from Pro Tools | HD to other audio applications, without the need to reconfigure option cards in the interface. The host mode can be simply changed either in the remote control software, or on the device front panel to change DAWs in seconds.

High-performance audio converters with over 118dB dynamic range A/D and 121dB dynamic range D/A (A-weighted) have been expertly selected and calibrated to provide the best balance of sound quality, dynamic range and conversion latency in Focusrite’s best-quality audio interface. Red’s ultra-low round trip latency completely transforms workflows. For those used to having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Mixes can be built on the DAW and used whether overdubbing (monitoring the input being recording with the Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with all plug-ins in place, all the time.

Red 16Line features 16 line inputs on D-sub, coupled with 16 line outputs and two main monitor outputs, and the outputs can be ganged for surround monitoring applications. The two digitally-controlled Red Evolution mic preamps provide up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain along with stereo linking, individual phantom power, high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode: the name Focusrite gives to the sonic signature of the classic transformer ISA preamp. With a dual-port Dante card, studios will be able to be expanded over Ethernet for more channels at higher sample rates, anywhere in the network, at lower latency and lower cost.

Pricing and Availability:
The Red 16Line will cost £2869.99 (inc. VAT)/$2,999.99/€2,599.99 (excl. tax). No release date has yet to be announced. For further information head here.

RedNet X2P

RedNet X2P is a compact, robust 2×2 Dante™ audio interface featuring two Red Evolution mic pres, stereo line out and a stereo headphone amplifier. RedNet X2P quickly adds I/O to your Focusrite Red interface or any Dante™ audio-over-IP system, and power, audio and remote control are supplied using a single Ethernet cable – simply use a power-over-Ethernet switch or PoE injector. A local input mixer allows ‘more me’ monitoring control, while a control lockout ensures settings remain unchanged when used remotely.

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Key features

  • Two of our best preamps provide ultra-clean gain, stereo linking, individual phantom power, a high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode.
  • High-quality conversion, with over 118dB dynamic range.
  • Power-over-Ethernet allows a single cable to deliver audio, control and power to RedNet X2P.
  • Local input mix allows ‘more-me’ style monitoring for easy foldback control.
  • Mic stand mount keeps the unit out of the way and within reach.
  • Local control lockout of mic pre settings, output settings or both.

Pricing and Availability:
RedNet X2P will cost £879.99/$899.99/€779.99 upon release, though no date has yet been announced. For more information head to the product page here.

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