Focusrite and Solid State Logic (SSL) have jointly worked to bring direct control of Focusrite RedNet MP8R remote-controlled mic preamps to the SSL System T console surface.

‘The Focusrite RedNet MP8R is one of our highest quality mic preamps,’ says Focusrite Pro Product Manager, Cameron Stevenson. ‘Its front panel and software control aspects make it very valuable in a live or studio environment where you might want to adjust the gain or set any of the parameters on stage or in studio.’

Focusrite RedNet MP8R remote-controlled mic preamps, now featuring direct control from the SSL System T console However, when working with a console many engineers prefer working from a single platform as opposed to having studio control room or FOH control of the preamp parameters by way of RedNet control on a computer. ‘To streamline that workflow we collaborated with SSL to allow the SSL System T console to control our RedNet MP8R mic pre and all its parameters directly from the console,’ he says. ‘This simplifies workflow, allowing engineers to focus on their mix instead of worrying about the technology behind it.’

Along with direct console control, a paired SSL system T console can store and recall MP8R parameters with console scenes and showfiles.

‘Enhanced interoperability through software updates is at the heart of SSL broadcast and System T, delivering features that allow operators to use AoIP products of their choice,’ says SSL Product Manager for Broadcast Systems, Tom Knowles. ‘Native console support for audio transport and connections management for Dante, AES67 and ST 2110 is an essential part of System T’s advanced workflow. An obvious extension of this is integration with a variety of mic preamps, allowing customers with an existing inventory to reuse I/O boxes for different events and productions as they require.

‘MP8R devices show up on the network in the same way as any Dante-enabled device. System T software can route individual mics immediately but also can configure these as logical instances for managed and secure access. When routed to a console channel path mic gain, pad and phantom power are immediately mapped to the channel strip for hardware and software control. Gains and controls are stored and recalled with consoles showfiles and scenes for precise operation in fast paced productions.’

The RedNet MP8R is an eight-channel remote-controlled mic preamp and A/D interface for any Dante audio-over-IP network for applications in postproduction, broadcast, live sound or the recording studio. ‘Console users who want everything to be done from the desk now have an additional option,’ Cameron says.

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