Focusrite RedNet MP8R 8-Channel Remote-Controlled Mic Pre and A/D for Dante

Focusrite RedNet MP8R 8-Channel Remote-Controlled Mic Pre and A/D for Dante

Focusrite RedNet MP8R 8-Channel Remote-Controlled Mic Pre and A/D for Dante


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Focusrite REDNET-MP8R overview

  • 1Description

The RedNet MP8R from Focusrite is an 8-channel remote-controlled microphone preamplifier and A/D for the Dante audio-over-IP network. The MP8R was developed from the RedNet 4 studio remote-controlled microphone preamp, and incorporated improvements from the considerable input of leading live sound practitioners during its development. The unit provides a wealth of features that make it particularly applicable to the live sound/recording and broadcast environments, and other workflows where reliability is paramount.

Dual Ethernet ports with locking etherCON connectors are provided, with several operating modes including daisy-chaining and redundancy confirmed by front-panel indicators. Two separate power supplies with fault detection capability are included, with separate power input sockets (with retaining clips) on the rear of the unit. The state of each power supply is indicated both remotely and on the front panel.

The MP8R features a rugged, roadworthy exterior and internal build quality. In addition, the unit offers a compact 1U rack-mount form factor.

The MP8R preamps utilize Focusrite's well-known mic pre designs,with a pedigree that stretches back to the original Focusrite products of the mid-1980s. Fully keeping pace with the latest developments in audio technology, today's Focusrite preamps offer lower noise, improved dynamic range, and better Common Mode Rejection. The preamps in the MP8R offer an increased maximum input level of 28 dBu, plus a 20 dB pad, high-pass filter, polarity inversion, and phantom power. Each preamp has a dual-input impedance of 2.4 or 10 kOhms, allowing flexibility when running multiple mic pres in parallel.

Built-in redundancy with dual power and network connections
Rugged roadworthy all-metal construction, high build quality, locking power and etherCON Ethernet connectors
Eight Focusrite remote-controlled preamps with enhanced input level capability, and dual input impedance to deliver maximum performance when one mic feeds single or multiple pres
Two outputs from each preamp: one direct and the other automatically gain-compensated to deliver a constant level
20 dB pad, HPF, and polarity inversion per input
Operate locally, or remotely via RedNet Control software, Pro Tools, MIDI, or OCA (Open Control Architecture - available via firmware update)
Precision low-latency conversion at up to 24-bit/192 kHz, with a large dynamic range and high-quality audio
6-segment LED level meters; OLED display indicates input gain and system information
Compact 1U form factor
Total interoperability with other Dante products and networks
DSP Gain Tracking
The MP8R includes a sophisticated gain tracking ability, appearing as a 16-channel device on the network, the first eight channels being direct preamp feeds, while the remaining eight are automatically DSP level-compensated outputs sourced from the first eight. This architecture allows "splits" – such as monitor/FOH – to be set up in the digital domain, permitting one engineer to control the analogue mic gain while a second receives an output level that is constant irrespective of the analogue mic gain setting.
Local or Remote Control
The preamps may be controlled remotely in a variety of ways, including via the RedNet Control software package, Pro Tools and MIDI, and OCA (Open Control Architecture – supported via firmware upgrade); in addition, the preamps can be operated from the MP8R front panel, where 6-segment level metering, numeric gain display, and other indicators provide comprehensive monitoring of the unit's operation.
High-Precision Conversion
Following the mic pres are eight channels of Focusrite's well-known high-precision A/D converters, operating at up to 192 kHz/24-bit with minimum latency and offering improved dynamic range and overall performance.
Full Dante Interoperability
Like the entire RedNet product range, the MP8R interoperates seamlessly and fully with any other Dante audio-over-IP network components and infrastructure. Patching and interconnection can be managed with the Dante control software.
UPC: 815301013099
In the Box
Focusrite RedNet MP8R 8-Channel Remote-Controlled Mic Pre and A/D for Dante
  • 2 x IEC AC Mains Cables
  • 2 x IEC Mains Cable Retaining Clips
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Focusrite REDNET-MP8R specs

    Microphone Inputs Specifications:
    Gain Range: 0 to 55 dB in 1 dB steps
    Type: Electronically balanced, Zin = 2.4/10 kOhms (switchable)
    Maximum Input Level: 29 dBu ±0.5; minimum gain with pad for 0 dBFS, Rs = 150 ohms
    Minimum Input Level: -46 dBu ±0.5; maximum gain without pad for 0 dBFS, Rs = 150 ohms
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 55 kHz ±0.1 dB
    THD + N: -98 dB (0.0012%) @ -1 dBFS, Rs = 150 ohms
    EIN: -129 dBu 'A'-Weighted (typical), Rs = 150 ohms
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 118 dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), Rs = 150 ohms
    Phantom Power: +48 V, independently switchable per channel
    Pad: -20 dB, independently switchable per channel
    High Pass Filter: -6 dB @ 65 ± 3 Hz, 12 dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
    Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz; minimum input gain
    Connectors (Rear Panel) 8 x XLR3 female analog audio microphone inputs
    2 x etherCON locking Ethernet connectors (compatible with standard RJ45 connectors)
    2 x IEC power inputs (with retaining clips)
    Digital Performance Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz (-4, -0.1, +0.1, +4.167%) at 24 bit
    Clock Sources: Internal or from network master device
    Front Panel Controls Power on/off
    Channel select buttons (1 to 8)
    Illuminated Buttons: Info, 2.4/10 kOhm input impedance, 20 dB pad, +48 V Phantom Power, HPF, and Polarity 
    Gain setting knob
    Indicators PSU A and PSU B power supply active LEDs
    Network: Primary, Secondary, and Locked LEDs
    Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, x2, x4 and Pull LEDs
    8 x 6-segment level displays
    Gain (dB) and status indication for selected channel via OLED display
    Illuminated Buttons:
    Info (displays device data on OLED panel)
    2.4 kOhm input impedance
    -20 dB, +48 V, HPF, and Polarity
    Network Modes Redundant: Allows unit to connect two independent networks.
    Switched: Connects both ports to integrated network switch, allowing daisy-chaining of devices.
    PSU 2 x internal; IEC inputs, 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Apparent Power: 30 VA
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.75 x 19 x 15.51" (44.5 x 482.6 x 394 mm)
    Weight 12.68 lb (5.75 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.1 x 21.968 x 4.803"

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