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 1 RU rackmount 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 kilohms, allowing flexibility when running multiple mic pres in parallel.
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