Originally Posted by Plush
Cool stuff, Jason
Do you then use a laptop or other computer to do your recording? Do you plug the ethernet cable right in to the computer?
Yes, mainly I am just testing out one Rednet 4 8 channel preamp and plugging it right into a laptop to do a backup recording. Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS), which is included as a free download with the box, sets up a 32x32 interface at 96k (or a 64x64 interface at 48k). All devices/boxes in a Dante setup are connected using a simple network switch and create a standard computer network automatically. Routing is done for Dante within the Dante Controller software, or with Rednet through Rednet Control where preamp levels can be controlled remotely.
I monitor through my computer's built in output or my Mytek w/Firewire by using an audio monitoring application called AudioMonitor.
The connection is really fast. Plug in the inputs, plug in the preamp, connect it to my computer, start DVS, route the inputs and outputs, and record. On a Mac it is all very stable live recording with Boom Recorder and should be fine in recording sessions with Reaper.
A JoeCo Blackbox with Dante, Rednet PCI-e, or output from another Dante box/mixer can be used to record in lieu of a computer. Also, multiple computers can be routed the same channels simultaneously allowing for a stable backup recording.
Cable run can be up to 100m on solid CAT5e/CAT6. Or connect an inexpensive optical to ethernet converter to run fiber over longer distances. The only key restriction is that audio will not run over Wifi. But I am sure that many venues already have ethernet wired from the stage to the control room. Rednet 6 will be able to connect MADI equipment for ethernet cable runs and connection to DVS.
It is a super cool setup!
All the best,