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Riedel debuts RockNet 100 audio network solution for Yamaha digital mixing consoles
Riedel Communications has debuted the RockNet 100, a cost-effective three-in-one audio interface bundled with an expansion card for Yamaha digital mixing consoles. The audio interface combines the input and output sections of three RockNet 300 devices into one 19in/3RU digital stage-box. Beyond digital multicore applications, RockNet 100 gives full access to the RockNet digital audio network solutions.
RockNet 100 incorporates the functionality of three RockNet 300 devices in a single unit, resulting in 16 line/microphone-inputs (with 48V phantom power) and eight line-outputs. The audio interface features the same preamps as the RockNet-300-series. Their gain provides a range of -66dB to 6dB in steps of 1dB. With a transport capacity of up to 80 channels, RockNet 100 is especially suited for smaller setups — for example, as a digital multicore.
The connection between the RockNet audio interface and the RockNet expansion card for Yamaha consoles is established via CAT5. A connection failure between two devices doesn’t cause any audio loss. The self-healing ring topology offers advantages in performance, consistency and flexibility. The proprietary technology Concrete ensures a jitter-free operation of the audio network. To protect amplifiers and speakers when turning channels on or off, RockNet features an auto-mute circuit.
RockNet 100 modules can be seamlessly integrated into any RockNet 300 installation. The RockNet RN.141.MY expansion card for digital Yamaha mixing consoles enables full remote control over all connected RockNet modules. In addition, the RockWorks software and the front panel of each module provide easy and hands-on configuration of the whole RockNet audio network. RockWorks is available for Windows and Mac OS X and allows extensive configuration and remote control of any device in the whole RockNet installation over a single USB connection.