Focusrite sees Red: new Red / RedNet interfaces and R1 Remote Control

Focusrite Pro: new Red interfaces and desktop controllerBritish audio brand Focusrite Pro has four new products in the pipeline, with availability slated for November 2020. What is there to gawk at? Plenty! We are talking three audio interfaces: Red 8Line, RedNet A16R MkII, and RedNet D16R MkII. And the fourth new product, of course, is the RedNet R1 Remote Control. Here’s more about each box of modern audio wonder:

Red 8Line

Focusrite Pro Red 8line

Focusrite Pro Red 8Line

Fancy 58 inputs and 64 outputs? This is exactly what this interface with Pro Tools HD and Dante connectivity offers. There are also ADAT and S / PDIF inputs and outputs for a complete digital connectivity suite. On the analog side, we have eight inputs and ten outputs on the analog side. In addition, you will find a pair of Red Evolution microphone preamps sporting up to 63 dB of gain. The converters work at up to 192 kHz/24-bit resolution. The dynamic range for the A/D conversion is a healthy 119 dB, while the D/A conversion reaches a healthier 121 dB.

Red 8Line is compatible with Mac and PC computers and also has a Thunderbolt 3 port. The front panel monitor control lets you listen in mono, stereo, and multi-channel (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2) summing variants. You will also find two headphone outputs on the front. On the added value side, a comprehensive software bundle featuring products from Brainworx and Focusrite Digital is also included. What’s the price, you ask? That would be EUR 2630.

RedNet A16R MkII and RedNet D16R MkII

Focusrite Pro Rednet interfaces

Focusrite Pro RedNet A16R MkII und RedNet D16R MkII

These are two 16 × 16 interfaces in 1U rack format, both designed for use within Dante Audio-over-IP networks. The RA16R MkII is equipped with traditional analog I/O and its converters work at up to 24 Bit / 192 kHz resolution. The D16R MkII, on the other hand, is a bi-directional AES3 interface.

Depending on the model, the inputs and outputs look different. Of course, both have the necessary Dante connections, as well as word clock I/O. The RedNet D16R MkII also offers S / PDIF connections on RCA jacks. Otherwise, both interfaces use DB25 to pipe audio in and out, but with different configurations depending on the model. You will also find XLR In and Out, serving as DARS inputs or AES3 inputs / outputs. Good bit of flexibility here!

The price for the RedNet A16R MkII will be EUR 3640, but if you can do without analog I/O, feel free to pay EUR 2020 for the RedNet D16R MkII.

RedNet R1

Focusrite Pro RedNet R1

Focusrite Pro RedNet R1

This desktop remote control unit is purposefully designed for the Red series. You can use it to mix and route the inputs of 32 audio sources to as many as 12 monitor outputs. It doesn’t matter whether the signals are in mono, stereo or surround (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2).

By connecting to the Red interface series, the RedNet R1 taps into the audio in Pro Tools HD and other DAWs, with all digital and analog inputs and outputs of the interfaces still available. Dante, ADAT, S / PDIF – you can switch between them, or sum audio to them. You also get controls for level, reference level, dim, mute and solo. The A / B button lets you switch between four custom monitoring presets. You also get talkback functions with the built-in microphone and footswitch (also for Dante). A headphone output is present as well. Two LCD displays show metering and other important information. Routing configurations, however, are handled from the RedNet Control Software.

The RedNet R1 will cost EUR 829.

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Deal: Kazrog True Iron transfomer saturation plug-in is 50% off

Kazrog True IronTrue Iron by developer Kazrog is an universally-praised plug-in which emulates the strength and character of six electrical transformers. The UTC 108 X, Malotki E4M – 4001B, Western Electric 111C, Haufe V178, Marinair LO1166/A and UTC 0-12 have been top choices for driving the vintage analog equipment we know and love.

For example, the 108X comes straight out of the very first Ampex multitrack tape machines made in the 1950s, not to mention the fabled LA2A tube limiting amplifier. The Malotki exists in broadcast equipment made by the likes of Neumann, Telefunken, Siemens; and notably, the U73b limiter once considered the “German Fairchild”. Haufe transfomers were go-to choices for Georg Neumann and his game-changing microphones. The Marinair was, of course, used in the original Neve 1073 mic preamp/EQ modul and Neve 1272 channel strips. And the UTC O-12 was used in the famous UREI Blue Stripe 1176 compressor all the way through to revision F.

Clearly, Kazrog has done a remarkable amount of homework before heading to the shed! But what do these virtual irons do for your productions? Short answer – they add heft, warmth, grit and attitude. Long answer – you get that and adjustable parameters such as strength, input impedance, a wet/dry ratio control knob, and an aptly titled Crush control for additional transformer saturation. Really cool!

Kazrog True Iron – 50% off sale

Presently, Kazrog is selling True Iron at a 50% discount which brings the price down to USD 20. This makes for a great moment to invest in one of the finest virtual analog plug-ins ever produced. A free demo version that’s not time limited but silences audio output randomly is available for further convincing.


True Iron works under macOS 10.9.5 and higher, or Windows 7 and higher. The plug-in is 64-bit only and is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX Native formats. Pro Tools 11 or higher is required for the AAX version.

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Brian Funk Releases The 200th AfroDJMac Freebie For Ableton Live

Birds of Prey by AfroDJMac

AfroDJMac, a prolific creator of Ableton Live Packs, marks his 200th free offering with the Birds of Prey device for Ableton Live. Brian Funk (aka AfroDJMac) has been making free Ableton Live packs since 2011. He samples synths, drum machines, and all sorts of acoustic instruments. Using those samples, he codes and creates original products […]

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Deal: Buy Output Substance bass engine, get all 3 expansions for free!

Output Substance dealHere’s a great opportunity to get Output’s Substance bass engine sorted! Our friends at Plugin Boutique launched a sale where you can nab Substance with all three expansions thrown in for free!

Buy Output Substance bass engine, get all 3 expansions for free!

Running in Native Instruments Kontakt or the free Kontakt Player plug-in, Substance is a “deeply produced” bass engine featuring mangled electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, sampled synthesizers, and experimental patches. Output has eschewed realistic emulation to come up with original, unorthodox sounds for adventurous productions.

Substance comes in at a substantial 300 presets handled by a 3-layer engine with Layer FX and Global FX. Each preset features 4 central macro sliders that are unique to it. Layers have dedicated monophonic and legato modes per layer. The Rhythm page lets you sync modulations and arps to tempo. All in all, a cutting-edge sound design tool that may be a bit on the expensive side, but the quality is definitely there.

Price and specifications

Substance will run you in EUR 199 with the three official Expansions thrown in for free. The expansions are Booty Bass, Base Bass, and Dystopian Bass. The offer is good until October 26. The instrument requires Native Instruments Kontakt 5, or the free Kontakt Player plug-in to function. Kontakt is available in all the usual plug-in formats for computers running macOS 10.9 and higher, or Windows 7 and higher.

Click here to buy Substance + expansions from Plugin Boutique. Note that this is an affiliate link. It brings a small cut from the profits towards us, helping us run Gearnews a little easier. You don’t pay more because of this. The deal is also available on the Output website.

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Get 1GB of free sounds + 30%-off discount voucher from ModeAudio

ModeAudio and Waves giveaway

October is a great time of the year to live the producer life. The amount of deals and freebies this month has been completely nuts. I have no doubt you’ve partaken if you have been reading Gearnews lately. Today, we have another addition to the basket of goods, courtesy of ModeAudio & Waves. The two audio strongholds have partnered up to deliver a free 1GB soundpack plus a 30% off voucher (code: WAVES30) for ModeAudio’s web store. Yass!

ModeAudio x Waves: Free Sounds

The free 1GB taster pack is available for immediate download off of ModeAudio. No need to register or input anything – just mash that ‘Get Your Free Sounds’ button to get yourself sorted.

While the busy bees at Waves hardly need an introduction, ModeAudio could benefit from one. The team @ModeAudio makes royalty-free loops, samples, and synth presets. They span modern workhorses like Serum, Massive, Reason, Ableton, FL Studio and others, in addition to genres such as Ambient, Cinematic, Hip-Hop, and Dance (Techno, EDM, Synthwave, etc.) You can also find the sounds ordered by instrument type – Bass, Synths, Percussion, Guitars, Keys, Textures and so on.

Additionally, the ModeAudio guys run a webzine of sorts. More than just a blog, it contains a wealth of knowledge on production matters, including tips and video tutorials. What a fine establishment, indeed!

Come pay ModeAudio a visit at and enjoy your freebies!

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