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Focusrite RedNet D16 AES - 16 Channel AES3 Interface

£1,259.99 £1,049.99 (ex. vat)

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES

  • Focusrite RedNet D16 AES
  • Focusrite RedNet D16 AES Rear

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES - 16 Channel AES3 Interface

The Focusrite RedNet D16 AES is a 1U 19in rack-mount interface featuring 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with Ethernet redundancy for maximum network reliability.

Perfect for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment and a Dante network, RedNet D16 AES has a Sample Rate Convertor (SRC) on each input pair allowing instant operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provide synchronisation with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES Features

16 Channel RedNet AES3 Interface for Dante Network
AES3 connectivity allows connection of external converters, effects units, mixing consoles or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment to the Dante audio network

Ethernet Redundancy
Dual rear-panel Ethernet connectors (primary and secondary connectors) allow maximum network reliability with seamless switchover to a standby network in the unlikely event of a network failure. The ports can alternatively be used to daisy-chain additional units.

Sample Rate Conversion on all input channels
SRC allows external equipment to run at any sample rate, irrespective of the sample rate or clocking of the Dante audio network

1U Chassis
Compact design allows maximum functionality in minimum rack space, with a full 16 channels of I/O in 1U. RedNet D16 AES features the standard trademark red anodised front panel

Input and Output on XLR as well as DB25
RedNet D16 provides two 8-channel AES59 combined I/O DB25 connections. In addition, a pair of XLR3 connectors duplicates channels 1 & 2

XLR Input for DARS or Digital Audio
The rear panel XLR input connector can either be used as a DARS input or as a traditional AES3 audio input, replacing channels 1–2 of the DB25 inputs

S/PDIF input and outputs are provided on RCA connectors; ideal for connecting CD players or solid-state recorders. The input replaces channels 3 & 4 in the DB25 connector while the output can be assigned to replicate any adjacent odd/even output pair

Word Clock
Word Clock I/O on BNC connectors allows synchronisation of the Dante network  to house clock, or syncing external equipment to the Dante network

Remote routing and control
RedNet Control software allows full routing and control from your audio computer system via a software control panel – no hardware patching required

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES Specifications


  • AES/EBU inputs and outputs via 2x25-way female D-sub, each wired to AES59 (combined I/O)/Tascam Digital
  • Switchable AES/EBU input via XLR F connector (replaces channels 1–2 from DB25)
  • Switchable S/PDIF input via phono connector (replaces channels 3–4 from DB25)
  • Duplicate AES/EBU output via XLR M connector (duplicates channels 1–2)
  • Duplicate S/PDIF output via phono connector (replaces any adjacent odd/even pair)
  • DARS input via XLR F (switchable between AES/EBU input and DARS)
  • Word clock input on BNC port (switchable termination)
  • Word clock output on BNC port 
  • Two Dante network ports, configurable as redundant connections or for daisy chaining
  • IEC power inlet


  • AES/EBU: 16 channels, with switchable SRC by input pair
  • AES/EBU Connectors:
    • Channels 1–16: 2x 25-way female D-Sub, each wired to AES59 (combined I/O)/Tascam Digital
    • Channels 1–2 (switchable): XLR3F*
  • S/PDIF Input: Channels 3–4 (switchable)
  • S/PDIF connector: RCA Phono socket
  • Input format: Channel status ignored. Assumed to be 24 bit, 2-channel audio

Input Sample Rate Converters

  • Input sample rate range: 32 to 216 kHz
  • Gain error: -0.3 dB
  • Dynamic Range: > 138 dB (-60 dBFS method)
  • THD+N: < -130 dB (0.00003%); 0 dBFS input


  • AES/EBU: 16 channels, synchronous with unit sample rate
  • AES/EBU connectors:
    • Channels 1–16: 2x 25-way female D-Sub, each wired to AES59 (combined I/O) (See "Inputs")
    • Channels 1–2: XLR3M
  • S/PDIF output:
    • 2 channels, synchronous with unit sample rate
    • Output can duplicate any adjacent odd/even pair of channels 1–16
  • S/PDIF connector: RCA Phono socket
  • Output format: AES3

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
  • Local clock sources: Internal, DARS, Word Clock, Input 1–2, Input 9–10
  • External word clock range: Nominal sample rate ±7.5%

Front Panel Indicators

  • Power Indicator: Green LED
  • Primary network: Green LED, indicates that a network connection is present on primary port when in redundant mode. When in switched mode, a valid network connection at either Primary or Secondary network port will cause this LED to illuminate
  • Secondary network: As Primary network indicator. Not used in switched mode.
  • Locked: Green LED. When unit is network slave, shows valid network lock, when network master shows unit is locked to indicated clock source. Flashing means invalid external clock present and unit has reverted to internal clock
  • Unit sample rate: Green LED for each: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, x2, x4
  • Pull/up down: Indicates unit is set to operate on a Dante pull up/down domain
  • Signal indicators: 16 Green LEDs, 8 input/8 output indicators. Illuminate at -126 dBFS
  • Clock source indicators: Orange LED for each: Internal, Word Clock, DARS, Input 1–2, Input 9–10

Network Modes

  • Redundant: Allows unit to connect to two independent networks
  • Switched: Connects both ports to integrated network switch allowing daisy-chaining of devices


  • PSU: Internal, 100-240V, consumption 30 VA
Manufacturer Focusrite
GTIN 0815301013082
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