RockNet 300 Digital Audio Network

RockNet 300 is a versatile digital audio network solution for live sound applications providing up to 160 channels and 96 kHz / 48 bit.

RockNet is a real-time, low latency audio distribution network tailored to tour and installed sound applications. RockNet provides a universal solution to almost any imaginable audio distribution challenge and behaves very much like a traditional analog split system. It conveys up to 160 24 bit/48 kHz audio channels counter- rotating on a single CAT5 cable. RockNet products are designed for heavy-duty road use. Their ruggedized steel enclosures resemble the look and feel of a modular stage box. All devices feature locking IEC connectors for the redundant power supplies. All other connectors are entirely gold-plated, and the circuit design is streamlined for ultra low noise and minimum distortion to meet the highest demands in audio quality.

RockNet is a genuine audio network platform designed purposely for live sound applications. It is a cost-effective, integrated networking product invented, designed, and optimized for audio contribution and distribution. RockNet provides ultra low latency and very high audio quality. It is an integrated system that does not require any third party products. Only two types of cables are necessary to hook up a network: microphone cable with XLR (male/female) and CAT5 with RJ45 (Ethercon®). RockNet devices do not require breakout panels or any special cables and connectors. Up to 99 devices can be easily added to the network. All devices can be configured intuitively by front panel push buttons. No particular IT or computer networking know-how is needed to set up and operate RockNet. Even a system check can be performed within a few seconds at each device even without using a computer.

RockNet incorporates a streamlined redundancy concept on the device and network levels. The network interface of each device features two interconnections for fail-safe transmission of audio signals on CAT5 infrastructure. Based on a redundant ring topology, RockNet forms a self-healing network with no loss of audio in case of a connection fault between two devices. All devices feature dual power supplies with locking IEC connectors. 

Features

  • 160 channels
  • Up to 99 devices in one network
  • CAT-5 redundant network interface
  • Independent Gain
  • Front panel operation
  • Redundant power supplies (RockNet 300 only)
  • 48kHz or 96kHz sample rate (96 kHz RockNet 300 only)
  • Status indicators (LEDs)
  • Remote Control

Where to buy

RockNet 300 Audio Interfaces

RN.301.MI Microphone / Line Input Interface

The RN.301.MI provides 8 remote controllable microphone/ line input channels on XLR connectors. The state of the art circuitry is designed to fulfill the highest demands in dynamic range, common mode rejection, and overall audio quality.

RN.302.LO Line Output Interface

The RN.302.LO provides 8 analog line output channels on XLR connectors that can drive any amplifier or self-powered speaker to the maximum level. The mute relay is activated during power on/off. Output redundancy is offered to drive a single amplifier from two different RN.302.LO devices.

RN.331.DD Digital I/O interface

The RN.331.DD provides 4 digital inputs and 4 digital outputs via AES/EBU on XLR connectors.

RN.332.DO Digital output interface

The RN.332.DO provides 8 digital outputs via AES on XLR connectors.

RN.334.MD

The RN.334.MD module provides two MADI interfaces with electrical and optical inputs and outputs. It offers connection to any digital mixing console, recording system and audio routing environment. The module supports both 56 and 64 channel MADI format. The MADI Interface also offers native support for Solid State Logic consoles – including remote gain and Independent Gain. 

RN.335.DI Digital input interface

The RN.335.DI digital input module provides eight digital inputs via AES. To integrate different digital sources, it features high-quality algorithms for excellent sampling rate conversion, and it supports sampling rates between 32 and 192 kHz.

RockNet 300 Console Interfaces

RN.344.SI Soundcraft SI Interface Card

The RN.344.SI card fits into a Soundcraft SI Compact card expansion slot and gives access to 32 input and 64 output channels (or 64 inputs and 32 outputs). A wordclock input is featured via the backplane connector, while a wordclock output is available at the front panel. A rotary switch is provided for device identification and selection of up to 15 programmable routing tables. The RN.344.SI enables the respective Soundcraft product to become a part of the RockNet digital audio network and enables remote control of any RockNet microphone pre-amplifier. The card is compatible with the following Soundcraft host devices: Compact SI 16, Compact SI 24 & Compact SI 32. 

RN.343.VI Soundcraft Studer Interface Card

The RN.343.VI card fits into a Soundcraft Studer SCore Live or D21m card expansion slot and gives access to 64 input and 64 output channels. A wordclock input is featured via the backplane connector, while a wordclock output is available at the front panel. A rotary switch is provided for device identification and selection of up to 15 programmable routing tables. The RN.343.VI enables the respective Soundcraft Studer product to become a part of the RockNet digital audio network and enables remote control of any RockNet microphone pre-amplifier. The card is compatible with the following Soundcraft Studer host devices: Soundcraft VI1, VI2, VI4, VI6 und Studer Vista 5, Vista 7, Vista 8 and Vista 9.

RN.341.MY Yamaha Interface Card

The RN.341.MY card fits into a Yamaha MY-card expansion slot and gives access to 16 input and 16 output channels. A wordclock input and output is available to the host device via the backplane connector and a front panel rotary switch is provided for device identification and selection of up to 15 programmable routing tables. The RN.341.MY makes the respective Yamaha product become a part of the network and enables the remote control of the RN.301.MI microphone pre-amplifiers. Remote control is supported by either a 9-pin connector or via the backplane (for LS9 consoles). The card is compatible with the following Yamaha host devices: DM1000, DM2000, DME24N, DME64N, LS9-16, LS9- 32, M7CL, PM5D, PM5D RH, TX4n, TX5n, TX6n.

RockNet 300 Network Interfaces

RN.362.IR In-Line Repeater

The RN.362.IR Inline Repeater extends the length of the CAT5 based infrastructure between two RockNet 300 devices to a maximum of 450 m (1,500 ft). The Inline Repeater can be remotely powered by any 19” RockNet 300 device. The in- and output provide two LED indicators each for remote power and link status. One RN.362.IR can extend a connection by 150 m (500 ft), two can be used for a 300 m (1,000 ft) extension. In both cases the repeaters are powered off the adjacent network devices.

RN.351.FI and RN.352.FO Fiber-optical Converter

The 350 Series Fiber Interfaces are designed to be used for applications where extended distance between network devices is required. They are equipped with universal transceivers for single- or multi-mode fibers to meet the respective infrastructure requirements. The modules cover a range of up to 20 km on single-mode fiber.

The RN.351.FI and RN.352.FO consist of the standard RockNet CAT5 Network Interface in- and output on the front panel and the rear of the products is designed with locking duplex fiber connectors and a locking IEC power connector. The converters feature modular rugged enclosures.

Features:

  • Long-haul connectivity up to 20 km (12 miles)
  • Fiber optic media conversion
  • Status indicators
  • CAT5 redundant network interface