Topic: Migrating to an RME AVB location recording system
I wanted to start a thread here as I imagine there are many people in the same position and thought It would be great to assemble all our learnings and approaches.
After years of having to deal with long and heavy analogue Multicore's I have decided to make the leap into a fully network-based recording system. After lots of investigation into AVB and Dante options, I chose the the AVB route based around the 12Mic Preamps.
My studio is setup for immerse mixing with a 32ch speaker system that is controlled by an RME Digiface Dante which has been flawless, so I have chosen to base my recording system around the Digiface AVB interface - it was more expense, but after a few days of working with the native Mac AVB implementation it was clear that this really isn't a reliable production solution.
My current system is based around a UFX II and some OctaMic, Focusrite Clarett and Grace M108 preamps. I also use a few Digiface MADI units paired with the UFX in an aggregate device configuration for times where I need additional I/O from consoles or trucks etc. If this new AVB system works as expected, I will be selling my other gear.
I have received my 12Mic units and have had them running for the past few days to assess their stability etc, all looking great thus far. I intend to build some small stage rack units to place each of the 12Mic units plus an AVB switch into so stage cable runs can be made as short as possible. I suspect that I am going to purchase an AVB Tool to serve as my control room monitor and aux I/O unit but shall see how it all goes.
From my experience over the past few days, I have a couple of questions / suggestions.
1. The 12Mic units all report an internal temp of around 69 degrees Celsius. What is the acceptable range? I am not expecting to run these in full Australian sun, but its always good to know what temp should cause me concern.
2. The Web Remote is wonderful except that on my computers ( MacBook Pro's 2015 and 2020) the graphics are quite blurry. This makes it hard to clearly see a channel number in the routing window. I can see the graphics are PNG's as opposed to SVG's so is it possible to add a Hi DPI version of these?
3. I would like to have a preference to allow us to disable the front panel encoder operating as a Power Switch. I appreciate its need in some circumstances, but on stage this isn't really needed and is quite a risk if an enthusiastic member of the crew is interacting with the panel. (I am expecting that I will no longer need to provide patch-sheets or write on a the preamps with white tape and a sharpie, as you can run a mic to the units and then simply press the input select button to see the name of the input - amazing!)
I would love to hear others stories,