PRG Taps Riedel’s RockNet Audio Network Equipment

PRG, which provides audio, video, lighting, and scenic services for high profile corporate and entertainment events, has invested in a comprehensive stock of RockNet digital audio network equipment from Riedel Communications. Riedel delivered an extensive set of RockNet input, output, and mixing console modules as well as inline repeaters and fiber optic connections

RockNet is a digital audio network that offers up to 160 channels over a single counter-rotating CAT-5 ring. Unlike other audio network products, RockNet does not utilize existing network technologies like TCP/IP for audio purposes, but is a genuine audio network platform, designed specifically for live sound applications.

Its redundant ring topology forms a self-healing network that secures the installation against single-points-of-failure and provides superior 24bit/96kHz audio quality. RockNet includes a unique Independent Gain feature, which allows several mixing consoles to operate with the same mic pre-amps without affecting each other.

“I’m a huge fan of RockNet since I first heard it. The audio quality is just excellent and it’s a rock-solid solution with an excellent redundancy concept,” says Mark Boettcher, Project Manager at PRG. “RockNet’s flexibility made the product perfect for the job. The ability to route a set of inputs to multiple consoles means no external splitters, Y-cords or other cabling.  We are able to minimize cabling by thinking thru our routing within the RockNet Network. The product allows us to operate up to 99 modules in one network, providing a total of 768 outputs. And due to the ring network cabling is reduced to a minimum.”

PRG’s new RockNet stock includes ten RockNet RN.301.MI microphone/line inputs and ten RN.302.LO line output modules offering a total of 80 inputs and outputs. Six RockNet RN.341.MY expansion cards integrate digital Yamaha mixing consoles into the audio network providing remote gain control for all inputs and outputs of the RockNet system. PRG uses RockNet Inline repeaters to bridge distances greater than 500 feet (150 meter) over copper cabling expanding connection to a total of 1,500 feet (450 meter). To provide connections for even greater distances, PRG utilizes RockNet RN.351.FI fiber input and RN.352.FO fiber output modules. They allow long-haul connectivity of up to 12 miles.

PRG’s first operation of the new RockNet system will be the Chrysler booth at this year’s North American International Auto Show, which runs Jan. 11-24 in Detroit.