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Pro Mix Engineer Rob Burrell – User Focus

“No matter what we’re asked to do, we can find a way to provide it with Dante.” – Rob Burrell, Grammy Winner

“No matter what we’re asked to do, we can find a way to provide it with Dante.” – Rob Burrell

Rob Burrell has two GRAMMY Awards for his work as a professional mix engineer in the gospel space, but he says he’s made sure to stay flexible in the projects he takes on in his Nashville studio. In 2020 as he found new ways to work with artists and creators during the coronavirus pandemic, Burrell needed an equipment workflow that allowed for both remote collaboration and the ability to quickly mobilize his core studio gear for off-site recording.

“I don’t get excited about a lot of things in technology,” Burrell said. “But when I rebuilt my setup using Dante I got really excited. It offers some incredible flexibility and, at the same time, just melts away into the background to allow for creativity to take place. I switched over to Dante in the spring of 2019 and the timing has been perfect. Everything I use is Dante now, and over the past year that has been incredibly important.”

In his permanent recording space – emotionmix Studios – Burrell said he’s largely moved to a Focusrite setup. The Focusrite Red 16Line, a 64-in/64-out Pro Tools HD and Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with dual-port Dante connectivity is at the core of the setup.

“I also use everything from Focusrite’s headphone boxes to mic preamps with Dante cards installed,” Burrell said. “I have six channels of AVIO devices converting to AES3 for things like my surround meter and spectrum analyzer. Everything in here is Dante thanks to those devices.”

Burrell also uses Dante Via, software from Audinate that isolates and routes audio to and from any number of Mac and PC applications, up to 16 bidirectional channels each. Via allows you to choose only the applications you wish to connect to your Dante network, and send their audio anywhere you need it.

“We use Via if I’m working on a long-distance mix with someone,” Burrell said. “Using Via you can set up a way to both send the high quality mix and provide talkback for real-time feedback between two people. It’s another great Dante tool that makes remote production much easier.”

Flexibility providing confidence

Burrell said Dante is also an enabler in the sense that it allows him to scale when necessary without worrying about the traditional costs or headaches of re-cabling his studio. With Dante, Burrell said, it’s a matter of “just plugging it in.”

“When you look at it from any angle, you see how valuable it is,” Burrell said. “From convenience to cost to flexibility, nothing compares to Dante.”

But Burrell said there is also an intangible component to the value of Dante: confidence.

“It gives me a ton of confidence in what I’m doing,” Burrell said. “No matter what we’re asked to do, we can find a way to provide it with Dante. The remote setup, for example, allows me to walk into an unfamiliar location and know I can deliver results. That’s incredibly important.”

This article above is an excerpt from the full case study ‘Professional Mix Engineer Rob Burrell Says Audinate’s Dante Brings Confidence and Flexibility to Recording’

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