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Public television network handles more with a SAN solution that does more

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Every year, this very popular public television network affiliate reaches millions of television viewers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. It also reaches countless more viewers across the country through its many award-winning national programs.

Due to its many projects and the technical need to handle a vast assortment of data, this public broadcast affiliate needed to upgrade from a sneaker net situation. To accomplish this required a SAN solution that would work over GigE and not take up a PCI slot.

Using globalSAN™ X-4 and SANmp™ software from Studio Network Solution, this public television network can now share storage without moving files manually. They are also able to keep all their PCI slots available and can easily expand in the future.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Television broadcasting/program production

Working Environment: Pro Tools HD

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

Producing popular music requires talent and creative storage solutions

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The music produced at this studio has been used in many programs on several major network’s prime time television. They have also produced custom music packages for some of the worlds largest motor vehicle companies as well as one of the nations largest energy company. Plus, they have created two of the leading collections of licensable music in the industry.

This facility relies upon different audio applications to meet their specific creative needs. Using both Digidesign’s Pro Tools and Apple’s Logic Pro created more project files to manage and increases potential for excess duplicate media files.

Utilizing globalSAN™ X-4, Studio Network Solutions (SNS) was able to connect 3 Macs (1 Pro Tools system, 1 Logic Pro system, and 1 system running both). This solution allowed the client to easily work with both Pro Tools and Logic Pro projects using the same media with centralized storage.

By using iSCSI over Gigabit Ethernet connections, SNS simplified connectivity between systems giving them flexibility for future growth and change. globalSAN has also increased their productivity by sharing content and projects delivering quality productions to their esteemed clients.

Industry: Radio/television production

Working Environment: Pro Tools, Logic Pro

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

New York Recording Studio feels right at home with their new SAN

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A New York Recording Studio has many different high profile clients who often use different rooms of their facility at the same time. Usually clients have multiples of their own Firewire drives which makes it difficult for house engineers to track the numerous session files. Just as difficult is ensuring data integrity should one of the Firewire drives fail.

With multiple clients and artists working on projects simultaneously, this customer needs to be able to securely move a project from one room to the next. Plus, they need to make sure their client’s data is safe and only accessible to the client and their staff.

Their facility consists of 2 Pro Tools HD suites for recording, editing and mixing Audio; 1 Pro Tools HD suite for MIDI composition; and 1 workstation for Data Management.

Because of the volume of work being done in the studio, the customer needed 5 globalSAN™ X-4s and a Gigabit Ethernet switch. globalSAN allows them to move sessions from room to room safely and securely using the iSCSI protocol over their workstations’ on-board GigE ports. This saves setup and transfer time since they have instant access to their respective material.

Using a dedicated machine for Data Management and Administration, they can centrally access and manage the SAN effectively (this includes running backups and preparing volumes for new client sessions).

Industry: Music production and recording studio

Working Environment: Pro Tools

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

Managing massive volumes of data isn’t a big deal thanks to SNS

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This particular company provides a wide range of verification, migration and data management services tailored to the specialized needs of the entertainment industry, institutional archives and libraries.

Effective digital workflow technology is critical to all owners of intellectual property. It unlocks value from irreplaceable assets while ensuring long-term protection, valuation and accessibility.

They work with many clients simultaneously. So they needed the capacity to store large amounts of Data and Recording assets in a readily available system that could be pulled up on either one of the Archival systems. Record labels use this company to account for all of their album related assets, so RAID protection and quick easy access to the files was a must.

Studio Network Solutions connected a globalSAN™ X-4 to this companies two archival machines to provide them with adequate RAID protected storage for their clients as well as giving them quick, easy access to their files.

Industry: Asset Management Services

Working Environment: Pro Tools HD

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

In radio and television production, SNS produces effective SAN solutions

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This company specializes in radio/television production for a variety of clients. They offer both off-line and uncompressed on-line editing. In addition, they produce animation and visual effects for commercials, corporate videos, long-form television and features.

To keep up with the demanding pace of production, this company had two separate Pro Tools suites that were working on the same projects. The critical issue was the need to have access to files from opposite suites. Plus, they needed centralized storage for their sound effects library.

Since the globalSAN™ X-4 is a two user shared storage solution, Studio Network Solutions knew it was the perfect fit for this production company’s needs. Once in place, globalSAN X-4 allowed the two suites to access each others files flawlessly and even had the added capability to become the sound effects library.

Location: Dallas, Texas

Industry: Radio/television production

Working Environment: Pro Tools HD 3 Accel, Logic Pro

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

globalSAN™ X-4 is a sound solution for music leader

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This customer is among the most respected and active film composers and music conductors. His work is so innovative that it forever bears his unique creative stamp. Setting the standard for evocative and expressive film scores, he creates music that is instantly recognized and resonates long past the life of the film.

This customer has a very diverse production environment requiring 5-6TB of storage for 6 seats of Pro Tools and a Windows laptop running Pyramix. Since most of their Pro Tools systems are equipped with an HD3 card set, and the inclusion of a laptop, they need high performance storage over a Gigabit Ethernet.

To perform sound for picture work across multiple systems requires the technology to pull up any project in any one of their production suites. This includes cross platform compatibility with Windows and Pyramix.

Studio Network Solutions provided 5 globalSAN™ X-4s to meet this customer’s performance and storage needs. Multiple X-4s and SANmp™ allow each Pro Tools to maintain their audio track performance, share and move assets between systems. Plus, they can directly access sessions with their Windows based Pyramix.

Industry: Sound for picture, post production audio

Working Environment: Pro Tools

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

Blackbird Studio: A state-of-the-art redesign in more ways than one

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After rebuilding Creative Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, John and Martina McBride launched the internationally renowned Blackbird Studio in August of 2002. Motivated to offer the highest quality recording experience for their clients, Blackbird Studio was designed with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, and in turn has been the studio of choice by artists ranging from Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel and Dolly Parton. In just a few years, the facilities now comprise seven studios, including the acclaimed Studio C designed by producer, recording engineer, audio equipment designer, and multiple Grammy award and TEC winner, George Massenburg.


“In these most challenging times for professional recording, there’s nothing worse than unreliability. SNS hardware and software has consistently risen to every challenge in Blackbird studio; it is 100% reliable, and it consistently outperforms our expectations in hard capability (track count) and just plain good software design.”
George Massenburg

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With the building of an optimal recording, mixing, listening and editing facility came the challenge of providing the best available post-production technology to store all of the music in the works, and it was the storage technology from Studio Network Solutions’ that fit the bill.

“SNS has been here with us since day one. Studio Network Solutions’ SAN has grown with us from a one room semi-private studio to a 7 room world-class facility. Tech support and service has been fast and furious, and although we rarely ever need to call, it’s great that SNS is there with answers when we need them. We currently have 11 seat licenses, 30 143 gig Fibre Channel drives and an X-4 iSCSI SAN in use everyday.” – Vance Powell, Blackbird Studio’s General Manager/Chief Engineer

“Not one single incident of data loss or client downtime because of the SAN, in 4 years of operation. That is what I call solid! Period.”

The storage technology Blackbird Studio selected was Studio Network Solutions’ A/V SAN PRO and globalSAN X-4. These audio/visual storage technologies were uniquely developed for the entertainment and media industry and offered Blackbird highly accelerated and secure post-production editing capabilities for workgroups both on and off site.

“We use our SNS SAN everyday for centralized storage for the 7 studios here at Blackbird.”

A/V SAN PRO is a shared storage solution using up to 4Gb Fibre Channel technology that provides multiple digital audio/video workstations concurrent access to centralized storage at extraordinary speed.

globalSAN X-4 is a compact, multi-user storage area network for production studios offering four 500GB SATA drives (2.0TB) and two client licenses of iSANmp software. Workstations can connect directly to the X-4 over Gigabit Ethernet and share RAID-protected storage. Other products in the globalSAN family include the X-8, X-16, and X-24, offering additional video storage and licenses for larger workgroups.

Company: Blackbird Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.

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