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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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