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Audio/Pro Tools Storage Solutions

home_greyStudio Network Solutions is the leader in shared storage solutions for Pro Tools. From day one, our focus has been consistent: SNS solutions will allow you to get the most out of your investment in Pro Tools and other professional audio workstations.

We’ve designed and installed some of the largest Pro Tools storage systems in the world, so we know very well the unique demands that audio projects can place on storage. For example, multi-track recording and editing demands more than just bandwidth from on-line, shared storage systems. The performance of the system depends upon how quickly the storage can write, find, and retrieve many pieces of information simultaneously. The track data for every mix, fade, and edit must be delivered to the audio workstation with precise timing. Plus, writing tracks to disk must be flawless because you don’t always get a second try at the perfect take.

Many factors influence the performance needed for an audio workflow, such as track-count, bit-rate, and sample size. Often times, less obvious influences such as the use of timecode or reference video, effect the overall capabilities of a given workstation. These must be taken into consideration when designing a SAN for Audio.

SNS solutions for audio provide RAID protection to reduce the risk of lost sessions, and lost studio time due to failed hard drives. For the most comprehensive protection, Q:COMPLETE support plans and extended warranty options provide extra security when it matters most.

Key Solution Features

  • Compatibility with Pro Tools and other audio workstations for Mac and Windows
  • Performance designed for the unique needs of Audio production
  • RAID Protection
 
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Key Solution Benefits

  • Use projects and files where you want, when you want, without pulling to a local drive.
  • Use the most cost-effective network (Ethernet or Fibre Channel) for your performance needs.
  • Work with a support staff that understands your audio application, not just the storage.
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RAID-protected shared storage for all of your Pro Tools users


Pro Tools file sharing is here!

EVO — the complete, networked storage solution for media workgroups — supports multiple users doing maximum track count at any sample rate. It works over Ethernet (SAN and NAS) and Fibre Channel, allowing you to get the most out of your investment in Pro Tools and even avoid using a PCIe slot if you don’t have a spare!

EVO combines a high-performance, Pro Tools-tuned storage array with the most extensive connectivity options available in a single product, it’s RAID-protected, and your audio workstations will love it!

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  • Record, play, and edit Pro Tools projects directly on RAID-protected shared storage — no push/pull
  • Pro Tools file sharing via NAS promotes a more productive workflow
  • Convenient file management — all audio files in one location
  • Shared storage for VI and SFX libraries
  • Technical support from SNS engineers who know what it’s like to be in the user’s seat
  • Direct-attach up to 20 computers
  • Fibre Channel and Ethernet
  • Mac and Windows

Pro Tools makes tough demands on multi-user storage.


Multi-track recording and editing demands much more than just raw bandwidth from real-time, shared storage systems. In fact, bandwidth isn’t even the most critical performance aspect of a Pro Tools SAN.

The performance depends on very low latency — how quickly the storage can write, find and retrieve hundreds of pieces of scattered information simultaneously. The track data for every mix, fade, and edit must be delivered to each workstation with precise timing. Plus writing to the disks must be flawless, because you don’t get a second shot at the perfect take.

The EVO shared storage system comes pre-configured with highly optimized tunings created specifically for multi-user Pro Tools environments. This translates into incredible performance — up to the 192 track maximum for each Pro Tools workstation!

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We spend thousands of hours testing our products with Pro Tools, and we’ve designed and installed many of the world’s largest Pro Tools shared storage systems.

We understand that many factors influence the performance needed for an audio workflow, including track count, bit rate, sample size and edit density. Oftentimes, less obvious influences — such as the use of timecode or reference video — also affect the overall capabilities of a system.

All of these factors and more are taken into consideration when we design a RAID-protected, shared storage system for Pro Tools professionals.

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