Universal Studios Sound Streamlines Workflow with SNS

St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 2008 – Studio Network Solutions (SNS), a premier provider of post production storage systems for video and audio, announced today that Universal Studios Sound has deployed SNS storage solutions in its television and feature sound mixing stages including the Hitchcock Theater.

Universal Studios Sound has 18 mix stages, and is located on one of the largest studio lots in the world.  As a full service post production sound facility, Universal Studios Sound handles features, television, and trailers along with animation and gaming.  It offers sound editorial & design, mixing, Foley, ADR and transfer plus digital mastering, preservation, restoration, and archival services.  In addition to work done for Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Sound’s services are in high demand by outside productions as well.

Having multiple stages and edit suites, Universal Studios Sound required a more efficient, secure, enterprise-wide solution for its storage needs in its mix stages.  Each fully digital mix stage has multiple DigiDesign Pro Tools workstations for playback and recording, as well as additional systems for video playback.

Jeffrey Taylor, Chief Engineer of Post Production Sound began to detail a department wide Fibre Channel storage solution.  He worked closely with Jeremy Ayers of Post Production Engineering to develop a comprehensive requirement specification for the system.  After carefully evaluating their current and future requirements, Universal Studios Sound called upon Studio Network Solutions, who partnered with LA-based reseller Audio Intervisual Design, to design and build a robust Fibre Channel storage solution that would enable them to easily store, share and move media assets in a secure manner.  The solution for the sound stages comprised of over 80 seats of SANmp, with Fibre Channel switches, and 12 IBM DS4200 Enterprise class storage arrays.  The entire FC fabric is connected using 10Gb ethernet to allow mapping of any FC resource to any user as needed.

“By using multiple secure storage locations, we are able to eliminate the need for multiple copies which speeds workflow and heightens security of our client’s intellectual property,” said Doc Goldstein, Vice President of Engineering at Universal Studios Sound.

Jeremy Strootman, SNS’ Director of Worldwide Sales, states, “Universal Studios Sound is one of the industry’s most respected sound facilities, and we’re pleased that they chose Studio Network Solutions to meet their multi-varied and comprehensive storage needs.”

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