Toronto, Canada (April 5, 2005)–Deluxe Toronto has installed two Soundmaster Group’s new VIRPAD user interfaces in its flagship film dubbing stage, Theatre 1. VIRPAD, a totally programmable keyboard with LCD soft labels on each switch and an integrated display, has been fitted into the stage’s new Harrison digital MPC4-D console. VIRPAD is the latest of a broad range of input devices for Soundmaster’s Academy and Emmy Award-winning ION Operating Environment.
Deluxe Toronto has had one of the largest installations of Soundmaster Group products for well over 15 years. The company chose to augment its VIRPAD units with optional SHUTL knobs, providing custom and unique ballistic control over individual devices rather than being limited to a single global setting.
One of the features currently programmed at Deluxe Toronto is a unique “Rollback” key that is both cumulative and intelligent; cumulative, in that the user does not need to wait for the device to reach the initial cue point before engaging the feature again; intelligent, in that the system will automatically be put into forward motion at the end of the sequence if it was playing when the sequence began. As well, integrated numeric keys facilitate easy data entry while doubling as scratchpads for “one key” locates. To ensure long component life VIRPAD goes to sleep after a user-defined lack of keyboard activity, displaying only a single randomly appearing “zzzzz,” until woken up with a key press.
The designers of the Soundmaster Integrated Operations Nucleus operating environment were presented with Scientific and Engineering Academy Awards in 1999 and Prime Time Emmy Awards in 2000 for Outstanding Engineering Achievement. Soundmaster systems are widely used in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia by film and video post production facilities, broadcasters and recording studios.