By Steve Harvey
Columbus, OH (December 29, 2005)--The two-room Music Café facility has integrated Studio Network Solutions' iSCSI-based globalSAN X-4 storage area network and SANmp multi-platform volume management software to speed up production and offer a new level of client collaboration.
As CEO/founder John Wirtz explains, X-4's affordable 1.6 terabytes of storage offers data security and protection previously only available to larger facilities. "It's quite a big system for a facility my size, but it really gives us no-brainer comfort." The Full Sail graduate is a former Dallas-based engineer who parlayed a publishing advance into his own Russ Berger-designed studio catering to the Contemporary Christian market. Now relocated to Ohio, music writing and production remains a mainstay, supplemented by commercial music and jingle work, said Wirtz, who recorded the initial theme song for the Walker, Texas Ranger TV series.
With multimedia companies also knocking at the door, Wirtz can get really busy, which he said can make the IP-enabled SAN a real lifesaver. "I can contact friends and colleagues in the industry and say, 'Let me send you a file for you to lay a bass down,' or 'I need a rough mix, or a CD edit.'"
A Pro Tools user for over a decade, Wirtz has also found the X-4 to be a tremendous help in managing project elements. "No one ever talks about those things, about spending an hour to find a guitar lick that's on the drive--somewhere. Keeping track of all the elements becomes a legitimate burden on your time." With the X-4, he said, "I can set up partitions or throw everything into separate folders and not worry."
Next year, Wirtz plans to use SANmp's internet capabilities to expand his client services with drag-and-drop file delivery and super-fast project turnarounds. "Because of SANmp, we're moving our marketing to a regional area, then hopefully taking it to a national level."
Studio Network Solutions
By Steve Harvey