St. Louis, MO (August 29, 2008)–Universal Studios Sound in Los Angeles has deployed SNS storage solutions in its television and feature sound mixing stages, including the Hitchcock Theater.
Jeffrey Taylor, chief engineer of post production sound at Universal Studios Sound, began to detail a department-wide Fiber Channel storage solution, working with Jeremy Ayers of post production engineering to develop a requirement specification for the system. After evaluating their current and future requirements, Universal Studios Sound called upon Studio Network Solutions, who partnered with L.A.-based reseller Audio Intervisual Design, to design and build a Fibre Channel storage solution that would enable them to store, share and move media assets in a secure manner.
Having multiple stages and edit suites, Universal Studios Sound required an efficient, secure, enterprise-wide solution for its storage needs on 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.
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 Fibre Channel fabric is connected using 10 Gb ethernet to allow mapping of any Fibre Channel 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.
Universal Studios Sound, located on one of the largest studio lots in the world, has 18 mix stages. The full service post production sound facility handles features, television and trailers along with animation and gaming, and offers sound editorial and design, mixing, Foley, ADR and transfer plus digital mastering, preservation, restoration, and archival services.
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