Irvine, CA (November 13, 2014)—Zito, FOH engineer for OneRepublic and owner/operator of Zito Production Services, is using Sonnet Technologies’ Fusion F3 two-drive RAID storage system to capture the band on the current “Native” tour.
OneRepublic is on the third European leg of its “Native” tour, which began almost two years ago and so far has visited close to 200 venues in Europe and North America. With the ability to store up to 6TB of content on dual shock-isolated hard drives, the Fusion F3 captures more than 100 tracks of audio from the band’s nightly performances, recorded at 96 kHz resolution.
“Until we discovered the Fusion F3, we had tried several other external storage solutions,” said Zito. “As soon as the bass sounds began to crank up, other units would just freeze. It was very frustrating to produce a great show and not be able to record it because the hard drive couldn’t keep up. Whether it’s rack-mounted or simply sitting on top of a hollow touring case, which can amplify the vibration, Sonnet Technologies’ Fusion F3 is able to handle the very large track count at 96k and the extreme bass energy without missing a beat. The Fusion F3 is an invaluable asset to our operation.”
To produce each OneRepublic performance, Zito uses DiGiCo SD7 audio mixing consoles, which together provide the necessary inputs and outputs to support the required 112 channels at 96k. For live recording, two DiGiGrid MGB MADI interfaces convert the MADI output to a network signal for input to a MacBook Pro running Cubase recording software. Configured in RAID 0 mode, the storage system is able to sustain transfer rates of up to 200 MB/s, and its 6TB of memory means that Zito is able to record two to three nights of performances before having to transfer the content to secondary drives.