DMT Rentals Opens Transfer Department

Nov 20, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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DMT Rentals has established a new transfer department that is headed by Brad Cobb and Vicki Giordano. The new department's first clients include Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal Pictures, plus DTS Entertainment. In addition to high-precision archiving of film score elements to tape/optical media for the motion picture community, DMT is now handling analog and digital transfers of multichannel music material for release by DTS Entertainment.

"The new department can accommodate virtually any analog or digital tape format, ranging from 35 mm mag to DASH and ProDigi formats," said DMT Rentals president Doug Botnick.

"We can handle just about anything here at the DMT transfer department," said Cobb, who is heading up the new department, "including 24-track analog, mag elements, PCM-3324/48 and Mitsubishi X800/850/880 digital tapes. We can output to Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Nuendo and Merging Technologies Pyramix drives, Genex GX9048 hard drives or any client-specified format."

Giordano will supervise the traffic department. "There is a lot of archiving going on at the moment," she said. "With our wide selection of playback systems and recorders, we can handle anything a client might ask us to transfer."

During a recent transfer project for Nancy Sinatra, multitrack elements existed on iZ Technology RADAR drives recorded at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and needed to be transferred to a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD DAW for editing at 48 kHz. "The transfer was made in the analog domain," Cobb explained, "because it sounds better than one done through a digital sample rate converter. We came out of the RADAR, upsampling via dB Technologies digital-to-analog converters to 88.1 kHz. Since each sample is played twice, any Nyquist filter ringing is raised an octave, well beyond hearing range. We then resampled via Genex GXA8 A-to-D converters to Pro Tools|HD. This is an example of a situation where access to DMT's large inventory of converters made a big difference."

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