Furman Power Source Keeps Mazer Up and Running

Sep 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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When the blackout this summer hit northeastern U.S. and much of Canada, Elliot Mazer’s New York studio, running off a Furman Sound IT-Reference Discrete Symmetrical AC Power Source, suffered from the power outage in the middle of a very important session.

Diana Haig (Mazer’s wife) was in the process of putting the final pre-mastering touches on a DVD-Audio project for Warner Records featuring a live performance by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin, titled The Summit: An Evening With the Rat Pack. Mazer said, “While using Pro Tools, she noticed that the mouse began acting strange. We saved the session and the lights went out. Then, the entire studio gracefully shut itself down. I heard the relays click in the IT-Reference immediately after the power went down.”

The Furman Sound IT-Reference and the individual Furman Sound PL8 Power Conditioners protected Mazer’s Pro Tools|HD system and racks of outboard gear when the power was restored. Mazer said, “After the power came back on, we checked the computer hard drives and they were fine. We looked at the folder for the project and saw that the session was saved at 4:09 p.m., which is the exact time the blackout occurred. With the power restored, I ran Disk Warrior on the hard drives and then it was business as usual.

“The IT Reference box is fantastic," Mazer continued. "It helped us lower the noise floor in the system and allowed us to interconnect the various digital and analog systems. We used to have to run grounding cables around the studio and you could measure 10 volts potential between gear. Once we put the IT-Reference in, all of that went away, everything sounded better and became more stable. Aside from the blackout on August 14, 2003, fuses have blown in the past and the system always went down gracefully. We use 192kHz sampling rates and have to make sure that the entire signal chain is extremely clean, and the IT-Reference ensures that it always is!”

For more on the power supply, visit www.furmansound.com.

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