Maserati Relies on A/V SAN

Apr 30, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Mix engineer Tony Maserati has been using a Studio Network Solutions' Fibre Channel-based A/V SAN drive system on sessions with Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child.

"I transfer files either from CDs or SCSI hotswaps," said Maserati. "Whole projects fit on one A/V SAN drive, which allows me to manage everything completely and easily. On the recent Christina Aguilera sessions, I never once had to think about the drive, which is optimal for me. No matter what stress I put on the A/V SAN, it simply never stops working.

"I have my own A/V SAN that I cart around with me from studio to studio," continued Maserati. "I will not go into a session without it. I don’t have to do anything! I don’t ever have to initialize or defrag the drives. In fact, I’ve never defragged the drives and I’ve had it for a year-and-a-half. It works flawlessly every single day of the week, and I work a minimum of six days a week."

The A/V SAN can deliver 128 tracks of 24-bit/48k audio from a single drive. Featuring up to 400 MB/s of throughput and concurrent access for multi-users, the unit also allows simultaneous data backup while using the drives. The A/V SAN package includes a 1U enclosure, up to four Fibre Channel drives, a Studio Network Solutions' PCI card, custom SNS software and optical cables.

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