Otari DR-10N Disk Recorder/Editor

Oct 16, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Otari has announced the new DR-10N, a 2-channel disk-based recorder/editor aimed at the broadcast and post-production market. The DR-10N comprises a 3U-high rack-mounting central unit with an optional edit remote controller. The main unit includes a built-in hard disk and one removable MO drive, with provisions for an additional MO drive. Two-channel analog line-level or AES/EBU digital input signals can be recorded as .WAV files (.WAV, BWF and BWF-J formats). The DR-10N uses linear PCM at standard sample rates between 32 and 96 kHz, with 16- or 24-bit word lengths.

Playback of 4-track L/R mix outputs or two stereo outputs is supported, with reverse and +/-12.5% varispeed play. The front-panel display on the main unit includes a 2-channel bargraph level meter (L+R when two stereo pairs are used), and timecode or elapsed time indication. An intuitive front-panel menu-driven configuration system is used for setup.

An advanced and highly intuitive graphical user interface provides quick and clear visual access to all DR-10N parameters, including project information, program time, sample/bit rates, record/playback status and audio waveform display. Edit data such as locate points and mark in/out edit points, highlighted for use with all of the available edit functions (i.e., delete, cut, copy, paste, insert, merge), are also viewable. Rounding out the GUI are the DR-10N’s gradient soft-level meters with switchable peak/average ballistics.

Familiar transport controls are provided on the front panel for machine room or local use, with Record, Play, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind buttons. SMPTE/EBU longitudinal or VITC vertical interval timecode may be used to source or chase timecode from a VTR or other source. The DR-10N may be synchronized to a variety of sources; video, Word Clock or imbedded AES/EBU clock may be used as sync sources.

A range of edit functions are provided with the optional CB-182 Edit Controller. This remote-control unit integrates with DR-10N’s graphic user interface, providing simple and intuitive editing, full transport control including a jog/shuttle wheel, and quick remote access of all machine functions. Edits, such as copy, paste, etc., may be applied to two stereo pairs (four virtual tracks). Fade-in/out and crossfade times are fully adjustable. Special record functions are provided, such as Auto Punch for pre-set record enable, along with a level-sensing Auto Record function, which automatically enables recording when the DR-10N senses an input signal at a specified threshold level.

A range of locator and broadcast cue functions are provided, along with jog/shuttle playback from 1/32x to 2x normal speed. Time expansion and compression and pitch shift are standard, along with a zoomable sample-level waveform display. Multiple levels of undo/redo are also included.

The remote offers instant playback of edited .WAV files from up to two parallel stereo pairs. Two faders are included with fader start/stop switches and independent line-out on/off switching. Twenty-four trigger buttons may be assigned to either of two outputs, and a pause/stop control is provided. With the optional CB-183-S Quick Play Controller, digitally sampled sounds can be recorded and subsequently triggered for playback via the assigned Cue Buttons on the CB-183-S remote.

The DR-10N includes built-in Ethernet capability for audio networking, as well as software for the download and upload of standard .WAV files from and to a network audio server. The recording and editing of additional metadata files is also supported.

For more, visit Otari at www.otari.com. For more product announcements, visit mixonline.com/products_new_products/index.htm.

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