Skywalker Sound Upgrades Z-Systems Router

Aug 21, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, recently upgraded to a Z-Systems Detangler Proz-128.128r asynchronous digital router in its Scoring Stage.

"We started out with a z-64.64r a couple of years ago. When we went through an upgrade this past fall that necessitated adding several new pieces of digital equipment," said Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound. "So we upgraded to the z-128.

The Detangler Pro Series of AES/EBU digital routers are fully asynchronous, allowing them to handle multiple sample rates at the same time. The additional equipment installed on the Scoring Stage at the end of last year functions at a multiplicity of sample rates, from 44.1 to 192 kHz. With the new equipment also including a large Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system and six channels of Pacific Microsonics Model Two converters, the increased number of channels that must be handled necessitated an increase in the capacity of the Z-Sys Detangler.

"We are constantly going back and forth, sometimes on the same session, between the Euphonix R1 and Pro Tools, as well as the Tascam MX-2424 and Benchmark converters, which can and will be used for anything," explained Jones. "Sometimes, the Benchmarks are used as a front end for 24-bit DATs, sometimes they're used as the front end for a Genex recorder or Pyramix workstation. And often the Benchmarks and the Model Twos are used at the same time. Anything goes here.

"We also have router lines throughout the control room, stage and all the iso booths," continued Jones. "We don't want to dictate where someone might want to work by virtue of having lines in only one or two places. So, we wired lines in many places and they're all available on the router."

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