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20th Century Fox Installs Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers

POP Sound Synchronizes with Brainstorm

Brainstorm Introduces New VSG-4 Video Sync Generator Hi-Res Option for the DCD-8

Nathaniel Kunkel Gets a Brainstorm

Brainstorm introduces the new DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer at the New York AES

IZ Technology (RADAR) supports Brainstorm SR-8000

Brainstorm introduces The Remote SR-8000 Professional Remote Controller


 
  20th Century Fox Installs Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers  
     
  A leader in the world of blockbuster film music and audio post-production, 20th Century Fox recently installed Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers with hi-resolution VSG-4 Video Sync Generators in its Newman Scoring Stage. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete solution for all sync requirements in the scoring, recording and post-production environment.




Pictured is Denis St. Amand with the Brainstorm DCD-8 in the newly remodeled 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage. Photo by David Goggin.

“We could not have done Pirates of the Caribbean without the DCD-8,” remarks Denis St. Amand, Assistant Chief Engineer of Fox Studios Operations.  He refers to the first project in the newly remodeled Newman Scoring Stage, which now boasts the world’s largest AMS Neve Analogue Console.  “We needed the Brainstorm units right off the bat.  We plugged them in and hit the road running.””

With its new state-of-the-art control room, the Newman Scoring Stage is a premiere recording facility for today's top film and televisions scores. Originally built in the 1930’s, it has hosted recording sessions for some of the most memorable music in Hollywood history.  Since the gala 2007 re-opening, Fox has recorded scores for such projects as The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard, The Comebacks, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

“The Brainstorms are my primary video sync source,” explains St. Amand.  “Nothing else allows me to run with multiple video rigs.  We can run with NTSC 59.94, 60Hz Black & White, 50Hz PAL, and even 48Hz slow PAL with 24FPS time code.  We also have additional Brainstorms that we use for master clocks for Pro Tools.  I can take that off-rate video and feed it into the slave DCD-8 and then generate AES sync or local word clock for Pro Tools to be running at that rate, as well.  It is very, very useful.  The box is unique in that it does everything at once.”

The VSG-4/DCD-8 combination provides great flexibility, as audio can be locked to video or vice-versa.  While many different rates can be generated simultaneously, a single sync reference can operate an entire audio/video installation.  Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities, the DCD-8 offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.

St. Amand is obviously pleased with the new Newman Scoring Stage.  “We worked on it for five months and fired back up in February.  When people come in and listen to the work being done in our new room they are just knocked out.  It’s been a wonderful experience.”

For more info about the 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage visit http://www.foxmusic.com/newman.asp

 
   
  POP Sound Synchronizes with Brainstorm  
     
  11 Studios to Install DCD-8 Word Clock and VSG-4 Video Sync Generators

A leader in the creative audio post-production arena, POP Sound recently installed dual Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers with hi-resolution VSG-4 Video Sync Generators in its main Studio A, operated by renowned audio mixer and editor Ted Hall. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete solution for all sync requirements in the post-production, recording and broadcast environments.




Pictured at POP Sound in Studio A with the Brainstorm DCD-8 are chief engineer NIck Garside (foreground) and top mixer Ted Hall. Photo by David Goggin.

“The Brainstorm DCD-8 is now the primary word clock generator for our new AMS Neve DFC Gemini console and the video reference generator for the console-based Machine Control System,” explained POP chief engineer Nick Garside.  “The secondary DCD-8 links to this and provides word clock reference to the two ProTools HD systems located in our Central Machine room.”

POP Sound offers its commercial, film, television, radio, cinema restoration and home theater clients a diverse and comprehensive range of technology and technical expertise. Eleven audio studios and an ADR stage outfitted with leading-edge digital audio equipment, handle projects for commercial post, audio for DVD, ADR, voice recording, sound design and other creative services.

In the first phase of the facility-wide Brainstorm installation, POP is progressing beyond the common use of a bank of DAs to distribute reference centrally, which is then supplied to individual systems utilizing reference patchbays.  In the new POP configuration, all 11 stages will be based around the Brainstorm DCD-8 and VSG-4.

“The basic idea is to give independence and full control to the studio itself,” Garside continued.  “With the VSG-4’s built-in video sync generator, we layback to multiformat HD and standard definition masters, and we want to quickly and easily move the studio between 48K, 96K and 192 K.  We simply genlock the DCD-8 to house and then allow the individual studio’s staff to determine sample rates and frame rates for the video reference.  The VSG-4 is fantastic for us because it gives us tremendous flexibility within the studios themselves.”

“The days of ‘studio normal’ are becoming a thing of the past,” concludes Garside.  “Today’s studio needs to be flexible and do whatever it needs to do, while still genlocked to house sync.  The beauty of the Brainstorm system is that it can gearbox any sample rate or frame rate from any reference input.”

POP Sound counts among its ever-expanding client list advertising agencies Goodby, Deutsch, Wieden Kennedy, Y&R.  Recent credits for POP Sound include commercials for HP, Coke, GM, and Land Rover; TV shows and documentaries for NBC, Fox, HBO, and MTV; as well as re-mastering of thousands of DVD/HD & BD titles for Paramount, Dreamworks, LionsGate, The Weinstein Co, Warner Brother Records, and Magnolia Entertainment to name a few.

For more info about POP Sound visit http://www.popsound.com
 
   
  Brainstorm Introduces New VSG-4 Video Sync Generator Hi-Res Option for the DCD-8  
     
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW PRODUCTS
PRESS CONTACT: David Goggin 323.465.5637

Las Vegas, NV, April 16, 2007 – Brainstorm, the world leader in synchronization solutions, is introducing at NAB the new low-jitter VSG-4 Video Sync Generator as an option for the company’s acclaimed DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer. The VSG-4 generates analog tri-level and bi-level sync signals for HD and SD applications. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete solution for all sync requirements in the post-production, recording and broadcast environments.



With the VSG-4, up to 4 different sync formats can be generated simultaneously through the 4 BNC outputs, 2 HD and 2 SD. The VSG-4 operates either as a master sync generator or genlocked to any of the references available to the DCD-8: Video (HD or SD), Word Clock, Digital Audio (AES/EBU, S/PDIF, FireWire, ADAT) or GPS.

The VSG-4/DCD-8 combination provides great flexibility, as audio can be locked to video or vice-versa. While many different rates can be generated simultaneously, a single sync reference can operate an entire audio/video installation. Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities, the DCD-8 offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.

For more information visit Brainstorm’s distributor: www.plus24.net
or phone 323.845.1171

See the Brainstorm VSG-4 / DCD-8 at plus24 — NAB Booth # N8826
 
   
  Nathaniel Kunkel Gets a Brainstorm  
     
  Renowned Engineer/Producer Employs New DCD-8 Word Clock

Hollywood, CA, March, 2007 -- Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning engineer/producer Nathaniel Kunkel has chosen the new Brainstrom DCD-8 as the master clock for his entire recording studio. The considerable collection of recording gear is also entirely mobile, dubbed by Kunkel on the road as his "Studio Without Walls."

"The DCD-8 is clocking all the I/Os of my Pro Tools system, my TC Electronic M6000's, my Linx Aurora A-D and D-A converter's -- basically anything that is digital with an external clock input," explains Kunkel. "I needed a word clock generator/distributor with enough outputs to drive all of my equipment, run at 192K and sound really good. I haven't heard anything else that provides the feature set and sound quality of the Brainstorm."

Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities, the DCD-8 offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications. It features two separate generators capable of generating two rates simultaneously, assigned to any of eight WC outputs. It also operates as an audio router and format converter and each unit can be linked to one another via a single cable for further expansion. With the DCD-8 installed, the engineer is assured of perfectly-timed and constant bitrate, thus avoiding costly data errors.

Kunkel, whose credits include Sting, James Taylor, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Keane, and B.B. King sums it up: "This is a great sounding clock, perhaps the best I've ever heard."



Pictured in his Los Angeles recording studio is engineer/producer Nathaniel Kunkel with the Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer. Photo by David Goggin.
 
   
  Brainstorm introduces the new DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer at the New York AES  
     
  Oct 7, 2005 - New from Brainstorm Electronics, the DCD-8 generates and/or distributes word clock locked to most any source, including AES, ADAT, S/PDIF, FireWire, and various video sync formats, as well as its internal crystal. Providing an extremely low jitter and stable clock source, the DCD-8 can also measure clock rate and phase.

Units are expected to start shipping end of first quarter 2006.
 
   
  IZ Technology (RADAR) supports Brainstorm SR-8000  
     
  “The new Brainstorm “SR-8000 Remote” perfectly interfaces with the RADAR via MIDI Machine Control. The SR-8000 can control one video master machine via Sony serial 9 Pin protocol and up to eight devices via MIDI Machine Control. The SR-8000 adds complete transport control including 100 locator points, pre and post roll, auto punch, ADR beeps, auto store, rehearse mode, jog shuttle and track arming capabilities to the Radar. In this combination, the Radar becomes a great tool for Post Production and ADR. We highly recommend the SR-8000 in combination with the Radar for this purpose”.

Barry Henderson, President & CEO,
iZ Technology Corporation

240 - 109 Braid St., New Westminster BC, V3L 5H4

email: barryh@izcorp.com, web: www.izcorp.com
Phone: 604-395-7878, Fax: 604-395-7888

 
   
  Brainstorm introduces The Remote SR-8000 Professional Remote Controller  
     
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW PRODUCTS
PRESS CONTACT: David Goggin 323.465.5637

NYC, November 30, AES 2001 -- Brainstorm Electronics today introduced The Remote SR-8000, capable of controlling up to 8 machines via Serial and MMC. Ideal for ADR, Foley, and other post-production work, The Remote communicates with various synchronizer modules, workstations and hard disk recorders. The SR-8000 capture keys and function keys, combined with its large displays, greatly accelerates and simplifies many standard operations.

The Remote SR-8000 is comprised of a small table-top remote (approx. 7.5” x 10”), connected to a break out box by a single cable. All connections to the machines are made at the break out box, away from the user.

Features include 100 memory registers (each including IN and OUT points), track arming with 24-track status display, 10 programmable ‘F’ keys, programmable offset, auto punch, loop (repeat), rehearse, and ADR beeps. “The Remote” houses illuminated transport control keys, a high precision jog/shuttle wheel, a full size numeric keypad, large 80-character LCD display, and an 8 digit Time Code reader.

The Remote SR-8000 was developed by Brainstorm Electronics and Paul Key of Synchronous Systems. MSRP: $1,500.00

For further information, contact Audio Intervisual Design at 323.845.1155
Or visit www.aidinc.com

Products from Brainstorm Electronics can be seen at
AES 2001, Booth #137
 
   
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• 20th Century Fox Installs Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers

• POP SOUND synchronizes with Brainstorm: 11 Studios to Install DCD-8 Word Clock and VSG-4 Video Sync Generators

• Brainstorm Introduces the new VSG-4 Video Sync Generator Hi-Res Option for the DCD-8

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