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Page 5 of 51 4 POST JULY 2014 BITS & PIECES SPECTRA LOGIC TEAMS WITH SAN FILE SYSTEM PROVIDER SCALE LOGIC BOULDER, CO — Spectra Logic (, a data stor- age company, announced a world- wide relationship with Scale Logic, Inc. ( to provide broadcast and media customers with HyperFS, a high-performance, cost-ef- fective SAN application platform with a tightly integrated HSM-based archival workflow option. The relation- ship enables Spectra Logic and Scale Logic to meet in the global media & entertainment VAR channel with cross-certified products. "Certification of Scale Logic's open platform SAN and archival application suite enables our VAR customers to sell and deploy end-to-end, fully-con- verged solutions that are tightly inte- grated, automated, simple to manage and offer robust content protection and accessibility," says Hossein Zia- Shakeri, senior VP business develop- ment, media & entertainment. "Data archiving occurs seamlessly in the background, managed by custom- er-defined data movement policies while leveraging very high scalability SAN infrastructure to deliver fast, easy access to archived content." "Spectra Logic is renowned for their tape libraries," adds Bob Herzan, president & CEO, Scale Logic. "Spec- tra Logic is already a trusted brand for our VAR channel in the global M&E vertical market. This partnership gives our mutual customers a powerful option to deliver a hardware-agnostic SAN solution that can readily leverage Spectra's robust product line." Spectra T-Series tape libraries offer high-density storage and scale from hundreds to millions of hours of archived digital content. With storage capabilities that reach exa- byte capacity levels, Spectra's tape libraries are intended for broadcast organizations looking to store and manage massive amounts of content for news production. DOG & PONY AMONG FIRST TO INSTALL NUAGE DAW LAS VEGAS — Dog & Pony Studios, here, recently installed one of the first Yamaha Steinberg Nuage DAW systems in the US. RSPE Audio Solutions in Toluca Lake, CA, installed the system at the facility, which has been in busi- ness for 11 years. Dog & Pony's primary focus is on audio post, sound design, composition, and audio for games. Its clients include MGM Resorts, Caesars En- tertainment, Skechers, and Aristocrat Technologies, to name a few. All three of Dog & Pony's studios are equipped with V.6.07 of Stein- berg's Nuendo production soft- ware. The studio has used Nuendo since Version N3.x, along with a number of other Yamaha products, including MSP7 5.1 speakers. "I first learned about the Nuage system on social media, and that followed with a demo by RSPE," states owner John McClain (pic- tured). "It took just the three or four hours of the demo to know that Nuage was a great fit for our facility. The first thing that strikes me about Nuage is the ability to forgo use of the mouse and keyboard, which, to me, is a huge advantage and the 'holy grail' of how a controller should work. The build quality of the system is quite obviously very good," McClain adds. SANDBLAST OPENS IN NY NEW YORK — Sandblast Produc- tions (www.sandblastproductions. com) has opened a new facility at 1650 Broadway in Manhattan, where it is offering music, sound design, mixing and audio restoration services. Sandblast's new facility includes two main mix studios with identical hardware and software, and a third room, designed to serve as a MIDI/composing suite that is fully equipped to handle post sessions. Client work has access to a wide va- riety of live and virtual instruments, enabling the addition of any sound or musical embellishment. The facility includes a recording booth for voiceover and narra- tion sessions that's big enough to accommodate a string quartet or a room full of DVD commentators. Each studio is also equipped with video monitors. "At Sandblast, our whole focus is that sound matters," explains Ralph Kelsey, Sandblast founding member. "Our team is steeped in deep music tradition, so we understand how sounds and textures fit together to tell a story. We are very excited to be part of the musical history at 1650 Broadway, and to explore that creative energy with our clients." The Sandblast team consists of composers, producers, audio post en- gineers, sound designers, audio restor- ers and sonic specialists. The Sandblast team has worked on projects for CBS, NBC, Showtime, HBO, Sesame Street and ESPN. Recent projects include sound design, mixing and music for Showtime's Masters of Sex and Penny Dreadful series, HBO's Vice series, and up- fronts for CBS and ESPN. Film mixing and sound design projects include The Lifeguard, Night Has Settled, and Purpose Built, among others.

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