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When it comes to generating data, the entertainment industry holds its own. How well it preserves it once it's been created is another story. Fred Maher, a digital recording engineer, captured a terabyte of music data in a single five-hour session this June, recording the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a benefit concert featuring Eric Clapton, ZZ Top and Carlos Santana, to name a few. Making it all possible was a 3.5TB A/V SAN Pro from Studio Network Solutions, St. Louis, MO, which makes a Fibre Channel storage array and file-sharing software bundle targeted at the entertainment industry. Maher calls A/V SAN Pro "robust, kick-ass and fast." He hooks it up directly to a Verari Systems DAW64 with dual AMD Opteron processors running Windows and Nuendo 2.0, music production software from Steinberg Media Technologies. A/V SAN Pro works great for recording live data, but is equally adept in the studio, "where the performance [of Fibre Channel drives] really kicks in," Maher says. Because music data is "contiguous, when you're writing, the disks just go." But "on ... Access >>>
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