Co-engineer Jason Joshua (left) and Dave Pensado with the Avastor HDX hard drive at Larabee Studios. Photo: David Goggin.
Mix engineer Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado has been working with an Avastor HDX hard drive. His recent projects include Nelly Furtado's album Loose, Christina Aguilera's album Back to Basics, Pussycat Dolls’ PCD, Mary J. Blige’s Breakthrough, Macy Gray’s Big and Rich Boy's new album Rich Boy.
"Everything about the Avastor HDX hard drive has been thought out," explains Pensado. "And although many people think a drive is just a drive, they are not all the same. Everything about Avastor has been optimized for the professional."
Pensado typically works on one mix per day, under considerable pressure to deliver superior product without costly delays. "When you get a Pro Tools error message that the information cannot be retrieved fast enough from the drive, you have to split your session across two drives, and sometimes three. With Avastor, I don't have to do that. It's efficient, it's fast, and sessions that would normally require me to spread out across multiple drives, I am now doing on one Avastor.
"Pro Tools is not a big fan of sessions with a lot of little regions," Pensado continues, "And fades especially slow it down quite a bit. Avastor doesn't mind a lot of regions and a lot of fades because it is such an efficient drive. The standard hard drive solution is to consolidate tracks, but it takes time and that adds up. Even though it is a small amount of time, when you multiply that by 10 or 12 times a day you've saved an hour."
SADiE UK sales manager Jim Gross with the LRX2 portable multitrack recorder workstation, and Avastor HDX800 and PDX400 hard drives.
After rigorous testing, SADiE in Cambridgeshire, UK, has authorized the Avastor line of high-performance hard drives for use with its entire line of digital audio workstations. The Avastor drives were thoroughly tested using the SADiE PCM H64 and H128 (64- and 128-channel) recorders. Additional recordings were made to SADiE's LRX2 portable multitrack recorder, where reportedly the Avastor HDX800-250GB performed flawlessly recording to the system maximum of 64 channels of 24-bit audio via the USB 2 interface.
"These Avastor drives have to perform in extremely demanding situations like location reality TV shows that often have 24-plus radio mics coming in to the recorder," explained SADiE UK sales manager Jim Gross. "We want our customers to go to work feeling 100-percent confident, and with these drives, they get that maximum reliability."
SADiE develops and manufactures PC-based digital audio workstation products for applications including CD pre-mastering, multimedia, radio broadcast and post-production. More than 1,000 SADiE systems are used daily at the BBC, in addition to a similar number at other major radio stations worldwide.