HHB Communications has recently released its Portadrive V. 2.0 operating software, delivering a number of critical enhancements to the multichannel location sound HD recorder.
“Portadrives are now in daily use on film and TV locations the world over, as well as for music and sound effects recording. And our users are an invaluable source of feedback,” says HHB technical manager Henry Edwards. “By responding to their needs in this and future operating software releases, we can ensure that the Portadrive remains at the forefront of location sound recording technology.”
The facility to copy recordings to external DVD±R/RW and CDR/RW in addition to the existing DVD-RAM greatly increases flexibility in the provision of rushes, while adding another dimension to the Portadrive’s already extensive data transfer facilities. Furthermore, the added support of the UDF format for DVD-RAM now enables Portadrive sessions to be played back on Fostex DV40 and DV824 devices.
Updates have also been made to the HFS drivers for SDII files and Pro Tools sessions, ensuring even greater disc and file compatibility. HHB’s policy demands that it continually improve the Portadrive in response to user feedback.
The Peak Reset key on the front panel is now assignable, most usefully for slate increment. Phase reverse is now available on all six input channels (previously only three) and with +6dB of gain on the bus mixer, it’s now possible to create a ‘hot’ mix of tracks that have been recorded at low levels for increased headroom. Any input can now be routed to any track for greater flexibility, and track names now follow input names, with this naming also appearing in the new iXML metadata.
Timecode functionality is also enhanced, with the ability to switch off the external timecode error warning from the display, which can be distracting when running to external timecode that stops between takes.
Additional functions to V. 2.0, include the ability to store markers with a project and the relevant channel’s input parameter setting now flashes to show that the Solo switch is active. In addition to the light in the Solo keys, this gives further indication of Solo status and can be easily seen even in bright light.