From left to right: Binar Project Engineer Igor Ponevazh, Binar General Manager Igor Kovalev and Tonestudios Senior Specialist Pavel Doreuli.
Tonestudios, a post-production facility in Moscow on the grounds of the former state film production company Mosfilm, is the largest recording complex in the Russian Federation. Merging Technologies' Russian distributor, Binar, replaced Tonestudios' aging Doremi V1 video servers with nine of Merging's VCube SD computer-based video player/recorders, all networked via one of Merging's Luxor media servers.
Binar completed the installation with the assistance of specialists from Merging's head office in Switzerland. The new systems comprise two VCube recorders for video capture and seven VCube SD playback machines connected via Gigabit Ethernet cables to a modular switcher, and from there to the Luxor server, which has a six-Terabyte RAID array for storing projects. The VCube systems can all be controlled with a Sony 9-pin protocol from the studios' various computer-based DAWs, as well as from their SSL mixing consoles.
Composer Edward Artemyev (left) and Tonestudios sound engineer Gennady Papin in Tonestudios’ Studio 1 control room with the newly installed Pyramix system.
Binar also installed a second Merging Pyramix DAW for use by Tonestudios sound engineer Gennady Papin, supplementing the existing Pyramix system. The second Pyramix was required to complete work on a 96kHz stereo and 5.1 recording of the new opera version of Dostoyevsky's literary classic Crime & Punishment, which was composed by Russian electro-acoustic composer Edward Artemyev over a 20-year period.