Thomson CCBN, a global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional clients including major financial corporations, has purchased 27 Marantz Professional PMD570 pro-installation solid-state recorders. The PMD570 systems are being used as the primary audio recording and back-up systems for complex streaming Web events, such as shareholder meetings and product launches. The recorders were sold to Thomson by Dale Pro Audio.
“The PMD570 is the greatest single piece of technology that we could have purchased,” says Jon Ashner, director of on-site Webcasting for Thomson CCBN. “We do thousands of streaming Webcasts a year, and we always need a means of recording and archiving the audio, particularly if there was a failure in the Webcasting process in which we would need to get the audio immediately back up online. With the PMD570, we can take the file from the unit, send it to the Web server and have the problem resolved in minutes.”
The PMD570 features direct recording to Compact Flash cards, RS-232C control, 16-48 kHz sample rate selections, .MP3, .MP2, .WAV and BWF format compatibility and one-touch recording. According to Ashner, the Marantz Professional PMD570’s intuitive operational controls allow him and his staff to pre-configure each unit for each specific Webcasting project: “There are presets that we can configure as we need them and we can ship them ready to roll,” he explains. “So that when the unit reaches the site, all that has to be done is to hit record or play. The controls function just like a tape recorder—Marantz’s designers took an elementary function and kept it elementary in a very advanced and sophisticated product. And thanks to the flash memory, the recording time is virtually unlimited. The PMD570 is a great tool for the information age.” Joe Prout, sales representative for Dale Professional Audio, notes that Thompson CCBN had previously relied on DAT decks for back up and archiving. As linear media continue to decline, however, Prout notes, “Jon and I had numerous discussions about how they could do this going forward and we decided that the PMD570 rackmount flash card recorder/player was the perfect solution for their application.”
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