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Brainstorm Introduces At AES Amsterdam New Version 2.1 DCD-8 / VSG-4

Brainstorm Introduces At AES Amsterdam New Version 2.1 DCD-8 / VSG-4

Pictured is the new 2.1 Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer and Hi-Res VSG-4 Video Sync Generator at Solid State Logic in Oxford, England.

Brainstorm, the world leader in synchronization solutions, is introducing May 17 at AES Amsterdam the new version 2.1 for the company’s acclaimed DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer with low-jitter VSG-4 Video Sync Generator. With this new version and new drivers, a Mac or a PC can be referenced to the DCD-8 via the 1394 connector and Fire Wire audio can be routed through the DCD-8 providing 2-way audio conversion with AES/EBU, S/PDIF or ADAT.

New DCD-8 / VSG-4 software optimizes and accelerates functionality, including analyzation of selected inputs for frequency measurement and phase coherence, as well as greatly expanded user pre-set operation. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete solution for all sync requirements in the post-production, recording and broadcast environments.

Niall Feldman, Director of Product Marketing at Solid State Logic, remarked: “The DCD-8 with the VSG-4 module is at the heart of the latest developments to our PDA (Product Demonstration Area). With a range of new products designed for High Definition production, we needed a flexible and reliable solution to the challenge of generating the myriad combination of tri-level video sync and digital audio references that new HD standards require. The DCD-8/VSG-4 combination is a perfect solution to these demanding needs.”

20th Century Fox, a leader in the world of blockbuster film music and audio post-production, recently installed DCD-8 / VSG-4 units in its Newman Scoring Stage. “The Brainstorms are my primary video sync source,” explains Denis St. Amand, Assistant Chief Engineer of Fox Studios Operations. “Nothing else allows me to run with multiple video rigs. The box is unique in that it does everything at once.”

With the DCD-8 /VSG-4, up to 4 different sync formats can be generated simultaneously through the 4 BNC outputs, 2 HD and 2 SD. The VSG-4 operates either as a master sync generator or genlocked to any of the references available to the DCD-8: Video (HD or SD), Word Clock, Digital Audio (AES/EBU, S/PDIF, FireWire, ADAT) or GPS.

Post Haste Sound, one of the busiest audio post houses on LA’s West Side, has installed the DCD-8 / VSG-4. Lead remastering engineer Randall Smith explains: “Before the Brainstorm we had a separate Word Clock generator, a separate NTSC black burst generator and another PAL black burst generator. Each job was a patch bay hassle, but now we can work from one source and greatly simplify our entire operation.”

Santa Monica’s POP Sound, a leader in the creative audio post-production arena, recently installed dual DCD-8 / VSG-4′s. POP chief engineer Nick Garside explained “Today’s studio needs to be flexible and do whatever it needs to do, while still genlocked to house sync. The beauty of the Brainstorm system is that it can gearbox any sample rate or frame rate from any reference input.”

Grammy(r) and Emmy(r) Award-winning engineer/producer Nathaniel Kunkel has chosen Brainstorm as the master clock for his entire recording studio. “I needed a word clock generator/distributor with enough outputs to drive all of my equipment, run at 192K and sound really good. I haven’t heard anything else that provides the feature set and sound quality of the Brainstorm”

The VSG-4/DCD-8 combination provides great flexibility, as audio can be locked to video or vice-versa. While many different rates can be generated simultaneously, a single sync reference can operate an entire audio/video installation. Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities, the DCD-8 offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.

Learn more about Brainstorm at
or visit Brainstorm’s distributor:, phone 323.845.1171

See the Brainstorm VSG-4 / DCD-8 at – AES Amsterdam, Stand # 1214

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Touring Pioneer Sound Image Powered By 5,000,000 Watts Of Crown I-Tech Amplification

Crown Audio to celebrate Sound Image with
special award at InfoComm 2008.

ELKHART, IND – May 12, 2008 — In a remarkable milestone that speaks to the performance and road-proven reliability of Crown Audio’s I-Tech family of live sound amplifiers, tour sound superpower, Sound Image of Escondido, California recently passed the 5,000,000 watt mark in I-Tech inventory. In recognition of this landmark achievement, David Shadoan, President of Sound Image, will be presented with a specially-crafted award on the opening day of InfoComm 2008.

Sound Image has deployed Crown I-Tech amplifiers on some of the highest profile and most successful tours in the United States over the past few years. Gwen Stefani, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Jimmy Buffett have all traveled with an arsenal of I-Tech 8000 amplifiers in tow.

“Crown has a done a great job in evolving the I-Tech 8000 into one of the best sounding, most reliable amplifiers in the market today, “ noted Shadoan. “We have spoken with our wallet and with our reputation and we do neither lightly!�

Available in I-T4000, I-T6000 and I-T8000 iterations, the Harman HiQnet™-compatible I-Tech family has become the tour sound professional’s de-facto standard amplifier by matching unsurpassed Class-I power, light weight and ease of use. Onboard DSP provides a wide array of signal processing functionality, significantly reducing the need for rack components and rack wiring. Onboard DSP features 24- bit, 96 kHz A/D and D/A converters that reduce DSP noise for studio-quality processing and quieter overall performance. I-Tech features peak voltage and RMS power limiting for speaker protection and global power supply to deliver maximum power worldwide! The model boasts a front panel LCD for diagnostics and preset selection, ensuring fast and easy system setup but also front panel lockout for enhanced safety.

“Crown I-Tech has carved out a successful market based purely on its ability to support audio professionals like Sound Image with power performance coupled with category-leading reliability,� explained Marc Kellom, Vice President of Marketing, Crown Audio. “We worked very hard to advance I-Tech from its original introduction and we learned a lot in the process. As a result, I-Tech is today widely recognized as one of the most robust and useful amplifiers in its category. We congratulate Dave Shadoan and the Sound Image team on their artist commitment and commercial success and we look forward to supporting them with amplifiers that help them sound great!�

About Crown Audio:
Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at

About HiQnet:
Harman HiQnet™ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by the Harman Pro Group System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Harman Pro Group:
The Harman Pro Group ( is the world’s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.



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