How To Build A DIY 4K Raid..!

As many of you may already know or should know…4K is here to stay! That’s right…each year the past several we’ve been hearing and seeing more and more 4K buzz at big expos like CES and Nabshow especially. So far we’ve seen the 4K TV and Professional Monitors hit market each year but at a very high buy in price. Though more recently the hottest screen for the money is the the Seiki 4K going for around $1499(or less…I’ve seen them sell for as little as $1k on ebay). This has been one big issue with 4K still taking a long time to be embraced outside of the local Movie Theaters like Regal, AMC, or for me locally Cinetopia have all upgraded screens to 4K. This past Nabshow we also got another curve ball. Blackmagic Design introduced a 4K Cinema Camera to follow last years 2.5K for $3k camera. The exciting part is it’s only $4K for 4K(you can learn more about it on my Blackmagic Booth vid). The other issue have been how do I play it out. Well more recently various companies are offering you options. Nvidia have several offering that will output 4K, Matrox as well with their 4K Mojito Card(also check out my booth vid for Matrox with Dan discussing their new 4K card), and again Blackmagic with their New DeckLink 4K Extreme so as you can see you have options!

Unfortunately I can’t offer you any ideas to build your own 4K i/o card, camera, or monitor…but if you’re like me and are looking forward to a World In 4K…then one other major piece of the puzzle outside of a fairly beefy machine like my HP Z820 which is my Workstation of choice(you can also follow my journey switching from Mac to HP here). As of now the fastest machine for your A/V needs is the the HP Z820…only time will tell how the new MacPro performs next to a pimped out Z820(I would love to put it to the test Apple…you can learn more about the new 2013 MacPro here). So it’s pretty clear all the companies are bringing 4K hardware to market sooner than later-reality is…it’s already here). It really only comes down to money. There really isn’t a compromise. In time all tech gets better, faster, cheaper. I only expect to see more in the coming years!

So what does that all this above have to do with anything. Well in my blog post I like to not just give you one idea…I like to let you in on the variety of stuff you might need. One area I think can be easily forgotten is how you plan to store all this data, play it back, and have a backup. Well when it comes to 4K it’s a ton of Data. I myself own a Red and shoot everything in 4K. I outgrew my 8-bay iStoragePro iT8MIS. Nothing against their bigger 16 bay raids….I just hit a bottleneck in my workflow with my old 3GB/s Atto R380 and iStoragePro solution. I needed bigger, better, faster. I priced it around and iStoragePro had a nice enclosure but at this point in time out of my budget. I believe it sells for around $2k(by itself with no drives). If you don’t have the time to tackle a DIY raid I highly recommend their solutions. Another company that a lot of Red users use is Maxx Digital. They have a sweet soluiton but is pricy. I priced out a 32 TB solution at $12.5K I believe. Not all of us including me can afford that(at least not at this time). So I started looking into a DIY solution. Doing some basic searches I really didn’t find any info on creating such a raid. Since I’ve been up against this challenge and no good documented solution I figured this might be of great interest being that the transition to 4K is getting to be a lot more possible(this 4K do we need it or not debate is not what this post is about-it’s for users who want to or need to and need a bigger, better, faster raid they might be able to build themselves-but I assure you this applies to anyone really. This will work with any format smaller or bigger…it’s just storage…but not all storage can handle 4K so that’s why I’m sharing how you can build your own)!

So after a fair amount of research and some bad information I ended up building my own the hard way buying stuff, trying it, and buying different stuff cause the retailers didn’t exactly give me the correct info(won’t name any companies names). So I’ve taken the guess work out. I can’t give you an exact step by step but I’ll give you the basics. Since I am using an old SCSI enclosure we gutted out giving you an exact step my step to build the exact raid I built would be a bit pointless since it’s an old box and likely impossible to find the exact one. The good part is rack mount enclosures abide to a specific spec to fit the rack. So good news is likely any old rack will work. Just search ebay like I did and you’ll likely find one. All you need to look out for is that it’s tall enough to install the hot-sway boxes, is deep enough to house all the cable and SAS controller, and have a single or dual or even triple power supply like mine..! You can also just pick up a really large extended computer tower case…just be sure you can install all the hot-swap boxes in the front without any issues. Power supplies are fairly cheap and hard drives don’t require much power at all. Since I built a rack style raid I will focus on that scenario but I’m just mentioning it if you can’t find one or don’t want a rack style raid you can just use a computer case and install the same hardware in it.

First off I’m going to provide the Parts List for 4K DIY Raid:
(Note: * Reference pic of DIY 4K Raid – Inside View; pic below for detailed breakdown)!

  1. Qty 1 – Enclosure(I found one on Ebay and gutted it leaving just the Power Supplies)
  2. Qty 1 – Raid Card Areca 1882x external mini-sas hookup(they also have internal cards too)!
  3. Qty 2 – 1m SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 External SAS Cable(two cable for faster throughput) 
  4. Qty 1 – Astek A33606-PCI(past 8 typically need an expander depending on your Raid Card)
  5. Qty 1 – 5.25″ cage for Astek expander enclosure to mount above Astek card
  6. Qty 4 – 1m SFF-8087 (host) to 4x 7 pin SATA (device) Internal SAS/SATA Fanout Cable to connect AMS internal sata/sas ports to the internal 8087 miniSAS Astek ports
  7. Qty 3 – 3.5″ x 5″ AMS Backplane Module Model #DS-3151SSBK
  8. Qty 16 – Western Digital HD(WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″)
  9. Qty 1 – Optional Kingwin SATA Mobile Rack(to use all 4 ports x 4 cables = 16 drives)

So lets get started..!

My SCSI Enclosure we gut to house all the new 6GB/s HW..!

 

 

First off we gut the SCSI Enclosure…here’s what it looked like(my pops makes a cut for Astek SAS Expander card that will mount into 5.25″ cage expander enclosure to mount card safely into chassis).
Astek cage and card is mounted in Raid Enclosure in below pic.

Internally we had to create a small aluminum riser plate so we had something to mount the Astek card and cage to(you could do this a bit more crude by just finding some small pieces of aluminum at a hardware store and glue it. To cut use a wood saw or get a blade that can cut metal, table saw, or band saw-basically use whatever you can get your hands on. worst case scenario use a some strong glue. Again this will differ greatly depending on what enclosure you find).

Cut small pieces of Aluminum as a spacer to mount the Astek Card/Cage into raid enclosure.
Here is a shot of the AMS Backplane Modules.

Pic below is a shot of the old SCSI backplane bottom plate we remove from old hot-sway modules(note the spacer/riser plate to mount to the new AMS Backplanes Modules(note bought this before Sata III-but they work. If you buy a new one it states Sata III, SAS, etc.)..!

Drilling new holes to mount the old scsi plate below to the new AMS Backplane Module(we used a drill press).
Method above was repeated for all three AMS Backplane Modules and we then drilled, tapped, and screwed them in from bottom and sides directly into the old scsi bottom plates.

 

Notice the single hot swap tray on the end. That is so I could use all 16 of the sata cables fan out cables. The hot swap Backplane Modules holds 5 so they can be installed in the standard bay openings typically in the front of PC box. Note we gutted everything in the old SCSI enclosure since we are drilling and little artifacts will creep into areas you don’t realize. So before evertyhing goes back into the newly housed enclosure it’s clean of all artifacts(you Do Not want something shorting out because you missed some metal flakes getting into sensitive areas of your new enclosure)!

 

 

Once you’ve gotten everything cleaned out, installed all the new hardware…you are now ready to start hooking everything up. Next step we hooked up all the internal wiring and hard drives that we screw into the hot swap trays. Once all the wiring is hooked up and hot swap drive trays populated then you can slide them into the front of your new DIY 4K Raid. Lastly you’ll need to install the Areca 1882x 6GB/s Raid Card. Always be sure to touch metal on the computer case before handling the cards and installing them. If you can get an anti-static mat or I have a wireless strapless anti-static wrist band(you just need to put it on about 15 minutes before you begin handling the hardware).
Now that you’ve got the DIY 4K Raid built, Raid card installed into you computer, and both 8088 Cables attached from the Raid card to your Astek(or Areca)SAS Expander your ready to boot up. Since I’ve switched from Mac to PC(HP Z820)I will be showing you how to configure it all in Windows. If your familiar with Mac OS and have every bought a raid or even a hard drive and had to initialize it in Disk Utility it’s very much the same process once your past the actual raid build setup. What I can’t show you here you can get the manual and just follow instructions. It’s not that difficult. Ok so let’s do this..!
Now it’s time to setup your raid(meaning configure and initial it)!
If everything is good to go then fire that puppy up(um ya this is your computer…but if you have a pup helpin ya out…give em a pat on the back while your at it;).
This will cover windows. It’s somewhat of a similar process on os x but you’ll have to explore that since I’m mainly on PC these days.
If you own an HP Z820 your likely to see the HP Logo and or a mini rom window in the upper right corner. Hit Tab(other pc manufactuers vary so hit the manual and study up on your bios-maybe your a builder and you’ve got it all up in the master mind then rock it).
So now you’ll be watching everything Post. When you see this screen in below pic hit either Tab or F6. This will take you into the ARC-1882 Areca Raid Bios.
You should now see a Bios screen like the one below.
Hit Enter to Select the Raid Controller to Configure.
You can just hit Quick Volume/Raid Setup but I recommend you manually configure your new raid! So hit the arrow key down to Raid Set Function. Now the Raid Set Function window pops up. Hit Create Raid Set. It will then open up some new configurations. I chose Raid 5(it’s I think the best for size, speed, and redundancy. I also chose a 4K block size. I believe I also set it to foreground initialization which should be faster)!
This is what it will look like with all your drives connected to the controller.
Once you see that the raid is building(there should be a percentage update). This time to go have a coffee, watch a movie whatever. Depending on the size of drives you use will determine how long it will take. Again I believe Foreground is faster but figure it’s going to take awhile. I can’t remember exactly how long but figure it’s not going to be an hour likely more like a few…and if you choose the other option and it seems like it’s going to take days then you could probably just delete the raid set by properly powering down of course first then going back into the Raid Configuration and set it to the opposite setting you tried. Once your raid has finished initializing then your ready to boot into windows. Once your past the login screen and see the windows desktop hit the windows key or click on the start menu. Click on the right and then right click on Computer and scroll down to Manage. This should open up Computer Management(you can also right click on computer anywhere you see the icon and get into this menu too btw). Once you’re in the window you should see something like the pic below. Choose Disk Management. You’ll likely see what looks like a black bar. Right click on that Volume(it should match the amount of terabytes all your drives combined). Choose Format. Once your in there the defaults should be fine. Just name your new Drive and typically you want to create a drive letter. I chose V for Video(most will just take whatever is already there and that’s perfectly fine). When your done you may still need to initialize the volume. I chose simple(it should go from a black bar to a blue bar once it’s complete-it will also give you a percentage update). When it’s done it will go from Offline to Online.
Click Start Menu>RT Click>Choose Manage
 You should now be in Computer Management>Click Disk Management
Find your new Raid Volume and Right Click on it. You should see a pop up window with options. Choose Format.
Once you see it online your ready to Rock…Enjoy..!
 
If your feeling ambitious then now it’s time to run a Speed Test. I’ll post a couple of examples that I got. Check it out..!
As you can see AJA is well over 1700 MB/s in Both Read and Write. Not bad..! Note if you are not happy with this speed or need more throughput you can always add more spindles, go SAS hard drives up to 15K rpm, SSD(though still a bit pricy doable if in your budget). If capacity if your issue you can go up to 24 with just the Astek Expander Card alone…it also has a two ports. Instead of running two cables in you just remove one from the card and plug it into another sas expander for more capacity. Pretty cool. If throughput drops with only one cable the solution is getting an Areca SAS Expander because it has three ports. So you can go two in and one out to the next expander.
As a reference only here are some ballpark figures for hardware pricing. Please do your own research to find the best source, price, availability. This should at least give you a good idea if building a DIY 4K Raid is a good choice for you financially.
  1. Enclosure(I bought a used enclosure on ebay with shipping):  $ 100
  2. Areca 1882x                                                                              $ 779
  3. 2-1m SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 External SAS Cable  $47 each  $   94
  4. Astek A33606-PCI SAS Expander Card                                   $ 415
  5. 5.25″ cage for Astek expander to mount above card                $   25
  6. 4-3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-10M  Fanout Cables $15 each    $   60
  7. 3-AMS Backplane Modules Model #DS-3151SSBK $99 ea     $ 297
  8. 16-Western Digital HD WD1002FAEX 1TB         $99 each      $1594
  9. Kingwin SATA Mobile Rack                                                       $   19
  10. TOTAL…………………………………………………………………………..$3383
So that’s it…now you’ve got a plan to build your own big, fast, rebuildable Raid Storage for 4K Editing and save you some money DIY..!
I have to give thanks to my Pops who is a huge supporter and great help with all my wild ideas. This wouldn’t have been possible without all his expert help building this DIY 4K Raid..!
I also would like to thank my new friend Bill over at HDNLE.com He is a wealth of information, very knowledgeable and just so happens to be living up in the NW now after many years working with the Media and Entertainment Industry in SoCal. He is an expert with A/V Solutions. Anyway he was able to get me an Areca 1882x Raid Card and 6GB/s SAS Cables. I found him on Ebay and just my luck I was able to complete the transaction same day and get product…now that’s service..! If your in the NW I know no one with as much knowledge and experience as Bill in our field. I feel I’m very lucky to have connected with such talent in my area..!
Links to Bill @: HDNLE.com or his Ebay
Enjoy thanks for reading. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments feel free to leave feedback in the comment field below.
Cheers..!
Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

 

HP (Hewlett Packard) A/V, Workstations, and Display Solutions

Dan Bennett of HP gives us an Awesome Breakdown of the Z1 All In One Workstation..!

 

 

 

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HP Z1 Workstation

HP Z1 - 27 inch display all-in-one workstation

 

HP Z1 Workstation

Introducing Power
Without the tower.

Introducing the HP Z1, the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a
27” (diagonal) display that snaps open to let you swap out parts and make upgrades. No tools required.1

STARTING AT: $1899*

 

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No compromises were made on the Z1 — it combines the capabilities of a workstation with the elegance of an all-in-one to meet the demanding visualization and computing needs of our customers.

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Customize your HP Z1 all-in-one, no tools required

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Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. And enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. Enhance your work with the HD Webcam, SRS Premium Sound processing and whisper-quiet acoustics. And unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it.

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Bring your ideas to life faster with the accelerated performance of the HP Z1 Workstation. The only all-in-one workstation with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors2, 3. Make renders faster and crashes a thing of the past with professional graphics and ECC memory. Experience the HP Z1 Workstation and stay one step ahead of your imagination.

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See your work more clearly on a 27″ (diagonal) LED-backlit display that supports over a billion colors.4 With a wide, 178 degree viewing angle and an IPS panel, the HP Z1 Workstation display is professional any way you look at it. With equally professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics for blazing fast renders and performance, the HP Z1 gives you the time to be your creative best.
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Build the Machine You Want to Drive.

Customize the HP Z1 Workstation the way you want to with a variety of I/O options, including USB 3.0 for blazing fast speeds and your choice of optical drives, like the slot-load Blu-ray Writer.6 Choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD options, optional RAID configurations, optical drives and a media card reader.

Dan Bennett of HP tells us about the exciting new Fusion IO Accelerators..!

HP Fusion-IO NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Fusion-IO NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

The HP IO Accelerators

Entertainment

HP IO Accelerators: Powering Productivity and Creativity

HP IO Accelerators eliminate the I/O bottleneck that is the most common obstacle to entertainment application performance. HP and Fusion-io offer visual entertainment applications incredible read and write bandwidth as well as industry-leading, low-latency IOPS.
HP and Fusion-io benefit the visual entertainment industry in the following ways:

  • Powers performance to improve productivity and enable creativity
  • Improves pipeline efficiency and asset management
  • Safeguards intellectual property with advanced enterprise data protection
  • Enables work without proxies in full resolution at full frame rate, in any resolution and in stereoscopic 3D

Prime Focus Makes Clash of the Titans 3D in Just Eight Weeks with Fusion-io

Under a tight deadline, innovative studio Prime Focus replaces disk arrays on projection systems with Fusion-io technology to greatly improve productivity and system reliability.

“With typical VFX projects, we complete about 20-30 shots per day. The ioDrives scaled our data load capabilities by about twenty times. This improved our productivity about 2-4x.” -Sean Konrad, Project Manager for Stereoscopic Conversion, Prime Focus

Powers Performance to Improve Productivity and Creativity

Fusion-io eliminates the DRAM constraints that plague most entertainment applications. Fusion Powered desktops help:

  • Compositors play back nearly instantly and track as fast as the GPU can process data
  • Editors work at full resolution, without the noise and heat of disk arrays
  • Image and paint artists sort and load high resolution images quickly
  • Encoders/transcoders convert to different formats or resolution in a fraction of the time
  • 3D content creators save “on the fly,” undo/redo, or preview work without the wait

Improves Pipeline Efficiency and Asset Utilization

HP IO Accelerators enhance the project management pipeline by eliminating “backend” slowness that can hold up artists’ work. It also lets studios and artists maximize the utilization and investment on today’s advanced parallel GPU systems.

Protects Intellectual Property

For many artists and studios, digital content literally is the business. Protecting that data is a must. Fusion-io solutions offer advanced enterprise data protection, ensuring failure never compromises data. For more information, see Fusion-io: A New Standard in Enterprise Reliability.

ioFX for HP Workstations

New Fusion ioFX memory tier bridges the gap between creative potential and application performance in the professional production pipeline. ioFX accelerates leading creative applications freeing time for visual artists to explore more ideas, even under today’s tight deadlines.
ioFX is available via the HP 3PO process.  Learn more

  
  
  

Dan Bennett of HP gives us a nice detailed explanation of the benefits their Dreamcolor Display offers..!

 

 

 

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HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display

 

 

Gold Standard Color-Critical Displays

 

HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional DisplayThe gold standard color critical display for creative professionals. The LP2480zx display is used by many of the world’s leading animation studios and visual effects companies as well.

The HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display has the features that color professionals need to excel in their work. This display is ideal for a wide range of color workflows including animation, visual effects, post production, digital photography and digital pre-press.

 

DreamColor Customers

 

                                                                                                          

The DreamColor display Broad Format Support and Broad Frame Rate Support
  Broad Format Support & Broad Frame Rate Support

The DreamColor display has an excellent range of frame formats including: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, NTSC and PAL. Customers working in feature films can work at 2048X1080 at 24 or 48 fps—2K is the current digital cinema standard.

     A major film studio identified the LP2480zx as the only display in class that correctly displays 48 fps material without motion artifacts introduced by the display. Native support for all standard video/film frame rates without frame rate conversion: 23.976p, 24p, 29.97i/p, 30p, 48p, 50i/p, 60i/p.

  

Out of the Box Productivity Features
You asked for an interface that works well in both high and low light environments without distracting LED backlights. HP Night Vision User Interface is the answer and features convenient on-screen menu tags and LED backlit buttons. After a period of inactivity, the buttons auto-fade to black.

A Wide Range of Inputs
The DreamColor display also includes an 4-way comfort adjust stand with quick release, integrated cable management and 4-port USB hub. Inputs include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Component, Composite and S-Video.

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HP DreamColor Calibration Solution

The studios that use the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display take full advantage of custom calibration so that what they see in the screening room matches what they see at their desks and what the audience will see in the theater.

 
Panel Specs
Size/resolution
24” 1920×1200
Panel technology
IPS
Panel bit depth per color
10 bits
Gamut – coverage of srgb / adobe / dci
100% / 100% / 98%
Monitor Specs
inputs
Displayport, HDMI, DVI, Component, Composite, S-Video
USB Ports
4
Response time – gtg
6 ms
Backlight technology
RGB LED
Panel Frame Rate support
48, 50, 60 +/-0.5fps
Contrast ratio – typical
1000:1
Factory Calibrated Presets
sRGB, Adobe, 601, 709, DCI-P3, Full, User
User Calibration Option

HP DreamColor Calibration Solution

Max Brightness – cd/m2, typica
250
Min White level – cd/m2, typical
50
Black level – cd/m2, @ min luminance, typ CR
0.05
Surface Treatment
Anti-Glare, 25% Haze
User Calibration OS Support
Windows/Mac

Dan Bennet of HP gives us a breakdown of the HP Red Edition Z820..!

 

 

 

 

HP Red Edition NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Red Edition NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Workstations and Adobe Systems

HP Workstations and Adobe Systems

HP WORKSTATIONS AND

Adobe Systems

 
Professional Solutions for Professional Adobe Users

Working together, HP and Adobe® help industry professionals solve tough creative challenges with innovative hardware and software that are tuned and integrated for better performance. HP and Adobe engineers work closely to verify that Adobe® Creative Suite® applications can take full advantage of the performance features of HP Workstations to give pros greater confidence in their production solution.

Why Switch? Upgrade to HP for the full power of Adobe media software. Learn More.

RED Digital Workflows – Optimized Z Workstation

HP, RED®, NVIDIA and Adobe have collaborated to create an editing workstation capable of handling all that you can push to it. With the move to all-digital workflows, the Z820 RED Edition workstation has been optimized to meet the uncompromising demands of today’s digital film and video pros. This team of industry leaders is committed to providing business with a powerful, reliable platform to meet your needs over the long term.

HP Z820 RED edition

What’s Special about the Z820 RED Edition Workstation

The HP Z820 RED Edition Workstation comes equipped with up to 2 custom REDMAG card readers and up to two integrated RED ROCKET acceleration cards. Processing power comes in the form of dual 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors with 16 cores, configurable up to 3.91GHz with Turbo boost. A single SSD boot drive is standard as well as NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics, with upgrades available. Systems come standard with 32GB RAM upgradeable to 512GB RAM. Liquid Cooling comes standard, and an optional Blu-Ray burner is available. The system includes Adobe CS6 Production Premium with an optimized Windows 8 image.

                     Built on HP Z Workstation DNA

The RED Z820 Edition is built on the award winning HP Z

workstation DNA. HP engineers design customized systems and work closely with technology partners to test and optimize components for a better workstation experience. The entire system is designed and tested as one to verify that all components are working together in a tightly integrated manner. Coupled with an intense focus on innovation, performance, and reliability, this philosophy has kept HP at the forefront of the workstation industry for 30 years.

Available through HP Resellers

HP RED Z820 reseller Tekserve HP RED Z820 reseller ProMAX.
Deploying and delivering tools specifically tuned to enhance workflows using the RED Digital Cinema, HP chose to have experts in the field of media and entertainment, ProMax and Tekserve, be the exclusive HP approved sales providers of the RED Z820 Workstation. Located in multiple locations, demos and training are easily available.
 

 Dan Bennet of HP gives us insight on the Yamaha Nuage Post Production DAW Powered by the Z820..!

 

 

 

@HP #Yamaha #Nuage #Daw Powered by #Z820 Nabshow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

@HP #Yamaha #Nuage #Daw Powered by #Z820 Nabshow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

 
 

 

A New Platform for Unprecedented Post-production Productivity

 

Digital audio workstations, controllers, interfaces: professional post-production capabilities can only be realized when all components work together in perfect harmony. Nuage Integrated Audio Production System brings it all together in a collaboration that defines new standards of quality and workflow efficiency for virtually every aspect of the production process. Yamaha control and interface hardware seamlessly integrates with Steinberg Nuendo DAW software in a purpose-built system that offers unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality.
Discerning engineers and artists who already depend on the sonic quality and intuitive workflow of Steinberg’s native-processing Nuendo DAW will be pleased to learn that Nuendo 6, included with Nuage, takes that performance to a new level. And for maximum system versatility the dedicated Yamaha control surface and audio interface hardware is modular, so you can easily create a custom configuration that ideally matches your application.

Nuage for mixing, editing, dialog replacement in audio post production applications. Top-class hardware and software in perfect harmony at last.

NUAGE System Components

 

 

Nuendo 6, with an all-new mixer window and expanded feature set, is the core of the Nuage Advanced Production System. Nuage includes refined Nuage Fader and Nuage Master control surfaces for intimate access to all Nuendo functions via an abundance of switches and encoders in a clear, comprehensive layout. Add a selection of extraordinary DSP-equipped Nuage I/O audio interfaces that communicate via a Dante digital audio network, plus a PCI-Express standard Dante Accelerator card for ultra low latency audio transmission with high channel counts, and you have the makings of an extremely versatile high-performance audio production system that promises unprecedented efficiency, quality, and productivity. Nuage Fader and Nuage Master units can be freely combined as required, and the three Nuage I/O models can be cascade connected to create systems accommodating a wide range of studio needs and budgets.

Unparalleled Workflow Efficiency

 

 

A sleek user interface that combines time-tested elements with thoroughly researched and proven innovations, plus comprehensive visual feedback, give Nuage components intuitive, stress-free operability that significantly enhances productivity.

 

Superior Production Output Quality

 

 

To the client, the only thing that really matters is end product quality, and here’s where Nuage really delivers. In addition to a low-stress working environment for engineers and re-recording mixers, Nuage offers advanced processing capabilities and sublime sonic quality that makes a marked difference in the final sound.

 

Flexible Modular Architecture Plus Network Audio

 

 
With a modular architecture that lets you combine components you need to ideally support your application, plus network audio that allows you to lay out your system to match available infrastructure and installation requirements while maintaining undiminished audio transmission quality throughout, Nuage offers outstanding system flexibility and scalability.