When you're building or expanding a studio, detailed design of your
infrastructure will ensure that at the end of the project, the studio is
ergonomic, flexible, sonically true and comprehensively documented. Effort expended in
analysis and planning in the early stages will repay itself many times over.
We can work with you to select equipment, design wiring and patchbays,
source equipment, contractors and materials and manage the project to
Areas we can cover include:
We keep up to date with current technologies and recording trends and are
able to guide you in selecting the best gear for your needs. We're also
happy to source equipment for you at competitive prices.
Organising cabling systems requires careful planning and that is what we
undertake to do.
workflow analysis and usability walkthroughs to ensure the cabling,
patchbays, stageboxes and conduits are appropriate for current needs and future
growth. The entire studio cabling requirements are considered together - analogue,
digital, midi, network, power and computer (eg. kvm, firewire, FC, SCSI) to
ensure compatibility and minimum cable interference (physical and
A parts list is then produced from the analysis, supplied, fitted and
thoroughly tested. All cables and patchbays are clearly labelled, and a
wiring diagram/connection matrix are supplied (hardcopy and soft copy for
future maintenance) to complete the documentation.
- Network Communications
- Digital Storage
Digital recording requires lots of space, and studios are finding that a
digital storage strategy is now a necessity. We can advise on and supply standalone
storage solutions (eg. hot swappable firewire) and sophisticated network
storage solutions such as file servers, RAID arrays and fibre channel SAN
(Storage Area Networks). A storage strategy must also include backup
mechanisms, and we can advise on these also.
Although solid studio infrastructure is critical in the smooth running of a
studio, probably more important is the topic of acoustics. All infrastructure
work should be carried out in tandem with acoustic design to ensure the
synergy between the two. We're not acousticians, but we can suggest
reliable consultants to you or work together with your own consultant.
Today's studios invest heavily in technology, and keeping things working
together can often be a difficult task. Equipment that is unreliable or not
configured optimally can distract from the core function of recording. Large
studios keep personnel on staff to manage their equipment investment and
prevent costs related to downtime and failure.
From streamlining and debugging computer configurations to a thorough
analysis and service of your complete system, Soft Audio can help you
achieve a high level of productivity. We'll fix all your studio technology
problems so you can
concentrate on your business. Areas in which we can provide assistance
- Computer and operating system streamlining and problem solving
experience in optimising and fortifying audio platforms running under
Windows, MacOS and Unix with applications such as Protools, Gigasampler and
a range of native systems.
With careful and comprehensive tuning we can
minimise computer crashes and increase performance.
- Digital interconnectivity
Often the most troublesome issue in a studio, we can make all your time
aware equipment talk to each other. This includes the integration of
SMPTE, MTC (midi time code), ADAT sync and video devices, so that they can
- Analogue Noise
Ground loops, earthing problems, RFI interference are some of the problems
that can plague your analogue runs. We can isolate and repair these types of
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