Pyntago Installs System 5-MC for new HD Room

Avid announced today the grand opening of Pyntago, a new HD studio featuring a 32–fader System 5-MC. The studio, based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, is geared for HD audiovisual post productions and also serves as an HD education center for professional and aspiring sound engineers and producers. Furthermore Pyntago is one of the leading production studios for Dressage Freestyle Music.

"Pyntago is a production studio with many different clients and projects. For this reason we needed to design a versatile environment where we would be able to change studio and equipment configurations at the push of a button," said Olaf Ramak, co-owner of Pyntago. "Coming from different platforms and various remotes we needed a solution that not only tied them together, but also enabled us to accept bigger and more complex productions. The System 5-MC simply does the job."

The System 5-MC will control two Nuendo workstations via EuCon, high-speed, high-resolution Ethernet control protocol.

Studio co-owner Martin Meinders first saw the sheer endless possibilities of the system at a demo session in Germany last year. "It was love at first sight," he commented. "I immediately knew this would be the tool we needed to further realize our dreams. It's only been a few weeks since we installed our System and already we are seeing our investment pay off."

Pyntago also has the unique distinction of becoming a Certified Training Facility for the System 5-MC. Pyntago Partners, Meinders and Ramak offer in-depth, hands-on training classes and one-on-one lessons for those wanting to learn and practice the System.

"Our background is music production and education. We have been training engineers and producers since 1999; from young, enthusiastic wannabees to established professionals. At that time, the step from analog to digital required a new and different approach to training. Our courses helped studios to embrace the new digital workflow," said Meinders. "Based on experience and education we can offer a different approach and insight in working with the  EuCon system and more generally remote controlled HD studios."

"Having mixed on all the major consoles and DAW's over the years, we know the problems and the workarounds. With the System 5-MC, a lot of those workarounds become obsolete," explained Ramak. "We were able to improve our workflow beyond our own expectations. Now our goal is to share this knowledge with other System owners."

Pyntago Studios makes for a remarkable total of 12 new Avid installations to have hit Europe's Benelux- a name given to the area comprised of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg- region in the past year.

The MC workstation control surface is equipped with full sized keyboard with trackball and jog wheel for standard operations, 56 LCD SmartSwitches, 4 faders, 9 rotary controls plus a monitoring section for the ultimate in extended control. Using the innovative EuCon high-speed protocol the MC can control any DAW application such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Pyramix, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Avid Express. Moreover the MC works with both PC and Macintosh platforms.