System 5-MC DAW Controllers Selected by Discovery Communications

Cable Network Buys Four System 5-MC Controllers for Ultimate DAW Control

Palo Alto, Apr 14th 2008

Avid today at NAB announced that Discovery Communications has purchased three 16-fader and one 8-fader System 5-MCs for their in-house post production facility, based in Silver Spring, MD.

The Discovery Production Center, which is responsible for various post production and media creation processes across multiple platform distribution mediums, specializes in sound design, post mixing, and VO recording on a wide range of program types and applications. The System 5-MCs will be used for posting original programming, repackaging and language re-versioning of Discovery programs.

"Even a simple re-narration, in which we just replace the narrator, might mandate the creation of 16 or more auxiliary configurations of the program – so any system we use has to be able to be reconfigured quickly and easily," said Mark Edmondson, Manager of Audio Post Production Services for Discovery. "The System 5-MC will allow us to take advantage of all the workstation offerings available - Logic, Nuendo, etc. as well as our workhorse Pro Tools systems - allowing us to create an environment in which the re-recording mixer or sound designer can use any platform."

 
 The System 5-MC will allow us to take advantage of all the workstation offerings available - Logic, Nuendo, etc. as well as our workhorse Pro Tools systems

Mark Edmondson, Manager of Audio Post Production Services for Discovery



Avid's EuCon Ethernet protocol is the driving force behind the System 5-MC, offering simultaneous control of both multiple applications and multiple workstations. At 250 times the speed and eight times the resolution of other control protocols, EuCon elevates the System 5-MC to an unprecedented level of integration with modern DAW's. The control surface itself features 56 programmable SmartSwitches, eight touch sensitive knobs for plug-in and VST Instrument control, and four touch-sensitive faders for accessing track levels & automation.

Because the Discovery Production Center runs a large Avid ISIS-Interplay environment, there are not only Pro Tools workstations, but also Pro Tools Media Station/Video Satellite Workstations running in every Audio Suite in order to work effectively off Discovery's edit SAN. The Pro Systems have the ability to control all these applications with the versatility of the System 5.