Motion and Device Control
In developing ION, we realized that to truly integrate the vast number of standards and technologies seamlessly would involve the development of proprietary hardware components. You might ask "Why?", when the world seems to be moving to controlled devices that have "built in synchronizers". The answer becomes clearer when we state that the majority of devices we synchronize (including the Tascam DA-88/Sony PCM-800) consistently
lock in one to two seconds; and that we were able to deliver our clients the most sophisticated control available today over the DA-88 within two weeks of licensing Tascam's proprietary, and quite unique, serial protocol. These are just two of many examples of how our exclusive software/hardware gives ION unprecedented control, not only of devices, but in the approach we take to fully exploit technology to levels unparalleled in the industry. The facts demonstrate that ION is in a league of its own, and clearly far above systems that rely on controlling other manufacturers' utilitarian synchronizers.
- ION's hardware is totally software configurable via disk-based setup files
- A unique "Autocalibrate" feature eliminates the need for any manual adjustments
- A vast array of controlled devices, including digital and analog videotape machines, film dubbers and projectors, digital and analog multitracks, RDAT transports, MDM units, and Digital Audio Workstations are ION Compatible
- Remote track arming is provided for serial controlled devices such as videotape transports, RDAT and DA-88/PCM-800
- Remote "scrub" of RAM equipped RDAT transports
- Extremely sophisticated ramped bi-phase motion control, including the ability to perform a GOTO accurate to a "perf". ION systems equipped with Soundmaster's SHUTL controller can even jog and shuttle bi-phase devices such as traditional sprocketed dubbers. ATOM based systems include synchronous bi-phase and time code generator outputs.
- GPI's (General Purpose Interface closures) can be independently triggered manually or frame accurately via the EDL. These are ideal for devices that do not need to be synchronized, but simply started at a point in time. These include samplers, compact disc players, video wipes, beep units, and even some console automation systems that are instructed to begin "writing" data at a time code address
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