This Day In EAR History July 1995
This day in EAR history… July 10th 1995
As you can see, the “Symulator” concept ad was about a future hand-held device that could control audio and video transports and also be a tool for editing and displaying sound and picture. Sound familiar?
No, we didn’t invent the IPad but we did create quite a stir with some overseas companies who didn’t quite understand the “what-if?” nature of the ad and began calling us to find out how we developed this amazing device!
This Day In EAR History
EAR’s Total Technology Catalog Released – June 1st 1987
Information is changing with the blink of an eye. Products come and go and features evolve almost daily. But in 1987 the professional audio and video world was very different, change came at a predictably slow pace. The Total Technology Catalog (TTC) was bold and different for the late 1980’s. With most companies identifying themselves as either audio or video, EAR printed a catalog with both audio AND video.
While a lot has changed in the decades since the TTC was released, our customers and markets have remained constant. Many of the people that helped us create this unique publication are still with EAR today. With literally hundreds of years of professional audio, video and systems expertise under one roof, we’ve decided to explain some of our history as a regular feature of our website.
ABOUT THE TTC
Why was showing audio and video equipment in the same catalog different? 30 years ago audio and video products were entirely separate parts of the workflow – separate equipment and operators, even on the same project. As products became faster and smarter, the need to synchronize audio and video tape became fundamental. We don’t think much about it today – but locking to mechanical transports together and “syncing them up” was quite a trick!
Working with different film, video and audio transports during playback and record became a challenging new art. EAR was among the first companies nationally to specialize in helping people program this new generation of products and the synchronizing computers that controlled them. Some of our clients included Robert Altman, Paul McCartney, Lindsay Buckingham and many other artists pushing the technology envelope for that day.
As tape based workflows became replaced by file based computer systems, EAR moved from tape transport companies (Otari, Tascam and Fostex) to file based editing companies (apple, Avid, AJA, Adobe). Our goal has always been to deliver the most sophisticated and cost effective professional products. We are considered by many to be the go-to people in the Southwest for audio and video workflow design and product support. We can help provide the best value for individual parts – or turnkey systems that deliver the most for your investment.
We invite you to check in with our experienced staff of audio and video professionals for help finding the best products for your creative projects.
ASU Chooses EAR for Katzin Hall
Arizona State University Chooses EAR for Katzin Hall Upgrade
When Arizona State University decided to upgrade the audio recording system in prestigious Katzin Concert Hall to meet latest standards for digital recording, they turned to EAR Professional Audio/Video. It was necessary for the installation to occur on a tight schedule,since Katzin is one of the most used performance halls in the complex.
This 350-seat theater opens into a beautiful fountain courtyard and houses a nine-foot a Hamburg Steinway, an American Steinway, and a Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano. Primarily used for solo and chamber music recitals, the hall provides a warm acoustical atmosphere with a maple-paneled stage, multi-faceted walls, and an acoustically engineered billowed ceiling. This environment required a high performance, unobtrusive, yet flexible state of the art microphone solution. ASU turned to John Gibson at EAR to design the new system realizing they needed professional results and flexibility for future plans.
EAR installed a Schoeps CM X/Y series stereo microphone in addition to a pair of Schoeps CCM compact sub-cardioid microphones to achieve the results. These microphones are compact in size, and provide highly precise sound reproduction with very balanced off axis response characteristics that will help recreate the live performance experience of Katzin hall on recordings.
Plans are in the works to upgrade the hall’s acoustics and possibly add automated broadcast quality HD camera systems . The ASU Music building complex has ongoing demands for video and audio recordings in all four performance venues. Media management is a strong part of their future and EAR looks forward to the opportunity to help provide an integrated solution that further compliments this first phase of production quality enhancement at ASU.
EAR is proud to help Arizona State and many other national and local professional audio and video venues with new systems and upgrades to existing facilities.
EAR welcomes Neve/AMS
EAR is proud to provide Neve/AMS products
For more than 40 years AMS Neve has represented the pinnacle of professional audio design and engineering. EAR is proud to provide their products as a compliment to our selection of audio products for recording and post production.
With more than a hundred world class analogue and digital designers, software specialists and audio purists Neve/AMS is dedicated to the advancement and evolution of professional audio products and workflows.
Based in northern England, AMS Neve has built a leading presence in the ultra high-end feature film scoring and mixing environments, the post-production and broadcast industries as well as in professional and project music studios worldwide.
Contact an EAR audio products specialist today for complete details and special professional pricing. 800-473-6914 or on line.
EAR Now Bricasti Design Dealer!
EAR is proud to be chosen as a new reseller for Bricasti reverb products.
Bricasti provides the highest level of musicality and ease of control imaginable in a processor dedicated to the task of reverberation. A modern high resolution digital design, utilizing a stunning array of the latest DSP processors, provides a platform for the long overdue next step in reverb processing algorithms. A separate fully differential analog section and dedicated transformer based linear power supply provide the finest analog specifications of any product of it’s kind.
An exceptionally strong stainless steel chassis, and a tooled aluminum front panel, combine with a classic high visibility display and straight forward human interface, to complete an enduring design that is intended to fulfill its role, now and into the future.
Bricasti Design Official Website
For more information including special professional pricing, contact an EAR product specialist at 800-473-6914!