Affordable Custom Virtual Sets

Newtek Offers Custom Virtual Set Editor Version 1.5

EAR and Newtek are excited to announce an update to TriCaster™ Virtual Set Editor (VSE). This update involves additional PSD (Photoshop® document) support, allowing for better integration of your PSD art files into TriCaster virtual sets.

If you plan on purchasing or already own a Tricaster 300, 850 or Extreme – the “VSE” allows the customization of ready made sets with your logo, images, stock footage and more – in minutes! Visit EAR’s new premier demonstration room for a personal test drive and see how the world of Tricaster can create real business revenue and improve your production quality.

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PSD support now includes the following benefits:

  • The ability to use 32 or 16-bit PSD files to get real warped mapping layers gives customers more options
  • Support for PSD Layer Groups provides seamless conversion to VSE Layer Groups, for better organization
  • The ability to name individual PSD Input Layers allows for easier file management
  • The ability to rename angles provides added convenience

For more information contact an EAR product specialist today at 800-473-6914 or request a demo (button above).

This Day In EAR History

This Day in EAR history -The Total Technolgy Catalog

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.

Late Generation Audio MultiTrack (click to see more)

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

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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.

Sony BVU950 U-matic Editing Video Deck (click to see more)

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.

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Schoeps CMXY Compact Stereo Microphone

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.

Pro Tools|HD Native Upgrades

Trade in your legacy hardware – Pro Tools|HD Native Upgrades

If this seems like a special offer out of the way-back machine, you are correct. This special originally ran at the first of this year (2011) and has been extended through June. It’s a great chance to trade in your aging Pro Tools hardware for cash credit! This may be the last chance to get some trade in bucks out of your old Digidesign gear. NOTE: See the new products as the factory road show May 12th, register now.

Pro Tools|HD Native Exchange
With this two-part promotion, customers who own any legacy PCI-based system, including Pro Tools 3, Pro Tools|24, Pro Tools|24 Mix family, or Pro Tools|HD PCI systems, now have a money-saving opportunity to work on today’s high-performance PCIe-based desktop computers by exchanging their existing system to a Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe core system at 54% off. Owners of legacy Pro Tools PCI-based systems also have the option of using their existing PCI cards with a supported Magma PCIe-to-PCIx chassis. Alternatively, owners of Mbox (any) and 00x family products can upgrade to Pro Tools|HD Native and HD OMNI or HD I/O and save up to 16%.  – Call an EAR product specialist for special pro pricing and save on sales tax too!

Gain Savings and Control with the Pro Tools+Mbox Pro and Artist Control Bundle
With the Pro Tools + Mbox Pro and Artist Control bundle promotion, customers get the best-sounding FireWire interface on the market, the industry’s leading music and audio production software, and the hottest small-format control surface—all bundled together at savings of $266 (USD, versus cost of purchasing separately). For customers looking to get better sound and control of their mixes, there’s never been a better time to act!

Call an EAR product specialist for special pro pricing and save on sales tax too! EAR has been the Southwests most experienced Avid/Digidesign reseller since 1990. Great advice, pricing and people.

EAR welcomes Neve/AMS

EAR represents NEVE AMS products

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.

Neve legendary modules

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.

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