Sound Devices' 970 nominated for CAS Technical Achievement Award
January 20, 2015

Sound Devices' 970 nominated for CAS Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI — Sound Devices’ ( 970 64-track Dante- and MADI-equipped multi-track audio recorder is nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the “Production” category. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs, including 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to recognize outstanding sound mixing in film and television as well as technical achievement in production and post production. A panel of CAS members determined the nominees for the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards. Winners will be announced February 14 during the CAS Awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

The half-rack, 2U 970 is designed simplify any application requiring high-quality, high track count audio recording, including drama and reality productions, and live concert recording. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA-connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. With its built-in, Ambient Recording Lockit timecode technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. 

“We are grateful that such a prestigious industry organization has chosen to acknowledge us once again with a nomination for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” says Matt Anderson, president of Sound Devices. “We continually look to advance our technology in order to better serve the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. We couldn’t be happier that the 970, our first-ever dedicated rack-mount audio solution, is being recognized for doing so.”

The 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. Users can perform file metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders before, during and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante. The unit features a five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks. 

PowerSafe technology provides a :10 power reserve where, in the event of a power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to :10 to safely stop any file operation and then shuts down. The 970 also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted.