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Eventide Will Roll Out Linux-Based Logger

Eventide Will Roll Out Linux-Based Logger

Is there more demand for loggers now, driven by broadcasters who think regulators eventually may require stations to archive audio?
At the NAB show, Eventide will introduce a new broadcast logger based on the Linux operating system.
Last year it rolled out what it called the world’s first Linux-based loggers to the public-safety market. Now it will offer broadcast versions, the eight-channel VR615B and the larger VR778B.
The products log a station’s audio to dual 120 GB drives in a RAID-1 array, so the data is mirrored for backup. A DVD-RAM drive allows scheduling of archiving.
The rack-mountable loggers can be operated on a network or from their front panels. Prices and ship dates are not yet finalized.
“I think many broadcasters are (buying loggers) proactively rather than waiting for the FCC to require it,” said Eventide executive Ray Maxwell. “I predict we’ll see more broadcasters doing that in the coming months because it’s much more cost-effective to protect yourself than dealing with fines.”
Eventide was founded in 1971 by Richard Factor, who had worked for WABC(AM) in New York.