Cube-Tec was brought to North America by the Sascom Marketing Group - where Rob was a partner and appointed as the digital technology specialist. Initially, branded as Spectral Design
and sold through Houpert Digital Audio, Cube-Tec's products were focused on professional mastering and restoration markets. Although, these technologies had been developed over a significant time-frame, the opportunity to market them in North America came as a result of Sonic Solutions re-prioritization on the emerging DVD market. However, the success was not just the result of the gap left by Sonic - but the fact that Cube-Tec's real-time DSP was superior in performance, breadth of applications and audio quality. Soon, the top mastering and restoration facilities in North America were switching to the AudioCube: Bernie Grundmann Mastering, Sterling Sound, Gateway Mastering, Capital Records, Chace Audio etc. were converting their production systems to Cube-Tec's platform.
During this time-frame, audio and video archiving was switching from analog to digital carriers and as hard drive based storage systems became more affordable, archives went from tape/disc media to computer media.
But the most critical stage in the archive process is the original transfer from the analog to the digital "eternal carrier" - and failure to execute this properly significantly compromises the integrity of the archive. This was compounded by the sheer size of analog archives requiring digitization and the expertise required to deal with older media formats - not to mention the scarcity of playback devices required to perform the work. In order to optimize digitization processes Cube-Tec - in conjunction withe IRT and German broadcast groups - developed QUADRIGA: "QUality from Analog to Digital RIGorously Analyzed
QUADRIGA automates many digitization processes while simultaneously analyzing the incoming audio stream for both content defects and transcription defects - which include media defects, playback device irregularities and signal chain problems. These events are time-stamped and can be exported as well as stored in the quality chunk of the BWF format. QUADRIGA also collects a wide range of audio related statistical metadata for the duration of the recording.– all of which are also logged into a quality report. QUADRIGA quickly became the archive standard for audio digitization.
Cube-tec quickly developed additional software tools to handle a wide range of legacy media and file-based processing. DOBBIN is an automatic audio processing and rendering solution, used for large on-line media centers, studios and archives. CubeWorkflow is a comprehesive software suite that provides sophisticated workflow automation and management of both process and media in any environment. Using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) CubeWorkflow 2.0 is a collaboration framework technology of highly modular, loosely coupled software components. Systems are assembled precisely to client demand and thanks to the latest web portal technology and other open standards interfaces able to be easily integrated into existing client infrastructures.
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