Source Elements releases Source-Connect 3.1 with Auto-Restore and Auto-Replace for Pro Tools, VST and Audio Units

The 3.1 update makes the entire process easier and even more reliable. Included with this update is Source-Connect Standard for Audio Units and VST, all fully compatible with our Pro Tools product line.

Date: January 15th, 2009

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Chicago, IL (January 15, 2009): Source Elements LLC announces a major feature update to the ultimate solution for perfect quality, low latency, IP based, real-time collaborative recording for the sound industry audio connecting remotely via IP. The introduction of Source-Connect 3.0 with Auto-Restore and Auto-Replace overcame every quality issue that IP streaming can encounter, while simultaneously delivering vastly superior audio quality compared to ISDN. The 3.1 update makes the entire process easier and even more reliable. Included with this update is Source-Connect Standard for Audio Units and VST, all fully compatible with our Pro Tools product line.

Effortless, automatic, perfect quality, remote recordings. Every time.

Source-Connect 3.1’s Auto-Restore feature operates in the background using the Q-Manager application. The Q-Manager automatically identifies dropped dropouts packets, recalls them from the remote system and restores them into the original audio file without ever leaving the timeline: quickly and automatically. Source-Connect 3.1 brings general network improvements and adds features including optional FTP mode for PCM Replace, a cleaner user interface with better user feedback, the ability to export an entire session to a sound file for even more levels of backup, faster, easier methods of managing the Q data, and Auto-Restore and Auto-Replace features are now active with VPN mode.

Going one step further in meeting the demand for perfect sound recordings, Source-Connect 3.1’s Auto-Replace feature calls for the remotely recorded, uncompressed audio file and then locally replaces the AAC file with the full resolution PCM counterpart; not just on the hard drive but also within the timeline. No longer does the Recording Engineer have to deal with FTP downloads or have to re-edit the uncompressed file into an already edited timeline.

The stigma of a remote connection and/or a remote IP connection are gone forever; easy to manage, real-time, remote sessions with uncompressed audio are possible only with Source-Connect Pro 3.1. John Binder, co-founder of Source-Elements states “With our extensive experience with remote connections of all types (including ISDN and IP) we realized that no public network is capable of 100% delivery of real-time, latency sensitive data. We needed to provide a solution for our customers so they could rely on the connections they were using and allow them to focus on the project at hand – not technical issues.” Source elements Co-founder Robert Marshall adds “Making affordable, world wide, high quality, real-time synchronized audio connections was possibly the first major revolution in remote audio collaboration. Making the process of reliably and simply recording and running a session in real time from a remote location and having fully uncompressed PCM audio seamlessly integrated into the workflow a reality is a second revolution that will push all types of remote audio collaboration to new levels.”

Robert Marshall co-founder of Source-Elements states “The initial release of Auto Restore and Replace was ground-breaking, Source-Connect 3.1 simply makes the entire system easier to implement and more reliable.” Auto Restore and Auto Replace ensure the ability to record remotely located talent at the quality level you decide you want to work at, not the quality your Internet provider decides. And now with Source-Connect 3.1 the entire process is even easier. Automatically.

John Binder and Robert Marshall formed Source Elements LLC in 2004. John and Robert are the founders and engineers of one of the country’s premier sound design and post production houses with a combined thirty five years experience in audio production and post. Their direct and daily experience with the tools and methods used globally give them a precise understanding of both the needs of today’s modern sound studio and the desires of those who work in them. Their interest in providing themselves with better tools led to the formation of Source Elements, a company dedicated to providing remote connectivity solutions to the professional audio market.

Source-Connect 3.1 Features

Source-Connect 3.1 is 100% compatible with all previous and future versions of Source-Connect 3.x and 2.9.

  • FTP for replace option. P2P is faster for Restore, but FTP is more reliable for Replace, so you can now choose to have this by default in the Advanced panel.
  • Q Requests: Clearly marked ‘current session’ activity in the Activity panel.
  • Q Requests: Manually scanned files show the actual status, e.g ‘ Q not present’ in case you are verifying an unknown file
  • Q Uploads: Export session. you can now export an entire session as an mp4 or wav (if Replace was checked during the session). So, if there are issues with the final restore or replace process the user who was sending you a signal can now export that entire session as a .wav or .aif file.
  • Q Uploads: Indication of the size of the Q Data folder.
  • Q Uploads: Remove all session data. You can now remove at a single click all stored session data after completion of your session. General network improvements to resolve ‘Waiting for request’ errors.

Auto-Restore and Replace over VPN is now available.

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