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Gefen Switchers Integrate with Euphonix System to Create Digital State-of-the-Art Professional Audio/Video Mixing Environment

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Some might call it visionary but to John Ross, the new Euphonix digital 5-MC is simply a cutting-edge console designed for today’s digital HD realm.

This notable sound supervisor, sound editor and dubbing mixer, whose most recent project is “Take the Lead” starring Antonio Bandaras, has created a unique and ultra-modern method of mixing that incorporates every system component into the central Euphonix System 5-MC control surface to create a total free flowing environment.

“To provide the ultimate creative environment, I knew we needed to be looking at the very best, and listening to the very best,” said Ross.

To do that, Ross made the decision to stay in the digital realm, using the Euphonix dual-operator System 5-MC integrated DAW controller as the command center, linked to four Pro Tools running on Mac G5s, three Nuendos on AMD quad PCs and V-Cube for high resolution projection on the BARCO DP 70 projector.

A matrix of Gefen’s 4×2 DVI Switchers played a vital role in the system’s workflow by enabling each of the operators to switch control and screens between the seven main workstations and four Apple Cinema Displays running 1920×1200 resolutions. The Gefen DVI Switches interface directly to the Euphonix System 5-MC via GPI switch contacts driven from the console for seamless workflow switching.

Euphonix recommend Gefen Switches for use with their System 5-MC controller range.

“We selected the Gefen boxes because of the company’s knowledge of digital video distribution and the quality of its’ hardware,” said Ross. “We can pull up multiple layers and assign software keys to switch software, Ethernet levels plus hardware and USB control to create a true multi-platform mixing console.”

Ross credits the entire system with helping him operate on a higher level by creating a true free flow of information where HD playback and thousands of audio tracks are instantly available.

“With the advent and continued growth of HDTV, it seems likely that more and more companies will heed the example set by Euphonix and Gefen by re-examining the wheel and re-thinking what can be achieved in the digital realm.”

View the workflow diagram on this page:

System 5-MC 2 Operator Block Diagram based on John Ross Installation:

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Room photo:

John Ross’ Dubbing Theater with an 88 Fader Dual Operator System 5-MC:

About Euphonix
Celebrating its 18th Year Anniversary in 2006, Euphonix is a leading manufacturer of large format digital audio consoles and digital recording equipment that has satisfied users worldwide in broadcast, post, live sound, and music production. Key products include Max Air and System 5 consoles plus the System 5-MC and the MC DAW controllers. Euphonix can be reached at (650) 855-0400 or on the Web at

About Gefen:
A leader in the high definition digital domain, Gefen delivers advanced technologies with multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion capabilities. Gefen equipment is utilized all over the world in professional AV/IT and consumer electronics/home theater environments. Their add-on hardware maximizes system functionality and enhances operability by enabling AV systems to go beyond their original capabilties. Solutions support an array of connectivity interfaces including HDMI, DVI, dual link DVI, HD-SDI, SDI, VGA, RCA, USB, Firewire and RS-232. A selection of high quality cabling is also available. Additional information may be found at

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