Minds Studio Intelligent Controller provides the
foundation for portable, scalable, expandable, reliable,
easy-to-use, easily integrated, and easily upgradable
products. All Young Minds CD and DVD recording solutions
use the Studio Intelligent Controller.
the Studio Intelligent Controller as a starting
point, adding different modules lets you build a
solution that evolves with your production and capacity
requirements. Adding an internal CD-R drive turns
the Studio Controller into CD Studio+, which easily
scales to become PowerCD Studio, DVD Studio, PowerDVD
Studio, and the MaximumPower Studio (MPS4+, rack-mounted
array of from 2 to 4 redundant, independent controllers).
and scalability are perhaps the most important benefits
that derive from the Studio Intelligent Controller.
Adding DVD-R and/or automated production capability
to a Studio Controller requires only firmware and
software upgrades. There is no need to change or
install new drivers. When upgrading to automated
production, Young Minds also provides an optional
suite of Java-based CD-R/DVD-R workflow applications
that further simplify use and system integration.
Studio Intelligent Controller minimizes some, and
eliminates most, of the environmental variables
that can negatively impact the CD and DVD recording
variables include background tasks associated with
the operating system (daemons), other applications
(background or foreground), system resource load,
amount of free disk space, disk rotational speed,
amount of disk fragmentation, integrity of the SCSI
bus, and network traffic.
variance from nominal values in any one of these
(and other) areas at any time during the recording
process often results in producing unreadable discs.
addition to mitigating environmental concerns, the
Studio Intelligent Controller provides other significant
benefits, including the ability to record data residing
across the network and the ability to record discs
while other user tasks and applications are running.
Intelligent Controller attaches via a SCSI connection
to a host computer. The host can be connected to
the network, can be either a workstation or server,
and can run all other tasks/functions while running
the Studio Intelligent Controller.
CD-R writer, DVD-R writer, or autoloader (with writers)
attaches via a dedicated SCSI connection to the
Studio Intelligent Controller. The CD-R writer can
be either installed in the CD Studio Intelligent
Controller (internal unit) or can be external as
a standalone unit. DVD-R writers must be installed
externally due to thermal requirements. In automated
solutions (Power Studio and MPS4), the writers are
installed in a robotic disc autoloader.
software (MakeDisc) is installed on a workstation
or server. The function of this software is to prepare
("premaster") the data you will be recording on
CD or DVD. The Studio Intelligent Controller and
recorder do NOT have to be attached to this host;
however that is the normal configuration. Network
traffic is usually minimized if the Studio Intelligent
Controller attaches directly to the host.
Studio Intelligent Controller uses native tape device
drivers that are already built into your operating
system. The type of tape device that Intelligent
Controller emulates is determined by the operating
system. In most cases, the Studio Intelligent Controller
emulates an Exabyte 8200 tape drive.