ASG Named One Of Systems Contractor News’ “Top 50 Systems Integrators of 2020”

Systems Contractor News, one of the most highly respected publications serving the world of AV systems integration, has named Advanced Systems Group (ASG) as one the their “Top 50 Systems Integrators of 2020“.

In an article in their December 2020 issue, the magazine based their findings on a combination of factors that included the revenue of each integrator averaged over the previous three-year period, as well as the number of installations performed, the size of the integration firm based on number of employees and locations, and other considerations. Out of thousands of systems integration firms across the country, ASG was ranked 20th on this year’s list.

In a message sent to all employees in regard to the placement on SCN’s annual list, ASG president Dave Van Hoy stated, “This is a reflection of everyone’s hard and diligent work in every single area of the company. I want to use this as a moment to recognize that hard work you put in every day and thank each and every one of you.”

Per information provided in the SCN story, ASG averaged $77 million in revenue each year over the 2018-2020 period, with an average number of 54 installations each year.

About ASG:

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and event management. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Avid Introduces Pro Tools | Carbon

Avid has announced Pro Tools | Carbon, an AVB-connected, hybrid DSP and native audio interface. Pro Tools | Carbon is a new breed of audio interface—built to capture brilliance. It’s a hybrid audio production system that features incredible sound quality and combines the power of your native CPU with onboard HDX DSP acceleration.

The interface features 25 inputs: eight mic pre/line in, 16 channels of ADAT optical, Talkback mic, four mic pres with variable impedance (for inputs 5/6/7/8), two instrument inputs (1&2) with variable impedance, and the Talkback mic on front panel, which appears in the Pro Tools IO setup. There are also 34 outputs: eight line outs, studio monitor outputs, 16 channels of ADAT optical, and four stereo headphone outs.

Who is Carbon For?

With eight mic pres, two dedicated GTR/instr inputs with variable Z, and 16 inputs via ADAT optical format, recording bands or intricate setups is easy and flexible with 24 simultaneous inputs. Carbon comes with a one-year subscription license of Pro Tools software, and with the hybrid DSP workflow, multitrack recording sessions with near-zero latency is no longer the exclusive domain of Pro Tools Ultimate HDX systems.

AVB: Audio Video Bridging

AVB (Audio Video Bridging) is an extension to the Ethernet standard, designed to provide guaranteed quality of service, which means that audio latency in a given AVB system is consistent. AVB allows you to create a single network for audio, video, and control data, using an AVB-compatible
switch. AVB is compatible with AES67, but is not directly compatible with Dante or Ravenna. Carbon uses a direct connection to the computer Ethernet port for lowest possible latency values. Many other audio devices and manufacturers use AVB, including Avid’s own live console, the S6L series.

Comes with Plug-Ins

Carbon comes with 115 AAX plugins, including UVI Falcon, Avid Complete Plugin bundle, and HEAT. Additional 3rd party plugins that come with Carbon (with permanent licenses) include Arturia Rev PLATE -140, Brainworx: bx_console N, Brainworx: bx_rockrack, Brainworx: bx_masterdesk, Brainworx: Purple Audio MC77, Embody Immerse Virtual Studio, McDSP 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip HD, Native Instruments Vintage Organs, and UVI Model D Grand Piano.

Includes Pro Tools 2020.11

The latest updates to Avid’s industry standard DAW software include Audio-to-MIDI drag and drop conversion, Space Clips command, Direct ADM Import/Export to speed ATMOS workflows, a new Dark theme GUI option, and the return of bounce-to-Quicktime video capabilities in Catalina.

ASG: Your Pro Tools | Carbon Experts!

ASG has been creating Pro Tools systems for audio and video professionals since day one. If you have questions about Pro Tools | Carbon, contact our Avid factory expert Collyer Spreen at collyer@asgllc.com or 214-850-0025.

Limited-Time Offer: Get cineX Everything for $995

Here is a fantastic special, limited-time offer for ASG customers. Between August 31 and October 15, 2020, you can purchase the cineX Everything license which includes all cineXtools for 85% off!

CineXtools is an easy video editing software that will save you a ton of time making changes to your videos.

Here’s what you get for $995:
A one year license with a Total Value: $8,040

• cineXtools: All Codecs (ProRes, AVC, XAVC, DNxHD/HR, XDCAM, JPEG2000, & H.264!)
• Closed Captions editor, AS11 metadata editor, Remote Insert tool
• cineXplugins: All Codecs
• cineXmeta: All Wrapper support
Best of all, you keep the promo price forever

Learn more about cineX Everything here, and register to lock in your price!

ASG Ships Remote Production Kits as Clients Face At-Home Content Creation Challenges

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., MAY 11, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced it has shipped more than 175 remote production kits to its clients over the past two months, as content creators have continued to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The broadcast technical community has stepped up with creative solutions to enable video production to continue outside of traditional studio environments, and corporate communications professionals have followed suit,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “As an industry, we have learned the importance of providing high-quality equipment for content creators working from home. Our remote production kits are helping clients produce professional results despite the inherent limitations of at-home productions.”

Designed to accommodate various levels of expertise, ASG’s remote production kits collect the equipment necessary to produce and stream professional video content, including lighting kits, laptops, high-quality microphones, and DSLR cameras with desktop tripods and prompters. While working around current equipment inventory shortages, ASG works with clients to customize each kit to meet the workflow requirements of specific production team members. 

ASG also provides training and best practices as needed for on-camera talent who are now responsible for their own production support. Units are available now and can be shipped directly to the homes of content creators for immediate deployment.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, Houston, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

VIDEO: Advanced System Group’s Dave Van Hoy Addresses Fate of At-Home Workflows in Post-Coronavirus World

ASG president Dave Van Hoy was interviewed by Kristian Hernandez of Sports Video Group (SVG) as part of their SportsTech On Demand video series. In this interview, Van Hoy addresses new at-home workflows for sports video professionals, the temporary and permanent impacts of remote production in live television, ways in which postproduction professionals are getting around the current limitations of using the internet to transport data, and how these workflows are speeding up the migration to the cloud.

ASG Strengthens Los Angeles Sales, Service Efforts with Industry Veteran Team of Kym Cannon and Kelli Clark

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., March 24, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced it has added the team of Kymberly Cannon and Kelli Clark to enhance sales and service efforts across Southern California. Cannon, a regional sales manager, and Clark, a solutions engineer, worked together at Quantum before joining ASG earlier this month.

Before Clark was a solutions architect at Quantum, she served for 23 years as the senior SAN/fiber channel architect and supervising engineer for 20th Century Fox, and also held technical roles for Pixar Animation Studios and Skywalker Sound. Cannon spent seven years as a regional sales manager for Quantum, often partnering with ASG on top strategic accounts. Previously, she was an account manager for Dell EMC/Isilon, HP, CommVault, and HDS.

While ASG has been an established media and entertainment service provider in Los Angeles for almost a decade, the company also supports high-end corporate video clients representing a diverse group of industries in the region. The Los Angeles office is led by Andy Darcy, who relocated to the market in 2018 after previously handling business development for ASG’s New York-based operations.

“This was a rare opportunity to recruit a successful industry team to our Los Angeles operations,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “With Kym and Kelli, we look forward to building our customer base across a number of vertical markets, growing our Managed Services efforts, and continuing to lead with service across Southern California.” 

Contact Kym Cannon at 310-562-4748 or via email at kym@asgllc.com. Contact Kelli Clark at 310-400-2404 or via email at kelli@asgllc.com

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, Houston, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Avid Offers Free Temporary Licenses: Media Composer, Pro Tools, More

BURLINGTON, MASS., Mar 16, 2020 — Avid announced a generous offer today designed to help people who have been affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak. To allow professionals to continue delivering projects and assignments while working remotely, Avid is providing temporary licenses of their creative tools to customers at no charge. From now through Friday, April 17, users who are working from home may obtain 90-day licenses free of charge for Media Composer | Ultimate, Pro Tools, Pro Tools | Ultimate and Sibelius | Ultimate. In addition, any student of an institution who uses Avid products and can no longer attend school and/or access school facilities can receive a 90-day license of the same products.

For complete details and to check eligibility to obtain a free temporary license, please use the following link.

How to obtain a free temporary license (PDF) >

ASG Welcomes Industry Veteran Steve Young to Lead Business Operations for Systems Integration

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., Dec. 3, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced Steve Young joined the company on Nov. 4 to direct business operations and organizational development for the company’s systems integration business.

An industry veteran, Young spent more than 15 years with Sony Electronics. As the director of system solutions, he managed the Sony Professional Solutions Project Delivery Group, and was responsible for developing and deploying broadcast, media and entertainment, and enterprise AV solutions. Most recently, he spent two years as COO for David Carroll Associates.

“We are very excited to welcome Steve to the ASG team,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He understands how to maximize technology and manage projects to deliver the best results for our customers.”

Young is based in the company’s main office in Emeryville. Contact Young at 510-654-8300 or syoung@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Michael Hession Joins ASG to Lead Financial Operations

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., Oct. 29, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced Michael Hession joined the company on Sept. 25 to manage business and financial operations. 

An industry veteran, Hession spent several years handling the finances for AKG Acoustics. When the company was acquired by Harman International, he was named CFO, vice president, and general manager of the Orban Division, which included Studer North America. He also co-founded Octiv, Inc., which was acquired by Plantronics in 2005. Previously, he served as vice president for finance and operations for Klotz Digital. Most recently, Hession served as director of finance for Nutiva. 

“Through his diverse background, Michael has proven himself to be a strong leader in financial operations,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He understands both the business and technical needs of our customers, which make him a valuable addition to the ASG team.”

Contact Hession at 510-654-8300 or mhession@asgllc.com

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Industry Veteran John Shike Joins ASG as Key Accounts Manager

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., May 1, 2019 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced John Shike joined the company in late March as a key accounts manager. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he will provide support to the growing list of top Silicon Valley companies that rely on ASG for video production, audio engineering, and media storage solutions. 

ASG Key Accounts Manager John Shike

Shike spent 18 years as a vice president with Snell Advanced Media, managing business development, marketing, and channel partners throughout North and South America. Previously, he served as the director of marketing and business development for Spruce Technologies, and was a board member for the Advanced Metadata Workflow Association during the creation of MXF and other file formats. Most recently, he was an account executive at VMI in Sunnyvale, Calif. Currently, Shike volunteers as the director of educators and educational institutions for SMPTE’s Membership Committee. 

“As we continue to grow our business in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, from systems integration to managed services, we’re very pleased to have someone with John’s experience to support the complex workflows for our high-tech clients in the area,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. 

Contact Shike at 510-654-8300 or jshike@asgllc.com

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and IT services on a temporary or ongoing basis. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.