Takelog Systems


Sony P2
RS232 and RS422

Takelog Systems is proud to give a preview of:

Lumberjack - The Logging System

Available in 2004


For all Recording Engineers, Tape Ops, Sound Recordists, Film and TV Music Editors - Lumberjack is your dreams come true!

Sure, you love your job. But donít you just hate the grinding tedium of endlessly writing down timecodes and laboriously filling in labels for all your DATs, M-O discs, Multitrack tapes, Track Sheets etc?

Let Lumberjack take the hassle out of your life!

Complete Solution

Lumberjack, The Logging System, is your complete recording session management solution. Running on any Windows PC it handles all the tedious tasks of a recording session - controlling the recording machines, logging start and end times, and printing take lists and box labels. As an added bonus, it also has the most advanced timecode calculators on the market - handling all timecode formats, film rates, delay times, tempos, take durations, pitches, sample rates, varispeed percentages etc.

Easy To Use

Lumberjack is incredibly easy to use. After no more than a couple of hours training, you will be able to operate it in your sleep. But you wonít want to sleep, because Lumberjack frees you from all the boring chores of recording sessions, and lets you get back to the real reason you wanted to work in the industry in the first place - great music!

For example, logging a new take is as simple as hitting the space bar. In an instant, the timecodes of up to four recording machines will be captured, and the new take number stored as a Program ID on suitable DAT and Genex machines. If it was a false start, simply hit the F key when the musicians start playing again. Once the take is finished, press E and the end time will be logged and the take duration calculated automatically.

Impress The Producer

When it comes to playing back, it is just as easy. If you want to play back Take 26, just press T26P, which will locate the playback machine(s) to the final start of Take 26, after any false starts, preroll a few seconds (user adjustable) and go into play. If you are using a digital audio workstation or a disc-based system, such as a Genex GX8000 M-O disc recorder, this is all instantaneous. If you then want to move a minute and a half forward, simply press +130P. Commands can be joined together, so if you wanted to locate to a point 1 minute 25 seconds into take 42 and go into stop, you would press T42+125L.

No More Pens, No More Sore Fingers

When the session is over, Lumberjack can quickly print out all your take lists and box labels. A fast print preview helps to prevent unnecessary paper wastage. Lumberjack ships with a large set of label templates, which you can modify to suit your own company stationery, using the integrated report designer.

Integrates Into Your System

Lumberjack can export most common EDL formats, and can create Sonic Solutions Project files. It will import word processor files, enabling it to be used as a highly efficient spotting tool for film music editors.

High Reliability - No Worries

Lumberjack is the second generation product from Takelog Systems. The original product - Takelog - was developed at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, and has been used on literally thousands of recording sessions with major recording artists, from Rock/Pop to Classical to Film Scores. In over eight years of use it has crashed only twice - a testimony to the quality of the software engineering. The same care and attention to detail that made Takelog such a success has been lavished on Lumberjack, resulting in a product that will work straight out of the box - first time, every time. You can rely on Lumberjack!

Available Soon

Lumberjack will available in 2004 for an unbelievable price. Upgrades from the older Takelog system will simply be the difference in cost, so you've nothing to lose.

Click here for a comparison between Takelog and Lumberjack.


bulletCompletely independent control of up to four separate machines using Sony 9-pin (P2) control.
bulletEach machine uses one PC serial port (larger numbers of machines can be controlled - with limited functionality - by connecting more than one machine to each serial port).
bulletAutomatically configures to suit the type of machine that is attached (current library of about 200 recognised machine types - settings can be overridden).
bulletLogging of start times and end times for up to four separate machines. Can log Control Track or Timecode Track values for suitable machines.
bulletFast, easy editing of takelist data - timecodes and comments.
bulletAutomatic writing of Take Number as a Program Number ID to suitable DAT machines.
bulletAutomatic writing of Take Number, False Start and End Point events to Genex machines.
bulletExtremely easy to use machine control functions - for transport control, locating and playbacks.
bulletFavourite window layouts can be stored and recalled instantly.
bulletPractical, fast and convenient to operate without touching the mouse. Virtually every function can be achieved a number of different ways, in accordance with user preference.
bulletMultitrack track sheets.
bulletComprehensive Report and Label printing for all major tape and disc formats.
bulletReports and Labels can be saved as Adobe PDF, HTML or Text files
bulletThe user can create custom report and label definitions using the built-in Report Designer. Lumberjack includes a large set of templates, enabling easy modification to suit the userís own stationery.
bulletFast scrollable, zoomable print preview screen.
bulletCan import text and rich-text-format files (e.g. film scripts) into the takelist Comment fields, making Lumberjack very suitable for film music spotting sessions.
bulletSearch and replace in the Comments field enables easy locating of script lines.
bulletAll singing, all dancing timecode calculator. Can convert/calculate between any of the following time-related measurements:
bulletTimecode - all rates including true 29.97 to 8 decimal places
bulletTempo - BPM to 3 decimal places
bulletFilm - 16mm and 35mm
bulletBars and Beats, including triplets and compound measures
bulletReal time
bulletSamples - at any sample rate
bulletPitch Calculator. Can convert between any of the following pitch-related measurements:
bulletAnalogue tape speed
bulletSample Rates
bulletVarispeed percentages
bulletMusical notes (semitones)
bulletMusical frequencies (e.g. A=440Hz)
bulletCustomisable video insertion display using optional CueLine Streamer Box.
bulletDiagnostic screen for serial port status - aids easy tracking down of communications errors.
bulletProject-based file format - e.g. data for multiple recording and mixing sessions (each using different types of machine) stored within the one project file.
bulletFile format is Microsoft Access compatible, and can be shared across a network.
bulletCan export most common EDL formats, allowing automated loading into various digital audio and video workstations.
bulletCan export Sonic Solutions Project files.
bulletCan import Takelog 1.07 takelist files.

System Requirements

bulletIBM-PC compatible computer
bulletPentium 500MHz or faster processor
bulletMicrosoft Windows 98, ME, NT4, 2000 or XP
bullet64MB RAM
bullet20MB free Hard Disc space
bulletOne to four serial ports (one machine per port). If using standard PC RS232 ports, then an RS232-RS422 converter will be required. However, it is possible to fit RS422 ports to a PC, enabling direct connection to the recording machines. Options for RS422 ports include PCI cards for internal mounting, PCMCIA cards for laptops, and USB boxes for just about anything. Takelog Systems can advise on recommended solutions. See here for details.
bulletWindows compatible printer
bulletParallel printer port or USB port (for security "dongle")
bulletCD-ROM drive
bullet(Optional) MIDI port and CueLine Streamer Box for on-screen video-inserted display of Lumberjack data.


Click on any of the images to see them full size

main2.gif (305949 bytes) Main Screen - showing Project and Machine Managers, and Transport Controls
main1.gif (299666 bytes) Main Screen - showing Project Manager, Takelist, and Transport Controls
takelist.gif (99772 bytes) Takelist screen
CommentEdit.gif (60573 bytes) Comment screen
PrintOptions.gif (72827 bytes) Print Setup screen
PrintPreview1.gif (49213 bytes) Takelist Print Preview
PrintPreview2.gif (40467 bytes) Genex Label Print Preview
TransportControls.gif (32620 bytes) Transport Controls
MainToolbar.gif (18681 bytes) Master Controls Bar
SelectTake.gif (15755 bytes) Select Take and Offset for Locating
GeneralOptions.gif (89067 bytes) System Options screen
UserDetails.gif (66936 bytes) Client Details options screen
CueLineOptions.gif (83707 bytes) CueLine Streamer Box options screen
CueLineSimulator.gif (38567 bytes) CueLine on-screen simulator
Motion Indicator
TimeCalculator.gif (83788 bytes) Time Calculator
Diagnostics.gif (134198 bytes) Serial Port Diagnostics
VirtualMachines.gif (123745 bytes) Virtual Machines (used for testing and training)
FindReplace.gif (22133 bytes) Find and Replace Comments
TCGenerator.gif (42820 bytes) Timecode Generator
TempoConverter.gif (79809 bytes) Tempo Converter
TCConverter.gif (45808 bytes) Timecode Converter
Pitch Converter

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