Meet the experts: Matt Ward

After stints at London’s Metropolis, Strongroom Studios and Air Studios, engineer Matt Ward joined the root6 audio team five years ago. He’s a fully paid up member of the AES, IEEE, SMPTE and IET, and is your go-to for any questions about acoustics, speaker alignment and audio over IP. 

“I started off as a bench engineer, but then I was recruited by Metropolis Studios and spent the best part of five years as part of the engineering team for their studios, while also helping people out in the mastering and DVD authoring facilities. After that, I was the technical manager of Strongroom Studios until they bought out Air and set up Air Post, which is now part of the Splice Group. So I was the technical manager at Strongroom, I was the lead engineer as they moved into video and audio for post, and I led the technical build for their custom post facility.”

Bringing together Atmos and Auro

“The first big build I got involved in at Jigsaw24 was the ITV move from Quay Street to MediaCityUK. Over the years I’ve also built a lot of digital cinema QC environments, and in the last year I’ve built four Atmos rooms. I was also involved in building one of the very few dual purpose Atmos and Auro cinemas in the world, which involved a lot of custom configuration to get them both through the same speakers. I tend to specialise in acoustic measurements and audio facilities, and I do their builds from the ground up, including all the wiring and system configuration.”

It’s time to accept shared storage

“I know as audio guys we’re all meant to hate shared storage because it doesn’t work, but things are changing. Products like the DDP range really do work and, alongside network audio, are really making people’s workflows much better. We’ve just installed the DDP platform for two of the market leaders in audio post-production, and they both love it.”

Evolving networked audio

“I think people are only just getting to grips with what you can do with networked audio. There’s room there for very complex audio systems, but you need a certain amount of experience to take advantage of the technology like that, and not just use the most primitive functions. But people are really interested in getting there – I was at AES earlier in the year, and I would say 50% of the conversations going on at the show were about networked audio. It’s a massive growth area.”

Getting over IP

“Outside of audio, I do a lot of datacentre integration for our production customers, taking care of the network topology of the 40Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb connections they need. I’m particularly involved in the big KVM over IP installations we do with Amulet Hotkey and Leostream connection brokering. So if you know anyone with questions about speaker alignment, fibre multiplexing or remote collaborative working, send them my way.”

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