Meet the experts: David ‘Saxon’ Greenep

Meet the experts: David ‘Saxon’ Greenep

David ‘Saxon’ Greenep spent ten years as an in-house mix engineer and producer for EMI and Mute Records, racking up an impressive discography while also working as a musician and composer. He brings a wealth of music production experience to our team, and is the one you want to get hold of to discuss production kit, mixing, and what it’s like to be in a band with Dave Gahan. 

Who’s sick of hearing about sound for picture? 

“If anyone has any questions about music-based production gear, that’s obviously been a huge part of my career and I’m the one in the team to speak to about that. We have Avid S6 and S3 mixing consoles in our demo room, and if you’ve got questions about those, I can run you through them. I think the S6 is evolving into something special, because with every single software update it gets, it gains new aspects that enhance your audio workflow, and I think the speed it’s growing at is pretty exciting. Some of the things it can do right now are pretty awesome. Just drop me an email to book a demo.”

Updating iconic studios

“We’re working on a lot of rooms with really interesting Dante networking in them – a lot of studios now have come up with really cool ways on routing audio via Dante, and achieving Dolby requirements with great new gear such as the JBL Intonato. Halo’s studio is definitely one of them, and a pretty iconic room to have worked on. Their Head of Audio Richard Addis is great, as anyone who’s heard him talking about sound design for VR will know.”

The Atmos whisperer

“Upgrading studios to Atmos-certified rooms is very much my speciality at the moment. A lot of people have 5.1 and 7.1 rooms that they’re trying to upgrade to Atmos pre-mix rooms or full Atmos certified rooms, as their high end feature customers are looking for that certification before they’ll use the room. A lot of facilities we speak to aren’t sure what the requirements for the different certifications are, which is something we can help with, as well as providing the actual hardware and working with you to configure their rooms.”

Avid welcomes Ambisonics 

“Ambisonics is a spherical system for 3D sound that’s popular for VR audio, and that it’s now integrated into Pro Tools in the same way that they integrated Atmos panning is very interesting. They’re also including Facebook’s Spatial Workstation plug-in as part of Pro Tools | HD as standard now, so it’ll be far easier for people to mix audio for 360 degree video and VR headsets.”

If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get immersed in the Sennheiser AMBEO VR mic

Get immersed in the Sennheiser AMBEO VR mic

If you’re creating virtual reality video and want to match your VR video content with proper VR audio too, take a look at Sennheiser’s new AMBEO VR mic, designed to seamlessly record 3D immersive audio for captivating VR experiences.

 
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From the outside, the AMBEO VR looks and feels like any other Sennheiser mic, but it’s the clever bits inside that give it its VR capturing capabilities. Fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement, the ambisonic mic captures the sound that surrounds you from a single point, giving you fully-spherical, 360-degree sound to complement your VR video content – all in an easy-to-use, elegant design.

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The Sennheiser AMBEO VR has been developed in conjunction with virtual reality content creators, and with cinematic VR in mind, as well as live action capture for traditional film. Other uses also include live-streamed virtual reality content, live-streamed content for sports or current events, and audio capture for virtual reality games and other interactive VR content. Bundled in with the mic is also Sennheiser’s A-B encoder software plugin, which can be seamlessly embedded in your post-production process. Check out the recording workflow diagram below for an idea of how it all works:

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Those Sennheiser AMBEO VR key features at a glance:

– Single-point microphone for Virtual Reality content.
– Four matched capsules in a tetrahedral cluster.
– Captures spherical, fully spatial audio in Ambisonics format.
– Pairs well with 360/VR video capture.
– Portable and rugged for various recording conditions.
– A to B format encoder included: VST and AAX (for Mac and Windows; a standalone version will be available at a later date).

Want to know more about the Sennheiser AMBEO VR microphone? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

The view from the front: Mix with the Pros 3D

The view from the front: Mix with the Pros 3D

Missed our 3D sound event? You’re in luck. A couple of attendees – familiar MWTP face James Ivey from Pro Tools Expert and the new, more mysteriously named Statis from Beatnik TV – have kindly done everyone else a massive favour by rounding up the event.

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Statis’ latest vlog over at Beatnik TV explains that “the event is devoted to helping audio professionals understand and work with the limitations and opportunities of [3D mix downs and sound for virtual reality]. From how to mix audio in 3D space to how to work with the issues created by movement in virtual realities, the event covered a huge range of the hurdles facing everyone working in these new sectors.” His video, below, features highlights of some of the day’s demos from Dolby, Sennheiser and more. (He also visited a very cool-looking graffiti show in the same episode, so you can brush up on your street art at the same time).

For a more detailed rundown of who said what, head over to Pro Tools Expert for James Ivey’s writeup, where insights include the fact that the S6 “can be used alongside any Eucon compatible application like Apple’s Logic Pro and because the S6 can address multiple machines and DAWs at the same time you can have different faders or banks of faders assigned to the different DAWs  at the same time. So you can have a group of virtual instrument channels from Logic running on the same surface as your dialog channels from Pro Tools.”

(There’s also a nice overview of the different speakers’ topics – useful in case you ever need to make small talk with Richard Addis or need to know who to direct your Dolby questions to).

Pro Tools Expert also managed to grab Avid’s Rich Nevens for a sit-down interview in our highly photogenic Steampunk demo room. Watch below for an overview on Rich’s journey to Avid’s Director of Strategic Solutions, and what Avid are planning for the future.

Thanks very much to James and Statis for a) dropping by and b) taking the time to give us such positive write ups – hope to see you next time, guys!

Missed out on Mix with the Pros? Our next instalment will be in early 2017, so keep an eye on our events page for dates, as well as a whole host of other upcoming audio-related events you might be interested in.

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Want to know more about 3D mixing or sound for VR? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Steampunk demo studio at Jigsaw24 Soho

Steampunk demo studio at Jigsaw24 Soho

Imagine there was a demo facility right in the heart of Soho, central London, that offered the best possible environment to check out the latest and greatest post-production workflow solutions. Wouldn’t that be cool? Welcome to ‘Steampunk’ at Jigsaw24, Golden Square.

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Avid Everywhere

As one of the few Avid Elite Partners for audio, video and storage in the world, we offer a comprehensive range of solutions for anyone who wants to integrate the industry-leading power of Pro Tools with Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter, the complete range of NEXIS storage solutions and additionally ‘Avid Everywhere’ in The Cloud.

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Audio Post-Production

‘Steampunk’ is installed with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 & Pro Tools | S3 control surfaces, along with a JBL Professional LSR7 Dolby Atmos premix capable 7.1.4 monitoring system and the superb sounding, highly innovative DAD AX32 and Trinnov D-Mon EUCON-enabled audio interfaces.

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Video Post-Production

From custom NLE workstations and shared storage to AS-11 delivery, our status as an Apple Solution Expert, Avid Elite Partner and Adobe Platinum Reseller means we’ve got you covered for the all major non-linear editing applications.

Grading and Finishing

Jigsaw24 is the UK’s only authorised provider of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Revival on Linux and can provide advice on setups covering on-set cuts to final grade.

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Storage and infrastructure

As well as offering desktop and rack-mount DAS, NAS and RAID storage, we can help you develop intelligent shared storage and asset management solutions. Featured brands are the Avid range of NEXIS solutions, GB Labs and G-Technology.

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On hand to enable the best possible ‘test-drive’ experience is our team of post-production experts – talented, industry-respected, ‘go-to’ guys with lots of real world experience. Whether you’re looking at installing an audio suite, a video editing or grading suite, or a complete post-production facility, Steampunk is purpose-built to provide the optimum environment.

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The Jigsaw24 ‘Steampunk’ demo facility is bookable by appointment. For further information, please contact: soho@Jigsaw24.com or call: 03332 409 285.