Avid S6 powers Twickenham Studios’ near-field room

Avid S6 powers Twickenham Studios’ near-field room

This May, Twickenham Studios added a new audio suite to their already impressive lineup. Theatre 4 is the studios’ new near-field environment, and has already been put to work on television and film projects. 

At the heart of the room is Avid’s scalable, customisable S6-M40, which in Twickenham’s configuration has 24 faders, five knobs and and a Master Post Module.

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This sound mixing/monitoring master module is an option which was added to the S6 system that enables the mixers to switch between recorded tracks/stems and their inputs and punch into record. It offers two rows of 10 PEC/DIRECT paddles, each with solo and mute buttons, and an OLED display to view track/stem names

“Twickenham Studios have been in operation for over 100 years, and it’s a privilege to be part of their development and help them continue that legacy,” said Joffrey Ghiringhelli, Head of Business Development for Pro Audio at Jigsaw24. “The flexibility and power of the S6 mean it’s the ideal choice for anyone designing a room to meet Dolby standards.”

Theatre 4 runs one Pro Tools HDX1, one HDX2 and one HDX3 system all on 12 Core Mac Pros with 64GB RAM, and is equipped with Avid MTRX audio interfaces, which combine flexible routing and monitor control with DAD’s legendary AD/DA convertors.

The room is configured for immersive audio, and its Dynaudio monitor array supports formats up to 7.1.4 in conjunction with the Dolby Atmos plug-in for home entertainment mixing. BSS speaker management is in use, allowing anyone to switch between mixing for television or cinema deliverables.

Remote working is also enabled by an Adderlink Infinity KVM system and a GB Labs SAN storage system over fibre has recently been installed to take care of all storage needs.

“Since its inception, Theatre 4 has grown to be a popular room with our clients and in house mixers alike,” said Twickenham Studios. “The Dynaudio BM15 screen and BM6A surround combination delivers a detailed and smooth listening environment, making it a perfect solution for this type of mixing environment.

“For a multi-format room such as this, we needed a certain degree of flexibility, which is why we opted for an Avid S6 controller coupled with a BSS speaker management solution. It is now one of our busiest rooms, catering for all of our Theatrical Mix Home Theatre deliverables, as well as original TV content for clients such as Netflix, BBC, Amazon and AMC.”

You can find out more about Theatre 4 here. If you want to know more about the S6 and our other audio solutions, 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.

View from the front: Mix with the Pros Atmos edition

View from the front: Mix with the Pros Atmos edition

On 26th October, we hosted the seventh instalment of our hugely popular Mix With the Pros series of events. This time, we tackled Dolby Atmos mixing, with presenters from Avid, Dolby, Sound Technology and Focusrite all offering advice on how to build your Atmos mixing environment and workflow. 

Big thanks to all of you who attended, to our speakers for their incredibly informative presentations, and to Pro Tools Expert for their lovely write up.

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Avid’s Simon Sherbourne was first out of the gate, talking about the new 3D-friendly tools that are coming to Pro Tools in the 12.8.2 update that was announced at AES. The update links the front and rear pan parameters for easier object panning (which Simon was kind enough to demonstrate on our S6), and makes it easier for you to test out your proposed Atmos mix in 7.1.2 before committing to a final mix. It’s also worth noting that Simon managed to do all this with just a MacBook Pro, proving you don’t need as much power as you’d think to run the Atmos Production Suite software.

After that, Dolby’s James Shannon took to the stage to explain the different requirements for Atmos Home and Theatrical certifications, and the investments needed to reach Dolby Premier Studio status.

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And while chasing premier status does mean incurring upfront costs, Sound Technology’s Ben Todd was on hand to showcase the reassuringly reasonably priced JBL Intonato speaker management system, which we’ve praised elsewhere.

Finally, Focusrite’s Simon Short dropped by to give us a crash course in Dante, the audio-over-IP solution that’s increasingly popular among pros who are dealing with immersive mixes. He also spoke about the Rednet X2P and Red 16Line interfaces (we’re very keen on the 16Line, as we’ve mentioned before) which he was kind enough to bring a long for us to have a look at.

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Fancy joining us for a beer and some industry gossip? You can see our upcoming events here. If you were at Mix with the Pros and want to talk to the team about anything you saw there, get in touch on the details below.

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.

NAB 2017: Avid Pro Tools to provide native Dolby Atmos mixing

NAB 2017: Avid Pro Tools to provide native Dolby Atmos mixing

Avid and Dolby collaboration delivers the industry’s deepest integration and the most efficient audio mixing workflows for powerful immersive audio experiences.

Avid have announced that the forthcoming release of Avid Pro Tools, the leading professional digital audio workstation, will offer native Dolby Atmos mixing. Through a collaboration between Avid and Dolby, Pro Tools will streamline complex workflows and facilitate the most fluid, efficient audio mixing for the leading immersive audio format.

This collaboration is a further demonstration of Avid’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimise media. Avid will showcase Pro Tools with native Dolby Atmos mixing at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

Pro Tools will feature a comprehensive suite of Dolby Atmos workflows to enable audio post professionals to work more fluidly in the multi-channel and object-based audio format. New features will include built-in Dolby Atmos panning, deep Avid pro mixing control surface integration, advanced automation with the Dolby Rendering and Mastering Unit (RMU), and more. And as a key component of the Avid MediaCentral Platform – the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient media platform – Pro Tools delivers the most integrated end-to-end workflow in the industry.

“Dolby Atmos is becoming the hottest thing in cinema and home theatre, enabling filmmakers to deliver bigger, more immersive audio experiences,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “We’ve worked closely with Dolby to deliver an unparalleled workflow to empower our user community of world-class audio professionals to raise the bar for immersive sound in movies, TV, music, and video games. It’s another example of the deeply integrated workflow you won’t find anywhere else, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform.”

Pro Tools enhancements include support for Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 audio stems with built-in fold-down logic. On-the-fly switching and automation between surround and object outputs give mixers the ultimate flexibility. For the most fluid re-recording workflows, Pro Tools also synchronises audio and automation punches between input and playback modes in conjunction with the Dolby RMU. And support for ADM BWAV files, containing object metadata, makes remixing more efficient and economical for repurposing content.

Combined with Pro Tools | S6 and Pro Tools | HD, the premium suite of Dolby Atmos mixing tools delivers the most powerful, integrated and affordable solution for mixing Dolby Atmos soundtracks for theatrical releases. Dolby Atmos support for the fully cloud-enabled Pro Tools application enables customers to futureproof their workflows and make mixing for immersive content a flexible, collaborative process.

Availability

Pro Tools with native Dolby Atmos mixing will be available in Q2 2017.

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