Avid Pro Tools | Dock Control Surface

Avid Pro Tools | Dock Control Surface

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 welcomes the Pro Tools | Dock, a new compact, ergonomic, EUCON control surface designed to integrate with the free Pro Tools | Control iPad app.

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The Dock is based on the advanced touchscreen workflows on the Master Touch Module on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6. Both systems demonstrate the philosophy that mixers need the best of physical faders, knobs, and switches in conjunction with touchscreen technology for things like fast navigation, metering, and on-screen plug-in control – a true hybrid approach.

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When the Dock is paired with Pro Tools | S3, you gain complementary and enhanced functionality with the dedicated automation switches, transport controls, weighted aluminium jog wheel, colour-coded Soft Key switches, and more. Mixing deadlines have met their match!

Want to book a demo? drop an e-mail to our Pro Audio Solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Focusrite launch all-new flagship interface, the Red 4Pre

Focusrite launch all-new flagship interface, the Red 4Pre

Focusrite’s latest, the Red 4Pre interface, was launched to a heck of a buzz. Here are some key stats to tide you over until you can make it round our place for a demo.  


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The Red 4Pre is Focusrite’s new flagship interface, combining 58-in/64-out capacity with four of Focusrite’s digitally controlled mic preamps, high headroom inputs, Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and support for Pro Tools | HD, DigiLink and Dante support. As Focusrite explain:

“Focusrite’s 58-in/64-out Red 4Pre includes Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for our lowest round-trip latency, in whatever DAW you use, enabling you to track and overdub with your preferred plug-ins and effects in real time, simplifying your workflow. Drop the Red 4Pre immediately, directly and seamlessly into any Pro Tools | HD system, or use it with existing Avid interfaces, thanks to its twin DigiLink connectors. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of additional components such as hard drives and displays. Plus the Red 4Pre is network audio enabled right out of the box, with dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking, letting you expand your recording capability over Ethernet for up to 64 additional channels anywhere on your network, with low latency – and lower cost. Additional Red or other Dante-compatible components can be connected to the Ethernet ports of the Red 4Pre to provide additional channels irrespective of the interface used to drive the Red 4Pre.”

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What’s so special about those mic pres?

They’re Red Evolution mic pres, specially developed by Focusrite to “deliver a clear and honest audio performance with -129 dB EIN and 63dB of gain that allows plenty of room to bring your own sound to life with your choice of external processing. They also include our unique ‘Air’ effect, recreating the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA range. When ‘Air’ is enabled, the microphone impedance is set to 2.1kΩ and the frequency response curve is given a subtle mid-high boost – all in the analogue domain.”

What about the new converters?

Focusrite are touting them as the best they’ve ever made. They employ a new ‘parallel path summing’ configuration to lower the noise floor. Focusrite say, “Red 4Pre’s converter design strikes a precise balance between multiple factors – including dynamic range, distortion, noise floor and conversion latency – for the optimal overall sound. With 24-bit/192kHz sampling capability and 118dB(A-D)/121dB (D-A) dynamic range, it is ideal for high-resolution audio. The Red 4Pre delivers ≤0.0009% THD+Noise and a frequency response flat from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25 dB or better.” (Those numbers are apparently what you can expect for sustained periods in a real session, not just a maximum performance figure pulled from a spreadsheet, which makes it even more impressive.)

Is it easy to expand?

You can connect up to 64 additional channels to the Red 4Pre via Dante networking – a simple, single connection carrying both audio and built-in clocking over Ethernet.

“Whether the Red 4Pre is connected to the computer via Thunderbolt, DigiLink or Dante, simply connect units such as two RedNet A16R (32 channels of analogue I/O), four RedNet MP8R (32 channels of RedNet mic pre), or other Dante-enabled products via Ethernet as desired. Place mic preamps where the music is, and outputs where the sound needs to go – wherever there’s an Ethernet connection. Unlike daisy-chaining via Thunderbolt (which the Red 4Pre also supports), Dante lets you run additional channels over a greater distance, with low latency and lower cost, without wasting money on technology or connectivity that will not be used. And it will only get easier: look out for future enhancements offering complete plug and play Ethernet expansion functionality.”

What kind of control software does it come with?

“Red 4Pre includes the new Focusrite Control software, providing a straightforward and intuitive way to set up mixes and monitoring, as well as controlling the mic pres – recalling settings, assigning stereo pairs, adjusting gain and enabling features such as highpass filtering and phantom power. In addition, Red 4Pre is packaged with Softube’s Time and Tone Bundle – a unique plug-in pack including four of Softube’s professional quality plug-ins: Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. Also in the box is the Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range 2 and 3 equaliser and compressor hardware.”

When can I see it?

Mix with the Pros at Jigsaw24 Soho

Where can I buy it?

You can get yourself a Focusrite Red 4Pre here.

Want to know more? 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

Avid S6 success at Jigsaw24

Avid S6 success at Jigsaw24

We are proud to announce that since our appointment as an Avid Elite Reseller for Audio in July 2015, Jigsaw24 has enjoyed major success in supplying Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surfaces. Installs have been deployed in a number of the UK’s premier audio production facilities, including: Abbey Road Institute, Airborn Productions, Evolutions, Halo Post, Splice Post and Sound24.

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In August 2015, we installed a 16 fader S6/M40 in the world-renowned, North London-based educational facility Abbey Road Institute.

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In September 2015, we installed a 32 fader S6/M40 in Airborn Productions, the Abbey Road Studios-based production facility operated by legendary music producer Giles Martin.

Evolutions S6 2015

In October 2015, we installed two 24 fader S6/M40s into Evolutions‘ new Berwick Street, London-based post-production facility.

Splice S6 2016

In November 2015, we installed a 16 fader S6/M40 in Splice, the Shoreditch, London-based post-production facility.

Dom Gibbs S3 2016

In January 2016, we supplied an S3 plus Mac Pro-based Pro Tools | HDX system to Dominic Gibbs, renowned film sound supervisor.

Halo Post S6 2016

In February 2016, we installed a 24 fader S6/M40 in Halo Post-Production, the Soho, London-based winner of the Broadcast Awards ‘Best Post Facility 2016’.


Sound 24 2016

In March 2016, we installed a 24 fader S6/M40 in Sound24, the Pinewood Studios-based winner of multiple OSCAR and BAFTA awards for their work in film sound post-production.

Want to book a test-drive of the Avid Pro Tools | S6 and S3 control surfaces? we offer demos in our Soho, London based ‘Steampunk’ studio facility, for further information please contact: soho@Jigsaw24.com or call: 03332 409 285.

DSpatial | The Immersive Revolution

DSpatial | The Immersive Revolution

DSpatial offers an integrated and seamless solution for next generation immersive sound production, which redefines the classical concepts of reverb, panning and mixing, unifying them into a single space and providing a new paradigm for the sound production and mixing for film and virtual reality. This simple but powerful paradigm let the engineers concentrate on the creative process and provides a tool to create and manipulate sound in a completely new way.

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DSpatial‘s key feature is a proprietary Physical Modelling Engine, which allows the user to realistically recreate real spaces and locate, move and rotate sound sources in real time, transporting the listener to a new, virtual yet realistic dimension, therefore magnifying the aural experience and recreating natural soundscapes that rival reality. Physical properties like the inertia and Doppler effects are created automatically by simply moving the sound sources.

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Adding more and more channels increases dramatically the complexity of an immersive sound mix. DSpatial directly addresses this by simplifying the problem at its core. With its multi-touch screen DSpatial opens up a whole new field of creative possibilities for the film mixer and sound designer by empowering them whilst simplifying processes.

DSpatial is fully integrated with Avid Pro Tools and is compatible with all immersive or non-immersive formats. The mix is played back in every format without the need to downmix. The number of input and output channels is only limited by the number of interfaces and by the power of the host computer.

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Jigsaw24 is proud to be the exclusive distributor of DSpatial in the UK. To book a test drive in our central London-based demo facility, please contact: soho@Jigsaw24.com or call: 03332 409 285.

New demo kit for 2016…

New demo kit for 2016…

We are thrilled to announce several new additions to our media production product portfolio for 2016, all are installed and available for demo at our Soho, London customer experience centre, please drop an email to soho@Jigsaw24.com to book yourself a test drive… 

Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner

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The new Blackmagic Cintel scanner scans negative and positive 35mm film into amazing quality Ultra HD so customers can unlock the extra resolution from 35mm film that no one has been able to see until now. 35mm film is natively 4K so the extra quality is already in the film. This means there is no easier way to generate Ultra HD feature films and television programming for customers to view on their new large screen televisions than scanning filmed entertainment that has already been produced, including classic hits.

Avid Pro Tools | Dock

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Announced by Avid at AES 2015, the Pro Tools | Dock is a brand new compact, ergonomic, EUCON control surface for integrating the free Pro Tools | Control iPad app. The Dock is based on the advanced touchscreen workflows on the Master Touch Module on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6. Both systems demonstrate the philosophy that mixers need the best of physical faders, knobs, and switches in conjunction with touchscreen technology for things like fast navigation, metering, and on-screen plug-in control – a true hybrid approach. When the Dock is paired with Pro Tools | S3, you gain complementary and enhanced functionality with the dedicated automation switches, transport controls, weighted aluminium jog wheel, colour-coded Soft Key switches, and more. Mixing deadlines have met their match!

Avid S6 Joystick Module

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This master module is an option for both M10 and M40 based S6 systems and offers dual non-motorised, touch-sensitive joysticks for surround sound mixing, enabling you to position sound anywhere within a room. A 3.2″ TFT display shows current pan and joystick locations. The module also features two multicolour LED top-lit encoders, 16 panning mode switches with colour LEDs, and other panning control switches for controlling positioning, divergence, and more with precision. Plus, four OLED displays provide detailed visual feedback and info. The Joystick Module can also be used to control any other knob parameter on S6 to create a wide range of effects.

Trinnov D-Mon

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We welcome the launch of the Trinnov D-Mon Series, a new range of digital integrated monitoring processors, with the acclaimed optimiser room correction and X-Mon replacement capability for an Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surface. The D-Mon features the Trinnov Optimiser at its core, providing the user with the ability to have perfectly tuned speakers set for the room and an astonishingly accurate listening environment, allowing for faster workflow and higher quality results.

Avid Artist | DNxIO

Avid Artist | DNxIO

Avid Artist | DNxIO is a powerful, professional video I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate your entire HD, high-resolution, and Ultra HD workflow. Avid Artist | DNxIO enables you to capture, monitor, and output media quickly – in the highest quality possible. And because the interface, which includes hardware by Blackmagic Design, is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too.

Avid NEXIS | PRO

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Get the industry proven performance and reliability of Avid NEXIS shared storage in a more affordable, entry-level system designed for independent editors, audio post pros, and smaller post-production houses. NEXIS | PRO offers real-time editorial collaboration and the high speed bandwidth you need to accelerate media workflow, without requiring you to be an IT expert to set up and manage the system. Plus, get extra peace of mind no matter how challenging the production or schedule with the advanced file management system, enabling you to work the way you want, with both Avid and third party systems, and attain the trusted data protection, flexibility and scalability only Avid can deliver.

We recently achieved Avid Elite Reseller status for Audio, Video and Storage – making Jigsaw24 a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your Avid requirements. Catch up on the news here.

Want to find out more about booking a demo? Give us a call on 03332 409 285 or email soho@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Mix with the Pros 2.0 at Jigsaw24 Soho

Mix with the Pros 2.0 at Jigsaw24 Soho

On 15th October 2015, Avid joined us at our Soho service and customer experience centre for our second Mix with the Pros event. Showcasing top audio products including Avid’s Pro Tools | S6 & S3 control surfaces, the latest version of Pro Tools | 12, CB Electronics, DAD, G-Technology, JBL Professional, Sonnox & Trinnov, and featuring presentations from OSCAR/BAFTA award-winning film sound mixer Niv Adiri and CEO of HALO Post-Production John Rogerson, we asked the attendees what they thought about the event.

Mix with the Pros will be back in March 2016, for further information please contact our Avid Audio Specialists at: audio@jigsaw24.com or call Jigsaw24 Soho on: 03332 409 285

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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.

Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

We’ve got a great team of Pro Audio Experts based across our three offices in Nottingham, MediaCityUK and Soho. And recently we’ve added new faces to our super Soho squad, so we thought it was about time we introduced you to them. Meet our London-based Pro Audio Experts…

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Introducing… Andy Brooks, Head of Business Development | Pro Audio
With over 25 years experience supplying over 500 Avid audio solutions, we’re thrilled to have Andy Brooks on board as part of our Pro Audio team. Andy counts some of the world’s most respected audio production facilities, record producers, recording engineers and music artists among his long-term customers, including Abbey Road Studios, Deluxe Media, Halo Post and Warner Brothers.

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Introducing… Dave ‘Saxon’ Greenep, Senior Creative Consultant | Pro Audio

Saxon has enjoyed a varied 15-year career in the Pro Audio industry. From being the in-house engineer and musician at Mute Records/EMI Studios (where he worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds and Mute’s founder Daniel Miller), to being the composer/mix engineer and editor on commercials for Wrangler, Urban Outfitters and Shepperton Studios, it’s safe to say he knows his stuff!

Saxon’s broad knowledge of Pro Audio allowed him to found ‘The Global Music Community’, a thriving social network for members of the audio industry. In the six months Saxon’s been with us, he’s completed major on-site audio installations for Channel 5, Halo Post, SNK Studios, Sound 24, Splice Post and Steve Lipson/Near Perfect Productions.

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Introducing… Matt Lewis, Senior Technical Consultant | Pro Audio

We’ve also added Matt Lewis to our master lineup. He’s been in the game for over ten years now and has worked as an audio producer and engineer, gaining experience in post-production, live entertainment, broadcast, recording studios, corporate enterprises and teaching academies. He’s worked alongside some of the most prestigious companies in the world too, including Apple, BBC, Warner Brothers, Universal Music and Evolutions Television.

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Here’s what Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Film Sound Mixer Niv Adiri had to say about Jigsaw24’s Pro Audio Experts…

Don’t forget…
As well as being Experts with Pro Audio, don’t forget you can also count on us for supplying your complete, end-to-end Broadcast and Post-Production solutions. Visit www.Jigsaw24.com/broadcast to see how we can help you!

Want to find out more about our Pro Audio Solutions? Get in touch with the team on broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.