Sound 24: Make movies sound amazing!

Sound 24: Make movies sound amazing!

Sound 24 is multi-award winning audio post-production company owned by film sound supervisor and movie industry legend Glenn Freemantle. With a reputation for excellence and a credit list that includes some of the most critically lauded and financially successful movies made in the last 25 years, Sound 24 is deservedly ranked as one of the finest audio post companies in the world.

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Jigsaw24 recently installed an Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surface in Sound 24’s facilities in Pinewood Film Studios. Once everything was up and running, we caught up with OSCAR and BAFTA award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Niv Adiri to discuss the company’s remarkable success, and how using Avid audio products has helped Sound 24 make movies sound amazing!

Want to book a demo of the Avid Pro Tools | S6? Drop an email to our pro audio specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 285. For all the latest news, follow us @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Focus on Focusrite

Focus on Focusrite

Focusrite has long enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and innovation in sound, when it comes to audio interfaces their range is considered by many to be the de facto, industry standard – the Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 are major fans and as a fully authorised Focusrite Reseller we offer a comprehensive range of solutions to fit every possible production scenario.

Focusrite RedNet

Focusrite RedNet

RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces that harnesses the power of Audinate’s tried and tested Dante digital audio networking system to bring studio quality sound to any modern audio application. Designed with multiple audio applications in mind – from Live Sound rigs to Multi-room Recording Studios, Houses of Worship, Audio Distribution Installations, Post Production environments and anything in-between – fundamentally RedNet is an extremely scalable, near zero latency audio distribution system that can be used to expand I/O channel count, interface digital components, and/or bridge between Pro Tools|HD or MADI and the Dante audio network.

Incorporating Focusrite’s most advanced AD/DA conversion to date, rock-stable JetPLL clocking and premium multi-layered board circuitry, RedNet is no exception to the company’s philosophy that ‘Sound is Everything’. With every design detail meticulously engineered, RedNet is a step above its I/O competition, providing some of the most transparent and pristine audio quality available – with the added benefit of the systems’ revolutionary networking capabilities.

Focusrite Red 4Pre

Focusrite Red 4Pre Elevated

Red represents the pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range. Red 4Pre combines four of Focusrite’s digitally-controlled, ‘Air’ enabled, Red Evolution mic preamps with dual Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity. Featuring ‘parallel path summing’ conversion and beautiful yet robust design, the Red 4Pre interface is the perfect balance of form and function, delivering the sound quality and versatility engineers and producers expect from Focusrite.

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.

Please link to page 2 of our Focus on Focusrite feature where we cover the Clarett, Scarlett and iTrack interfaces.

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.

Focus on Focusrite (Part 2)

Focus on Focusrite (Part 2)

Focusrite has long enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and innovation in sound, when it comes to audio interfaces their range is considered by many to be the de facto, industry standard – the Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 are major fans and as a fully authorised Focusrite Reseller we offer a comprehensive range of solutions to fit every possible production scenario.

Focusrite Clarett Range

Focusrite Clarett

The Clarett range of Thunderbolt audio interfaces are expandable to up to 26 In / 28 Out, with a two, four or eight ‘Air’ enabled mic preamps. Excellent sound is the quality Clarett owners love most. With up to 119dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24/192 conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue ‘Air’ effect, Clarett 8PreX is the Thunderbolt audio interface that simply sounds great, easily out-performing other interfaces in its class and beyond.

Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.67ms round-trip latency simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favourite plug-ins in real time. Clarett’s ultra-low round-trip latency dramatically simplifies your workflow. Instead of having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Build your mix on the DAW and use it whether you’re overdubbing (monitoring the input you’re recording with the new Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with your plugins in place, all the time. Use your favourite plugins while recording, too – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage.

Focusrite Scarlett Range

Focusrite Scarlett

The Scarlett range provides a choice of USB audio interfaces to cater for any scenario. From the ultra-compact Scarlett 2i2 to the input-rich Scarlett 18i8, all feature Focusrite mic pres and professional quality conversion. Scarlett offers exceptional routing flexibility, allowing you to route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any output. There is also a DSP mixer to allow for latency-free monitoring, all Scarlett interfaces come supplied with a comprehensive software bundle, which includes the Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP-based software mixer and router, with intuitive one-click presets and Focusrite’s trademark low latency – under 1.4 ms. You’ll also find the Scarlett plug-in suite for VST, AU and RTAS, offering EQ, gate, compression and reverb, plus Ableton Live Lite, the Novation Bass Station soft synth and a Loopmasters sample pack.

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Focusrite iTrack

The iTrack Dock is a comprehensive yet easy-to-use, studio-quality iPad recording interface that acts as the hub of your Lightning iPad recording studio. Featuring two legendary Focusrite microphone preamps, along with two line inputs and an instrument DI with plenty of extra headroom, stereo monitor outputs with 105dB dynamic range plus independently-controlled headphone outputs, and a USB port for class compliant MIDI instruments and controllers, iTrack Dock gives you everything you need to record, monitor and control music on your iPad with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling. And at the same time it charges and powers your iPad.

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.

Working with… film sound supervisor Dominic Gibbs

Working with… film sound supervisor Dominic Gibbs

Over the past twenty years, Dominic Gibbs has supervised the sound on a multitude of Hollywood movie blockbusters including Edge of Tomorrow, Legend, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Wrath of the Titans. Having just set him up with a new Avid Pro Tools | S3, we hung around and tried to wrangle a few free tips from one of the busiest and most successful sound supervisors around…

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Please can you tell us a little about your work and what your company does?
We provide sound supervision and editorial services to the feature film industry. This has included work on a large variety of both independent and studio pictures.

Along with my team of experienced editors, we supply sound effects, design, backgrounds, foley, dialogue and ADR to help build a dynamic and unique soundtrack to each project we undertake.

What does the role of sound supervisor involve?
I manage and supervise the creation of the film’s soundtrack. I begin by meeting with the creative minds behind the movie to discuss any ideas they might have for the soundtrack, and to try and build a concept for how they would like the movie to sound when it’s finished.

Throughout the editorial process, I work closely with the director and picture editor to ensure that my team are working towards the same collective goal. I will also spend time designing sounds for the film, and working with each department within the sound team.

What projects have you worked on in the last few years?
Since 2014 I have supervised Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros), The Man From U.NC.L.E. (Warner Bros), Legend (Working Title) and Takedown (Pinewood Pictures). I’m currently working on Guy Richie’s Knights of the Round Table.

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You have just installed a new control surface. Why did you decide on the Avid S3?
Our typical sessions are fairly large, so the S3 offers a great level of control in a reasonably compact surface. VCA spills and custom layouts fit well into navigating through our FX sessions.

You have also installed a new Mac Pro based Pro Tools | HDX system. Do you have any particular favourite features of the new setup? 
The new bounce features in Pro Tools 12 allow us to quickly export versions for each other and for the cutting room. Updates to the Mac make it easy to set up three or four displays, without the need for any additional video cards.

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What are the main benefits you’ve seen with the new system?
The Pro Tools| HDX/Mac Pro setup is a really quick system, so I’m rarely left waiting for much.

Does it allow you to take on anything your couldn’t before?
I don’t like to run massive sessions, but this system is much more stable than previous versions, which to me is far more important than the track count.

Any kind words for our team in Soho?
Jigsaw24 have always been a pleasure to deal with, they are well known for being the ‘go to’ guys in the post-production industry when it comes to system design and equipment supply – most of my team are customers of theirs too.

If you’d like to book a hands-on demo of the Avid S3, all you need to do is get in touch with our team at soho@jigsaw24.com. To find out more about our sound for picture solutions, get in touch on 03332 409 285 or at audio@Jigsaw24.com.

Halo installs S6 dubbing suite

Halo installs S6 dubbing suite

Jigsaw24 is proud to have installed an Avid S6-based dubbing suite for Halo Post-Production in their new facility at 179 Wardour Street, London.

Halo Studio 5

Studio 5 is for both TV mix work and DCP 5.1 and 7.1 theatrical projects. It will also be used as a pre-mix room for Halo’s Dolby licensed studios 1 and 3.

The suite is pre-wired for Dolby Atmos and has a 24-fader Avid Pro Tools | S6 M40 control surface, a Pro Tools | HDX2, a DAD AX32, a CB Electronics TMC-1 and a custom Dynaudio 7.1 speaker system installed.

Head of Audio Operations Richard Addis said: “We’ve taken great care to make the room as versatile as possible without compromising quality in any area.”

In the same building, Halo has built a dedicated 5.1 audio editing room for its Head of Sound Editorial, Jay Price. Situated directly adjacent to the new studio, the room features a Pro Tools | HD Native system with 5.1 Dynaudio Air 6 monitoring.

Halo Post Showreel 2016 from Halo Post on Vimeo.

John Rogerson CEO of Halo Post said: “Working with the team at Jigsaw24 is always a pleasure; they go above and beyond the call of duty for us every time. They’re lovely people who understand and care about our business. What’s not to like?”.

Want to find out more about booking a demo of the Pro Tools | S6? Drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Avid Artist | DNxIO now supported with Pro Tools

Avid Artist | DNxIO now supported with Pro Tools

If you missed it over the Christmas break, Avid gifted media professionals the news that the Avid Artist | DNxIO video interface is now supported with Pro Tools. It’s another step towards their streamlined, integrated Avid Everywhere vision (and a great reason to upgrade to Pro Tools 12 and or Media Composer 8). 

Official word from Avid below:

Avid Artist | DNxIO

“The Avid Artist | DNxIO is a powerful, professional video I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate your entire HD, Ultra HD*, 2K*, and 4K* workflow. Available as standalone hardware or bundled with industry-standard Media Composer software, Artist | DNxIO enables you to capture**, monitor, and output media quickly – in the highest quality possible. And because the interface is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too – like Pro Tools.

– For Pro Tools support with DNxIO, Desktop Video for Artist DNxIO version 10.5.1 is required.

– Pro Tools 12.3 and higher qualified with DNxIO.

– For more detailed information click here.

*Pro Tools does not yet support video playback of any rates and resolutions larger than HD. However, 2K/4K/UHD playback may be achieved using DNxIO with Media Composer 8.4.2 or higher as a Video Satellite.

**Capture is only supported in Media Composer.”

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Want to know more about the Avid Artist | DNxIO? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing the Trinnov Audio D-Mon Series

Introducing the Trinnov Audio D-Mon Series

Jigsaw24 welcome the launch of the Trinnov Audio 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.

As part of Avid’s third party programme, the D-Mon Series has been developed primarily to meet the Eucon protocol specifications to provide Avid Pro Tools users with a comprehensive alternative to the X-Mon analogue processor for the S6 and S3 control surfaces, and is also backwards-compatible supporting Avid ICON D-Control and D-Command.

The D-Mon is designed to not only replace the Avid X-Mon, but also interface with any DAW studio and act as a console centre section. It offers the user a number of features alongside the optimiser room correction at its core, like switching, routing, summing, assigning inputs to cue, stem mixes, sends for foldback, listen and talkback feeds. The D-Mon is a complete monitoring solution for the modern studio and then some…

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D-Mon Series Highlights

– D-Mon|8 (5.1/7.1 studios): 24 Digital I/O | 8 Analogue I/O | 8 Analogue High Definition Outputs.

– D-Mon|4 (Stereo/LCRS studios) : 8 Digital I/O | 4 Analogue I/O | 8 Analogue High Definition.

– Globally acclaimed optimiser for perfect acoustic tuning of multiple stereo up to 7.1 speaker sets, with comprehensive functions and processing for advanced monitoring.

– Compliant with Avid control surfaces, including Eucon (S6, S5, S3), and X-Mon Midi (D-Control & D-Command).

– Full audio routing matrix.

– User-assignable functions (main, alternate, cues, talkback, listen-back, headphones).

– 18×16 internal mixer (D-Mon|8) 12×8 internal mixer (D-Mon|4).

– Digital and analogue inserts.

– Fully assignable intercom control, talkback and listen-back inputs with phantom power.

– Outstanding sonic performance and processing from the world leader in room correction.

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Want to check out Trinnov D-Mon yourself? Come on down to our Soho-based ‘Steampunk’ demo studio and hear the D-Mon range in action, fully functioning with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 and our unique JBL Professional 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Premix-capable monitoring system.

Call us on 03332 409 306 or drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid ICON to Pro Tools | S6 exchange from Jigsaw24

Avid ICON to Pro Tools | S6 exchange from Jigsaw24

Avid ICON to S6 Exchange 2016

Starting today (20th August 2015) Avid is introducing special pricing for existing D-Command and D-Control customers, which will offer the opportunity to exchange their ICON hardware for a new Pro Tools | S6 System, with a significant discount available (up to 20% off the usual RRP pricing).

Launched in September 2013, the Avid Pro Tools | S6 controller has rapidly become a new industry standard, with installs in many of the world’s top professional audio facilities. Leveraging the best of the ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary modular design, Pro Tools | S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer.

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The Avid Pro Tools | S6 Exchange Pricing will be bespoke and tailored to each customer’s specific requirements. For further information or to book a test drive in our fully spec’d Avid Pro Tools | S6-equipped ’Steampunk’ demo studio, please contact our Avid audio specialists on audio@Jigsaw24.com or 03332 400 888.

To find out more about the Avid Pro Tools | S6, take a look at our Mixing Redefined article series here.

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DAD: Making your DAW sound amazing

DAD: Making your DAW sound amazing

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 know the sound of a good thing when they hear it, and currently blowing us away is the amazing sound of the DAD (Digital Audio Denmark) AX32 and DX32 range of digital audio convertors.

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Already the preferred choice of many of the world’s most respected professional audio production facilities, such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the AX32 and DX32 range of DAD convertors not only sound amazing but also bring a whole new level of functionality to any EUCON-based DAW control surface via their recently released, ground-breaking PRO|MON monitor controller option.

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DAD PRO|MON is a solution for monitor controller for the Pro Tools | S6 and other EUCON 3 enabled control surfaces. It takes monitor control to a whole new level by providing functionality of both the Avid XMON and Studio Monitor Pro in one and the same platform with various I/O that will easily adapt to any Pro Tools HD, HDX or HD Native S6-based hardware environment, enabling music and post-production facilities to benefit from interfacing to both analogue and digital domains with speaker formats from stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 all the way to 64 channels for Dolby Atmos.

DAD Monitor Control

The PRO|MON Monitor Control is available on the AX32 AD/DA convertor and digital matrix, as well as the DX32 Digital audio interface and matrix, to operate as an audio signal processor providing high resolution signal summing and low latency routing of monitor signals. The monitor control is managed via the DADman 4.2 software application, which has support for the EUCON 3 control protocol, enabling full control of the monitor functionality.

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The versatile I/O and matrix platform comprise up to 48 channel analogue inputs or outputs, 16 channel AES/EBU I/O, 64 to 192 channel MADI I/O on up to three MADI ports, 64 channel interface for Pro Tools HD, HDX and HD Native, 64 channels of DANTE networked audio I/O as well as an embedder/de-embedder of audio from Video SDI. This enables the DAD products to perform very flexible signal routing using all the interfaces of the unit, as well as summing processing with 256 inputs and 32 outputs. With the optional DANTE audio over IP functionality, the AX32 or DX32 can deliver sample accurate audio to other DANTE-enabled devices or route signals around a facility using an existing network infrastructure.

Product highlights

Flexible AD/DA interface configuration, with mic-pre option

  • 8 to 48 analogue channels.
  • 8 channels on a card.
  • 8 channel line in AD card.
  • 8 channel line/mic pre in AD car.
  • 8 channel line out DA card with output level control.
  • Sample rates 44.1kHz up to 384kHz/DSD.
  • High precision internal clock and PLL.

Versatile digital interface structure

  • 8 AES3 I/O interfaces.
  • MADI coax and optical I/O.
  • 64 channel interface for Pro Tools.
  • Ethernet IP audio interface for 64 I/O channels using Dante.
  • Sync via word clock, AES11, video and all digital I/O.
  • Adapt to incoming sample rate.
  • Optional channel patching and multiplexer engine.

Easy control of convertor parameters

  • Settings control via front panel knobs and large LCD display.
  • Operation via DADman control software for Windows and OS X.
  • Ethernet control interface.
  • Compliant with the Dante Ethernet controller.

Want to check out DAD’s AX32 and DX32 convertors yourself? Come on down to our Soho-based ‘Steampunk’ demo studio and hear the DAD range in action, fully functioning with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 console and our unique JBL Professional 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Premix-capable monitoring.

Call us on 03332 409 306 or drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Three)

Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Three)

In the third part of this series, we take a look at the different engines and options available, as well as the launch of  Avid Pro Tools | S6 v2.

Engines and options

M40 V M10

Avid S6 M40 Engine

The engine you choose dictates the total number of modules you can include in your S6 and impacts its overall size and customisability. Choose the high-performance M40 for large-scale productions that require maximum channels, high-resolution metering screens, and customisability, or the more affordable M10 for productions that need to fit into smaller rooms and budgets.

Both feature a tilting 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen, eight adjacent rotary encoders, and dedicated knobs and keys for monitoring and global control, enabling you to view, access, and edit different aspects of your mix – such as tracks, processing, and metering – without mousing through menus.

Surface accessories – ergonomic extras to personalise your desk

– Blank panel: Cover empty module spaces with a smooth surface.

– Display VESA arm: Mount your DAW monitor on the surface with an adjustable arm.

– Producer’s desk: Integrate a keyboard and DAW display directly into your control surface.

– Sliding script tray: Hold pen, paper, and your personal devices within easy reach.

– Speaker bridge mount: Place speakers in an optimal position with the S6 frame.

– Sliding keyboard tray: Get hands-on with your computer keyboard wherever you’re sitting.

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Hot off the press – Pro Tools|S6 v2

Announced today (13th July), here’s what you can expect from the latest instalment of Pro Tools|S6:

– Customisable Spill Zones for layouts, VCA spills and track types.

– Expand zone: Dedicated one or two knob modules for control of attention track.

– Fader flip.

– Automation graphs on CDM waveform displays option.

– Bank justification prefs.

– Save layouts to DAW session.

– Show hidden tracks.

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Want to find out more about booking a demo of the Pro Tools | S6? Drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.