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Abbey Road and Olympic take on new Pro Tools rigs

test 16 October 2007

UK: The FX Group has supplied two of London’s leading recording facilities, Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, with new Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 Accel systems. The systems were specified by Simon Campbell, EMI Studios Group UK’s head of technical services, reports PSN-e.

At Abbey Road, two HD3 Accel rigs have been installed, comprising Digidesign Sync IO and Midi IO, Magma Expansion Chassis, 48 IOs using Digidesign 192s, an Apple Mac Pro Quad 3.0GHz computer and 23-inch Apple cinema display screen, among other equipment. Plug-ins, also supplied by FX, include TC Master X3, Serato Pitch’N Time, Sony Oxford EQ, Line 6 Echo Farm and AudioEase Altiverb 6XL.

“The expansion chassis for Abbey Road enable us to fulfil the demands we now have for 160-track digital IO HD5 systems when mixing large film scores in our Penthouse Studio,” noted Simon Campbell.

Olympic, meanwhile, has taken delivery of a 32-input/64-output system with plug-ins including Digidesign Massive Pack 6, Waves Gold and Celemony Melodyne Studio 3.

The new rigs were configured by Olympic’s technical engineer, Sam Matthews (pictured), in conjunction with FX’s Pat Roche. “We like to use FX for our Pro Tools purchases, whether it’s a complete system or new plug-ins,” said Matthews. “When it came to the Olympic system, it had to be the same configuration as what was already in the studio in terms of inputs and outputs, and we’ve upgraded keyboards and screens; the little things that keep people happy.

“These systems have a lot more power and will give us the capability to run much more complex projects into the future.”


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