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Pinewood Beams in TV revamp

Kevin Hilton 20 June 2012
Pinewood Beams in TV revamp

Pinewood Studios is revitalising its television production facilities, which are set to be re-launched in August featuring a new "super gallery" with a Calrec Audio Artemis Beam digital mixing console, writes Kevin Hilton. A dedicated television operation was opened at Pinewood in 2000 when two film sound stages were converted into studios, designated TV 1 and TV 2. Simon Honey, group head of TV operations, comments that 12 years on Pinewood is looking to make a "huge investment" in television with an upgrade of the facilities. New lighting and grid equipment is being installed in TV 1 and 2, although, as the new gallery for both is being built independently, they are able to keep running while installation work continues. The single "super gallery" will house production, lighting, vision and audio control areas for use by either studio. Honey says that if productions are being shot in both studios at the same time an OB truck will be hired as a control room but adds that such clashes are "very rare". The sound control room will be based round a 64-fader Calrec Artemis Beam mixing desk. Honey says the technical fit-out is underway now and the whole facility should be "up and running" by August. Pinewood has been using Studer consoles in recent years but selected Calrec in this instance after what Honey describes as "a lot of research". He adds, "As a business we have to provide equipment the freelance industry and clients want to use. We talked to sound supervisors and Calrec ticked the right categories, because of the Hydra wall boxes for flexibility across the studios as well as the desk itself."

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