Audio on board The Ark

London post-production facility adds Avid dubbing suite to its video editing, duplication and QC operations and extends file-based loudness correction.
Publish date:
Updated on

The Ark Post Production is in the middle of installing its first dedicated audio room at its new building in north London. The Avid C24 and Pro Tools 11 (product pictured) theatre is part of premises at Royal College Street in Camden, which will operate in tandem with The Ark's established Soho facilities.

Technical consultant Dave Carstairs says fitting out of the new 5.1 suite, with adjacent voice booth, should begin next week. Carstairs comments that the move into audio is a "new departure" for The Ark, which previously had only handled sound in its video editing rooms. "But there is now a requirement to put in a dubbing suite to support our editing operations," he explains. "The work we've been doing is mainly in re-versioning and now we can do the audio part of that in dubbing."

The Ark works in different video frame rates for international distribution, which is paralleled on the sound side by various national loudness standards, including the US A/85 and Australian OP 59, as well as R128 for the UK and mainland Europe. The company has been using Emotion System's eFF (Emotion File Finish) file-based monitoring and correction program on 16 audio tracks in its editing facilities and will now also use the system in the new dubbing room.

A dubbing mixer will be brought in to run the audio facility but while The Ark is looking at candidates Carstairs says no one has yet been selected for the post.


The Farm moves into US with audio

London facilities group The Farm has bought Los Angeles video facility Editgods and plans to offer the city‘s first combined audio and vision TV post-production operation, complete with two 7.1 sound suites, writes Kevin Hilton.

Audio post grows in Manchester

The audio post-production market in Manchester continues to expand, with established company Flix opening a new dubbing suite and VTR North set to open a facility, featuring a 5.1 room, in the city during April, writes Kevin Hilton.

The push towards full file-based systems

File-based operations and integrated workflows are no longer just buzzwords, they are increasingly the reality for broadcasters today. Kevin Hilton looks at the joint project by the AMWA and the EBU to ensure everything works together and discovers audio is a crucial part of all this.


Evolutions opens Bristol facility

The final technical sign off was made yesterday (30 October) in the audio facilities of Evolutions new post-production operation in Bristol. The new dubbing suite features Avid Pro Tools HDX and 11 with an ICON D-Control and is run by head of audio Will Norie.