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. Manchester’s television production scene is expanding rapidly on the back of the BBC moving into new studios at MediaCityUK (MCUK) in Salford Quays. Flix, which was founded 20 years ago, is a preferred supplier to the BBC and, according to managing director Leo Casserly, is now at full capacity. To cope with the demand Flix has built new facilities at its Invicta House premises in Manchester city centre and is taking space in The Greenhouse development at MCUK (pictured). Flix’s offices at Salford house CGI graphics and finishing suites but, at the moment, no audio areas. In the last two weeks the company opened a second audio suite at Invicta House, featuring a latest version Avid Artist console running with Pro Tools version 10. The company’s existing dubbing theatre is also based on Pro Tools 10 but with a D-Command desk. Studio 1’s voice booth can accommodate only one person but the recording area for the new Studio 2 will be able to take up to six voice artists. Casserly explains that as well as documentaries and children’s programmes, Flix works on a lot of animation productions, so the larger studio will be suitable for ADR sessions. VTR North has been operating in Leeds since 2005 and works on both TV and commercials production. The new facility, VTR Manchester, is being opened to cater for the growing TV advertising market in the northwest, as well as the BBC’s operations in the region. “Leeds has been good to us and will continue to be our home but Manchester is a bigger market that offers more opportunities,” comments VTR North co-founder Carl Walters. Part of the 3000 square feet facility in Manchester city centre will house a 5.1 studio with voice-over booth, designed by Studio Schemes. Equipment includes an Avid ICON D-Command console, Pro Tools HDX, Neumann microphones, SSL pre-amps and Genelec loudspeaker monitors. www.flixfacilities.comwww.vtrnorth.co.uk
Audio key to post as Rain sweeps in
London's post-production scene is used to seeing established facilities close and newcomers open. In the latest cycle Pepper Post closed in June, while Rain will launch soon. Kevin Hilton gets a snapshot of the market and hears about the part audio plays in bringing in business.