London post-production house Deluxe 142 has installed a networked storage server in its audio department, linking every studio and giving access to all projects held on the system. The facility has also built a new track-laying room and upgraded other main suites. A DDP server with a capacity of approximately 15TB is now being used at Deluxe 142's Film House headquarters on Wardour Street. Head of sound David Old explains that FireWire and other external drive formats are no longer used on the company's productions. "We're dividing up the available space on the system to create drives within it that can be used by the studios," he says. "That means operators can have access to any given sound project from anywhere in the facility." Part of this network is Studio 7, a new track-laying room that has been built into a former transfer bay at Film House. This means sound editors who were working at Deluxe 142's nearby building in St Anne's Court are now in the same complex as the existing audio suites. Like the other rooms Studio 7 is based on Pro Tools 10 software but does not have a dedicated control surface. A sixth studio was added last year and now this suite has been given access to the voice booth also used by Studio 3. "It makes sense because if Studio 3 is working on a drama project we can use the booth for voice-over work or a DVD commentary and record in Studio 6," comments Old. The Dolby accredited, AMS Neve DFC-equipped Studio 1 has been updated with the addition of Dolby CP750 processors and MME (multimedia encoder) units. These have also been added to Studio 2, which Deluxe 142 hopes will gain Dolby accreditation for trailers. "Because Studio 1 is dedicated to one thing it comes under pressure from all directions," says Old. "So having Studio 2 available for similar kind of work is sensible." www.deluxe142.co.uk
First Focal Dolby install in UK as Factory upgrades
EXCLUSIVE - London post-production house Factory Studios has opened a new 5.1 surround sound mixing suite, the first Dolby certified room in the UK to feature Focal audio monitors, writes Kevin Hilton.