London audio post-production facility Hackenbacker has become among the first in the UK to adopt the VoiceQ ADR cueing program, writes Kevin Hilton. The software was developed in New Zealand by KIWA International to make recording dialogue tracks on film and TV productions for the international market more efficient. The VoiceQ system produces a text of the script that scrolls up or down over the film/video image projected on the screen in the ADR suite. This is synchronised with the original dialogue, which the developers claim, creates an accurate cueing process. The program also includes more established techniques such as wipes and beeps but the scrolling display, used in conjunction with a digital audio workstation like Pro Tools, is said to make looping sessions more efficient, saving time and money. Hackenbacker has been part of the Soho scene for 25 years, working on re-recording and ADR projects for both feature films and television dramas, including Downton Abbey, Spooks, Criminal Justice, Four Lions and Submarine. Studio 3, where mixer Oliver Brierley (pictured) is based, is most regularly used for ADR sessions. Dubbing mixer and Hackenbacker founder Nigel Heath comments, "As ADR specialists we were keen to make the process easy and straightforward for the actors we work with, and as fast and efficient as possible for our production company clients. The new VoiceQ software achieves both these aims and we are delighted to now offer this as standard to our ADR clients." www.hackenbacker.com
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