Molinare goes Fusion and JBL for new suite

London post-production house Molinare has upgraded its audio dubbing theatres with the installation of an Avid S5 Fusion console, Pro Tools HDX, version 10 software and JBL Cinema loudspeaker rigs.
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London post-production house Molinare has upgraded its audio dubbing theatres with the installation of an Avid S5 Fusion console, Pro Tools HDX, version 10 software and JBL Cinema loudspeaker rigs. The revamp of the sound department is part of the ongoing changes instigated by the consortium that bought Molinare last year. This is headed by Steve Milne, who had previously served as chief executive of the company, and managing director Julie Parmenter. The most significant changes have been made in Dub A (pictured), which now features a 32-fader Avid S5 Fusion controller working in conjunction with Pro Tools HDX hardware and version 10 software. Also part of this set-up is a DSP system with EUCON control connected to the Pro Tools, something claimed to be the only installation of its type in Soho. The equipment was supplied by HHB Communication's specialist post-production distributor Scrub, which worked with Molinare's general manager for technology, Richard Wilding, in implementing the technology. Also crucial was the installation of a 7.1 JBL 3731-T Three-Way Tri-Amplified ScreenArray cinema loudspeaker system, with 4645C subwoofers and 8340A surrounds. This is powered by Crown DSi amplification from a mixture of DSi 1000, 2000 and 4000 units. Wilding comments that Dub A is Dolby approved for theatrical mixing, something that had to be maintained during the refurbishment. Munro Acoustics was brought in to oversee this and make adjustments, including the building of a new speaker wall. "As well as upgrading from 5.1 to 7.1, we sought to achieve an acoustically improved client position and to make much better use of the space in the room," explains Wilding. "Although the sound shell remains, the redesign means that the room is effectively much larger. The client position is now at the rear of the suite and affords a much better listening position and more comfortable viewing experience." Chris Walls, technical director of Munro Acoustics, adds that the new wall has "significantly tightened" the low end response in the room. A corresponding JBL rig has gone into Dub B but this is configured for 5.1. The suite is Dolby approved for commercials and trailers and now also features Pro Tools HDX, working with an existing 32-fader Avid ICON D-Control. Molinare states that part of the decision to install the S5 Fusion was to make the facility compatible with Avid System 5 film consoles and allow it to collaborate on projects with film studios through the Sohonet Media Network. "Our new audio suites represent a significant investment in our facilities and will complement our multi-award winning sound team to give the film and broadcast industry the very best post technology in Soho," comments Julie Parmenter.


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