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UNIT manoeuvres to new dimension

London post-production facility UNIT has moved into a new building housing three audio mixing suites, in addition to offline editing rooms and visual effects and colour grading facilities, writes Kevin Hilton.

London post-production facility UNIT has moved into a new building housing three audio mixing suites, in addition to offline editing rooms and visual effects and colour grading facilities, writes Kevin Hilton. UNIT opened in 2006 as Soho’s first all Final Cut Pro (FCP) edit house but also has a sound dubbing operation based on Pro Tools HD. UNIT had built additional suites at its original premises in Carlisle Street but chief executive Adam Luckwell says as clients asked for different post services and equipment, there was not enough room to fit it all in. The facility’s new base in Great Marlborough Street has 9,400 square feet of space but negotiations are already underway to take over another floor in the building, which Luckwell hopes will come to fruition by the end of the year. Current facilities include 12 high-end edit suites, three finishing rooms and three audio suites, two with voice booths. The installation was project managed by acousticians White Mark, which oversaw the wiring and building as well as the acoustic design. The Pro Tools HD systems and Focal loudspeakers for all three audio suites were supplied by Scrub. Luckwell says he and his team looked at what other audio systems were available but decided to stay with Pro Tools because “it is almost the industry standard”. Luckwell explains that the name UNIT now reflects that the company consists of several units covering editing and finishing. Its work includes commercials, viral campaigns, games and broadcast productions. Among recent audio projects was the dubbing on the BBC science series Wonders of the Universe, which sparked some controversy with its use of background music. Luckwell echoes the comments of programme presenter Professor Brian Cox that it was a cinematic experience and points out that of 3.9 million viewers, only 100 complained. www1.unit.tv

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