Twickenham Studios Limited (TSL) is to refurbish its Sound Centre, installing new AMS Neve mixing consoles and aiming its second mixing theatre at broadcast work. The film studio was saved from closure earlier this year, with the new owner pledging to invest in equipment and technology. All three suites in the Sound Centre are being upgraded, with AMS Neve DFC Gemini desks going into Theatres 1 and 2, with a PS-1 for the ADR/Foley room. Technical development manager and re-recording mixer Craig Irving says the hope is for the smaller facility to offer mixing capability to support the larger rooms, in addition to performing ADR and Foley. Theatre 1 (pictured) was upgraded three years ago and obtained Dolby Premier certification. The acoustics in this room are unlikely to change but Irving says it was felt that the Harrison MPC3 console, as with those in the other theatres, needed to be replaced. "The Harrisons have been marvelous," he says, "but we needed a higher track count in Theatre 1 and the AMS Neve desks will give us mroe compatitbility with studios in Soho." Theatre 2 is to have more serious work done, with the position of the desk changed to give a better angle in relation to the surround sound monitors. Irving adds that TSL is looking to bring more television mixing work into the suite and so RTW broadcast loudness meters will be installed. "Loudness is also something we have to think about for TV versions of feature films," he says. Pro Tools HD X systems will be installed throughout the Sound Centre, along with TC Electronics 6000 processors. Maria Walker, the recently appointed chief operating officer of TSL, comments, "We are committed to providing the best post-production facility in London for the global entertainment industry and are equiping and organising ourselves with $1.6 million of equipment installation by spring 2013." Work on the Sound Centre is due to begin within the next few weeks, ready to reopen in time to accommodate some "major projects" by mid-February or early March. www.twickenhamstudios.com
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