One year after the fire that wrought extensive damage to its premises, the central London post facility is busy and thriving once more. The Dean Street fire – which took place on 10 July 2009 – forced De Lane Lea to vacate its premises while the facilities were completely renovated.
Re-opening in May 2010, De Lane Lea has already confirmed a number of major film and TV projects, beginning with Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Mixed by De Lane Lea’s Chris Burdon and Doug Cooper, the movie – due for UK release on 27 August – is based on comic book hero Pilgrim’s battle with his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes.
“Scott Pilgrim certainly wasn’t a gentle restart for Studio One with its huge fight sequences, but as such it gave the new acoustics and monitoring system the chance to shine,” said Cooper. “The room sounds fantastic and is really exciting to work in.”
Huw Penallt, chief executive of De Lane Lea, reflected: “After a very challenging year at De Lane Lea, we are delighted to be back and better than ever.”
PSN-e has been furnished with details of the technical spec at the resurgent De Lane Lea. Audio systems include Meyer Sound Cinema Experience monitors for all Dolby formats (including 7.1) and DTS in Studios 1-3, used in conjunction with AMS Neve DFS Gemini Digital mixing consoles. Also specified extensively in these studios are Soundmaster ION machine control systems, Pro Tools, Lexicon 960 and TC 6000 reverbs and dbx Subharmonic Synthesizers. Other areas of the facility feature a Focusrite ISA428 mic pre-amp, Genelec monitoring systems, and mics from Sennheiser, Neumann, Sanken and Schoeps.