To coincide with our recent move to our new Cardiff Bay HQ we have upgraded our audio editing and mixing facilities to include two Avid S6 consoles – the very first of their kind installed in Wales – as well as the latest Pro Tools HDX hardware and version 11 software.
Our friends at Scrub, the specialist UK post-production division of HHB Communications, configured and installed our new 16-fader S6 M10 and 32-fader S5 M40 mixing systems, as well as upgrades to the latest Pro Tools HDX hardware and version 11 software. They also supplied us with brand new Yellowtec m!ka mic and monitor arms. These are all set in stunning custom-made desks supplied by studio and technical furniture specialists AKA Design.
The S6 consoles have already allowed us to expand our workflow and the mixing platforms offer a new level of mix control, as our Senior Dubbing Mixer Tom Logan explains: “The ability to spill VCA spill groups on the surface of the S6 is a fantastic feature. It is great to have those faders directly in front of you in order to jump straight into a dialogue track to make quick adjustments during pre or final mixing”.
The latest Pro Tools HDX hardware and Version 11 software have also deliver dramatic enhancements in performance and speed: “The offline bounce feature in Pro Tools 11 saves us a huge amount of time on preparing the final mix. The system is also incredibly quick when handling a large amount of plug-ins. Sometimes we will use the Channel Strip plug-in on almost every track, and with the new Pro Tools hardware and Mac Pro you can use as many instances as you need without worrying about slowing down the processing speed of the session. The S6 gives us hands on control of all these features”.