Pinewood Shepperton plc has submitted a planning application to South Bucks District Council for the expansion of Pinewood Studios, called the Pinewood Studios Development Framework (PSDF). This follows consultation with local and national stakeholders as well as with producers and developers of creative content.
The PSDF scheme is designed to address increasing global demand for capacity in the UK and deliver growth for the next 15-20 years. It comprises a substantial expansion of the existing Pinewood Studios by adding a total of 100,000sqm of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops, production offices and streetscapes for filming. Once complete, this would make a major contribution to achieving Government priority objectives to grow the UK's creative industries, promote growth and create new jobs.
‘This is a critical opportunity for the creative industries and particularly for the UK film industry,’ said Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive Pinewood Shepperton plc. ‘Global demand for filmed entertainment is increasing and the UK remains one of the leading destinations to produce creative content. We have the talent and skills and the Government has expressed its commitment to the industry through the various tax reliefs now available. Without infrastructure to meet the rising demand, the UK will inevitably turn away business. Pinewood Studios, the UK film industry and UK plc cannot afford to allow this to happen.’
BVE 2013 at its new London Excel home proved a popular event with attendance of more than 15,000 visitors expected to be confirmed over the three days; figures that are expected to indicate a 5% increase in visitors attending for two or more days as well as a 57% increase in international visitors. The organisers also report that 70% of space for 2014 has been rebooked. BVE 2014 will be held 25-27 February at Excel, London.
Hudson Pacific Properties, owners of the 100-year old Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, has announced the acquisition of the adjacent music recording studios of Ocean Way Recording Hollywood. The recording studios will remain untouched, top staff and equipment in place, as upgrades to the lounges and common spaces undergo significant upgrades.
‘It's with great pride that we announce this strategic alliance of our legendary film and TV studios and soundstages with arguably the most honoured music recording studios in the world,’ said Howard Stern, president and director of Hudson Pacific Properties. ‘This combination of cutting edge visual production with the epitome of music recording is a monumental day for Hollywood.’
‘Our standards of recording have never been matched by our peers and we could not have found a better successor to continue Ocean Way Hollywood's legacy as the premier recording studio in the world,’ said Allen Sides, founder and former president of Ocean Way Recording Hollywood, who will continue to provide his expertise to the studio operations. The acquisition agreement between Sides and the new owners does not involve his other enterprises, which include Record One Studios, Ocean Way St Barth's, Ocean Way Nashville, Ocean Way Audio and Ocean Way Drums.
Mackie has announced the sale and transition of Tracktion Music Production Software to the Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC). TSC is led by Julian Storer, the original creator of Tracktion as well as former ‘Mackoids’ James Woodburn and Dave Christenson.
‘With Mackie’s continued focus on creating innovative hardware solutions, the choice to transition Tracktion to TSC was clear,’ said Matt Redmon, Mackie product manager. ‘TSC is fully dedicated to the development, support and marketing of Tracktion. Their experience with the DAW market and intimate knowledge of Tracktion made them the perfect group to take Tracktion into the future.’
‘We are proud to announce not only the acquisition of Tracktion Music Production Software, but also that Tracktion 4 is available immediately,’ said Woodburn.
Available via the Tracktion website (www.tracktion.com) in the latest version the Tracktion engine has been completely rewritten and is now optimised for the latest operating systems (Mac and PC) along with 64-bit processing, WMA, AU and WASAPI support.
Radial Engineering has moved its R&D department to a larger area in the facility to accommodate its growing team. The new department is divided into three sections. The first houses the engineering team where circuit design, PCB layout and metal drafting occurs. The second is a meeting room where the R&D team gathers to vet new designs, part requirements, and development schedules. The third is the new test studio dubbed 'Studio Eh' in honour of Radial's Canadian heritage.
Studio Eh is equipped with a range of microphones, monitors, guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, DAW and the other gear. ‘We grew to the point where we felt it was time to take over the last 5000sqft in our building that was previously leased out,’ said general manager Mike Hill. ‘The extra warehouse space not only helps us manage inventory overflow, but this area now also houses cable prep, trade show prep, the workbench and old files. We upgraded the office area with a new kitchen, updated washroom, R&D office and the studio. This finally gives our R&D team some quiet space where they can focus on next-generation products without worrying about interrupting others when they turn up the volume.’
Singapore’s national broadcaster, MediaCorp TV, has chosen CEDAR Cambridge V8 to clean up and restore its TV and film soundtracks in its postproduction facility. The system will be used to clean audio for current productions as it passes from the video editing suites toward the broadcast chain.
‘The workflow within MediaCorp means that the audio department is frequently presented with edited programme material, often with short timescales for cleaning the audio or repairing any damage to the soundtrack,’ explained CEDAR MD Gordon Reid. ‘This means that it may be necessary to identify specific areas of the audio that require correction very rapidly, and to be able to restore them many times faster than real-time. At the same time, there may be continuous sounds such as background noise (traffic and so on) that require continuous filtering. On other occasions, it may be desirable to use batch processing to clean large amounts of audio. The system has to be able to cope with all of these scenarios.
‘We are delighted that they chose CEDAR Cambridge, which is the only system that provides the combination of restoration processes, audio quality, and productivity tools that they require,’ he said.
The first Cadac Live1 compact analogue console sold in the US has been installed in the studio of songwriter Chet Delcampo.
‘The quality factor was my main interest,’ said Delcampo. ‘It's fair to say that being designed as a live desk it has relatively minimal studio monitoring options but, that said, by using the board’s AFLs on the monitor and master sections one can easily switch between tracking mode and mixing mode; i.e. back to DAW or tape capture and returning into the Live1 to monitor. I'm finding for my studio it works well, though for more elaborate monitoring needs there are several I-O monitoring rack units that would be worth considering to provide further options.’
The Sceptre-series CoActual studio monitors use a coaxial design that works with a 32-bit, 96kHz processor using Fulcrum Acoustic's TQ Temporal Equalization technology. The Sceptre S8 CoActual combines an 8-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch, horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer into a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 CoActual coaxial speaker integrates a 6.5-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch, horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer. Both models have acoustic ports.
The systems are biamplified: each transducer is powered by a 100W RMS, Class D power amp with an internal heatsink. All Sceptre-series monitors have balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control.
A four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter centred at 100Hz, a High Pass switch sets the 12dB/octave filter's low-frequency cut-off, and a High-Frequency Driver Adjust switch adjusts the tweeter's overall level.
Aphex’s USB 500 Rack bridges the gap between the analogue 500 Series and DAWs by providing a solution to use 500 Series modules directly via USB. Use your mic preamps as inputs directly to your DAW or use your analogue compressors and EQs as hardware inserts in your DAW while monitoring though the monitor section of the USB 500 Rack, that includes Mono and Dim functions along with two independent headphone amplifiers.
Modules can be chained in the analogue domain for channel strip operation or linked for stereo compression. The USB 500 Rack also provides balanced XLR connections for use as a standard analogue 500 series rack.
Aphex now has six 500 Series modules: JPre 500 Mic Pre; EQF 500 Parametric Equaliser; Dual RPA 500 Mic Pre; A PRE 500 Mic Pre; the COMP 500 Optical Compressor; and the EX BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module. The JPre 500 mic pre is inspired by the Aphex 1788A remote controlled preamp while the EQF 500 reissue is a modern take on the Aphex EQF-2 500 series 3-band equaliser originally introduced in the 1980s.
Waves has announced that it is releasing its API (application programming interface) for third-party developers. This means that in the near future, the Waves SoundGrid platform will support plug-ins from other developers as well as from Waves and this will begin with products associated with the Plug-in Alliance. Users will benefit from SoundGrid’s power and performance over an expanding range of professional audio tools.
Waves has also announced support for the AAX Native plug-in platform.
The Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection of custom plug-ins, developed in collaboration with mix engineer Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Maroon 5, Shakira), consists of six plug-ins: Delay, Reverb, EQ, Tone Shaper, Distortion and Triple D (DeEsser, DeHarsher, DeBoxer).
Rode has formed a strategic alliance with UK-based audio accessory maker Rycote for a wide range of microphones and accessories. Rycote’s Lyre is a non-elasticated suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic that is markedly more effective at acoustically decoupling microphones from vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than elasticated suspensions. Under the details of the agreement, Rode will have access to implement the Lyre suspension element across a wide range of microphones and accessories on an external and internal level.
The Rode VideoMic with Lyre onboard marks the debut product of the relationship. Its new form factor using the integrated Lyre suspension gives the microphone a lower profile and also features an upgraded all-metal cold-shoe mount for increased rigidity.
JBL’s M2 ‘Master Reference Monitor’ is the largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line and is a free-standing, 2-way system. It employs a D2 Compression Driver that uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and low distortion at high sound pressure levels. The D2 is mated to the 2216ND Differential Drive 15-inch woofer also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression enabling linear output regardless of playback level. It claims an SPL of 123dB at 1m.
An Image Control waveguide is said to deliver a neutral frequency response, on-axis and off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the M2’s 800Hz crossover point. Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system providing more than 1kW of power with a BSS Soundweb London processor providing the crossover and the option for the storage of EQ presets. HiQnet System Architect software allows central control of system calibration and in-room tuning.
The Raven MTX is touchscreen display featuring the Raven Mixer, which can control all major DAWs, and a user-customisable, multifunction Toolbar. The Raven also incorporates an analogue monitoring section with multiple speaker outs and input sources, smart phone connectivity, USB, multiple headphone send and cue options.
The screen employs a Nano Glide 2mm glass surface for a slick and smooth feel and on the 46-inch screen plug-ins become the size of 19-inch outboard. In Toolbar mode, The Raven Toolbar is anchored directly in front of your hands at the base of the touch display putting your DAW controls where you want them. Multitouch ‘gestures’ on the Raven NAV PAD perform Scrub/Shuttle, Waveform Zoom, Track Zoom, and Track Banking and there are customisable Hot Keys.
- ProLight + Sound, Frankfurt, 10-13 April
- NAB, Las Vegas, 8-11 April
- LLB, Stockholm, 23-25 April
- Plasa Focus, Leeds, 30 April-1 May
- AES, Rome, 4-7 May
- AES Brazil Expo, Sao Paulo, 7-9 May
- KOBA, Seoul, 13-16 May