Park Road project banishes background noise
NEW ZEALAND: DirectOut’s Australian and New Zealand distributor, Professional Audio & Television (PAT), has supplied a new Madi solution to Park Road Post Production, a postproduction facility based in Wellington. The DirectOut system was installed by local A/V solution provider, Protel, to improve working conditions in the mix area.
Owned by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings director, Sir Peter Jackson, the studio was established as a one-stop postproduction shop with integrated picture and sound departments all under one roof, making it uniquely placed to supply all post services for a feature.
Park Road’s head of sound, John Neill, explained that the initial reason for the upgrade was to reduce the number of devices within the mix area in order to reduce background fan noise. In doing so, he found that he actually ended up with a more flexible Madi system for the mix team.
A number of MA2CHBOX reference class headphone amplifiers for Madi signals, and an ANDIAMO.XT AD/DA/DD converter were integrated into the existing environment, at the heart of which is a Euphonix System 5 console. The MA2CHBOX BNC units are used to provide the Pro Tools editors on the mix stage with a direct feed of their first 64 tracks via headphones.
‘This meant that the feed existed even when staff were opening other projects on the console,’ explained John Neill. ‘The challenge was to get a split of the Madi feed and send it via a long cable to the mix theatre. This was achieved by isolating the split to the long cable on the console in such a way that it neither affected, nor was affected by the console status.’
‘The DirectOut products were the only devices to offer all the functionality we required at the standard we demanded,’ concluded Mr Neill. ‘The project is a total success and we’ll definitely extend this system to other areas in the future.’