Beijing Film Academy relies on Pyramix for immersive audio research
CHINA: Following the construction of a new film music mixing studio, the Beijing Film Academy’s School of Sound has outfitted the space with a Merging Technologies Pyramix audio workstation with a MassCore Engine – for low-latency and high channel counts – and Horus network audio interface.
‘Once we start a session with the Merging equipment we enjoy an improvement in production quality,’ stated Professor Tong Lei, the dean of the sound school. ‘This equates to something similar to the best of classical music recordings.’
The studio’s Horus interface provides AD/DA conversion with support for up to DSD256 and DXD (352.8kHz PCM) super high-resolution audio formats, and a large number of I/O channels over a single Cat-5/6e cable thanks accommodated via Ravenna/AES67.
Aside from the new audio studio, the sound school has recently built the country’s first movie postproduction studio to research the standardisation of 3D sound. This research studio is configured with 40 output channels connected to 40 speakers for playback, the position of which are fully adjustable allowing for different configurations to be studied. The purpose is to allow China to avoid being forced to accept foreign standards.
The 3D panner inside Pyramix is used here to customise the listening environment by adjusting the room size and speaker positions, without the need for additional third-party plugins. ‘The Pyramix DAW’s native 3D panning functionality allows us to cast off the shackles of the existing immersive sound formats,’ concluded Professor Tong Lei. ‘This has given us unprecedented convenience and gives us the possibility to undertake our 3D sound research far more efficiently.’