Park Road Post Production Invests in DirectOut MADI Solution
Owned by Academy award-winning film director, Sir Peter Jackson, best known for having directed and produced ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Park Road was established as a one-stop shop with world-class integrated picture and sound departments all under one roof. Park Road is uniquely placed to supply all post services for a feature from on-set support, rushes, stereoscopic alignment, digital intermediate, foley and sound mixing through to the final completion of all film and digital deliverables for distribution.The facility forms part of a creative community that includes the Academy award-winning Weta Digital and Weta Workshop and the soundstages of Stone Street Studios.
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 much more flexible MADI system for the mix team into the bargain, so it was a winner at every level.
Neill worked with Wellington-based AV solution provider, Protel, and DirectOut’s Australia and NZ distributor, Professional Audio & Television, to integrate a number of MA2CHBOX reference class headphone amplifiers for MADI signals, and an ANDIAMO.XT AD/DA/DD converter into the existing environment, at the heart of which is a Euphonix System 5 console.
The MA2CHBOX BNC units are used to provide the Protools editors on the mix stage with a direct feed of their first 64 tracks via headphones. John Neill explained: “This meant that the feed existed even when staff were opening other projects on the console. 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.” Meanwhile, the ANDIAMO.XT ensures extremely high quality A/D (MADI/AES) and D/D conversion in a compact form factor at an affordable price point.
“The DirectOut products were the only devices to offer all the functionality we required at the standard we demanded,” concluded Neill. “The project is a total success and we’ll definitely extend this system to other areas in the future.”
About DirectOut GmbH
DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock, an award-winning classical music sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in digital audio signal processing design. The company specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies® (D.O.TEC®), offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, AES67 and RAVENNA. Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut products are distributed worldwide.