Rastatt, Germany (April 19, 2017)—Luc Besson’s forthcoming sci-fi movie Valerian, the most expensive movie so far produced in Europe, includes a score recorded using a Lawo mc266 audio production console in Studio 104 at Radio France’s auditorium in Paris.

The score, by French Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, was recorded in 10 days and features close to 105 musicians of the Orchestre National de France plus the 32-strong Radio France choir. In total, 158 audio sources plus six 5.1-channel groups were processed and recorded at 96 kHz/24-bit resolution.

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“When we had to change our console six years ago, we searched for a replacement that could handle recording, post production and live broadcast,” says Radio France sound director Laurent Fracchia. “We wanted a console with high-grade preamps and excellent summing buses, and the Lawo mc266 was the best on the market. It is really amazing, and offers amazing flexibility according to my needs. And, of course, it is a great sounding desk.”

Lawo audio console specialist Hervé de Caro oversaw the production and personalized the console to the specific needs of mixer Peter Cobbin. “Peter Cobbin is the sound director of Abbey Road Studios in London and asked for the same layout and routing flexibility he uses on his studio console,” says de Caro. “Using the extensive configuration possibilities offered by the mc266, I programmed and personalized the layout to meet his specific demands.”

He continues, “At the end of the process, we had a console perfectly configured for Peter who was, in a very short time, relaxed and working efficiently. Of course, the ‘cherry on the cake’ was the quality of the sound when we started the recording. The complete chain—based on Peter’s microphone choice and placement, the Dallis mic preamps, the console summing quality, the acoustics of the studio and the monitoring loudspeakers—was perfect.”

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