Copenhagen, Denmark (August 7, 2017)—Studio Babelsberg has installed several Digital Audio Denmark AX32 AD/DA converters on its scoring stage just outside of Berlin, Germany.
The scoring stage is home to Deutches Filmorchester Babelsberg, a full symphony orchestra that specializes in delivering music for film and TV productions. The stage is approximately 3,800 sq. ft. with a 36-ft. ceiling.
Backstage, the machine room includes a rack holding the studio’s Pro ToolsHDX system and three Digital Audio Denmark AX32 AD/DA converters, each of which is equipped with 24 inputs and outputs. Two control rooms at the scoring stage are connected digitally, and on either side of the workflow, within the digital domain, the three AX32 units handle all of the A/D and D/A conversion. The main control room has a 72-fader analog NEVE VXS console, while the second control room is digitally based around an SSL C200 console.
According to Falko Duczmal, Studio Babelsberg’s head studio engineer, installing the AX32 units was a significant AD/DA converter upgrade: “The sound we get now is much more detailed and transparent. There is a certain depth to it and the sound we hear in the recording hall is just translated extremely accurately to the digital domain.”
The studio’s orchestra records for many German film and television productions, but it is also widely used internationally for film and television as well as music productions. Film credits include Sleepless, Hitman – Agent47, Walking with Dinosaurs, Anonymous, Ninja Assassin and The Musketeers. For additional orchestral parts for commercial album releases, clients include Rammstein, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Terrence Blanchard and Sting.