Los Angeles (October 13, 2006) — 20th Century Fox has purchased an enhanced AMS Neve 88RS Analogue Music Console. The 96-input console, which will be installed in January 2007, will go into Fox’s Newman Scoring Stage at the studio’s Los Angeles facility, where it will replace an SSL 9000J console.
The 88RS console will be used to record scoring sessions for major motion pictures and broadcast programs. The console was specifically customized for Fox with a 96-I/O configuration as well as a scoring matrix, and joins several AMS Neve DFC digital film mixing consoles already in use at Fox.
The Newman Scoring Stage has one of the longest legacies in the history of film sound. It was originally constructed as one of Hollywood’s first-ever sound stages at the advent of motion picture audio, in 1928. It was converted to a music scoring stage in 1933, underwent significant updates in the 1970s and in 1996, and is one of the original four sound stages at the landmark 20th Century Fox Studio that make up the Post Production Complex.
The decision to acquire the 88RS was made with considerable input from many of Hollywood’s leading recording and mix engineers, who were polled about their preferences by Fox’s post production management team. They include Shawn Murphy, Armin Steiner, Dennis Sands, Bobby Fernandez, Bruce Botnick, Danny Wallin and Alan Meyerson. The features and capabilities that they outlined fit only one console in the world: the AMS Neve 88RS.
“There was no competition whatsoever out there,” says Denis Saint-Amand, scoring project engineer at Fox, who is supervising the installation of the console. “The 5.1 scoring matrix, the I/O configuration, the automation – everything was exactly what we needed and wanted. It’s essentially two consoles for the price of one, since we can assign the first 48 tracks to the main recording system and still have another 48 tracks with full I/O for other purposes.”