San Francisco, CA (July 1, 2004)–Built in 1987, Dolby Laboratories’ screening room has come to be known as a choice of cinema heavyweights like Francis Coppola, Phil Kaufman, and Wayne Wang, all of whom have used it to work on their own Dolby-encoded films. The venue additionally supports Dolby’s own research and testing, and thanks to its removable seating, serves as an ideal recording studio in its own right.
Whatever plans may include for the room, Dolby technical facilities manager Tom Bruchs is the man holding the keys to the door. Not coincidentally, it was with Bruchs’ help that the space recently received an audio upgrade using DCA amplification, RAVE signal transport, and BASIS network monitoring and control from QSC.
During the developmental stages of the upgrade, Bruchs worked closely with Dolby senior VP Ioan Allen to define the nature and scope of the project. Among all the concerns the pair discussed, system flexibility emerged high on their list of needs to address.
With 11 amplifiers from QSC’s DCA Series providing system power, and signal transport aided and abetted by a network of RAVE (Routing Audio Via Ethernet) units also supplied by the Costa Mesa, CA-based manufacturer, a half-dozen BASIS 922az systems now outfit the room with wide-ranging control and monitoring functions.
Noted Bruchs, “One day an engineer from within our own laboratories may approach me with a test or experiment that needs to be done; the next I could be working with a standards group from within the motion picture industry. In a place where anything can happen and probably will, I have to react quickly and know that the technology supporting my efforts will keep pace with whatever may transpire.”
QSC Audio Products Inc.