Trevor Harrison, sound editor at ShoeboxSydney, Australia (November 2, 2009)--Fairlight Xynergi systems have recently been installed in a number of Australian post facilities, including Tracks Post Production and Shoebox.
Tracks Post Production, a sound post and picture editing facility based in Crow's Nest, Sydney, has a client list that includes film companies, broadcast television networks and independent production companies such as Screentime, Southern Star Endemol and Cordell Jigsaw.
Stephen Smith, managing director/sound services at Tracks, says, "Tracks has been a long time user of Fairlight, purchasing its first system in 1993. We now have a large number of Pro Tools systems and these are our primary mixing platform. However, I was very impressed with the new Xynergi systems when I saw them at NAB 2009 and wanted to see if Fairlight had a place in our facilities again. We have now installed two Xynergi's--one as an addition to our existing studio facilities and the other as an upgrade from an older Fairlight console."
In recent weeks, Shoebox, a Sydney-based post production facility that handles documentary and drama projects for a number of television broadcasters, has upgraded its standalone Xynergi system by installing a three-bay Fairlight Constellation XCS console, which incorporates Xynergi in its center panel.
"We decided to upgrade to a Constellation because we are moving our facility from just editing to editing and mixing," says Trevor Harrison, sound editor at Shoebox. "Having faders makes it much easier to mix and I also really like the 5.1 panning, clip naming and vision track features. All in, the new Constellation XCS has proved to be the perfect tool--keep up the good work, Fairlight!"
Other Australian post production companies to have invested in Fairlight's Xynergi technology include Adelaide-based Reel Six, which handles a variety of work for TV and film, and Sydney-based Julesound, which specializes in TV documentaries and has bought a second Xynergi to augment the system it installed last year.