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.