Sydney, Australia (March 24, 2009)–John Simpson, a multiple award-winning Foley artist, has installed a two-bay Fairlight Constellation XCS console with full High Definition picture playback at his Feet’n Frames facility in Australia.
Located nearly 400 km from Adelaide, Feet’n Frames is on the edge of the South Australian outback. The studio is set on a 300-acre property, which is so remote that power has to be supplied by a 9 kVA three-cylinder diesel generator. Specially adapted to make it as quiet as possible, the generator powers all the studio equipment and the air conditioning–a necessity rather than a luxury when you consider that temperatures can rise to 49-degrees C during the summer months.
“It is very quiet outside–the perfect place to set up a recording studio,” says Simpson, who has worked with directors including Baz Luhrmann and Peter Weir. “All the gear with noisy fans lives in a converted caravan outside the control room that also has its own aircon system. This leaves me with a nice, quiet control room, which is critical when recording Foley. The Fairlight and auxiliary gear all run off a true inline UPS/power conditioner to smooth out any power fluctuations from the generator. As for security–well, that’s provided by a family of kangaroos that like to sleep outside the building each night.”
Simpson, a long-time Fairlight user, reports, “I can throw pictures in any format at the Constellation XCS console and it’s happy to play them. The system’s stability is exceptional and I also love the Xynergi keyboard–I hardly use the mouse at all. I find it very easy and relaxing to cut on (I cut all my own Foley after it is recorded), and my favorite function is the clip naming because it is so easy to use.”