London, UK (December 18, 2009)–RAS Audio Services in Manchester, UK, deployed the SADiE PCM8 on the upcoming third series of CBBC’s show, Prank Patrol.
Produced by Bakermedia in Manchester and scheduled to air from January on BBC2 on Saturday mornings, Prank Patrol follows the team of Barney and the Ninjas as they play elaborate pranks on viewers’ unsuspecting friends and family. Mummies come to life, aliens land, robots bust through walls–all of which is a far cry from RAS Audio Services’ core business of recording brass bands, choirs and chamber music.
“I used to work for Bakermedia’s MD a few years ago at another facility house, now defunct, and having re-established contact, I was asked if I’d like to do the audio post for the forthcoming third series,” explains RAS’s Richard Scott.
“The show is very in your face and has well over 1,000 spot effects in just under half an hour,” he explains. “There’s a lot of topping and tailing to do and cosmetic editing of the dialogue, some of which is of necessity not ideally recorded. It’s also quite a complicated show; during the prank itself, there will usually be up to eight live mic streams, plus voiceovers, multiple effects tracks and two or three music beds. As a result, I obviously valued SADiE’s very fast editing and processing abilities.”
In terms of its audio workflow, Prank Patrol is offlined on Final Cut Pro, after which Richard receives an OMF for the audio and a QuickTime movie for guide pictures. “I use SSL’s Pro-Convert to convert the OMF to AES31, which SADiE then opens directly,” he explains. “I have the full SADiE video option, which directly plays the QT movie in its own window within SADiE.”
“I mix the program down in the box with some external processing onto a spare stereo stream, then convert to MP3 within SADiE to send for approval. I send the final mix as Broadcast WAV either on disk or via FTP.”