Burnley, Lancashire, UK/Marin County, CA (April 3, 2007)–Award-winning audio post production facility Skywalker Sound has purchased two AMS Neve Gemini Digital Film Consoles. Skywalker has installed a new 3-position, 96-fader console on the Kurosawa stage, and a 40-fader console on the recently remodeled Elia Kazan stage.
Academy Award-winning sound designer and mixer Christopher Boyes said, “The Gemini is a great console. This desk lends itself to sensitive dialogue film soundtracks as well as energetic action films. The equalizers quickly allow subtle, yet detailed changes with extreme accuracy; the compressors can provide lightning attack and release times while remaining nearly transparent.” He added, “The filters are simply the finest ever, and allow for the ultimate in flexibility, permitting an aggressive or subtle touch as needed. The Encore automation package allows us to manipulate all of these components with ease, confidence, accuracy and speed. Having a tool like the Gemini allows us to spend our valuable mix time making good creative decisions and less time on the technicalities of the mixing interface.”
According to AMS Neve, the Academy Award-winning DFC Gemini was the first full-scale multi-operator Digital Film Console. At the heart of the DFC Gemini is “the world’s most powerful DSP mix engine,” capable of delivering the Neve sound across 1,000 audio signal paths at 96 kHz/24-bit in a single, high-resolution DFC signal-processing tower. The DFC Gemini is laden with features that take film sound to a new level, including TFT Channel display, the Encore Plus automation system, Neve EQ, Dynamics and Bass Enhancement plug-ins with linked dynamics, expanded 12 Stem Mixing, and complete integrated machine control.
The new AMS Neve DFC Geminis will join other key Neve products at Skywalker Sound, including a Neve 88R 72-channel recording console with 149 automated inputs and 8×8 VSP Film Monitor section allowing 8-buss film mixing in conventional stereo of 5.1 surround and fitted with Encore Automation and Recall; as well as Neve 1072 and 1073 microphone preamps and the Neve 33609 stereo compressor.