Hollywood, CA (July 2, 2008)--Peter Snell, technical scoring engineer on Batman: The Dark Knight, employed the Solid State Logic XLogic Delta-Link to streamline the massive Pro Tools|HD scoring setup for film composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.
The MADI-based Delta-Link provides up to 64 channels of audio over a single optical cable, reducing the amount of traditional I/O units and requisite cabling to accomplish the same task. "I prefer to use the Delta-Links in a Pro Tools rig for Hans Zimmer because he doesn't do anything small," says Snell. "The maximum size rig that you can build for Pro Tools regarding digital I/O is with 10 16-channel Digidesign-192 units or 160 channels. Because the Delta-Link modules can handle 64 channels each, I can significantly reduce the amount of rack space I take up. This is very good because these systems tend to move around from studio to studio."
He continues, "The first movie we used them on was Pirates of the Caribbean 3 when we built remote rigs for Hans and Lorne Balfe to compose at Disney. Then we used them on the Simpsons movie and had to move the rigs from Disney to Fox. On Batman: The Dark Knight, I used two Delta-Link systems for each of two Pro Tools rigs and thereby replaced 16 of the Digidesign-192 I/O units."
"Another item that comes along with running multiple units into Pro Tools is connecting up the word clock," Snell explains. "The problem with the original all Digi-based system was that I had 10 hardware boxes to sync. Now I use two Delta-Link boxes and two 192's to get my 160 channels, so I am only clocking four units. I am now not only saving on rack space, I am saving in clock distribution."
The Batman sequel hits theaters July 18.
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