Sydney, Australia (October 24, 2014)—London-based Sky Vision Sound Studios, part of BSkyB/Sky Vision, has upgraded its Fairlight Constellation console with a Fairlight EVO and its Xynergi system with the latest software version.
The upgrades at the three-studio complex—two mix rooms and a prep room—bring it in line with BSkyB's UK broadcasting facilities in Osterley, where six Fairlight EVOs are already in use.
Robert Thompson, Sky Vision's audio supervisor and senior dubbing mixer, says, "Although we have handled work for external clients such as SKY, the BBC, Universal and Channel 5, the majority of our work comes from Sky Vision. As work often moves between BskyB's sound studios and ours, it made sense for us to have identical equipment. The dubbing mixers at BSkyB were obviously very happy with their Fairlight EVO's and this, combined with our own good experiences of Fairlight, meant we had no qualms about upgrading our own desk."
Sky Vision Sound Studios handles a variety of programming covering wildlife, docudrama, documentary, children's TV shows, scripted content, sports and comedy. "Last year we completed over 70 hours of broadcast TV, which for two mix rooms is pretty good going," Thompson says. "That's just shy of three hours a month—a lot of work by anyone's standards. Of course none of this would be possible without the Fairlight systems we have in both rooms. It really is a credit to Fairlight we achieve what we do because you simply couldn’t get through such a large quantity of work without having a system that is so reliable and flexible."