Los Angeles, CA (January 27, 2017)—Fox Studios in Los Angeles has upgraded three AMS Neve DFC Gemini consoles in the facility’s feature dubbing stages to DFC3D versions.
DFC3D provides new integrated DSP processes including sub-harmonic synthesizer, multi-band compressor and the return of the AMS RMX-16 reverb. The upgrade to DFC3D provides increased DSP capacity, which allows for using the new processes in existing mix set-ups without compromising DSP availability. It also includes new high-resolution 3D-enabled metering, with unique spatial panner optimized for Dolby Atmos, providing the most efficient Atmos mixing experience and fastest transition from conventional mixing techniques.
Brian Bair, Fox’s chief engineer, says, “The newly enhanced feature-set provides us with much needed visual feedback for our object based mixing projects,” he stated. The DFC3D’s flexible mix engine natively supports 16-wide stems and pre-dubs, allowing true 3D panning. Enhanced online and offline automation editing speeds up re-conforming and streamlines mix workflows.”
Of Fox’s three feature dubbing theaters, which are named after directors Howard Hawks, John Ford and Robert Wise, the Hawks stage, which is equipped for 5.1, 7.1, Dolby Atmos, IMAX and Auro3D formats, was the first to be upgraded in October. The Wise stage upgrade was completed in December. The Ford stage is set for completion in early 2017.
Bair continues, “When a typical immersive mix here at Fox can include up to 118 objects, six or seven 9.1 bed stems and 52 or more individual speaker channels, it’s invaluable to be able to see what’s routed where at the push of a button: the new DFC3D meter bridge does it extremely well.”
“I love the sound quality of the DFC. That’s the most important thing to me on any project,” states re-recording mixer Andy Nelson. “The DFC has wonderful sound and great equalizers and compressors, which are the parts of the board I call upon all the time.”