NFL Films Teams with Fairlight

NFL Films, which maintains 16 audio production suites at its Mount Laurel, NJ facility, has added five Fairlight EVOs to its inventory of Fairlight Xynergi consoles.
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Mount Laurel, NJ (February 16, 2012)—NFL Films, which maintains 16 audio production suites at its Mount Laurel, NJ facility, has added five Fairlight EVOs to its inventory of Fairlight Xynergi consoles.

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"Our engineering staff was able to add the EVO consoles into our Xynergi rooms with very minimal downtime," states Vince Caputo, supervising sound mixer at NFL Films. "We knew the software and automation well, so adding the EVO control surfaces was an easy upgrade operationally as well."

NFL Films utilizes Fairlight's EVO and Xynergi consoles to create material for the National Football League's weekly highlights, analysis shows and documentaries featuring the league's greatest players and performances. During the season, NFL Films produces weekly shows for a variety of outlets including NFL Network, ESPN, Showtime, The NBC Sports Network and Velocity. Its work is featured on programs such as NFL Films Presents, Inside The NFL, NFL Turning Point and SoundFX.

"Sonically, the Fairlight product has always been brilliant, but the other main attraction for us is speed," Caputo continued. "The bulk of our work is straight up editing of dialogue and nat sound, general track prep and sound effects placement. For all of that, the speed and flexibility of the Xynergi is unmatched. We also rely on the clip-based DSP, so that when we reach back into our archives for a sound clip, we can import it with all of the work done, level, EQ, rendered plug-ins, fades, etc. That saves us from having to do that same job twice."

"With both the clip-based and channel strip control, there is an over-abundance of power and flexibility, so there are few boundaries," Caputo said.

Combining the Xynergi with the EVO has only made the process easier for NFL Films, allowing the editing and mixing process to overlap. "There is much less delineation between the pre-dubbing and mixing processes, the mix is always on." Simultaneous work helps to keep workflow moving, which is crucial for the NFL team.

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