Potsdam, Germany (February 5, 2016)—German post production facility Rotor Film’s recently opened mixing stage features one of the largest Meyer Sound cinema monitoring systems ever installed.
The new stage, the largest in Europe to offer both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive sound technologies, is located in the Babelsberg Medienstadt (Media City) complex in Potsdam. Before making the decision on loudspeakers, Rotor Film held comparative listening tests, with participation by management, staff and associated independent mixing engineers.
“We invited about 20 sound designers and freelance engineers as our guests to listen to a wide range of audio samples,” said Christoph Engelke, technical director at Rotor Film. “Based on everyone’s listening experiences, a Meyer Sound system was the clear choice for our two top managers, Holger Lehmann and Martin Frühmorgen, and myself.”
To accommodate mixing for 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos, the system comprises three Acheron 100 screen channel loudspeakers, four HMS-12 and 30 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and nine X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers. For Auro-3D extension, the system includes another three Acheron 100 loudspeakers and 20 more HMS-10 loudspeakers.
Equipped with seating for 200, the 400-square-meter room can be used to both mix and screen films. It features an Avid Pro Tools S6 mixing console with 64 faders and four Pro Tools systems running HD11 and HD12 software. In addition to a full slate of plug-ins from Waves, Altiverb, iZotope and others, the studio also offers outboard effects by Lexicon, TC Electronic and Eventide.
Color grading is achieved with a Baselight TWO system on a Blackboard 2 control surface. Films are screened with either a Barco DP4K-32B digital projector or an all-format Kinoton film projector onto a 14.5-by-6.1-meter screen.
“So far, we’ve had a very good response from visiting engineers on the Meyer Sound system’s performance,” reports Engelke.
Meyer Sound Laboratories