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Sim Post Builds Dante-Networked Rooms

Sim Post recently added seven rooms and turned to Focusrite to keep them connected.

New York, NY (October 24, 2019)—Sim Post recently completed a major expansion of its Manhattan facility, adding seven rooms, including four audio rooms plus a central machine room interconnected with Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces.

Sim Post is just one facility in equipment rental, production and post production company Sim’s portfolio, which includes locations in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta. The new Manhattan audio facilities include three broadcast-audio 5.1-surround mix suites, one with Dolby Atmos capability, and an ADR/VO recording studio, which can accommodate as many as five actors.

NEC Extends RedNet AoIP Network

Four RedNet 5 Pro Tools HD bridges in the machine room feed the Pro Tools systems in each of the three broadcast audio mix suites. Two of those suites are equipped with RedNet 1 eight-channel A-D/D-A interfaces, while all three suites have RedNet 2 and/or RedNet A16R 16-channel analogue I/O interfaces. In addition, a Focusrite RedNet X2P 2×2 Dante audio interface is being used for ad hoc recording sessions in the facility’s large theater.

“We are responding to an acute need for more high-quality post services in New York, especially for television,” says Sim Post New York partner and vice president Kim Spikes. “Our new sound and picture resources are designed to meet the finishing and delivery needs of those scripted productions.” Recent TV credits for Sim New York include the MTV VMAs, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men for Showtime, and Deal or No Deal for NBC; recent film credits include Motherless Brooklyn for Warner Bros. and Someone Great for Netflix.

“RedNet lets us connect all of these spaces together on single strands of Ethernet cable, instead of the dozens of copper cables we’d need otherwise, which is a huge cost savings,” says Liam Ford, Sim’s senior vice president, post engineering. “Also, we have much greater flexibility from putting our Pro Tools systems in a central location and networking from there to each mix room. That way, our editors can continue working on the Pro Tools deck of their choice, configured the way they want it, in any of the rooms, because the Pro Tools systems aren’t locked to a particular room.

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“In addition, when we need extra processing power, we can connect multiple Pro Tools stations together on the network. And we have all of our related audio, such as recording and talkback mics, on that same RedNet network. It’s a full AoIP system.”

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