Marin County, CA (October 26, 2011)—Skywalker Sound's 11 TC Electronic System 6000s were recently updated to a MkII configuration, with the addition of a new LM6 Loudness Radar Meter and other features.
In addition to a user-choice of the VP8 pitch transpose processor, UnWrap HD stereo-to-5.1 processor, Multichannel Mastering or a Multichannel Reverb, the MkII upgrade also adds full networking of multiple System 6000 processors. This enables favorite user presets to be archived on a central PC-based library that can be accessed from any editorial suite or mix stage within Skywalker Sound's multi-room complex.
The upgraded MkII systems are fully compatible with all of the System 6000's original algorithms and will read all existing presets. A total of close to 600 factory Scene, Routing and Engine presets are currently available; all user-modified preset banks can be backed up and stored on the hard drive of a network-connected PC.
"We installed our first TC 6k in 1999," recalls Doug Ford, Skywalker Sound's engineering supervisor. "The quality of its algorithms, as well as ease-of-use and flexibility, meant that we had to increase our stock over the next year or so to a total of 11 units. Since purchasing the units our mixers and sound designers have collaborated with TC to modify and improve the algorithm library--and some have even bought their own, personal 6ks!
"This latest upgrade greatly improves our ability to move projects from one room to another by exchanging User Presets and Automation data over our corporate network," continues Ford. "It's remarkable that the core hardware--which we bought more than 10 years ago--continues to benefit from significant feature releases that made this year's hardware upgrades a worthwhile investment."