HHB Communications has supplied the professional audio equipment for major refurbishments to Imagem Production Music’s London studios, upgrading both systems to Pro Tools HD11 and HDX hardware with the new Apple Mac Pro.
Imagem Production Music offers a library of over 200,000 original tracks for licensing to movies, advertising campaigns, TV programming, corporate videos, and more. Working with a team of leading composers, Imagem’s studios are used for mixing and mastering new material and re-purposing library tracks. Both studios are now equipped with Pro Tools 11 and HDX systems running on the new Apple Mac Pro and Magma’s EB3T thunderbolt chassis. As part of the upgrade, HHB also supplied a variety of new hardware and software products, including Neumann microphones, Universal Audio and Neve preamps, and plug-ins from Waves, Sonnox, and iZotope.
The combination of Pro Tools HDX and the latest Mac Pro computers with Intel Xeon E5 processors provides Imagem with a major improvement in performance. The performance of Imagem’s network storage has also been enhanced with the purchase of Studio Network Solutions SANmp storage management network software licences.
The majority of music offered by Imagem is recorded offsite, but the supplied Neve 4081 mic pre, UAD LA-610 MK2 channel strip and Neumann microphones provide an extremely high-quality signal path for in-house tracking of small orchestral ensembles, vocals, and VOD.
HHB sales manager Andrew Hingley comments: “Imagem produces over 50 albums of high-quality production music every year. Features like faster-than-real-time offline bounce provided by Pro Tools 11 and the incredibly fast processing speed of the new Mac Pro are extremely valuable timesaving solutions for this volume of work. The upgrades will afford them an enormous amount of time that can be put back into the creative process.”
Imagem producer and studio engineer Taz Mattar explains: “It is actually ridiculous how fast our studios are with the addition of the new Pro Tools HDX systems. We ran some tests and managed to do some offline bounces at 180x real-time!”
Production and studio manager Iain Roberton states: “Working with HHB on the upgrades has been totally painless. We completely swapped out the old systems and were up and running with the new rigs in under two days. Whenever we buy equipment from HHB it arrives on time, it’s tested so we know it will work and their technical support is fantastic.”