The NTV-Kino film company, a member of Gazprom-Media Holding, has opened a 1,500 square metre studio complex in Moscow.
The sound side of the new complex consists of seven studios: a Foley studio; three ADR studios; two editing rooms and a Dolby Premier certified dubbing theatre, supporting all formats, including the new Dolby Atmos immersive sound format.
The Dolby Premier dubbing studio has an area of 120 square metres. The 60 square metre Foley control room, equipped with multi-format 5.1 monitoring, can be used both for recording and mixing in 5.1 for DVD or TV and for stem mixing for film and music production.
The three stereo ADR studios are constructed along the same acoustic design principles, with highly compatible monitoring. All the sound studios are equipped with Avid Pro Tools HDX systems, and the dubbing theatre is also equipped with a Euphonix System 5 console. “It is really a very good complex for post production. It has all the major components, including a world class mixing room,” said Brian Vessa, Chairman of the SMPTE Technology Committee TC-25CSS for digital cinema sound systems. “The movie companies are paying great attention to soundtrack production now, and having the Dolby Atmos system incorporated into the original design is a significant advantage. The development of immersive cinema sound production and reproduction equipment is opening up new possibilities for sound, and we should see some very creative and interesting immersive soundtracks in the future.”
British designer Philip Newell planned the acoustic design of the complex. The project manager was Joules Newell, who was also involved in the planning and installation of the power systems, data networks and audio systems. European consultant and sound designer Branko Neskov selected equipment for the sound studios.
“We tried to create a studio that would not go out of date for a long time. The basic installation should be good for twenty, or even thirty years,” said Newell. “This complex allows you to do almost everything with both sound and image, but its other advantage is its maximal flexibility and adaptability to the ever-increasing technical requirements.”