Warner Bros. De Lane Lea has added 24 additional Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers to its primary mixing stage as part of a recent upgrade to Dolby Atmos. The newly outfitted Stage 1 is central London's largest stage and also its first to offer this format.
Stage 1's proven track record using the Meyer Sound 7.1 cinema system since its installation in 2010 meant that the selection of additional Meyer Sound components was the natural choice to meet the rigorous requirements of the Dolby Atmos format.
"Dolby Atmos places intensive demands on the monitoring system," noted Chris Burdon, staff re-recording mixer at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. "Replaying full-range audio across the entire surround array at high levels, while maintaining accuracy, is a new challenge. Fortunately, we've found that the Meyer Sound system provides the necessary audio fidelity and output power to mix confidently in Atmos."
The complete Stage 1 monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron 80 and three Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers, one of each paired to receive a separate channel. Atmos surround sound is provided by 12 HMS-10, 10 HMS-12, and 10 HMS-5 surround loudspeakers, while five X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers in front and two X-400C cinema subwoofers in the rear provide low end. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies system drive and optimisation.
Burdon noted that Dolby Atmos soundtracks "often involve high sound pressure levels, but the Meyer monitoring helps keep ear fatigue to a minimum."
Stage 1 offers a seven-meter screen, an 80-fader AMS Neve DFC Gemini digital mixing console, seven Pro Tools HDX systems for playback and recording, and film and 2K 3D digital projection.