With its impressive array of dual-operator, EUCON-enabled System 5 consoles, Pinewood puts full flexibility at its mixers’ fingers.

Avid today announced that the prestigious Pinewood Group has installed two further System 5 mixing consoles creating a total of four high-end film mixing consoles currently installed at the world class film facility. A 24-foot, 64-fader  System 5 dual-operator console has been installed in Pinewood’s Powell Theatre, while a 16-foot, 48-fader System 5 dual-operator console was installed in Pinewood’s Pressburger Theatre.

The completion of these two installations marks the end of a renovation and upgrade of the film studio that started with two System 5 dual-operator film-mixing consoles previously installed in the Korda Theatre and in Theatre 1 on the Shepperton Lot. All four theatres now have the most up-to-date specifications possible including six-card DSP SuperCores enabling a large number of tracks and full interchange of projects between any theatre in the Pinewood Group. Moreover each console features EuCon Hybrid, high-speed Ethernet control protocol option for System 5, which allows seamless and transparent control of any digital audio workstation (DAW). With EuCon Hybrid on all four consoles, engineers can bring up DAW tracks onto the System 5 channel strips as well as the Euphonix DSP channels, allowing fast and easy access to the pre-dubs.

"The ability to call up on the desk any track of the workstation is remarkable. What EuCon allows me to do is to mix facing forward instead of mix facing to the side where a workstation controller would be placed," explained Mike Dowson, Pinewood Sound Mixer whose credits include Troy, AVP Alien verses Predator and The Other Boleyn Girl. "The fact that the Euphonix is remarkably high-tech doesn’t belie the fact that beneath the skin there is a classic mixing console which I think every mixer wants to work on."

When installed in 2003, Pinewood’s Head of Post Production Sound, Robin O’Donoghue, was immediately impressed with the console’s reliability and stalwartness. "When we bought our first System five years ago I believed it would last at least ten years, now I know it’ll do better than that," he explained.

"One of the things you get with Avid is that they are a very strong, forward looking company, and as our workflow changes, we believe Avid is capable of changing with that," concluded Dennis Weinreich, Pinewood MD of Post Production for Film and TV.

This high profile, four-console installation at Pinewood further strengthens Avid's position as the console of choice for major feature film dubbing facilities. In the last seven years dubbing teams mixing on System 5 consoles have been nominated for the Oscar® in sound mixing eight times and have won the coveted award five times. Since the installations, projects slated on the new consoles at Pinewood include a new Ken Loach feature entitled Looking for Eric based on the life of football legend Eric Cantona, the British drama 44 Inch Chest, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.