POP Sound Purchases New AMS Neve DFC Gemini Digital Mixing Console
(AMS Neve | Posted 2006-11-25)
POP, one of the leading sound facilities in the world, has purchased a new AMS Neve DFC Gemini digital mixing console. The new 40-fader console will be installed in Studio A, the studio used by renowned audio mixer and editor Ted Hall, who will employ the DFC Gemini on a wide range of projects including 5.1 and 6.1 remixes and restorations of classic films and contemporary music videos.
POP Sound and Ted Hall are both very familiar with AMS Neve: the facility, which is part of the global Ascent Media family, has 11 other AMS Neve consoles in place, and Hall will use the new DFC Gemini as a natural evolution from the AMS Neve Logic 2 digital console he has been using. "I love the architecture and the layout of the Gemini console, and this is a great transition from the Logic 2 console that I've used for a long time," says Hall, who is currently working on a 5.1 surround remix of U2's PopMart: Live from Mexico City performance video and a 6-channel surround restoration of the Steve McQueen film classic The Sand Pebbles. Other upcoming projects that the DFC Gemini will be used for include several Mark Knopfler live music videos and several more classic films from the vaults of Paramount Pictures.
"I can do all my work in 96 kHz now, while the advanced automation on the DFC Gemini gives me an enormous amount of flexibility," Hall continued. "And the AMS Neve EQ and compressors that I've always loved are still right there, so the sound is everything you'd expect from an AMS Neve. That's enhanced by the interface of the Gemini, which puts everything right there in front of you. You can see four separate layers from a single fader, and the TFT displays are clear and easy to work with for long sessions. AMS Neve really came through with the Gemini's sound and design."
The new DFC Gemini will be right at home at POP Sound, which is virtually an all-AMS Neve facility. "The addition of the DFC Gemini represents a forward evolution of what we're already used to here," comments Nicholas Garside, POP Sound's Chief Engineer. "The Gemini gives us continuity and innovation in the same package, which is wonderful. It has the kinds of new features and tools that we need to take the facility forward, and still gives us the great AMS Neve sound and performance that we like. Ted and the DFC Gemini are going to be a great combination."
About Ascent Media Group
Santa Monica, California-based Ascent Media Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), which through its Creative Services and Network Services divisions, provides creative and technical media services to the media and entertainment industries. Through more than 70 facilities in the regions of Southern California, New York, Atlanta, London and Singapore and at locations throughout the world, Ascent Media Group provides effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and other companies that produce, own and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial and advertising content. More information about Ascent Media Group is available at www.ascentmedia.com.
About AMS Neve
Founded in 1961 the Neve name is one of the most famous in the international audio industry, with the company's custom-crafted British-designed and hand-built mixing consoles, both analog and digital, being recognized for decades as the standard, sought-after sound in top recording studios, broadcast facilities and sound stages in every corner of the globe. AMS, similarly, has an extensive pedigree stretching back to some of the world's first digital processing systems and the earliest hard-disk-based recording and editing systems. In 2005 AMS Neve was acquired by SAE, the world's leading music and recording technology educational organization.