Film mixing and 3D audio studio depends on Pyramix and Horus
The highly prestigious Beijing Film Academy has put their trust in Merging Technologies once again. Beijing Film Academy’s School of Sound has constructed a new film music mixing studio. Integral to this studio is the Pyramix audio workstation with a MassCore engine to provide ultra-low latencies and allowing users to have enough power to mix very high track counts simultaneously. This studio is also equipped with Merging’s Horus which provides excellent AD/DA conversion quality and supports up to DSD256 and DXD (352.8 kHz PCM). The high number of I/O channels necessary are easily accommodated via the RAVENNA/AES67 protocol which uses one Cat 5e/Cat 6 cable to connect to Pyramix. Channel routing can be done remotely using the same connection, providing the ultimate in convenience with superb sound quality.
The Dean of the Sound School, Professor Tong Lei summarized; “Once we start a session with the Merging equipment we enjoy an improvement in production quality. This equates to something similar to the best of classical music recordings.”
The Beijing Film Academy Sound School has also built China’s first movie post production studio specifically for researching standardized 3D sound. This research studio is configured with 40 output channels connected to 40 speakers for playback. The position of these speakers is fully adjustable allowing for different configurations to be easily studied. The purpose of this lab was to find a solution to standardize 3D immersive movie audio for China. This will allow China to avoid being forced to accept foreign standards and seeing any monopoly emerge. Pyramix software features embedded 3D panning which is absolutely essential for the research studio’s investigation and evaluation. This panning engine saves significant amounts of time and effort and supports any multiple speaker configuration including the existing competing international formats.
The Pyramix 3D panner allows the user to customize the immersive listening environment by adjusting the room size and the speaker positions without the need for third party plug-ins. This makes the task of constructing room environment models far easier. Once again, Professor Tong Lei was able to express this succinctly; “The Pyramix DAW’s native 3D panning functionality allows us cast off the shackles of the existing immersive sound formats. This has given us unprecedented convenience and gives us the possibility to undertake our 3D sound research far more efficiently.”
Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 25 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.
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