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and New Zealand.
Sohonet’s Chief Technology
Officer, Ben Roeder, explains that
the company has a “high quality IP
network” that is uncongested and
is managed with a single point of
contact for the users. “If there are
any problems then our clients have
just one person to deal with,” he says.
“We know the market, including the
manufacturers and the technological
issues people face, such as different
audio formats.”
Facilities are now routinely using
international networks for ADR
(Automatic Dialogue Replacement)
sessions, surround sound mixing,
audio description recording,
alternative language tracks and
general distribution. Roeder
comments that the possibilities for
what can be done between studios
will only grow as network capacity
increases in the near future: “We’re
testing 4Gb a second connections
and there’s also the potential of
Ethernet systems that can be built
up in multiples of 25GHz channels.
All this will give more bandwidth and
more services.”
Roeder describes Sohonet’s
network as “pretty much agnostic”,
giving users the option to deploy

Global Reach map shows Sohonet’s
connections round the world (Mar12)

other systems on top of the core
connection. Among these is the
Source-Connect remote recording
application, developed by Source
Elements. Now in version 3.7,
Source-Connect can run on T1,
cable or DSL internet circuits and
supports 64-bit AAX and audio
components for Mac OSX, as well
as RTAS (Real Time Audio Suite)
and VST (Virtual Studio Technology),
among others. The Source-Connect
software package can be bought
outright or rented on a session by
session basis.
Source Elements Director of
Technology Rebekah Wilson says
the aim behind Source-Connect
was to offer a replacement for
existing technologies: “ISDN is
being cancelled in Germany, the
Netherlands and Sweden. The
intention was to have SourceConnect be there when ISDN is not.”
Wilson explains that the program has
“four to five main uses”, with voiceover work key among them: “Voice
artists are using it as the primary
means of connecting to studios
or as a back-up for ISDN or when
they’re travelling.”
Another form of networking that has
become a key part of operations at
audio post-production houses is the
building-wide storage server. These
systems are now used to link studios
in neighbouring premises as well as
within one building, giving access to
all projects. Towards the end of last
year London post-production house
Deluxe 142 installed a 15TB Ardis
Technologies Dynamic Drive Pool
(DDP) networked storage server in

Source-Connect Pro 3.7

its audio department.
Head of Sound David Old explains
that FireWire and other external drive
formats are no longer used on the
company’s productions. “We’re
dividing up the available space on
the server system to create drives
within it that can be used by the
studios,” he says. “That means
operators can have access to
any given sound project
from anywhere in
the facility.”
Deluxe 142 also opened
a new track-laying room, which
has been built into a
former transfer bay
a t t h e c o m p a n y ’s
Film
House headquarters on Wardour
Street. Studio 7 is part of the DDP
network and, like the other audio
rooms, based on Pro Tools 10
software, although it does not have

a dedicated control surface so all
mixing is done “in the box”.
Avid’s machine networking
protocol is Ethernet-based and, says
Tom Graham, can be easily added
to a LAN (Local Area Network) for
interconnection and even remote
mixing. “We’re committed to
developing networking because
it’s how professional mixers want
to work,” Graham observes.
DiGiCo/Soundtracs has
collaborated with processor plugin manufacturer Waves to produce a
new networking system. DiGiGrid is
designed to offer an open approach
to plug-ins, control and management
of audio resources. DiGiCo’s Dan
Page says the system is a “scalable
network IO solution combined with
integrated mixing and processing”
that is intended to create “a faster,
more efficient workflow”.
DiGiGrid will be examined in
greater detail in Part 2 next issue on
Post-Production Solutions, together
with DAWs, machine control, plugins and outboard equipment.

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Bronow On Pro Sound iZotope RX 2
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f all the audio mixers in the TV
industry, Bob Bronow faces
the harshest conditions imaginable
– winds, surf and an array of lifethreatening situations. Persevering
in his quest for intelligible dialogue
he uses iZotope RX 2 Advanced…
For every episode of ‘Deadliest
Catch’, Discovery Channel’s
crab fishing reality hit, Bronow
is presented with 700 pieces of
fixed dialogue, recorded solely
from camera mics, lav mics, and
a mere pair of static mics on deck.
Due to safety concerns and space
constraints on the crab boats,
production sound personnel are
not allowed aboard, so what you
hear on the boat is what you’ll get
to work with in post.
“Depending on the situation, the
characters could be in the engine
room, near the hydraulics, or have
their one lav mic stuck underneath
all their protective gear,” Bronow
says. As a result, Catch is the

first show Bronow has done that
requires a complete evaluation of
all the recorded audio without the
opportunity for ADR.
“I go through all the footage – every
piece of dialogue. I evaluate and
remove as much noise as I can – and
that’s where RX 2 comes in.”
For Bronow, RX 2 is truly a gamechanger. “I go through mixes now
looking for stuff to fix that I wouldn’t
necessarily have been able to help
before. I couldn’t get through an
episode without RX!”
To eliminate isolated booms and
bangs in the audio, Bronow uses
RX 2’s Denoiser, Declicker, and
Spectral Repair modules. Spectral
Repair comes into play often for
removing the common, unwanted
rumbling sound caused by wind on
the crabbing boats. “The first thing
I’ll do is pull up the Spectral Repair
module and the spectrogram shows
all of the wind blusters. The neat
thing about RX is that it doesn’t just

remove the noise like an EQ would.
It washes it, like a watercolour.”
RX 2’s modules also allow
adjustments to be made to the
intensity of the noise reduction,
allowing Bronow to leave essential
elements in the mix to give
ambience to the shot.
“A lot of times, I’ll leave some noise
in there because I want the viewer to
realize ‘Yeah! It is cold. It is windy.’
I just don’t want it to completely
obliterate the dialogue.” Rescuing
takes with RX 2 gives Bronow
the ability to almost completely
eliminate the use of subtitles on
Catch. “If we can lose the subtitles
on the screen, it’s always better.”
When it comes to RX 2, Bronow
has been busy spreading the word,
showing other re-recording mixers
its raw power for rescuing the
unrescuable. “When I find a product
that really goes above and beyond,
I’m the first one to go scream about
it to my colleagues. It’s saved tracks

To watch the Bob Bronow interview
and hear before/after audio
examples click on the image…

that most people thought were
completely unusable.”
Bob Bronow is a two-time
Emmy and four-time CAS awardwinning sound designer and rerecording mixer for Max Post
Original Productions in Burbank,
California. His credits include
‘Deadliest Catch’, ‘The Wrecking
Crew’, ‘Ax Men’, ‘The Colony’,
and ‘1000 Ways to Die’.


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InGear: TSL Professional Products – Solutions for Acquisition Through to Delivery
InGear: Belden Extends Mic Cables Line
InMedia: Post Asylum Centres on Smoke Workflow
InMedia: Carrier ID & Broadcasters
InMedia: Satellite Broadcasters’ Present United Front
InFile: Save Time on Video Management
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