Silverglade Associates is upgrading its main dubbing theatre to Dolby 5.1 as it completes the move to HD programme delivery.

The biggest of two audio suites at the post facility is based around Pro Tools HD and an Icon D-command desk.

It is being completely re-cabled, the existing HHB Circle 5 monitoring system is being expanded and new Optima HD projectors are being installed.

The environment of the suite is also being improved with re-decoration, re-carpeting and a relocation of the mixing desk.

The addition of Dolby E encoding and HDcam SR, as required, will give it full flexibility for broadcast delivery.

“When Pro Tools was first installed at Silverglade it was wired for stereo only and conformed to the requirements of the previous Audio Vision system driving a Yamaha mixer so we’ve had to strip out all the existing cabling and start again from scratch.” said managing director and owner Charles Frater.

“The result is an enormous amount of excess cable as modern systems have become more and more file based. The compensation is that the introduction of the HDcam SR standard will use a lot of that spare cable. If the broadcasters could decide on a universal audio delivery standard we could simplify it further and spend more time on the art of mixing sound.”

Audio metering will be provided by Hamlet’s AudioChex while pictures will be projected onto a 1.65 metre high 16:9 screen.

The theatre will be connected to the rest of the facility via EditShare shared storage.

Silverglade is based on London’s South Bank and provides finishing services to broadcast, corporate and new media producers. 

The company’s credits include Come Dine With Me (pictured) for C4.