Soho audio post-production facility The Bridge is part of the way through a major refit that will see all three of its suites upgraded with the installation of networked hard disk
Soho audio post-production facility The Bridge is part of the way through a major refit that will see all three of its suites upgraded with the installation of networked hard disk audio and video systems, writes Kevin Hilton. Working to a budget of£400,000, the installation is based on products from the "new" Fairlight for the audio systems and AV Media for the video.Two of the studios are now finished and work is underway on the facility's largest room, Studio 3. The audio system features two Fairlight Dream consoles, a Dream Station with sidecar and a Dream Satellite. These are all networked in addition to having their own local drives. All parameters are stored on a Raid array, which enables flexible exchange and backing up.The video equipment is based on V-Motion, a hard disk player-recorder produced by AV Media, an Australian company that originally manufactured the DSP range of products. Based on uncompressed digital video, the system features touch-screens and can either lead the audio or follow it.Although it is best-known for its audio work, The Bridge, which is part of the White Lightning group that also includes Silk Sound and Space, has full video capability and has worked on voicing animation projects for DreamWorks and Disney. The Fairlight system replaces two SSL 6000 Series consoles and a Lexicon Opus digital audio workstation, which will be re-used in the transfer room.The Bridge's technical director, Rick Dzendzera, said that the refurbishment should be completed by the end of July or beginning of August.