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Windmill Lane Upgrades Audio Facilities With Avid Pro Tools
19 Oct 2012 : By Eva Hall
Dean Jones, senior audio engineer at Number 4
Dublin’s Windmill Lane Pictures has heavily reinvested in its audio business to bring its editing and recording studios to state-of-the-art standards.

The post-production studio upgraded to 10 new Avid Pro Tools 10 Systems, making it the largest installation in the country, as well as new high-spec Apple Mac Pro machines and Avid hardware interface.

The new equipment takes pride of place in Windmill’s five main studios and its transfer and editing rooms.

This new Pro Tools installation has allowed the studio to expand its sound editing department to now cater for dramas, feature and animation work. It also gives Windmill Lane complete compatibility within its two audio facilities, Number 4 and Slate.

Locky Butler of Slate commented: “With the high demand of these shows and an increased track count particularly on 5.1 surround mixes, we had to make the jump to version 10 HDX systems. It has made a world of difference and gives our clients a better end result.”

Recent projects Windmill has worked on include Toto Productions’ ‘The Takeover’, which aired on RTÉ earlier this year as part of the Format Farm scheme, and ITV series ‘Thirteen Steps Down’, which recently aired on ITV 1.

The post-production facility is also booked for Stephen Brown’s ‘The Sea’, which is currently shooting in Wexford with Natascha McElhone and Ciaran Hinds.

Dean Jones of Number 4 commented on the additions to the Windmill Lane facility: “Working on high-end dramas and features had put significant strains on our existing systems. We knew it was time to change and so by upgrading to version 10 it has given us great flexibility and much more firepower. We are delighted with the new features these systems can now give us.”

John Brady, Windmill Lanes’ technical director said: “These upgrades demonstrate our commitment to continue to invest in the latest technology and giving our clients and audio engineers the opportunity to avail of much faster and more efficient workflows.”

Windmill Lane currently employs 15 people in its audio division, and is situated in Dublin’s city centre. See Windmill Lane Pictures’ company profile on IFTN here.

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