German Recording Studio and Orchestra Babelsberg Upgrades to DAD AX32 AD/DA Converters


Last Updated: September 24, 2014 6:00 pm GMT
(Berlin--September 24, 2014) Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras, together with its Scoring Stage studio, has invested in three DAD AX32 ultra-high-quality digital audio converters, including DAD's microphone preamplifiers option, as part of a major technical upgrade to the technical facilities at its headquarters in the German film centre at Babelsberg near Berlin.

"We have excellent sound recording and production equipment but were convinced that we could increase the sound quality of our orchestral music productions which are used as accompaniments to television programmes and feature films," comments Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg's Chief Engineer Falko Duczmal.

"Florian Strucken of AVS-Medientechnik GmbH worked with us as a technical consultant and integrator. He invited Jan Lykke of NTP over to our studios with a demonstration system and we conducted some very successful listening tests. The results were breathtaking, both in terms of acoustic transparency and operational versatility. The analog to digital and digital to analog conversion quality is highly impressive across many types of music.

"We are now using the AX32 as a 72 channel system for analogue to digital or digital to analogue conversion. Recording is supervised from a 72-fader Neve VXS scoring desk in Control Room 1 or an SSL C200 digital console in Control Room 2. The mixers are coupled through the AX32 converters to an Avid Pro Tools 11 digital audio workstation."

Housed in a compact 2U chassis, the AX32 is designed for use in no-compromise audio recording and mixing, both in studios and on location, as well as post-production. The AX32 features up to 48 analogue I/O and a whole range of digital interfaces such as ProTools HD, MADI, AES and Audinate Dante audio over IP. Combined with a built-in audio router it not only offers a superb audio quality but also a tremendous operational flexibility. The optional microphone preamplifier has a very low noise floor and wide dynamic range, putting it on a par with the very best stand-alone preamplifiers currently available.

Existing users of DAD audio converters include Abbey Road Studios, Acoustic Recordings, Alchemy Mastering, Bauer Studios, Benny Andersson's RMV Studio, Classic Sound, CMC Studios, Collegium Records, Danish Radio, DEX Mastering, DPA Microphones, Echopark Studios, Galaxy Studios, Hana Music Montreux, Helsinki Music Centre, Lindberg lyd, Magne Furuholmen, Master Touch, McGill University, Moscow Music Conservatory, NDR Hamburg, NHK, NRK, Opéra de Dijon, QVC shopping channel, Real Sound, Royal Danish Opera House, Royal Opera House London, Sidney Opera House, SK Works, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, SoundWorks/Jeff Sheridan, Spanish Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Stock Fish Records, Swedish Radio, Telarc International, Timbre Music, Ultimo Productions and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

German Film Orchestra Babelsberg
Originally established in 1918, the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg ( and the Scoring Stage Babelsberg have worked on more than 500 national and international projects, collaborating with renowned production companies from the fields of film and television as well as major public and private broadcasters. The orchestra derives its name from the legendary Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

From 1993 the studios of the orchestra were located in the former radio quarters of the GDR, at Nalepastrasse in Oberschoeneweide, Berlin. In December, 2007 the orchestra was able to move 'back to the roots' in Babelsberg, into a building in the area of Film Studio Babelsberg. Media City Babelsberg, Potsdam, is an area of Berlin with a concentration of media companies including Babelsberg Studios , the ARD broadcast station Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, the University of Film & Television, the German Radio Archive, the Babelsberg Filmpark cinema-themed amusement resort and the Metropolis event centre.

The German Film Orchestra's current Chief Conductor is Scott Lawton, who assumed his post in 1999. Notable projects have included soundtracks for 'The Pharmacist', 'Otto - The disaster movie', 'Laura's Star', 'Seven Dwarves - Men alone in the woods', 'One Day In Europe', 'The Musketeer', 'Ninja Assassin', 'Wickie and the strong men' and 'Anonymous'. Successful television productions include 'The Love Boat', 'Bella Block', 'The Load', 'Dance with the Devil', 'The Clown', 'The Godmother', 'Störtebeker' and 'In Valley of Wild Roses'.

DAD - Digital Audio Denmark
DAD - Digital Audio Denmark ( is a brand owned by NTP Technology A/S and used for a range of professional audio products. DAD is renowned worldwide for analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue audio converters delivering outstanding sonic performance. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of Dan Technologies Group, one of Europe's leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.


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