HHB supplies Pro Tools | S6 to Dolby in-house theatre


In-house multi-use theatre is used to demonstrate the latest in Dolby technology, training, content creation and QCing Digital Cinema Packages.

Last Updated: October 30, 2016 5:25 pm GMT
(London, UK--October 30, 2016) HHB Communications, the UK’s leading supplier of pro-audio technology, has provided Dolby’s UK headquarters in Royal Wootton Basset with an Avid Pro Tools | S6 modular control surface. Dolby's multi-use theatre hosts the S6, which is used to demonstrate the latest in Dolby technology, for technical training, internal and external content creation, and QCing Digital Cinema Packages. With all the different uses and different people working in the theatre, it is important that all the equipment integrates correctly and the room is easy to change into different configurations.

The S6 is used to demonstrate a full Dolby Atmos® mixing setup based around entirely in the box Pro Tools | HD 12 systems. The backbone of the system is a BSS Audio Soundweb London installation, which gives Dolby the flexibility to easily switch between theatrical replay and content creation environments.

Previously Dolby was using an eight-fader Avid D-Command. When the company was looking for a larger mixing desk, time was spent looking at all the solutions available and how they integrated with Dolby Atmos, as stated by Richard Stockdale, Manager, Produced Content, Content Services Group UK, Dolby.

“We need to be highly flexible in our workflows (receiving/sharing mix sessions with other facilities etc) so we were naturally drawn to a control surface over a more traditional mixing desk. The modular design of the S6 meant that we were able to create a control surface that would exactly suit our needs, both in terms of its physical form-factor and workflows,” Stockdale said.

Dolby and HHB have a very long-standing working relationship. “HHB is a dealer for Dolby Professional audio products so the flow of knowledge and support goes both ways between the two companies,” said Greg Wheeler, HHB’s Manager, Professional Audio Sales.

“The great thing about the S6 is the flexibility of what it can control within Pro Tools. This flexibility allows us to demonstrate almost all the varieties of different mixing workflows with Dolby Atmos,” Stockdale said. “With all the different ways in which the S6 can be configured, it means that when different mixers work in the theatre, they are able to work in a manner which they are accustomed to.”

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About HHB Communications
Founded in 1976 and located in London, HHB Communications is a global leader in the supply of professional audio technology. Serving in the broadcast, recording and media production sectors, HHB’s unique expertise is also recognised by major manufacturers and innovators, many of which have appointed the company as exclusive distributors of their products. The specialist division, Scrub, serves the needs of the television and film post-production industry from premises in the heart of London’s Soho. Visit HHB online at www.hhb.co.uk/

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, 15 Academy Award® winning directors, and 28 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/atmos.


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