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Setting up our Color / Sound Design Suite

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We're getting close to finishing out our new Rialto Screening Room, which was designed for 5.1 Surround Sound Mixing, Color Enhancement and a Screening Room. We currently have 6 comfy chairs in there now though we could easily seat a dozen folks in there. The room was actually inspired by a consulting job I did a few years ago. I re-designed the entire post production facility for Georgia Public Broadcasting and they had a suite that originally designed for ProTools that wasn't being used. The layout lent itself beautifully for both sound and color enhancement so that's how we outfitted the room. When it came time to build our new facility, we drew from that experience. I planned out all the Color enhancement side of things with my good friend, Colorist Ron Anderson, and my buddy Patrick Belden designed the audio side of things.

The room features two Mac Pros. One is set up as Final Cut Studio / ProTools and the other is strictly Davinci Resolve. We're getting a Dual KVM switch so we only have one keyboard and one set of monitors in the actual suite. A Gefen 5500 Cat5 Extender drives the keyboard / monitor while the computer and storage sits back in the machine room.

For Color Enhancement, that's a 7' x 4' DaLite HD screen up front and we have a Panasonic DLP HD mid-venue projector in the back. It's capable of shooting a 75' image in a movie theater and looks absolutely stunning in this room. We'll be adding an FSI 2460W shortly for the console. We'll have an engineer come in and calibrate the projector to emulate the FSI. The trusty Anthro Fit Console is still my workstation of choice, they're just solid, they work and they look fantastic. Waiting until all the sound equipment is in place and then we'll run some additional 6500k lighting for the room for color work.

For Sound Design we have the ProTools HD Native system driving a 5.1 configuration of Genelec 8030A monitors and a 7060B Subwoofer. On the walls are a combination of the traditional Auralex square panels and the new Mio Acoustic Weave audio deflectors made from recycled cardboard. We used those Mio panels throughout the voice over booth as well. Of course the entire room was designed for sound deflection. There are no square walls in the entire room and the ceiling both slopes back to front and is "rippled" left to right. We've also set up a video feed to / from the audio booth so the engineer and talent can see each other, along with allowing for voice to picture work.

The cabling for the console comes up from the floor so Bob Zelin gave me extra long runs of cables so the audio engineer can sit with the console pretty much where you see it, but the colorist can set in the back of the room. The console will roll all the way back. Eventually we'll go back and put in a second run of cables coming out the back wall and then we'll simply disconnect and reconnect the console from two points.

Of course, the room can be used simply as a Screening Room to review a project with a small audience or make a presentation. We're also planning some workshops and classes for this room in the near future. Next month it'll be a photography studio for another project. It's pretty darn versatile.

It's been a fun project so far and we've already used the room to do two screenings of our current documentary in post, "Dark Forest, Black Fly." The client loved the vibe from the room and it really gives us the sense of what the film will look like when it's screened in film festival venues. I'll update this thread when we finish the room.

Posted by: walter biscardi on Feb 27, 2011 at 10:53:16 amComments (4)


Re: Blog: Setting up our Color / Sound Design Suite
by Phil Incorvia
Looks like a dream, Walter!

I am spec-ing out a much more modest color grade room. One of the things I'm having the most trouble finding a good solution for is the 6500k lighting. Any insight or advice you have would be much appreciated. I'd love to find a dimmable fluorescent solution. But any leads or choices you've made would be extremely helpful!

Thanks and congratulations on your amazing facility!


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Re: Blog: Setting up our Color / Sound Design Suite
by Robbie Carman

For the monitor surround def. check out Cinemaquest

The one you want is the Ideal Lume Pro. We have a few of these and they're by far and away the best D65 backlights I could find.

Plus Alan who runs the company knows just about everything when it comes to criticle lighting. Tell him I sent you!

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Re: Blog: Setting up our Color / Sound Design Suite
by walter biscardi
Thanks Robbie. I was going to suggest the same since you're the one who suggested them to me in the first place. Can't wait to get those installed in our new place.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
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Re: Blog: Setting up our Color / Sound Design Suite
by Jay Moffat
Looks great mister, well done....

Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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