SOUND REVOLUTION AT DHWANI Cineom Broadcast designs Prakash Jha s audio recording faclility Prakash Jha is a renowned name in Bollywood having delivered major hits. Dhwani Sound Recording Studio set up by Prakash Jha and designed by Cineom Broadcast is an accomplished audio recording facility which boasts of the latest gear and state-of-the-art technology. C ineom Broadcast India Pvt Ltd is a leading system integration company in the Indian media industry, specializing in turnkey projects, equipment sales and services. The recent facility set up by Cineom is for renowned producer and director Prakash Jha named Dhwani which means Sound . At Dhwani there is a Dubbing- cum- Foley suite or the Recording booth , a 2.1 Channel Dub control suite and a 5.1 Channel Mixing and Track laying suite. The Dub Control suite as the name suggests is meant to be used to record digitally the signals incoming from the recording booth through analogue gear comprising of Neve s renowned outboard among Prism Sound s famous ADA8XR I/O to ﬁnally Avid s Pro Tools HD digital audio workstation achieving a digital version of the signal in consideration. The suite is equipped to record voice, instrument as well as eﬀects signals that would be created using the foley area. The recorded tracks are then usable for further processes which would strictly be dependent upon the requirements for a given project. The Prakash Jha, Film Director with Rakesh Ranjan, Sound Designer at the Dhwani Studio track laying room is equipped with a 5.1 surround monitoring system. Here the mix engineer would ingest pre-recorded tracks as stems onto Pro Tools and enhance them with the ﬂavor of analogue processing using the available Neve outboard thereby truly creating a mixed signal which will ﬁnally be rendered as one which would have 6 channels as a 5.1 surround mixed signal is meant to be. So, to brieﬂy describe, the facility is capable of recording audio signals digitally as well as obtaining a 5.1 mixed output, not to mention Vinayak Deo and Shailesh Parab of Cineom Broadcast Pvt. Ltd. editing would also be involved in the process. Rakesh Ranjan, an ace Sound Designer having ﬁlms like Bullet Raja, Satyagraha, Chennai Express, Golmaal, Golmaal 3, Aitraaz, Aks, Taal and many more block buster movies on his credit approached Cineom with a proposal for a dubbing and track laying studio. After initial meetings with Rakesh Ranjan, Cineom then had a joint meeting with Prakash Jha. Jha was keen on a complete AMS Neve setup. Neve is known for their excellent sound quality and ﬂexibility of console automation. The Cineom team, after understanding the requirement and having detailed discussions with Rakesh Ranjan, prepared a complete list of equipment for the dubbing studio and 5.1 track laying studio. Jha added the valuable inputs by suggesting that the outboard gears may be mounted on custom made consoles so that both the studios would have the feel of console inside the room and the ﬂexibility of outboard gears rooms is as follows: Dub control room: • AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer (16 channel) with 8804 Fader pack. • AMS Neve 8801 Channel strip. • AMS Neve 4081 Microphone Preampliﬁer (4 channel). • AMS Neve 33609JD Stereo CompressorLimiter. • Prism Sound ADA-8XR I/O with Digiprocessor card. • Sonifex Redbox RB-HD6 Headphone Distribution ampliﬁer (6 channels). • Apple Mac Pro computer workstation with Avid Pro Tools HD 11 DAW. • Avid Sync HD. • Avid HDX2 PCI Express card to integrate I/O with the DAW. • Blackmagic Extreme 3D PCI Express card for HD video out. Cineom Team posing with Prakash Jha at Dhwani Studio on ﬁnger tips. Prakash Jha has always been a tech savvy creative person and he oversees all the technical parameters whether pre or post production of his own ﬁlms. When it comes to the sound quality, pick any movie made by Prakash Jha one will notice that sound has always been excellent whether it is dubbing, songs or ﬁnal mix. Prakash Jha doesn t compromise on sound quality for any reason and this critical aspect prompted him to have his own setup. Since Dhwani has both the facilities of dubbing and 5.1 track laying, most of the dubbing of Chennai Express, Satyagraha, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, Bullet Raja and R.... Rajkumar was done in Dhwani and premixing to acertain extent was also carried out in their track laying studio. The list of equipments in each of the • Blue Sky SAT-6.5 studio monitors. • BenQ 24 LCD Monitor for Pro Tools user interface. • Hitachi CPX 3021WN LCD Projector. • Microphone - AEA R92, Sennheiser MKH 418-S and Neumann M 149 • 5.1 Channel track laying room: • AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer (16 channel) with 8804 Fader pack. • AMS Neve 8801 Channel strip. • AMS Neve 8051 5.1 Compressor. • Prism Sound s ADA-8XR I/O with Digiprocessor card. • Apple Mac Pro computer workstation with Avid Pro Tools HD 11 DAW. • Avid Sync HD. • Avid HD OMNI I/O. • Avid HDX2 PCI Express card to integrate I/O with the DAW. • Blackmagic Extreme 3D PCI Express card for HD video out. • Blackmagic SDI-HDMI converter. • M-Audio Midi interface. • JL Cooper MCS Paner, surround panning module. • Blue Sky SAT-15 and SAT 6.5 studio monitors with SUB-15 Subwoofer and MK II Bass Management Controller. • Iiyama Prolite 24 LCD Monitor for Pro Tools user interface. • Panasonic TH-55VMT60DM 55 Screen. Dhwani Studio boasts of the latest audio gear LED The gear certainly always matters to a great extent. It is the prime factor that decides the grade of a studio. The equipment Dhwani Studio will cater to Film Recording at Dhwani is top notch in their category. There is unarguably no match to the warmth of the audio rendered by Neve s analogue outboard to begin with. The conversion from Analogue to Digital and back is taken care of by one of the most popularly used I/O, the ADA8XR from Prism Sound. As listed above, the equipments used here are high end, possessing an ability to enhance and process the audio signals to a signiﬁcant extent, and this processing is made possible with no hassles of machine overloading by Avid s HDX cards and the Apple workstation s processor and memory elements. Besides audio equipment, unlike generic studios, the video output is handled by Blackmagic s Extreme 3D card, which provides a dedicated processing for the video signals and up-to a resolution beyond Full HD. The processed audio resultant can be monitored by high ﬁdelity Blue Sky s studio monitors, and the Visual content can be projected on a screen as on a LED crisp display from Panasonic. To come again, the studio is equipment rich and is certainly capable of handling and rendering high quality audio, and this certainly has a positive impact on the business. Prakash Jha designed the studio in such a way that both the rooms (voice over as well as control room) has access to direct day light and maintains a natural ambience. This is really the USP of the studio as be it is artists or sound engineers, they feel fresh being visually connected to theoutside world. In all of this, one would notice that, the installed equipments are of the latest time and of prime quality. This leads to anticipate a bright future. There is a lot that can be done considering the machinery installed rather than mere recording. The more the ability of the machines is exploited, the more S S Dhwani will stand out.