AVID and Dolby Labs recommended post production monitoring controllers and interfaces.

Monday, 5 June 2017

A Nice message from Ashly

Hi Colin,

Enjoy your holiday, and please excuse my interruption.

I have to say though, I am THOROUGHLY impressed at your abilities, and what a great job you did in developing this control driver! This is not at all a typical experience. Nicely done!

Jim Schwenzer (Ashly)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Recording Studio Sweet Spot – Sound Generation, Article -TMC-1 Penta Sound Generation

A section in a nice article on Andrew Mittleman's Studio Sound Generation by David Weiss, and how he uses the TMC-1 Penta Studio Monitor Controller Remote

Major Monitoring:

Klein + Hummel/Neumann monitoring is provided for both stereo and surround. KH O410 are the stereo mains and (5) KH120 are permanently mounted for 5.1 with the option of 2 additional KH120 for 7.1. The (2) KH810 subwoofers can be used as stereo bass extension for the main monitors and also for the .1 channel when mixing in surround.

All monitoring is done in the digital domain using the AX32 with the Pro|Mon option installed. The Trinnov MC Optimizer corrects frequency, phase, amplitude, position and delay and also is the bass management system with the option to cross-over the main stereo speakers to the subwoofers. The AX-32 routing is unique in that it allows the Trinnov optimizer to seamlessly integrate with the outputs to the monitors as an insert. All processing remains digital until the DA converter of the Mytek which is directly connected to the monitor inputs. The Trinnov features a 3D microphone with four heads that analyzes each speaker from different positions in the room. Presets can be saved to optimize the mixing position(s), the couch in the back or an average.

TMC-1 Studio Monitor Controller Remote

 TMC-1 Penta Studio Monitor Controller Remote

The Colin Broad TMC-1 is the controller and has metering as well as extensive control over sources, speaker mute/solo, cue outputs including (2) talkback and (2) listenback mics. Different templates can be configured and saved for various inputs from multiple surround sources with summing, native DAW, Pro Tools, ISDN/Source Connect, even phone dial-ins using the studio SIP phone. The Trinnov processor can be toggled on or off as an insert which is pre-fader and before output level changes. Another advantage of the TMC-1 is that it emulates an X-Mon and is connected to the D-Command. The monitor section of the console is completely functional and controls the TMC-1.
Overall the monitoring system is of the highest quality, with multiple sources of different types available instantly. Many options exist to create cue mixes for the artist, including remote listenback from another studio via ISDN or source-connect. The analog signal path to the monitors is as short and simple as possible.

TMC-1 Studio Monitor Controller Remote

 TMC-1 Studio Monitor Controller Remote




Link to full article

TMC-1 Ashly ne8800 DSP Monitor Controller Interface

In response to customer requests we have now interfaced the TMC-1 to the Ashley ne8800 DSP processors.

Ashley ne8800

The Ashly ne8800 is an interesting unit, limited by having only 8 inputs and 8 outputs with summing, but unlike the NTP digital router it has DSP on both inputs and outputs - Summing, Equalization, Delay, Crossover and Dynamics. Supplied with Analog in/out as standard  AES/EBU and Dante are available as an option.

PD-3 Film Monitor Remote

The limited number of inputs and outputs made designing systems with the ne8800 a challenge, however the TMC-1 is able to talk to multiple ne8800's increasing the possibilities.

The initial request was for a 7.1.4 film post production room which used two ne8800's. one for the 7.1 inputs and outputs, the other for the 4 overhead speakers, There were 4 unused inputs and outputs on the second ne8800, by routing the Left and Right outputs from the first ne8800 through the second ne8800 we were able to add a stereo input and a mini stereo output.

Using the AES/EBU and Dante inputs or adding a further ne8800 it is possible to select more inputs. To add Cue Inputs, Cue sends, AFL, talk back and listen back would require a third ne8800. It is possible to make a large ATMOS system from multiple ne8800's all controlled from a single TMC-1.

The initial design has a fixed configuration but if there are a requests for further systems I will write a system configuration program similar to the TMC-1-Penta2 program that will enable users to define inputs and outputs by their unit and channel number.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A-Mon: Second 7.1 Input available as an option

As a factory option you can now chose between the following on the A-Mon

  • 5.1 Alt Input and 3 Stereo Cue inputs
  • 7.1 Alt Input and 2 Stereo Cue Inputs

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

IMAGICA in Japan chooses TMC-1 S6 XMon

IMAGICA in Japan chooses TMC-1 S6 XMon, to go with there existing UR422-USB units. Installed by TAC Systems proving it's the best and most professional way to control a Avid XMon.

IMAGICA Corporation is a Japanese post-production company for movies, television programmes and commercials, etc., established in 1935 and headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. It is a subsidiary of Imagica Robot Holdings Inc

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Boulevard des Productions, Strasbourg installs TMC-1 A-Mon, 7.1 Monitor Controller.

Boulevard des Productions exploits the advance Talkback and Listenback features of the TMC-1 A-Mon.

Owner of the studio George Pratts 
"The TMC-1 A-Mon is a very, powerful studio monitoring solution"

 TMC-1 A-Mon 7.1 Studio Monitor Controller

Initial TMC-1 + A-Mon Configuration

Main Output – Stereo Speakers
Alt Output – Not Used,  configured as 5.1 Meter output
Mini Out – Mono (Multiple VDU screens there was only enough space for one speakers!)

Main input – Not Used
Alt input – Pyramix
Stereo input 1
Stereo Input 2
Stereo Input 3
Stereo Input 4

Cue Output 1 Studio L/S
Cue Output 2 Waiting Room
Cue Output 3 Headphones 1
Cue Output 4 Headphones 2

Cue input 1 Pyramix
Cue Input 2 Pyramix
Cue input 3 Pyramix

T/B 1 Input Engineer 
T/B 2 Input Producer

Listen Input 1 Studio Screen 1
Listen Input 2 Studio Voice Over booth

Thursday, 1 December 2016

New PD-2 Software available for the PD-1

We have released the first version of the new PD-2 software for existing PD-1 users.

The main advantage of the new software is that you can record on up to 128 tracks on one protools or 2x64 tracks two protools. There are now 16 stems each of which can be up to 16 tracks wide. To access the extra stems/tracks the [Assign] key becomes a [Bank] key. To allow for object stems of greater than 16 tracks I am in the process of adding a link command that will allow multiple stems to be linked. Print Master Stems and Linked stems may be placed on the second bank as they do not need to be accessed as often.

The new Mac/Windows app. allows you to define the stem layout. The first version on this software is suitable for users with a single PD-1 and I am working on an new version that will allow users with two PD-1's to define different stem layouts on each PD-1. Here is a screenshot

After showing this to a PD-1 user they suggested an alternative layout which I worked on below

 Learn more on Colin's Blog