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Issue: April 1, 2007

R/H FACTOR ADDS EUPHONIX SYSTEM 5-MC

By: Marc Loftus
HOLLYWOOD – R/H Factor (www.rhfactorsound.com), an audio post house specializing in long-form episodic drama for television, as well as independent features, recently upgraded its main mixing stage with the addition of a Euphonix System 5-MC. The two-position console replaces a ProControl and features an integrated DAW control surface with 24 faders on each side. 

Craig Hunter, co-owner and mixer at the eight-year old studio with partner Dave Rawlinson, says the new board allows the studio to seamlessly work with its pick of workstations, which include Digidesign’s Pro Tools and Steinberg’s Nuendo. 

“Our goal is to not be an operating system bigot,” Hunter says, noting that each of the DAWs has certain strengths. “Editorially, everything is done in Pro Tools. It’s a very strong editor for sound effects and dialogue editing, ADR and Foley. Nuendo is also an efficient editor with unique characteristics. It does certain editorial functions very well. We view it as a palette of choices.” 

In addition to the main stage, R/H Factor has an ADR/Foley stage, six edit bays, and a smaller pre-dub music and effects room. The studio’s past credits include numerous pilots and season work for shows such as CSI, Ally McBeal and Boston Public. It is currently working on Boston Legal, My Name is Earl and Wedding Bells. On the feature side, the studio completed work on Fred Durst’s directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks. Hunter serves as effects and Foley mixer on the stage with Peter Kelsey handling dialogue and music. 

Pro Tools rigs serve as source machines during a mix and the final mix is recorded back to an Nuendo system. All broadcast work posted at R/H Factor is mixed in 5.1 surround on the System 5-MC, knowing that it will ultimately be released on DVD at some point, if not initially airing in HD. An LTRT mix is also generated. Hunter says a 30-minute show in mixed in one long day, while a 60-minute show takes two days.  

The stage is equipped with Genelec monitors featuring digital inputs. A Doremi video server, connected to a projector, provides nonlinear picture playback. Final layback is to a D5 machine.