So here’s something to think about.
We are upgrading one of our post suites - and prepping it for dolby atmos. For now, its just wired for 5.1 and 7.1, but will be 7.1.4 soon. New interfaces are in (we’ve gone for focusrite dante all round the studios) and things look good.
However, we are unable to use our neumann monitoring system as it won’t get loud enough. It’s still fine to use for 5.1 mixing - and that will prob remain the most used format. But since folk are starting to ask for atmos on smaller midrange projects, we need to be prepared.
So out comes our focal system.
Which is twin 6BE’s for screen speakers and one 6Be’s for surrounds. And if we can figure out a way to mount them, they’ll become atmos ceiling speakers too. (Focal don’t make it easy…damn I love neumann and genelec’s embrace of fairly standard mounts!)
Anyway. To get the sub levels needed - AND to alleviate some of the room issues around sub, we have two of the focal BE subs.
I’m wondering about the best way to manage them. Should we look at putting them on two outputs - and being able to access both separately? But then - why? I don’t need to have the subs running stereo… except MAYBE for some occasional stereo mixes where I just want to do it for fun / and I really enjoy listening like that.
But this does complicate things. The focusrite software aint brilliant and has many limitations - especially the R1 remote control (why oh why did they restrict the source channels to 30 in total when one 7.1.4 stream takes up 12!) and it can seemingly only do 12 speakers at once… so no chance of properly managing volume using the R1… do we do it all in nuendo? Is that a mistake?
The other option is running the subs in parallel - using a single output and just splitting it old school.
There seem to be so many pros and cons its a bit confusing on which way to go - but once we wire it, I don’t want to change it. We have 18 analog outs in the room - so there’s NO issue using more outputs. But given focusrite restrictions, I think the only way we could do it using its own output is with the nuendo control room. In which case - the R1 becomes a very expensive talkback machine… (but still useful!)
So - does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Many thanks. Brendan.