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Abbey Road producers gain ‘instant access’ with IHSE KVM system

Abbey Road Studios in London has completed construction on two new recording studios and a mix stage for film post-production, featuring an IHSE Draco tera KVM system.

The new facilities provide flexibility and give producers quick access to all on-site digital audio workstations (DAWs) and other servers from their own individual workstations.

Abbey Road Studios is well known for producing the recordings of famous groups, including The Beatles and Pink Floyd. This new construction marks the biggest expansion to have taken place since it first opened its doors in 1931. The new studio rooms allow film makers to mix all elements of sound in their film, including music, dubbing and special effects.

The integration was planned and realised by HHB, supported by IHSE’s UK distributor Scene Double. The new facilities feature top-level audio and studio technology, including a Dolby Atmos sound system and a hybrid Neve DFC 3D and Avid S6 console.

A Draco tera compact KVM matrix switch is now an essential part of the system; helping to make the mix stage truly flexible; streamlining the operation of the studio and enabling operators to share and take control of a wide range of equipment. It delivers quick and easy control of any device, without experiencing any noticeable switching delay.

“We asked a lot of film post production professionals to describe their ideal post facility to us,” said Simon Campbell, head of technical services at Abbey Road Studios. “Some favoured the DFC, others the S6, so the idea of a hybrid console took hold. The IHSE KVM switch sits within the system making it a simple process to use either device and control the attached digital media devices.”

Manuel Greisinger, head of sales at IHSE, said: “The Draco tera KVM system provides operators with instant access to all studio equipment. They can access and control any Pro Tools or other device in the facility, quickly and easily, without experiencing any noticeable switching delay or needing to arrange for the system to be reconfigured; leading to a highly efficient and user-friendly workflows.”