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Historic fantasy film centre reopens with Meyer Sound

The newly re-launched Fantasy Film Center in California has undergone a major refurbishment, central to which was the installation of a Meyer Sound cinema system.

The historic film centre now has a new 5.1/7.1 monitoring system comprised of three Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers, 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 and one Galileo 616 processor for system drive and optimisation.

Fantasy Studios’ director Jeffrey Wood commented: “Fantasy Film Center was constructed like a musical instrument. The clarity and detail of the room is beautiful and it’s perfect for precision mixing. We are proud to have achieved the re-build in an exceptional way, so that it is compatible and comparable with all of the top mix theatres.”

“The Film Center stage has solid bones acoustically, so it was a delight to upgrade the monitoring to a reference quality Meyer Sound cinema system,” said Steve Shurtz, Meyer Sound cinema group director. “The room has a great mixing history and now a great future. Sonically, the room has never sounded better, in the league of world class dubbing stages.”

The Fantasy Film Center has been the site for mixing of more than 200 films including Oscar-winning classics Amadeus, The English Patient and The Right Stuff. The facilities have been used for post-production work on acclaimed films including Apocalypse Now, Good Will Hunting, and many of Pixar’s films, such as Finding Nemo and Toy Story.

First opened in 1981 as The Saul Zaentz Film Center, the mix theatre renovation was overseen by Bay Area engineer Jim Austin along with Fantasy staff members Alberto Hernandez and James Gangwer. Key involvement came from both Meyer Sound and Avid.

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