Last summer, when sound re-recording for Green Zone was already well underway at De Lane Lea, London, a problem with an air conditioning duct in the next door building caused a major fire. Mercifully no-one was hurt, and the blaze didnâ€™t spread into the post production facility. Power had to be disconnected, though, and work at De Lane Lea had to cease â€“ for several months â€“ while damage was assessed and refurbishment took place. And among the items affected were the DFC Gemini consoles, which had to be decommissioned and returned to AMS Neveâ€™s factory for cleaning, checking and replacement of any smoke-damaged parts.
Life goes on, however. Other firms in the area â€“ De Lane Lea is based in the heart of Sohoâ€™s post production community â€“ rallied round to provide office facilities, and, of course, to help out with the workload. One such was Pepper Post, just round the corner and having recently undertaken a massive investment in its sound capabilities. This included upgrading the DFC Gemini in its main dubbing room with the super-powerful USP engine, giving it a radical increase in processing capacity. It duly played host to re-recording mixers Mike Prestwood Smith and Mark Taylor for the remainder of the post job.
The recording of John Powellâ€™s score, meanwhile, went to plan, again in London. Gavin Greenaway conducted the London Sessions Orchestra at Air Lyndhurst, with Nick Wollage engineering on the Neve 88RS.
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