Lawo Mixing Console Helps Capture Score For New Sci-Fi Film “Valerian”

French Oscar Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat has contributed a score for the sci-fi blockbuster movie “Valerian,” which will hit theaters worldwide on July 26th as the most expensive movie produced in Europe. To capture the magic of his score, featuring the Orchestre National de France, Desplat enlisted the help of production company Europacorp, which supplied a Lawo mc266 audio production console to mix the sessions.

Setting up in Studio 104 at Radio France’s auditorium in Paris, the film’s sound engineer Peter Cobbin—who regularly works at Abbey Road Studios as Audio Director, where he is used to working on very large projects with some of the best equipment available—asked that the Lawo console be customized with unique settings in order to work the implement the capabilities and workflow he desired most. This flexibility made the mc266 audio production console the ideal desk for the task at hand.

“When we had to change our console six years ago, we searched for a replacement that could handle recording, postproduction, and live broadcast,” said Laurent Fracchia, Sound Director at Radio France. “We wanted a console with high-grade preamps and excellent summing buses, and the Lawo mc266 was the best on the market. I can change its layout while I’m mixing or recording or broadcasting without losing anything.” 

Fracchia said that completed projects are totally transportable on a simple USB stick, allowing him to record in an OB van and mix in the studio.

The complete score was recorded in ten days, accommodating the large Orchestre National de France – close to 105 musicians – plus the 32-strong choir from Radio France. In total, there were 158 audio sources plus six 5.1-channel groups to be processed and recorded at 96kHz, 24-bit resolution.

Lawo audio console specialist Hervé de Caro was on-site to oversee the production and to personalize the console to the specific needs of Cobbin, who wanted the same layout and routing flexibility he uses on his studio console bat Abbey Road Studios.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Audio Over IP - Making It Work - Part 2

To fully leverage the benefits of IP networks we need to think in IT terms. Just replacing the acronym MADI or AES with IP is insufficient as all we end up with is a very complex, poorly utilized, static network.

A Brief History of IP - Routing IP Networks

Network routing is a phrase that is bandied about broadcast forums liberally. But what exactly does it mean to route an IP datagram? And why is it important for broadcast and radio stations?

Audio Over IP - Making It Work - Part 1

Building and operating IP networks is much more than just about saving money on infrastructure costs. Its success is deeply rooted in the ease of flexibility, scalability, and inter-connectivity that it can provide. And one of the greatest benefits of…

Lawo Presents IP Sports Infrastructure Paper at 2018 NAB

Sport is an area that has driven broadcast television production both financially and technologically over the past 20 years. New techniques have been developed to enhance the coverage for viewers at home, including super slo-mo cameras, close miking and special graphics.…

Creating a Low Cost Studio on a Tight Budget

With the few recording studios now for only the rich and famous, many organizations want to take advantage of the streaming media landscape with low-cost podcasts and web presentations. Fortunately, high-quality gear is now available that can be easily set-up…