In the UK it can be easy to think that if you are recording an orchestral score for your mega-budget film and you aren’t working in the US then Abbey Road or Air Studios are the go-to studios but there are equally impressive, large European facilities which are busy doing the highest quality work in carefully designed rooms using the very best equipment. One such space which of which I knew little is Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany.
A dedicated studio and scoring stage situated on the site of one of Europe’s largest film studios is a logical move and must benefit production enormously. I’m sure if we were designing the UK film industry today we would relocate Abbey Road’s Studio One to Pinewood. This 350m2, 11m high roomis usually occupied by a regular staff of 50 orchestral musicians, all of whom are full time employees! Imagine.
The Film studios is Europe’s largest and have been in business since 1912 producing classics like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis through to Modern blockbusters like The Hunger Games.
In a recent post from our friends at DAD Head Engineer Falko Duczmal showed us round this amazing space with its 72 channel Neve VXS and SSL C200 consoles, mic locker bursting with Neumanns and its conversion all covered by three DAD AX32s this is very much a studio celebrating the best audio equipment Europe has to offer.
Read about the studio, the workflow and the tech here.