Anubis at PDV Records Studio
PDV’s Vienna headquarters focuses particularly on the classical recording industry. At the core of the Vienna studio is a Merging Horus networked audio interface capable of running ultra-high quality DSD/DXD format audio. PDV has forged a respected name for itself within the orchestral and classical music spheres, for their recording, mixing and mastering services.
PDVs first exploration into the Merging universe was some six years ago. “We needed extremely high quality preamps for our recordings,” explains PDV’s Volker Werner, who oversees Sound Design and Picture Direction. “We compared a few systems, and Horus was the one we liked the best from a sonic point of view.”
“Initially, some cards needed replacing to integrate it properly within the setup, but those issues were quickly resolved, and since then, the Horus has been functioning really well and is an integral part of our operations - it’s extremely flexible!” says Werner. “We use it for on-site recordings where we have a system with 48 preamps and a few outputs. Our main connections are via RAVENNA but we also use MADI if we’re connecting to OB vans, for example. We use the DirectOut mic cards for splits because sometimes we facilitate simultaneous recording and live broadcast at the same time, so this setup allows us to split audio feeds in-the-box, without having to use additional hardware. Also, the numerous AES inputs add to the versatility of production capabilities.”
PDV Records Studio
When PDV updated their studio and moved into new premises in Vienna, they decided to remain in the Merging universe and added a second Horus to their setup - this time destined primarily for monitoring purposes, external effects and pre-amps for vocal overdubs and voice-overs. They also added a Merging Anubis controller, which affords PDV more tactile control over their productions. It comes in a compact, desktop AoIP format, with the option to also control it remotely via web or app.
The integration of Dolby Atmos was seamless, partly due to the fact that PDV already had a significant Geithain 7.1 loudspeaker setup, but also because Merging interfaces are so accommodating. None of Merging’s interfaces are specifically locked to a DAW, be it Pyramix (Merging’s own DAW) or any other, allowing their hardware to integrate seamlessly into virtually any workflow. This offers producers and mixers a lot of flexibility with their existing setups. In PDV’s case, even though they own Pyramix, they are historic Pro Tools users and have stayed with it. However, this poses no problem for Merging who have deliberately pursued the route of compatibility and interoperability, with their wide-spread adoption of the RAVENNA protocol.
Now PDV is one of four music production companies in Vienna fully capable of Dolby Atmos. The other companies specialise in pop/rock, music for media & film music, so they segment the market quite democratically, with PDV receiving a wealth of new clients due to the new purchase, including the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and the Royal Opera in London. “The amount of business that has come our way thanks to the Dolby Atmos label is astonishing, including a number of productions that we haven’t done ourselves,” says Werner. “We receive stems or multitrack sessions in 5.1 and we’re asked to upmix to Atmos. We’re currently doing upmixes for ORF as they are re-releasing numerous productions for different labels, and we’ve even done some work for the Royal Opera House in London! We’re very happy that we decided to invest in Dolby Atmos, and of course Merging is a key part of that setup.”
PDV Records Studio
For more information: www.pdv-records.com