Post house, Virtual Post, has added two new sound designers and upgraded its sound-studio facilities.
The moves are “part of its ongoing mission to expand into a broader range of genres, including natural history, drama, animation and branded content.”
The restructure sees Jon Gray (Anyone Can Sing, Queens Speech) elevated to Head of Audio to oversee all talent and sound services at VP. He brings 15 years-experience as a dubbing engineer.
Also joining forces with Virtual Post’s audio facility is Andrew Wilson (Blue Planet; Planet Earth). Wilson is currently chair of the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS), has mixed most genres of film and television in his long-standing career, but is best known for his work in the natural-history field.
Gray and Wilson will be supported by dubbing mixers Pete Collins (Casualty and Jonathan Creek) and Paul James [Tee & Mo, The Amazing AdrenaliniBrothers].
As part of its drive to bolster its audio capabilities, Virtual Post has also invested in new technology and facilities. It has added a second 5.1 mixing studio with Genelec monitoring to its new central Brighton premises and upgraded its main studio to Dolby Atmos 7.4.1 HE with Dynaudio monitoring and UHD projection. Also new is an acoustically treated two-person voice over studio with Neumann, Sennheiser and AKG microphones, which is connected to both of the mix studios. The new premises which opened its doors last Autumn is located across the second floor of the Barclays Bank building in the centre of Brighton.
Yives Reed, commercial director of Virtual Post, said: “As part of our recent root-and-branch review of all aspects of Virtual Post’s operation, it became clear that we needed to further enhance our audio capabilities, and expand into more challenging genres, including natural history and drama. This revamp and restructure is the result. We’ve hired some of the best audio talent in the business, we’ve added capacity to our facilities and we’ve invested in next-generation technology. In short, we’re all set to make a noise in post-production audio.”
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