Earlier this year, the Australian Film Television and Radio School moved into their new purpose-built home at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
AFTRS are Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school and enjoy strong political and industry support. The move enabled AFTRS to integrate and maximise synergies with the screen production, broadcast and arts organisations already located within the precinct and the surrounding areas. AFTRS are equipped with industry standard recording, editing and mixing facilities that include state of the art digital video and audio suites, recording studios, post production suites and dedicated sound studios.
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) house a full size theatre for screening purposes. Seating 120 people, the theatre is multi-mode and has every projection format available from 35mm to high definition digital projection. Audio is supplied by a state of the art JBL ScreenArray system featuring three-way design enhanced by advanced engineering. The system provides superior coverage, maximum power handling, and uniform acoustic power output along with low distortion.
The ScreenArray models, available from Jands , are suitable for critical film sound reproduction in small to medium cinemas as well as studio production and post-production environments. In addition to the JBL 4632 ScreenArray models, the theatre also utilises JBL 4642 subwoofers and JBL 8340A surround speakers.
According to Chris McKeith, Audio Lecturer, AFTRS, the JBL ScreenArray systems are a way of knowing that if the audio sounds good in the theatre, it will sound good on screen in other venues as well.
Chris notes that several screenings have been run in the main theatre and that they have all sounded good. He also recommends JBL ScreenArray systems for the school’s Mixing Theatre; this time the compact JBL 3632 ScreenArray, JBL 4645C subwoofers and JBL 8340A surround speakers. The BSS BLU 80 processing provided a good solution for low latency transfer of audio to both theatres, simultaneously.
Chris explains that in the Mix Theatre, they needed to swap between a mix mode and a screening mode quickly and easily. They needed a high audio quality, remote controlled switching device, and also wanted to have a single point of system line up, particularly room EQ, and the BSS BLU 80 provided that solution.
Chris adds that change over from one line to the other is easy by using a simple contact switch or the remote control from the Crestron system. For both the projectionists and the mixers, it is easy to operate.