Veale Associates creates sound design facilities for Frontier Developments

Veale Associates was recently commissioned to create new state of the art studios at Frontier Developments in an effort to meet the games company’s increasing need for sound design facilities and enhanced listening and creative spaces.

VA was tasked with creating acoustic and construction designs for 12 Sound Design Rooms, two recording studios, two Audio Mix suites and an AV Editing suite.

The rooms were to provide sound designers with dedicated rooms that create accurate mix environments, ability to assess audio artefacts and mix the games accurately into 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound formats.

The sound rooms include Genelec 8030’s which were chosen to complement the existing monitor stock, while Dynaudio LYD7 monitors were selected to give a differing sound perspective and comparison. SPL SMC7.1 monitor controllers were selected to handle the audio sources and deal with overall volume control, together with the RME Firewire 802 interfaces that were chosen for their sonic quality and robustness.

“Technical challenges centred around finding an interface that could talk to the 7.1 systems and service both Mac and PC running various DAW platforms,” said VA’s technical manager, Richard Liggins. “The RME proved to be solid and effective in all the scenarios the team needed to address. There was some discussion around the 7.1 outputs from the Developer game consoles, and eventually the audio stream was demuxed from the HDMI stream post the Wwise mix using the Conrad HDMI 7.1 demuxer before being sent to the SPL SMC7.1 controller.”

Jim Croft, head of audio at Frontier Developments, added: “Our two 7.1 mix rooms are excellent professionally designed and calibrated reference spaces. They allow us to mix our games with the highest accuracy. Customisable colour ambient lighting allows us to set the appropriate mood for a mix session and the space feels very comfortable to be in for long sessions. Both our foley and vocal recording and control rooms are well appointed and beautifully quiet spaces to record in. Overall we are absolutely delighted with the job Veale did for us!”