Paris-based Yellow Cab Studio is the first European facility to equip with Euphonix S5 Fusion mixing console. The S5 Fusion, located in Yellow Cab's Studio A dubbing theatre, will be used for broadcast post production and feature film mixing, writes Andy Stout.
"We've had two major film releases this year - Pur Week-end by Olivier Doran, and La V_rit_ Ou Presque by Sam Karmann," explained co-founder Steven Ghouti. "For the Karmann movie I worked on a Euphonix MC controller for over a month, premixing tracks in the box, which gave me a taste for the EuCon protocol and how it can speed up work with any DAW. This helped us decide to buy the S5 Fusion."
"There are two things that I need in a controller - mix control and editing control," Ghouti declared. "The former can be found in many products but the latter I have only found in the Euphonix. Tailoring the MC's controls and SmartSwitches to that particular movie was a mind-blowing experience - it really speeds up the workflow. Having used Fairlight editors for many years, I was really looking for a new hands-on-the-controls experience and there it was."
He added: "The S5 Fusion is more about mixing, and the MC with its faders and functionalities shined with Nuendo during editing. Because I'm so used to mixing consoles I have never really liked mouse-mixing. When I am using a mouse, I feel like I have one hand tied behind my back and then there's that unspoken rule about only using one command at a time. EuCon allowed me to seriously use Nuendo's automation for the first time - and that was Nuendo 3 automation. Now with Nuendo 4 and the S5 Fusion it's just amazing."
One of the more interesting projects produced on S5 Fusion at Yellow Cab is a 24-minute five-screen film for Invalides Army Museum, the new Charles De Gaulle museum in Paris.
"The entire project was mixed in the box with Nuendo to be as portable as possible so that we can finish the mix in the room it is to be played in," explained Ghouti. "For that, the S5 Fusion proved itself invaluable in helping me mix more than 100 DAW tracks as if they were Euphonix DSP. I plan on renting a System 5-MC DAW controller to finish the show on-site by the end of the year."
The next project slated for Yellow Cab is the feature Seuls 2.