German recording studio and orchestra Babelsberg upgrades to DAD AX32 AD/DA converters

“The analog to digital and digital to analog conversion quality is highly impressive across many types of music.”


Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, one of Germany’s leading symphony orchestras, together with its Scoring Stage studio, has invested in three DAD AX32 ultra-high-quality digital audio converters, including DAD’s microphone preamplifiers option, as part of a major technical upgrade to the technical facilities at its headquarters in the German film centre at Babelsberg near Berlin.

“We have excellent sound recording and production equipment but were convinced that we could increase the sound quality of our orchestral music productions which are used as accompaniments to television programmes and feature films”  Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg’s Chief Engineer, Falko Duczmal.

“Florian Strucken of AVS-Medientechnik GmbH worked with us as a technical consultant and integrator. He invited Jan Lykke of NTP over to our studios with a demonstration system and we conducted some very successful listening tests. The results were breathtaking, both in terms of acoustic transparency and operational versatility. “The analog to digital and digital to analog conversion quality is highly impressive across many types of music.”

“We are now using the AX32 as a 72 channel system for analogue to digital or digital to analogue conversion. Recording is supervised from a 72-fader Neve VXS scoring desk in Control Room 1 or an SSL C200 digital console in Control Room 2. The mixers are coupled through the AX32 converters to an Avid Pro Tools 11 digital audio workstation.”

Housed in a compact 2U chassis, the AX32 is designed for use in no-compromise audio recording and mixing, both in studios and on location, as well as post-production. The AX32 features up to 48 analogue I/O and a whole range of digital interfaces such as ProTools HD, MADI, AES and Audinate Dante audio over IP. Combined with a built-in audio router it not only offers a superb audio quality but also a tremendous operational flexibility. The optional microphone preamplifier has a very low noise floor and wide dynamic range, putting it on a par with the very best stand-alone preamplifiers currently available.

Existing users of DAD audio converters include Abbey Road Studios, Acoustic Recordings, Alchemy Mastering, Bauer Studios, Benny Andersson’s RMV Studio, Classic Sound, CMC Studios, Collegium Records, Danish Radio, DEX Mastering, DPA Microphones, Echopark Studios, Galaxy Studios, Hana Music Montreux, Helsinki Music Centre, Lindberg lyd, Magne Furuholmen, Master Touch, McGill University, Moscow Music Conservatory, NDR Hamburg, NHK, NRK, Opéra de Dijon, QVC shopping channel, Real Sound, Royal Danish Opera House, Royal Opera House London, Sidney Opera House, SK Works, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, SoundWorks/Jeff Sheridan, Spanish Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Stock Fish Records, Swedish Radio, Telarc International, Timbre Music, Ultimo Productions and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.