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The Audio Suite Birmingham Coronavirus Special Measures
We are happy to report that our remote mixing and editing service is unaffected by the Covid-19 situation; and with the rigorous safety measures we have put in place to protect visiting voice artists – and us – we are able to continue offering voice-over, commentary and ADR recording to picture, in our voice studio; a booth within a separate room.

We call it ‘Operation Safe and Sound’ and our procedures come from the successful completion of both the Sky TV requisite examination on safe working practices during Covid-19, and ScreenSkills’ e-learning module on the new production protocols. Our ScreenSkills ‘Coronavirus Awareness’ certificate is available on request.

A two metre distance is observed at all times, with mandatory hand washing and temperature check on arrival. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own headphones, or alternatively a new pair of ‘budget’ headphones will be given to the artist, at a small extra cost to the client.

We do ask that scripts are delivered to the artist ahead of the session to enable them to read from their own tablet and also that the recording sessions are conducted ‘unattended’ by the client. A phone patch or online audio link is easily arranged however, to enable the artist to be directed, or for clients to listen in.

What we’re getting up to…

Our services

The Audio Suite is a highly-regarded UK digital audio company based in Birmingham, remotely serving a global client base, and is renown for its friendly, personal approach and its impressive yet intimate studio environment.

We provide bespoke, high value-added post-production, ADR and Voice Over sound services from two compact and exceptionally appointed mixing rooms and adjoining voice studio, as well as high-end location sound recording and premier-level Outside Broadcast sound engineering.

Live remote working is made possible by connecting to us either via a standard phone patch, by old-school ISDN or through the simple and free-to-use Cleanfeed audio over i.p. (AoIP) application. We can even use Skype, if that suits you better.

Whilst the two mixing rooms and voice booth are primarily the personal workspace of film Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor Dr. Neil Hillman MPSE, these facilities are also made commercially available to external clients as our schedule and other commitments allow.

We welcome visiting clients and artists, especially if they’re fun to be around, so please feel free to call us for studio availability.

We understand and can usually accommodate short-notice or out-of-hours bookings and we are as happy and committed to applying our extensive audio post-production skills and experience to a one-hour VO, ADR or TV commentary recording session as we are to fully supervising a theatrical-release feature film.

The Audio Suite has easy accessibility as well as the convenience of remote access to impressive in-house facilities, combined with an extensive track-record in audio post-production that includes many hundreds of hours of prime-time television programmes, TV and cinema commercials, feature films, internal, external and business-to-business communications, podcasts and best-selling talking books.

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The Audio Suite offers a full range of audio production and post-production services, including:
  • Sound Design (remote working, encrypted server delivery)
  • Editing and Mixing (remote working, encrypted server delivery)
  • ADR (with ISDN / AoIP / AoIP + video remote access)
  • TV commentary recording (with ISDN / AoIP remote access)
  • Voice Over (with ISDN / AoIP remote access)
  • Professional podcasting and Talking Book production
  • Location sound recording
  • Outside Broadcast Mixing and Commentary Engineering

All of our television mixes meet the stringent EBU-R128 standard; and audio assets are delivered securely via our encrypted Cloud Audio Post server.

We’re also experienced in creating TV and Cinema commercials. We arrange Dolby certification through our long-standing associations with good friends and strategic partners such as 750mph and Jungle Studios, Soho.

For ‘remote’ VO and ADR sessions, our Pronto 2 ISDN codec is simple to connect with and is also a flexible ‘phone-patch’ option for non-ISDN / non- AoIP studios, or clients working away from the studio. It is compatible with almost all other studio ISDN codecs and offers G711, G722 and MPEG encoding modes, which means that we can easily connect to other studios and work together with timecode locked pictures; or clients may simply prefer the convenience of listening and directing their voice artist by calling in on a standard telephone line. For audio over i.p. (AoIP) and AoIP plus video sessions, the simple and free-to-use Cleanfeed or SessionLink Pro applications are our current preferred solutions and work equally well with a Director’s laptop or Smartphone running Google Chrome, or a studio console; but whichever option is chosen, a free, pre-booking line check guarantees a smooth session with us.

Please note that all clients are asked to settle our studio fees before a VO or ADR session commences. We accept all major credit cards on our online payment page HERE.

About Us.

The Audio Suite is a very different kind of sound studio.

We are a unique, award-winning Sound Design consultancy lead by Dr. Neil Hillman MPSE. We provide bespoke, high value-added audio post-production services for feature film clients that includes sound design, sound supervising, dialogue and sound effects recording and editing; as well as offering an ISDN-linked ADR and voice recording service that has been used on feature film productions such as ‘Lincoln’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and notable television drama series such as ‘Ackley Bridge’, ‘Ibiza Weekender’ and ‘Dr. Who’.

“When the sound is bad, you notice the sound…
When the sound is good, you notice the pictures.”
Neil Hillman

“The eye sees better when the sound is great.”
Steven Spielberg

“We chose Neil Hillman and The Audio Suite for this project because of their first-class reputation and proximity to talent. We were pleased with their contribution to the film and impressed with the ease in which The Audio Suite studios and our sound team at Skywalker Sound were able to work together, linking the two studios in real time to accomplish the necessary work.”
Mark Graziano, Vice President of Post-Production for DreamWorks.

The Audio Suite

The Audio Suite is a leading UK digital audio company, serving a global client base, yet retaining in-house convenience.

We are a long-established supplier to major advertising agencies, Indies, Super Indies and creative corporate clients; as well as the major broadcast channels.

Our high-quality audio solutions are designed for features, broadcast and corporate film makers, whilst our Consultancy service provides support for projects with complex workflow and exacting delivery requirements.

We create and craft soundtracks for the world that your ideas inhabit… Giving them impact and meaning… Making the message memorable for your audience.

Neil Hillman MPSE

Dr. Neil Hillman MPSE leads The Audio Suite’s sound design practice, and he has a reassuringly extensive and impressive track-record in location sound recording, audio production and audio post-production: including credits for mixing many hundreds of hours of prime-time television programmes; feature films; TV and cinema commercials; as well as internal, external and business-to-business communications, podcasts and Audible ‘Best Seller’ Talking Books.

He is also regularly engaged for Outside Broadcasts as a CCR and IBC Engineer at major sporting events such as the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the UEFA Champions League Final and the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

See a list of Neil’s IMDb credits HERE.

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