AUDIO POST PRODUCTION:
Dialog Editing & Restoration
Clean it up. Improving the performance of the spoken word. From fixing problems in performance to fixing problems in the recording itself (ex. recording levels, a pop, hum, hiss, passing aircraft, or dentures that make a squeak).
Believe nothing you ever hear. From the sound of an alien world to giving animated characters personality, sound design is made to make things sound bigger, badder. or cuter than they appear.
Sound FX Editing
See a duck, hear a duck. See a blue 1979 AMC Pacer with rust and ducktaped window, and believe every second of it. This is the step that allows for foreign distribution of American films. With every door opening, car driving by, bicycle kickstand covered, all you have to do is add the new language and voila, you have a new soundtrack.
Mixing for Broadcast & 5.1 Theatrical
Make me believe it. This is an art form that weaves hundreds of tracks of audio and music into a rich, environment of sonic experience. On the technical side, you must deliver flawless files and exceed the specifications for all types of for each distribution channels: mobile, tablets, web, tv, theatrical, blu-ray, DVD, etc. They’re all unique.
Voice Over Coaching & Recording
Time is money. Even the most talented author can rarely read their own work and keep your interest. Coaching is essential to bring out the best performance possible.
Post Production Supervision
On time and on budget. It’s a complex process that needs to be broken down into teams of specialists to get the best product in the time given.
If you don’t notice it, it worked. Whether you’re cutting 30-second radio spot or editing out 23-seconds from a chase scene, a bad music edit will take you out of a movie. Knowing music and how to cut musically so it feels natural is a rare gift.
Say WHAT?! Whether preserving old recordings for posterity, or assisting law enforcement in clarifying a recorded blackmail attempt, Sonic restoration is a skill few possess.
Underscore the importance. From scary clowns to salsa nights, the right score makes you believe the emotion of the moment. If we’ve done our job right, you feel it but don’t know why.
Glockenspiel? God bless you. Taking a musical phrase and writing a full score for any given set of instruments requires first that you know the needs of the films scene, then you need to know how to write for each of the hundreds of unique instruments that exist today.
Did you get that one? Tracking is not only the art of knowing where and where not to put the microphone and which microphone to use, but also the real art is in inspiring the musicians to be themselves and make the technology invisible to them. Then routing, EQing, and capturing the cleanest sounds possible.
You but better. Creatively editing multiple takes from a singer or instruments can produce a masterpiece that may never have been thought of originally.
Zeroes and Ones. The tools of production in music use the language of MIDI to capture musical ideas onto the computer in an easily editable format.
Turn it up to 11. Mixing music is a great deal harder than mixing a film. Each style of music has its own sonic fingerprint. If you mix a hip-hop, country, polka, or choral piece wrong and they’ll change stations on you.
More cowbell! This final step in the album process requires a keen ear. This is where subtle imperfections in a final mix can be softened and desired sonic elements can be brought into clearer focus.