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AMS Neve DFC Brings Dazzle to Moulin Rouge

Noted Mixer Andy Nelson Relies on DFC for Groundbreaking New Musical (July 18, 2001)

A 96-fader AMS Neve DFC provided the warm, rich sound, depth of features and instant recall that Re-recording Mixer Andy Nelson required for the final mix of Twentieth Century Fox's "Moulin Rouge," starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The resultis a stunning blend of song and visuals.

The "Moulin Rouge" mix was completed in Twentieth Century Fox's Howard Hawks Stage. Fox has three AMS Neve DFC's in the feature film dubbing stages at its Beverly Hills lot and all are used exclusively for feature film mixes.

As a re-recording mixer, Nelson oversees the last creative process of a film's soundtrack mix, assembling the dialog, music and sound effects, including foley, into a single coherent form. Nelson found that "Moulin Rouge" presented its own, highly unique set of challenges. The film is a period musical that rearranges several contemporary pop songs into a surprising and clever pastiche,“ at one point offering an almost operatic twist on Elton John's "Your Song" and the next presenting a new spin on the Police's "Roxanne" and Madonna's "Like a Virgin." The complexity of the score stretched what is normally a six-week process into a 10-week marathon.

Nelson handled the dialog and music final mix while his partner, Re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer, assembled all sound effects for "Moulin Rouge." Nelson said that despite long hours, working on the DFC console was a "completely enjoyable, demanding but a wonderful experience. [Director] Baz Luhrmann was fantastic to work with. And I love the sound quality of the DFC. That's the most important thing to me on any project. The DFC has wonderful sound and great equalizers and compressors, which are the parts of the board I call upon all the time."

Not only does the DFC provide some 500 sound paths, more than enough to handle any sequence, its automation system enabled Nelson to recall any configuration instantly. "What I like so much about the DFC, particularly on a very complex mix like this one, is that we can move to another reel and get deeply involved in it, and then go back to the previous reel, and with the click of a button, everything returns to exactly the way we'd originally mixed it," Nelson said.

Nelson's mix of the "Elephant Love Medley" from "Moulin Rouge" made it to the soundtrack album, which he reports has been "a huge success commercially. But Nelson has had little time to ponder his good fortune. Since January, he has worked consecutively on "Shrek," "Moulin Rouge," and "A.I." 'all mixed on the DFC. He is currently doing the re-recording mix for the remake of "Planet of the Apes," also on one of the DFC's at Fox.


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