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Euphonix System 5 Helps Finding Neverland

Lora Hirschberg mixes Finding Neverland on System 5 Digital Audio Console (December 15, 2004)

Lora Hirschberg in front of the Euphonix System 5 digital audio console at Skywalker Sound

Lora Hirschberg in front of the Euphonix System 5 digital audio console at Skywalker Sound

Unlock your imagination and dare to dream. Where did Peter Pan evolve from and what about that dreamy place, Neverland? We all have fantasized about far away places at one time or another but only the man behind the tale: J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan can tell us about Neverland. Director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) follows J.M Barrie's creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration through to the play's premiere at the Duke of York's Theatre in London in the Oscar ready film, Finding Neverland.

The film, which was mixed on a Euphonix System 5 at Skywalker Sound, was just named Best Film by the U.S National Board of Review (viewed as an indicator of Oscar success). Yet creating a "Best Film" is not easy. The sound work on a classic family picture, a period piece, a fantasy story, with tons of special effects such as this one can be tricky. Besides working to bring fantasy to life, the film had to reflect the atmosphere of London in the early 20th century. Skywalker Sound's mixer, Lora Hirschberg, who has mixed over 60 feature and documentary films, comments on how she handled the challenges on a Euphonix System 5 digital audio console.

"Finding Neverland was a challenging mix in that in many scenes we tried to make the film as quiet as possible and often times the characters are speaking almost in a whisper. This required us to be very delicate with the balances of music and effects, to really pull things back and see how simple and subtle we could be yet still keep the audience involved in the period atmosphere," states Hirschberg.

She continues, "The Euphonix System5 digital audio console has some nice processing features for noise reduction - I used the expander quite a bit. In addition, I like how the user-defined layouts are quite simple to modify and make a one mixer show, with lots of tracks, easy to manage. She concludes, "It was really great to do the final mix for this project on the System 5. It's a very flexible and dependable console to work with."

About The National Board of Review
The National Board of Review, which has named Finding Neverland, Best Film, is made up of movie historians, teachers and film professionals. It is the first association to pass out prizes for movies each year, beginning the season of red carpet film award events. The awards will be presented on January 11th 2005 at a ceremony in New York.

About Euphonix
Euphonix is a leading manufacturer of large format digital audio mixing consoles, integrated digital audio workstation control surfaces, multi-track digital recorders and peripherals for live broadcast, TV & film audio post-production, and music production applications. Euphonix consoles and recorders offer uncompromised digital audio with the highest audio resolution in the industry.

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