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The score for the upcoming documentary “Dale,” about the life of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Ernhardt, was recently completed at StarCity Recording Company, a world-class recording studio in Bethlehem, PA.  The film was written by NASCAR Images and is set to air next year on CMT.   

 The score was performed by a 22-person orchestra, led by composers David Wolfert and John Loeffler. It was then mixed in 5.1 surround sound in StarCity’s Studio A using the Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series console.      

Scott Perry, chief mixing engineer with NASCAR Images, worked closely with Zak Rizvi, head engineer at StarCity, on this project.  A veteran of the recording business, Perry was impressed with StarCity’s state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable staff.   

“I have been in and out of recording studios over the past 20 years and this experience was one of the best,” Perry states.  “StarCity is one of only a handful of facilities that can accommodate a full orchestra and the acoustics of its Live Room are pristine.  Additionally, the studio had everything ready for us, ensured that we felt right at home and demonstrated a professional courtesy I have yet to see matched in this business.  It had been awhile since I have been in a studio as musically inspirational and sonically capable as StarCity.”  

During recording, Perry used a “Decca tree” — an apparatus developed by Decca engineers that mounts three large-diaphragm condenser    microphones, in this instance tube, on a single device that is placed high above the orchestra — to capture the orchestra’s performance as it appears acoustically in the room.  Since the production was to be delivered as a 5.1 digital mix, an additional array of microphones were used to achieve the surround perspective of the orchestra.  The score was performed once through, and then Perry and Rizvi double-tracked it on a separate set of tracks to effectively simulate a 40-plus piece orchestra.  Not only was the orchestra seemingly larger, but also this technique made StarCity’s already massive Live Room sound essentially limitless.   

A world-class facility located in Bethlehem, PA, StarCity Recording Company offers clientele more than 50 years of combined professional recording experience and the state of the art in 5.1 surround sound. 

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