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Sound Lounge Expands Into Audio For Features

Studio hires feature mixer Tony Volante; acquires Digidesign ICON integrated console (July 06, 2005)

Sound Lounge, one of the leading suppliers of audio services to the advertising industry, is expanding into feature films. The studio has hired mixer Tony Volante, a veteran of more than 50 feature film mixes including the upcoming Imagine Entertainment release Cinderella Man, where he was Foley mixer. Additionally, the company is adding a new, state-of-the-art mixing suite to its Manhattan facility. It will feature a Digidesign ICON integrated console. Sound Lounge will be the first audio post facility in New York to have the system, which combines tracking, editing and mixing functions in one platform.

Sound Lounge has been considering entry into long-form mixing for some time, according to principal Tom Jucarone. ?We are always looking toward the future and seeking new genres where we can apply our resources and talents, he said. ?Tonys availability and interest in joining Sound Lounge enables us to service television and film clients at the same high quality that we provide in commercials.

?Ive worked with Tony previously on the films L.I.E. and The Ramones: End of the Century and have always felt he would make a great addition to Sound Lounge,? added Marshall Grupp, Sound Lounge partner and principal of Marshall Grupp Sound Design and Music. ?Tony brings a diverse background to Sound Lounge, including a wealth of experience in features, documentaries, records and commercials. He also shares our personal and professional values and our commitment to quality.

For his part, Volante said the Sound Lounge offers him the technical support and infrastructure to further his work in features, while providing an opportunity to pursue other types of work. ?I am proud to be associated with Sound Lounge, a company with an exemplary national reputation, he said.

The specific Digidesign ICON D-Control console that Sound Lounge has acquired was previously used by Skywalker Sound to mix Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The D-Control is the flagship of Digidesigns ICON line, combining a large format console with ProTools functionality that make it ideal for both feature film and advertising work. The system will be housed in a new mixing suite, the studios ninth. The suite will have a dedicated voice-over booth and will be connected to Sound Lounges other facilities, including its vast sound effects library, via a high speed network.

Volante has been one of the busiest long-form mixers in New York over the past decade and has earned a stellar reputation, particularly for his work in independent films and documentaries. Along with Cinderella Man, his recent credits include, Transamerica¸ which was purchased by Bobby and Harvey Weinsteins new company (temporarily called WeinsteinCo.) following its recent screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, which won a distribution deal from Paramount Classics after opening this years Slamdance Festival.

Volantes other notable film credits include The Missing for director Ron Howard, Coffee and Cigarettes for director Jim Jarmusch and Welcome to the Dollhouse for director Todd Solondz. Additionally, Volante has mixed three documentaries that have earned Academy Award nominations, My Architect: A Sons Journey (2003), Children Underground (2002) and On the Ropes (2001). Volante himself was nominated for an Emmy Award for mixing the HBO documentary Prisoners of the War on Drugs.

Although he has concentrated on film work for the past decade, Volante has an eclectic background that also includes work in the advertising and recording industries. A studying audio production at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, he spent the early years of his career in Boston helming recording sessions for rock acts, including the seminal punk band Mission of Burma. His recording credits also included Donald Fagens Grammy-nominated Kamakiriad and Roger Daltreys solo effort Rocks in the Head. For much of the ?90s, Volante worked as a commercial mixer in New York. His many credits included the well known ?Not Your Fathers Oldsmobile campaign for the automaker.

?My role is to express emotion through sound, Volante said. ?Its essentially the same task whether Im mixing an exhilarating song or using sound to transform a film scene.

Sound Lounge is located at 149 5th Ave. New York, N.Y., 10010. For additional information or sales, contact April Jaffe of Randee Bowman at (212) 388-1212 or visit


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