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Widget Post Opens New World-Class Audio FacilityOffers film clients stages for ADR, Foley and re-recording mixing (January 18, 2005)
Widget Post Production expands its position in sound editing and mixing today with the launch of a new world-class audio post-production facility. The recently opened Los Angeles space features top-flight suites for sound effects and dialogue editing, as well as ADR, TV mixing and Foley stages, and a next-generation dubbing stage with the worlds largest Digidesign ICON console. The new space has already hosted numerous Hollywood studio and independent films for a range of audio finishing and restoration work.
Moving to the site formerly housing Digital Sound & Picture and refurbishing the space to include many client-friendly amenities has provided Widget Post the unique opportunity to establish a leading-edge large boutique within an environment rich in audio history and design. A major draw for clients is the companys 1700-square-foot Main Theatrical Mixing Stage, which lets mixers utilize the next evolution of the re-recording console 768-channel Digidesign ICON integrated digital control surface first THX stages ever built in Los Angeles. Other attractive features of the all-digital facility include a spacious ADR stage with a large, comfortable control room, a separate 11-pit Foley stage and nine edit suites that enable state-of-the-art audio effects and sweetening.
The Digidesign ICON installed at Widget is an integrated digital console that redefines audio production possibilities by enabling operators to edit, record, mix and process within a single environment. In addition to supporting mixes up to 24-bit/192 kHz in 7.1 surround, it also features touch-sensitive controls on a tactile work surface; a wide range of visual mixing feedback, including HD; dedicated center section and per-channel control over all processing functions and routing; global automation capabilities; and full studio and control room monitoring.
?Over the past few years, theres been an outcry from clients that the options for audio post are going away, comments Anne-Marie Slack, President, Widget Post. ?Not the choices they have creatively, but the choices of where and with whom to book the work. We looked around at the number of larger or corporate-owned audio companies and saw a market for one-stop-shop facilities - especially one that focused on client services and relationship-building while keeping up to the minute with digital technology. We knew we wanted to build stages, and we were really excited to be able to do this in a virtually untouched facility that also had a great legacy of audio engineering and design.
Widget Posts high-tech boutique approach and low-key, attention-driven atmosphere has already been winning the company numerous new customers in addition to its existing motion picture studio clientele. These clients run the gamut from name directors who are tapping into Widgets in-house sound supervisors and editors to create end-to-end sound packages for indie movies to top sound supervisors and their teams who are basing themselves at Widget to complete their sound packages.
Robyn-Alain Feldman, a post-production supervisor and producer whose credits include Michael Manns ?Collateral and the television series ?Alias and ?Felicity, says: ?I like working at Widget because the company offers an intimate atmosphere while still supplying the same attention to detail, efficiency and technical proficiency as a much larger facility.
?We brought our team to the new Widget Post re-recording stage recently to mix the film ?Nearing Grace for director Rick Rosenthal, adds Miguel Rivera of Fury & Grace. ?Its very powerful to mix film audio in the Pro Tools world, and with the ICON, Widget has not only one of the most stunning setups Ive seen, but also the boutique type of service thats becoming even more of a distinguishing factor nowadays.
Other projects on the new facilitys busy slate include feature films ?A Lot Like Love for Walt Disney Pictures (temp mixes), ?Greener Mountain (ADR, mixing and sound editorial for director Lee Shallot Chemel), ?Be Cool (ADR recording for MGM) and DVD mixing for New Lines ?Blade Trinity. Via Coming Home Studios, Widget Post has been handling sound effects, backgrounds, on-camera interview clean up and 5.1 surround sound mixes of concert footage of music videos being released on DVD by such musical artists as Godsmack, Duran Duran and Boz Skaggs. And, the company continues to cultivate its audio restoration service, recently applying its toolbox of Sonic No Noise, Waves Restoration and Cedar Cambridge systems and software to clean and restore original sound elements for MGM, New Line Cinema, Sony and others.
About Widget Post Production
Widget Post Production is located at 2700 S. La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles. With eight edit suites and a large sound supervisor bay, Widget has complete sound editorial capabilities, all interconnected to its stages and to its 2.3-terabyte sound server. The facilitys attention to offering high levels of client service and comfort in a professional, creative and secure environment, have won the company regular accounts from across the feature film spectrum.
Widget was founded in 2001 by audio veterans Anne and Brian Slack as an alternative to the trend of conglomerates within the sound industry. The company employs a dozen talented editors, and also accesses a pool of gifted Foley and mixing artists.
Please call (310) 558-3941 for further information, or visit www.widgetpost.com.
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