Cotton Hill Studios in Albany, NY has been busy with automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) sessions for a number of high-profile clients for such television shows as “Battlestar Gallactica,” “Flash Gordon,” “Jericho”, and “The Kill Point.” In the middle of it all, making the jobs of the actors and engineers easier and more productive, is Aviom with its Pro16 Monitor Mixing System.
A typical ADR session involves not only the recording studio and voice talent, but often producers, directors, and vocal/dialogue coaches located in other parts of the country. Remote parties participate via ISDN, allowing everyone to interact in real time. The artists need to hear the original set dialogue, music, sound effects, directions from the production team and coaches, cues, playback of the re-recorded parts, and talkback from the control room. With the Aviom Pro16 Monitor Mixing System, actors and engineers have control over their own audio environment, so they don’t miss a cue or a direction and still have the ability to monitor their own performance.
"It's not unusual for us to have seven or eight different sources to feed to a talent when working on an ADR session for broadcast or movies," says Margherita Petti Krug, the studio's general manager. "Our engineers treasure the flexibility that the Aviom mixers afford, especially when it comes to ADR and ISDN broadcast sessions. The individual control we have over the different signals allows us to help an actor complete an ADR session comfortably and efficiently.”
Ray Rettig, president and chief engineer of Cotton Hill Studios, Inc., adds, "In the world of ADR and ISDN, when you are feeding seven or eight monitoring signals, nothing gives you more control or makes it easier than the Aviom personal mixers."
Cotton Hill Studios has been quite busy these days. Actor John Leguizamo was there for two projects recently: Working with Wildtracks Studios in Los Angeles, Leguizamo recorded replacement dialogue for the USA Network television drama “The Kill Point,” and he did dialogue replacement for his movie Love in the Time of Cholera with the production team located in London. Cotton Hill, with Aaron Scher engineering, also worked in conjunction with Larson Sound, a Burbank California studio, via ISDN to record actor Michael Gaston's dialog for an episode of the CBS hit show “Jericho”, where Gaston plays Gray Anderson, a main character on the show.
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