ARTISTRY IN SOUND EXPANDS WITH NEW MIX STAGE
Mixes Two Upcoming Lifetime Projects
Hollywood, CA: Artistry in Sound, Hollywood’s coolest audio post facility, announces the opening of its new mixing suite. The new stage features dual Icons mixing consoles, full HD projection, ProTools 10 and JBL Cinema Sound loud speakers. On the heels of this expansion, Artistry in Sound completed work on two Lifetime movies, “Ring of Fire” and “An Amish Murder,” in the new suite.
“’Ring of Fire’,” which tells the story of June Carter Cash, was a complex project,” says Kenneth Johnson, Owner and Founder of Artistry in Sound. Therefore he brought highly sought after mixer Rick Ash on board as the re-recording mixer handling dialog and music. Kenneth says, “I have worked with Rick on many HBO projects previously and always appreciated his talent and work ethic.”
Integrating the production dialog on “Ring of Fire” as it transitioned into song was critical. Rick explains, “It was important not to allow music to feel like pre-records.” In addition, crowds and atmospheres were integral to creating a natural space for the music to live, so extra care was required creating reverbs, delays and atmospheres. The music was richer sonically than much of the production sound, so in some instances it needed to be degraded to create a uniform sound field.
“In ‘An Amish Murder’ the production dialog was very challenging,” continues Rick. “Canadian exteriors in late fall made for brittle footsteps and production debris.” The Amish interiors were exclusively old wood floors, littered with pops and creaks, accompanied by room slap and echo. Rain and weather also posed challenges. All in all, it was a challenging production mix, especially due to the restricted mix schedule of three days.
Rick says it was a very was a very gratifying experience working with Ken and the new stage at Artistry in Sound. “I’ve opened many stages over the years and am grateful to say, Artistry in Sound has done a great job,” he states, “I think AIS has hit the mark. It’s a lean, clean, client friendly machine that can offer excellence at a competitive price. I hope to collaborate with Ken again. He’s got a winning formula and I hope LA film makers have the opportunity to experience this.”
Supervising Sound Designer Re-Recording Mixer Kenneth Johnson started his own facility after getting a call from Dean Devlin asking him to do all of the sound design for the show “Leverage.” Artistry in Sound was officially in business with employees and even became a Union signatory. “I wanted to create an artistic atmosphere as well as the ability to accommodate the challenging budgets of today’s market” Kenneth explains.
About Artistry in Sound
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Artistry in Sound was created with Kenneth L. Johnson’s passion for creating distinctive sounds as if he were painting an aural picture of sound design. Emmy Award winning Johnson has worked on both feature film and television projects such Mission Impossible III, Road to Perdition, The Italian Job, Melrose Place, John Adams and Leverage. The facility offers Sound supervision, Sound Design, Foley editorial, Music editorial, Dialogue & ADR editorial, Re-Recording mixing and Audio consulting services. For more information please visit www.artistryinsound.com.