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Todd-AO Upgrades ADR Facilities in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD –In the latest phase of a continuing effort to expand and upgrade its sound facilities,


has completed a full technical overhaul of ADR stage 5 at its Hollywood studios. One of the largest facilities of its type in Hollywood, the ADR stage has been equipped with a new Pro Tools workstation, a Soundmaster ION operating environment and a Christie HD playback system.

The new integration provides the stage with an all-digital infrastructure resulting in enhanced quality and efficiency for voice recording. The Soundmaster ION will be used to synchronize the Pro Tools system with a separate recording system, microphones, remote feeds, samplers, and a boom recorder used for back-up.

“We have created a state-of-the-art recording facility that offers all functionality that producers and talent expect from a world-class ADR room,” said Bill Johnston, Senior Vice President of Engineering at CSS Studios, Todd-AO’s parent company. “Our aim is to make ADR as quick and seamless as possible.”
Johnston adds that the new HD video system has the ability to playback video in virtually any format, eliminating transcoding delays.

Todd-AO ADR Mixer Ron Bedrosian
“It makes a world of difference,” observed Todd-AO ADR Mixer Ron Bedrosian. “The new technology provides increased flexibility so that we can better meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

The ADR Stage has been used to record dialogue for such films and television shows as Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Footloose, Abduction, Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau, Bridesmaids, NCIS and Nikita.

The recent facility upgrades at Todd-AO Hollywood has also included a major interior design renovation that includes a new reception area, client lounges and kitchen.

These changes follow a number of other recent upgrades at Todd-AO Hollywood. Two mixing stages were equipped with Euphonix mixing consoles that are set up to mix in a hybrid manner, either mixing sound files directly or through external Pro Tools systems. A third mixing stage has been expanded to accommodate two mixers.


Hollywood, California-based CSS Studios® is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. CSS Studios provides creative post production sound services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers. The services of CSS Studios are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO®, Sound One, Soundelux®, POP Sound®, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles and New York. With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards®.