imgBurlington, MA (May 16, 2014)—Award-winning audio post-production house Kill The Messenger, exclusive audio producer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has installed an Avid S5 Fusion digital audio mixing console at its Santa Monica facility.

Kill The Messenger (KTM) will use the S5 Fusion for long-form episodic mixes for UFC events, as well as for independent producers and mixers. The scalable console also enables KTM to bring more creative, immersive and complex content to TV, web and mobile productions. Faced with the relentless pressure of tight deadlines and last-minute changes involved in producing audio for live sports events and broadcasts, KTM chose the S5 Fusion for its ability to accommodate immediate turnarounds and a variety of workflows. KTM’s workflow is based entirely on Avid systems, including Pro Tools | HDX—which, like the S5 Fusion, is now part of the Avid Artist Suite of content creation applications.

“As an industry, we always test the limits of production capabilities to deliver the most captivating and creative content in the fastest time possible, at the lowest cost,” said Mike Sak, president of Kill The Messenger. “We needed an adaptable and powerful work surface that could satisfy the most discerning mixers, producers and sound supervisors. The S5 Fusion fits the bill perfectly. It’s given us a powerful new tool to create and integrate into our daily workflow in ways we were completely unaware existed before. It also allows us to bring ‘large stage’ immersive technical capabilities to ‘small screen’ productions at a more modest price point.”

“Audio facilities are under relentless pressure from clients to produce more and more projects with much faster turnaround times—and they are provided with lower budgets and fewer resources,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Avid. “With the S5 Fusion, facilities like Kill The Messenger can expand into new markets and manage a variety of formats and deliverables with ease.”