New York, NY (October 19, 2007)–As audioEngine celebrates its fifth anniversary on October 25, the audio post production company is planning expansion at both its New York and Phoenix, AZ locations.
audioEngine partner and managing director Bob Giammarco, based out of audioEngine West in Phoenix, commented on its boutique identity. “There’s always been room for expansion, but we’ve very carefully chosen how we expand and don’t expand,” Giammarco shares. “We never wanted to become one of these 10- or 12-room facilities, because that’s what we all fled and we didn’t want to be a part of that anymore. The spirit of audioEngine was always that we–the mixers–were making it what we wanted it to be; we have the flexibility to make whatever moves we want.”
audioEngine is owned/operated by a team of seasoned commercial sound mixers–Giammarco, Tom Goldblatt, Rex Recker and Joe Vagnoni–and a chief engineer, Brian Wick. They teamed up when Giammarco and Goldblatt left the New York Media Group-owned Lower East Side and went to Photomag, a post facility located in the same building, where the others were based. When Lower East Side went out of business, they organized audioEngine and bought out the Lower East Side facilities. To the two existing studios, they added Studio C and D over the next year; they also picked up A-list mixer, Carl Mandelbaum, another Photomag alum. Hillary Kew, a member of the original audioEngine staff, initially as Giammarco’s assistant, has since become an in-demand mixer.
With audioEngine running at full speed, Giammarco’s certain that the time has come for expansion. “We’re full to capacity, and even with the somewhat feast-or-famine nature of this business, we need to expand in order to bring out some of the talent we’ve developed in-house,” he explains. “We have a whole other floor in the Manhattan location, and room to grow in Phoenix, so in ’08, we’re planning on expanding with a couple more rooms.”