New York, NY (May 11, 2009)–Beatstreet Productions recently completed audio post work on the recent re-launch of the classic PBS children’s TV series, The Electric Company, featuring special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Tiki Barber, Jack McBrayer and Wyclef Jean, with original songs from Ne-Yo.
“Recording Ne-Yo was a real treat,” explains Beatstreet engineer Jeff Malinowski. “Often, tracking high-profile talent can be hit or miss, but he was a true professional and was genuinely excited about the project.”
The 35-episode series combines a 15-minute narrative storyline that is interspersed with segments that include curricular clusters of music videos, sketch comedy, animation and short films.
Beatstreet’s Matt Longoria handled sound design and mixing for the series: “The show’s polished camera work, slick graphics, and beautiful animations demanded a compelling soundscape, which we were happy to provide. I am especially proud of the transition segments. They feature cool grooves, beats and fun sound effects that mesh with the animations perfectly to segue the show between segments. The transitions, and many other segments in the show, heavily utilize Spectrasonics instrument plug-ins: Stylus RMX, and Omnisphere. I have found them to be indispensable tools for composition and sound design.
“We made the sound design as rich as possible, while at the same time using sound effects to focus kids’ attention on the lesson at hand. An indispensable item is our Digidesign Icon D-Control. The D-Control has many useful and intuitive features that allow me to mix quickly and efficiently.”
Longoria continues, “We also had great collaboration amongst the production, and post production crews. Production sound mixer Dan Johnson provided us with great dialog from the set. We worked closely with the graphics department in designing the superpower sounds. The graphics guys gave very specific physical properties to the super powers, which we sought to reflect in the sound design. Post production producer Ryan Cunningham was instrumental in keeping everything moving.”