New York, NY (November 18, 2009)–Creative Group’s Emmy award-winning mixer Sue Pelino recently provided the 5.1 and stereo mixes for VH1’s 2009 Hip Hop Honors Awards.
At this year’s awards, the 25th anniversary of pioneering hip hop label Def Jam Records was celebrated with performances by such artists as Ashanti, DMX, Eminem, Ludacris and Mary J. Blige, while comic Tracy Morgan hosted the event.
Sue Pelino, Creative Group’s VP of audio post production and senior mixer, worked with the original Pro Tools production elements consisting of all the isolated tracks, and the remixed musical performances mixed by Music Mix Mobile and the event’s house band, The Roots. The event, which was shot in HD, aired on VH1 as well as its HD Channel, Palladia.
Pelino mixed all the elements in Pro Tools, providing a 5.1 mix of the songs that were only mixed in stereo, and a stereo fold-down of the music remixed only in 5.1. All of the original production ISOs and music tracks were reconformed as soon as each musical act was locked to time in video. When the producers needed to make a small revision, the editors would revise the section and upload the OMF to Creative Group’s FTP site.
Pelino’s assistant, Rebecca Chandler, conformed the music remixes and all of the production audio tracks, which consisted of such elements as the host and guest mics, DJ track, package stems, additional music, and eight audience mics. After the show was fully conformed, the team removed all the explicit lyrics from the vocal tracks before Pelino performed the final mix.
“Basically, after one day, we had the entire show completely conformed and mixed in 5.1 and stereo,” notes Pelino. “What made this possible was the incredible teamwork between Rebecca and me.”