Hollywood, CA (February 13, 2006)–The Dub Stage at Levels Audio Post, a multi-room facility specializing in music production, sound design and audio post production primarily for television, has undergone a major upgrade with the installation of a Digidesign ICON D-Control integrated console environment. The new 32-channel console went online at the beginning of January and is being used by facility owner Brian Riordan for audio post production on the new record-breaking season of Fox’s American Idol.
Located close to the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. in the heart of Hollywood, Levels Audio Post has been providing audio post production services for American Idol since the series debuted. Last year, for season four of the reality show, Riordan created both stereo and 5.1 mixes for standard and high-definition television broadcast. The increasing quantity of 5.1 programming coming through Levels Audio helped drive the decision to install the D-Control, which offers substantial improvements to the audio post production workflow and can handle surround configurations up to 7.1-channels.
Levels owner Brian Riordan at the new Digidesign ICON D-Control on the Dub Stage at Levels Audio Post. “The upgrade to the Digidesign ICON D-Control has introduced a new level of flexibility, efficiency and speed that our clients, such as American Idol Productions, really appreciate,” said Riordan. “And, of course, we are thrilled to be working once again on this latest season of American Idol, which just keeps on getting bigger and bigger.”
“There are few mixing facilities in Hollywood that can match Levels’ abilities as a one-stop shop for mixing music and post,” said Rich Nevens, Digidesign director of worldwide console sales. “To handle the audio requirements for American Idol, Levels needed a mixing console strong in both disciplines, and we are thrilled that they selected a Digidesign ICON as the only real solution for their needs.”
The new ICON D-Control on Levels Audio’s Dub Stage integrates every aspect of a project, including recording, editing, mixing, and processing, complete with integrated video and delivery. The Dub Stage, the largest mix room at the multi-studio Levels Audio facility, is additionally equipped with extensive high-end outboard signal processing from companies such as Avalon, BSS, and, TC Electronics, ADAM reference monitors, and a Martinsound MultiMAX EX surround monitor controller.
Riordan has been providing audio post production for the opening episodes of American Idol, which premiered on January 17 and to date have featured the countrywide audition process. Once the finalists are chosen and the competition is underway, he will be responsible for editing and remixing the music tracks as well as dialogue clean up and sweetening for the weekly show.
Once the finalists are chosen and the competition is underway, he will be responsible for editing and remixing the music tracks as well as dialogue clean up and sweetening for the weekly show.
“The edit of the one-hour show locks on Sunday morning or Saturday night for a Tuesday night broadcast,” reported Riordan. “I often work straight through and finally get to go home on Tuesday afternoon!”
The premiere of the fifth season of American Idol attracted an audience of 35.5 million viewers, an increase of almost 10 percent overall (15 percent among the 18-to-49-year-old group), making it the second most-watched entertainment show on Fox ever.
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