(l-r) John Wheeler, Penteo president and
founder; Randy Spendlove, Paramount
president of motion picture music;
Tamara Johnson, Penteo director of industry
relations; Jason Richmond, Paramount exec.
dir. / motion picture music; Tom Kobayashi,
Penteo CFO; Sasha Owen, Penteo COO; Kim
Seiniger,director of music production; and
Chris Stone, Penteo corporate VP.
Photo by David Goggin.Hollywood, CA (September 27, 2010)–Paramount Pictures recently hosted a presentation of records and soundtracks converted from stereo to 5.1 via PenteoSurround.
Penteo president and founder John Wheeler, inventor of the process, demonstrated the new 3-D audio process with selections from films such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and classic stereo tracks from artists such as Steely Dan.
Discussions focused on the need for stereo to 5.1 conversion for film and television, especially from sources which no longer have multichannel audio masters. Randy Spendlove, Paramount’s president of motion picture music, remarked on the number of films from the company’s catalogue that are being readied for re-release, including the upcoming Footloose.
“PenteoSurround will make our job so much easier now,” he commented. “Not only are we converting classic stereo films, but there is a great need for surround versions of popular songs that are planned for new films we are working on.”
Jason Richmond, executive director of Paramount’s motion picture music, added, “The converted surround audio from Penteo is remarkable. Not only is it a rich and accurate experience–but you can actually distinguish the individual voices and instruments, making it much simpler for our mixers to work with legacy tracks and new dialogue and effects.”