Pictured in Smart Post Sound’s new Penteo-
equipped Dubbing Stage 3 are (l-r) Smart
Post’s president Joe Melody, EVP sales Matt
Preble, re-recording mixer Tamara Johnson;
Penteo’s CMO Chris Stone and COO
Sasha Owen. Photo by David Goggin.Burbank, CA (December 15, 2009)–Smart Post Sound has opened its third film and television dubbing stage, the third to be equipped with Penteo Surround, the new process for converting stereo recordings into 5.1 surround sound.
First used in Warner Bros. Watchmen, the Penteo process was also utilized in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster Inglourious Basterds. Penteo is also featured in the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington, opening January 15, 2010.
“What first impressed me about Penteo is how flawlessly it processes and panorama slices the Stereo source,” explains Tamara Johnson, re-recording mixer at Smart Post. “Based on what was originally hard left and hard right, Penteo remaps that information to the left and right surrounds. We’re really looking forward to doing a big project not only utilizing Penteo’s panorama slicing for music but for ambiences as well.”
“Here at Smart Post,” Johnson continues, “in addition to our ADR and Foley stages and editorial bays, we now have three dubbing stages with full JBL surround monitoring. All the rooms are wired such that you put a stereo output from Pro Tools or an external source such as an iPod or a CD player, into the Penteo/RT box. The Penteo processor is wired back into Pro Tools and I have the six channels right there. All of that control, using ProTools automation, is so exciting. It’s as if you have been given an actual 5.1 original recording to work with and can create truly powerful 5.1 surround.”
The Penteo 5.1 mix automatically snaps back to the original 2-channel mix when presented in conventional stereo settings. “Stereo compatibility is not an issue,” Penteo founder John Wheeler explains. “We mathematically equal the original stereo mix, but spread out over five positions, so that it precisely downmixes back to the original for traditional broadcasting.”
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