Puidoux, Switzerland (May 7, 2009)–A Pyramix workstation at Merging Technologies’ long-standing Indian distributor in Mumbai saved the day for the completion of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.
Renowned Indian film composer AR Rahman, who won the Oscar for Best Score and Best Song for the Slumdog soundtrack, had to complete work on the songs for the film score in a very short time, having agreed to work on the film relatively late in its production, when director Danny Boyle already had a rough cut. Vocals for two tracks, “Ringa Ringa” and “Latika’s Theme,” needed to be recorded fast, while Rahman was out of India working in studios in Los Angeles and London.
With no time to fly the singers out of India, Rahman asked Suzzane D’Mellofor (“Latika’s Theme”) and Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik (“Ringa Ringa”) to report to the recording studio/Pyramix demonstration suite at Modi Digital in Mumbai, which is built around a Merging Technologies DAW and Sphynx 2 digital interface. Rahman directed the vocal session via a specially set-up remote video conferencing link.
The vocals were recorded using a Neumann TLM103 microphone with the performers working to backing tracks Rahman emailed from abroad. The vocalists’ contributions passed via an RME Micstasy preamp into the Sphynx 2 interface and Modi’s Pyramix system. The sessions at Modi Digital were recorded in Pyramix as high-resolution 24-bit, 48 kHz files and were later sent via FTP to Rahman’s production teams in Los Angeles and London for mixing with the backing tracks.
Modi Digital Audio has been Merging Technologies’ Indian distributor for nearly a decade. The 5.1-capable Pyramix demonstration suite at Modi is a fully equipped recording studio designed to show clients and potential customers the power of Pyramix in a real-world recording environment.