Los Angeles, CA (June 6, 2006)–Superman is making his long-awaited return to the big screen at the end of the month, with a little help from Klein + Hummel. Casey Stone mixed the original soundtrack for Superman Returns composed by John Ottman, in 5.1 for the theater, and in stereo for the CD release on the Klein + Hummel monitor setup that he has been using for over two years.
Casey Stone Chose Klein + Hummel O 300 Ds to mix the soundtrack for the upcoming “Superman Returns” in 5.1 for movie theatres and stereo for CD release. Photo by Todd Black.”I’m using the O 300 Ds for left-center-right, and an O 800 subwoofer,” explained Stone, a busy scoring mixer who, at just 35 years of age, already boasts an enviable list of film score credits. “I’m using some two-way O 110 near-fields for the surrounds,” he added.
Stone recently completed the mix for the theatrical release of Superman Returns and has just overseen the final mastering of the stereo CD. Ottman’s score for the summer blockbuster was recorded at Todd-AO and mixed at Warner Bros. Studios, and has now gone to the re-recording stage to be readied for its June 30th release.
Stone initially started out with just the three K+H O 300 Ds at the end of 2003. “Surprisingly enough, I bought them without ever hearing them,” he revealed, explaining that he saw an ad featuring the O 300. “I could see that it was a compact speaker with a tri-amped, three-way design, which is kind of unique. I saw that nice, bulbous mid-range dome and I just knew the speaker was going to sound good.”
As it turned out, Stone’s intuition was right on the money. “They sound like they look…beautiful,” he reported. “They are accurate. Not in the sense that there’s any gold standard for what a speaker should sound like, I just mean that you can hear the details of your mix. The speaker doesn’t obscure things.”
He elaborated, “The clarity of the K+H monitors helps me ‘zoom in’ on any little thing that is bothering me in the mix. When I pop the mix up to some other speakers, the problems are farther away and harder to diagnose. Plus, the 0330s really put out a good amount of bass for a cabinet that size.”
Stone, who uses the 5.1 K+H monitor system in a home listening room when not using it on the mix stage, has collaborated extensively with John Ottman since first working with the film composer in 1998 on Halloween H20. Recent titles have included Fantastic Four, House of Wax, Hide and Seek, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and X2: X-Men United. Stone also works extensively with Christophe Beck, including work on his scores for the movies, The Pink Panther, The Perfect Man, Elektra, and Taxi.
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