New York City (November 5, 2003)–Now celebrating its eighth year, Manhattan-based VideoHelper has forged a niche for itself in the production music world by offering an extensive library of the most unique sound effects and extreme musical cuts on the market. Literally every major television network and many film studios have turned to the company for dramatic audio hits, beds, noises and scores that are a far cry from being classified as ‘elevator music.’
For several years now, VideoHelper founders CEO Stew Winter and president Joe Saba have chosen to capture their often-bizarre sounds–like screwdriver-strummed electric guitars, kitchen sink/water cooler drum kits and beautiful authentic ethnic instruments played through a wall of stompboxes and esoteric processors–on a pair of 44-channel AMEK Big by Langley desks. However, the duo have recently chosen to step up the level of their studio by swapping the aging Bigs out for a new pair of 44-input Amek Media 51 analog mixing consoles, sold by Joshua Thomas of Sonic Circus.
“Before installing the Bigs, Joe and I had gone through the mid-range digital desk phase, but we both felt like there was a certain roundness that was missing,” says Winter.
“When we heard the Bigs, we were absolutely blown away by their sound, EQ and routing possibilities–and the Media 51s are even better. The increased headroom on the new desks has made a noticeable improvement to our recordings. The Rupert Neve-designed EQ section sounds a little sharper and better defined, and the sweepable mids are really a big deal for us.”
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