The Heavy Melody crew (l-r): Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg and Dave Fraser
New York, NY (April 7, 2014)—Heavy Melody Music, located in Manhattan, has outfitted each of its composing rooms with API’s The Box.
Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media, a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses The Box.
“As soon as the release of The Box was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We had to get them,” recalls co-founder Neil Goldberg. “We saw The Box as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”
The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s DM-307 virtual instrument was done through The Box, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Goldberg. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through The Box produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”
Among the studio’s favorite feature on The Box is the Talkback system. “The Box has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Goldberg. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a 16-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”