Sound Design Leans on Fairlight

Sound Design Corporation used its Fairlight DAWs with Xynergi controllers to deliver audio packages for the recent Grammy Awards telecast.
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Fremont, CA (March 17, 2017)—Sound Design Corporation used its Fairlight DAWs with Xynergi controllers to deliver audio packages for the recent Grammy Awards telecast.

Led by founder and CEO Paul Sandweiss, Sound Design Corporation uses 12 Xynergi systems, with six in daily use at the company’s Los Angeles facility. There are two systems in daily use on TBS’ Conan, for which Sound Design built the audio broadcast facility. Sound Design Corporation also uses four Xynergi systems in flypacks to record award shows and specials, such as the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Soul Train Music Awards and more.

“We mix sound, music and voice over for all audio packages on Fairlight ahead of time for live and pre-taped award shows and specials and deliver them to the client for playback,” explained Sandweiss. “For pre-taped shows, live shows that will be re-aired later or special deliverables, we also multitrack and video record the events on-site with Fairlight systems and post the entire shows at Sound Design afterwards. This includes dialogue clean up, edits, smoothing out the audience, sweeteners, bumpers, sound effects design, music mixing and more. These are high profile shows with top talent, so our deliverables need to match that. Reliability is number one, and failure is definitely not an option.”

Sound Design Corporation has five networked Fairlight-equipped mixing suites, consisting of four dialogue rooms and one room equipped with Fairlight’s XE-6 fader for mixing music and vocal writing. “The machine room has a networked Xynergi that we can all access for sound effects, backup files from past work and more. We could be working on TV shows from any decade, so we have to hang onto content, and Fairlight lets us access it in just a few clicks.”

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