Las Vegas, NV (May 31, 2017)—Music recording, mixing and mastering engineer John Rodd recently mixed composer Michael Abels’ eclectic film score for the hit thriller Get Out through his ATC SCM150ASL three-way monitors.
Rodd works on a wide variety of projects, from blockbuster movies to television to video games. His recent projects have included the score albums for Better Call Saul and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and the chart-topping #1 classical album Stars Are Rising for soprano Joanna Forest.
Working with a new film director meant working within budgetary constraints. This meant a very tight schedule to mix the movie’s 45 eclectic score cues, which feature live orchestra, Swahili group vocals, diverse percussion, solo cello, harp and unique synth sounds. Rodd had to deliver 10 separate 5.1 score stem mixes, the full 5.1 score mix, and a stereo fold-down for the soundtrack album, thus delivering a 68 audio track-wide score mix for every piece of music.
“I’ve had the privilege of recording and mixing music all over the world at some of the greatest studios on their high-end monitoring systems,” Rodd said. “Given that perspective, I’m grateful to have the brutal honesty of the ATC monitors at my own studio, Clearstory Sound. They have tremendous definition and clarity across the entire range, and they really allow me to hear what’s going on so that I can make sure no elements are masking other important elements.
“My goal is to give each instrument its own sonic space in terms of frequency, panning, fader moves, and overall placement, while having them all work together at the same time. If something is harsh or woofy or boxy, I know it right away. I’m not second-guessing, ever. The ATCs allow me to work very quickly and confidently, which was a huge asset given the time constraints for Get Out.”