Todd-AO has completed the latest phase its effort to expand and upgrade its sound facilities with a full technical overhaul of ADR stage 5 at its Hollywood studios. One of the largest facilities of its type in Hollywood, the ADR stage has been equipped with a new Pro Tools workstation, a Soundmaster ION operating environment and a Christie HD playback system.
The new integration provides the stage with an all-digital infrastructure resulting in enhanced quality and efficiency for voice recording. The Soundmaster ION will be used to synchronize the Pro Tools system with a separate recording system, microphones, remote feeds, samplers and a boom recorder used for backup.
“We have created a state-of-the-art recording facility that offers all functionality that producers and talent expect from a world-class ADR room,” said Bill Johnston, senior vice president of engineering at CSS Studios, Todd-AO’s parent company. “Our aim is to make ADR as quick and seamless as possible.”
Johnston adds that the new HD video system has the ability to playback video in virtually any format, eliminating transcoding delays.
“It makes a world of difference,” observed Todd-AO ADR mixer Ron Bedrosian. “The new technology provides increased flexibility so that we can better meet the evolving needs of our clients.”
The ADR Stage has been used to record dialogue for such films and television shows as Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Footloose, Abduction, Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau, Bridesmaids, NCIS and Nikita.
The recent facility upgrades at Todd-AO Hollywood has also included a major interior design renovation that includes a new reception area, client lounges and kitchen.
These changes follow a number of other recent upgrades at Todd-AO Hollywood. Two mixing stages were equipped with Euphonix mixing consoles that are set up to mix in a hybrid manner, either mixing sound files directly or through external Pro Tools systems. A third mixing stage has been expanded to accommodate two mixers.