For nearly 20 years, Sound Design
Corporation, located at Hollywood Center Studios, has been providing sound
services for many of the most popular shows on television from the Academy
Awards to the Super Bowl.

Hollywood— Each year among the highlights
of the Academy Awards broadcast are its extraordinary live musical
performances. This year’s show promises to be no exception as it will include
stirring renditions of Best Song nominees Let
it Go
(from Frozen), Happy (from Despicable Me 2), Ordinary Love (from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and The Moon Song (from Her) among other musical features.

Capturing those bravura performances will be the job of Paul
Sandweiss and his crew from Sound Design Corporation. The company, which makes
its home on the lot at Hollywood Center Studios, has been
providing location broadcast, location recording and audio post production
services for awards shows, concerts, live events, television specials and
episodics for nearly two decades. Along with the Academy Awards, its hits list
includes The Super Bowl Haftime Show, The American Music Awards, The BET
Awards,The BET Honors,The Billboard Music Awards,  The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards,  and The Kennedy Center Honors, among many
Paul Sandweiss and Christian Schrader at Super Bowl XLVIII
Sandweiss began his career as a sound engineer at legendary
Wally Heider Recording and helped capture live recordings of such greats as
Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Earth Wind and Fire, Neil Diamond and The Band
(for the Martin Scorsese film The Last
). Tired of life on the road, he turned his attention to television
sound and embarked on a course that, so far, has produced seven Emmy Awards,
alongside 29 nominations. “If you do it long enough, and work with great people,
you are bound to get some amazing results,” he says.
Sandweiss opened Sound Design Corporation at Hollywood
Center Studios in 1996 in order to provide his clients with complete sound
services. “I found that I often wasn’t happy with what happened between the
time that I recorded and mixed the performances, and what I heard on the
television broadcast,” he explains. “I wasn’t exactly sure where the mix went
south, but it was frustrating.”  The
facility he created, which originally featured one mixing suite, today boasts
five suites, each equipped with state-of-the-art Fairlight Xynergi mixing
Paul Sandwiess with Dolby’s  Gary Epstein.
Being located on the lot at Hollywood Center Studios offers
many advantages, says Sandweiss, particularly for his clients.  “We have a lot of high profile people coming
in here, and they mostly want to get their work done without too much notice,”
he explains. “When they come here, they pull onto a lot that’s gate-guarded and
has 24-hour security. They don’t have to worry about somebody tweeting
something and, boom, they’re surrounding your car.”
Sandweiss appreciates the lot’s comfortable vibe and perks
such as having his car washed while he’s conducting a mix session, or grabbing
a quick gourmet bite from his pal Roland at  the Babalu Cafe.  He also enjoys its sense of history. “Some
people say there are ghosts on the lot,” he says. “There might be, but I’m not
afraid of ghosts.”
About Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood Center Studios
has a rich and colorful history that mirrors the development of Hollywood and
the growth of the entertainment industry.  The studio has played host to
some of the most notable productions of the past century, including such iconic
television shows as I Love Lucy, The Addams Family, Jeopardy, Rockford Files
and Mad TV, and classic film productions such as When Harry Met Sally and The
. In recent years, Hollywood Center Studios has continued to grow and
modernize to support its large television clientele which includes Disney, NBC, Comedy Central and MTV.
 Hollywood Center Studios remains a vital part of the Hollywood community
and a place where entertainment history continues to be made every day.
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040 N. Las Palmas
Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call (323)
860-0000 or visit
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