state-of-the-art control surface added to the Anthony Quinn Theatre, used to
mix “When the Bough Breaks.”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Continuing to expand
its resources for motion picture and television sound, Sony Pictures Post
Production Services has installed an Avid S6 control surface in its 158-seat
Anthony Quinn Theatre. The largest Avid S6 console installed anywhere to date,
the 22-foot long board features 48 faders in each of two sections, along with
12 meter displays, two sets of dual joysticks and two bias panels. It is
supported by four Pro Tools HDX2 players and two HDX recorders. The console is
connected via high-speed Ethernet to editorial
rooms and other facilities on the Sony lot.
Re-Recording Mixer Steve Pederson and Supervising Sound Editor Steven Ticknor
at the Avid S6 console in Sony’s Anthony Quinn Theatre

Introduced by Avid last year, the S6 combines the best
features of the company’s ICON and System 5 systems in a new modular design.
“The S6 is a very powerful and intuitive system,” said Sony Pictures Post
Production Services Executive Vice President Tom McCarthy. “It allows mixers to
work more efficiently and fluidly. Most importantly, it enhances their ability
to work creatively with sound and build groundbreaking soundtracks. Our artists
are very excited to have access to this new tool.”
The new console was used for the first time by Re-Recording
Mixer Steve Pederson and Supervising Sound Editor Steven Ticknor to mix sound
for the Screen Gems thriller When the
Bough Breaks.
“What I enjoyed most were the layout functions of the S6,
which are like a hybrid of memory locations and window configurations that you
find in Pro Tools but much more powerful,” recalls Ticknor of the experience. “Avid
has listened to mixers and produced an integrated mixing and editing tool.”
Pederson noted that what he likes
best is the immediate visual feedback provided by the console’s metering
displays. “My approach to mixing on this new surface will undoubtedly shift to
leaning on the console more in a traditional sense, and less so in the editing
room mixing style of the past with a keyboard and a mouse,” Pederson said.
“Avid has created a board that conforms to the emerging workflow of automated
mixing in the Pro Tools session—yet it has done so in a powerful, ‘retro’ style
console. It’s going to be great!”
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motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production,
acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and
distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new
entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information,
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