While Sony Pictures has been using Pro Tools for many years, and many of
their smaller sound design rooms are equipped with Pro Controls, the feature
dubbing rooms have until now featured more traditional digital consoles. Stage
7 is the first dubbing room to move entirely into the Pro Tools realm, with a
new large-format, dual-operator ICON D-Control worksurface.
Mark Koffman is Sony Pictures' senior VP of engineering and
says ICON's ability to tightly integrate with Pro Tools as well as access the
full range of plug-ins was a strong selling point. Independent sound designer
Steve Ticknor recently mixed the new Sony Pictures feature Premonition on the ICON, as well as the 3D animated feature Surf's
Up, working with directors Ash Brannon (Toy
Story 2) and Chris Buck (Pocahontas,
"You can move things around, grab things from other
reels, pop them in and it's instantaneously part of your mix," says Ticknor of the
ICON. "If the director wants something changed, I'm no longer locked into
making hard pre-dubs. The flexibility is a tremendous asset."
PHOTO: Mark Koffman and Steve Ticknor.