Todd-AO upgrades ADR stage
October 18, 2011

Todd-AO upgrades ADR stage

HOLLYWOOD — Todd-AO continues to expand and upgrade its sound facilities, having most recently completed a full overhaul of ADR Stage 5. The stage has been equipped with a new Avid 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 back-up.

Bill Johnston senior VP of engineering at Todd-AO’s parent company CSS Studios, says the HD video system has the ability to playback video in virtually any format, eliminating transcoding delays.

The ADR Stage has been used to record dialogue for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Footloose, Abduction, Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau, Bridesmaids, NCIS and Nikita.

The upgrade follows a number of other recent enhancements at Todd-AO Hollywood. Two of its mixing stages were equipped with Avid/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.

PHOTO: Todd-AO ADR mixer Ron Bedrosian.