TOLUCA LAKE, CA — James Longeretta, owner of global post production solutions provider Vortechs, has teamed with veteran supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Joe Schultz to launch Waterman Sound (watermansound.com). The new sound facility offers sound editorial, sound design, mixing and ADR services from a newly-built studio in Toluca Lake. In addition, Waterman Sound has hired ADR mixer Marilyn Morris, who spent time at Skywalker Sound and Dubbing Brothers. She will run the studio’s ADR stage.
Photo (L-R): James Longeretta, Joe Schultz & Marilyn Morris
Waterman Sound’s business will target scripted and unscripted television series, as well as independent features. It has aligned itself with Vortechs and nearby post finishing facility The Foundation to provide productions with all-inclusive post service packages.
The studio already has several projects to its credit, including ADR for NBC’s The Good Place, Warner Bros.’ Castle Rock, ABC Studios’ Blackish, Fox’s What We Do In The Shadows, and the feature films Charlie’s Angels (Columbia Pictures) and JoJo Rabbit (Warner Bros.). Waterman Sound also provided mixing services for Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, Facebook’s Queen America and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Upcoming projects include HBO Max’s Made for Love and Amazon’s Them:Covenant.
“We’re a boutique facility that offers flexibility and individualized attention often lacking in large studio operations,” Schultz explains. “We cover every aspect of sound post - editorial, sound design, mixing, ADR - but because of our size we can be very accommodating to our clients’ budget and schedule considerations.”
The company’s location in Toluca Lake is in the same post production complex as Vortechs’ and is just a few blocks from The Foundation.
“An entire post production ecosystem is within easy reach,” notes Longeretta. “Vortechs has 40 cutting rooms upstairs. Clients can post their sound and picture editing in one location, then walk up the street for their finishing.”
Additionally, Waterman Sound is just minutes away from Warner Bros., Universal, CBS Radford, Disney/ABC, and many independent producers.
The facility is home to a 17-foot by 31-foot mix stage equipped with dual operator Avid S6 console, multiple Pro Tools HDX systems, JBL 7.1 monitoring and an assortment of plug-ins. It also features a sizable ADR stage capable of accommodating up to eight voice actors comfortably, and two Pro Tools-equipped sound editorial rooms. A producers room, a kitchen, and complimentary onsite valet parking complete the personalized experience.
The company is currently working to secure Dolby Atmos Home Theater certification for its mix stage, with acoustics designed by Jerry Steckling.