Issue: Audio - September 2007


NEW YORK - SoundHound (, which specializes in music, sound design and audio post, recently hosted sessions with comic genius Mel Brooks and American Idol judge/musician/producer Randy Jackson. 

Mel Brooks worked with engineer Marc Bazerman on a new campaign for the upcoming Broadway musical “Young Frankenstein.” The campaign will include television and radio spots. Bazerman's biggest challenge for the “Young Frankenstein” project was capturing the spontaneity of Mel Brooks. 

“The last thing I wanted were any technical issues interfering with Mel’s creativity,” says Bazerman. “My goal was to make sure I didn’t get in his way and [that he] had enough comfort to do his thing.” 

The TV spots have a very improv-like feel to them as Brooks is seated in a director’s chair making a series of hilarious B-roll style off-the-cuff remarks, separated by film beeps.

Bazerman used Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 running on a PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz system with 8 GBs of DDR SDRAM. A Sennheiser 416 microphone was used to record Brooks, and Sony Oxford EQ and compression plug-ins helped achieve the desired sound. 

Randy Jackson teamed with SoundHound engineer Frank Cabanach to record the audio for the new DVD videogame American Idol Karaoke. Cabanach worked out of the Fairlight DREAM Station-equipped Studio G on the American Idol project. The game uses a computer to measure contestants’ pitch, timing and performance, with triggered analysis and responses from the three Idol judges. Cabanach recorded literally hundreds of responses from Jackson that will be used in the game. 

A Neuman U89 and Focusrite Quad mic pre-amps were used to capture Jackson’s performance. Studio G has JBL LSR 28P monitors in a 5.1 configuration.