Hunger Games Blu-ray Out Now!

August 21, 2012

Great review from the Blu-ray release of the Hunger Games designed by Soundelux, using sound effects from the Hollywood Edge

Before we address The Hunger Games‘ stupendously exciting lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio mix, mention must be made of something I at least have never seen before on a Blu-ray release: a Dolby Digital 2.0 track that has been (in the words right there on the audio menu screen) “optimized for late night listening”. I don’t know why that struck me as inherently funny, but there you have it—for you people staying up way past your bedtime, there’s a wonderful Dolby Digital 2.0 track on this disc expressly set up for your listening needs. Now on to the track that most high definition aficionados are going to be listening to, no matter what the time of day (or night). This DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 is simply a huge, unadulterated “wow” from start to finish. Impeccably immersive and full of some of the coolest surround effects I’ve heard in some time, this track regularly assaults the senses with all manner of discrete channelization and bombastic LFE. I defy most listeners not to startle when they first hear the cannon which announces the deaths of various participants (and listen to how carefully it’s placed in the sound field with differing amplitude along the way). One of the coolest effects comes a couple of times in the film when a huge spaceship hovers over head. The LFE here is absolutely astounding and one of the most notable things about it is how it vibrates and pulses over the listener—this is an LFE “wave” of sound. There are too many wonderful moments, both large and small, to really list in any detail, but the track sports absolutely reference quality fidelity, with huge variances in dynamic range and a totally visceral sense of “being there”.

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Re-Recording Mixer Gary C. Bourgeois Joins Todd-AO

June 1, 2012


Gary C. Bourgeois (pictured), one of the film industry’s top re-recording mixers, has joined CSS Studios’ Todd-AO. Experienced in all industry-standard sound mixing and editing platforms, Bourgeois will work out of Todd-AO’s facilities in Burbank, Hollywood and West Los Angeles.

The move marks a return to Todd-AO for Bourgeois as he was previously on staff at the sound company from 1985 to 2001. “We are very pleased to welcome Gary Bourgeois home to Todd-AO,” says CSS Studios President Robert C. Rosenthal. “He is a great talent and enjoys universal respect in the sound industry for his skill and professionalism. We look forward to being part of the next chapter in his career.”

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Soundelux Design Music Group Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence in Sound for Games

May 15, 2012


HOLLYWOOD, May 14, 2012 | SHOOT Publicity Wire | — As it marks its 20th anniversary this year, Hollywood-basedSoundelux Design Music Group(“DMG”), which creates sound for games, commercials and location-based entertainment, has plenty of reason to celebrate. It’s coming off a year in which it worked on several of the video game industry’s biggest releases, including Microsoft/Epic’s “Gears of War 3” (a Golden Reel Award and G.A.N.G. Award nominee) and Activision/Toys for Bob’s Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (also a Golden Reel Award nominee). The group also recently received a Golden Reel Award for the Electronic Arts title Need for Speed: The Run, adding to the multitude of awards and nominations it has received for its game work. And, it is ready to open a second production facility on Los Angeles’ Westside.

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Home Theater Geeks Podcast 108: Lon Bender

April 30, 2012

Academy Award-winning sound editor Lon Bender explains the process of adding sound to a movie, how the process has evolved over the years, and how a home-theater mix differs from a commercial-cinema mix. He also shares some anecdotes from several projects he’s worked on, including The Hunger Games and Drive, talks about the problem of not enough sound isolation between theaters in a multiplex, answers chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:06:32

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Benavente Joins Soundelux

April 24, 2012

Hollywood, CA (April 20, 2012)—Supervising sound editor Michael Benavente, ADR supervisor on Moneyball, recently nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Mixing, has joined Soundelux.

Benavente arrives with more than 40 credits as a supervising sound editor, including the comedies No Strings Attached, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Idiocracy. His latest project is Think Like a Man for director Tim Story, due for release in April.

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SoundWorks Collection: Sound Design of the Hunger Games

March 27, 2012

CSS Studios Brings Supervising Sound Editor Michael Benavente To Soundelux

March 27, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, March 19, 2012 | SHOOT Publicity Wire | — Supervising Sound Editor Michael Benavente has joined Soundelux. Benavente arrives with more than 40 credits as a Supervising Sound Editor, including the comedies “No Strings Attached”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Idiocracy. He also served as ADR Supervisor on “Moneyball”, recently nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Mixing. His latest project is “Think Like a Man” for director Tim Story, due for release in April.

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