Sony Music Studios

Oct 1, 2001 12:00 PM


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Company Name: Sony Music Studios.
Contact: Brian McKenna, Chief of Audio Operations.
Services Offered: Audio mastering, recording, mixing and editing; direct-to-disc lacquer cutting; video and audio post-production, graphics, DVD authoring; audio archiving and restoration; full video and audio production services; satellite transmission services; ISDN.
Main Technology Platforms:
Sonic Solutions digital audio workstations, Digidesign Pro Tools systems, SSL 9000J (4) and Neve VR-SP analog consoles, Sony Oxford (2) and Neve Capricorn digital consoles; custom mastering consoles (5).

Partial Client List:
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ruff Ryders, Brian Malouf, Billy Joel, Elton John, Phil Ramone, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, Elliot Scheiner, Bruce Swedien, Missy Elliott, Celine Dion.


Sony Music Studios
460 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Tel.: 212/833-7480
Fax: 212/833-7760

Email: brian_mckenna

Sony Music Studios is a universe unto itself, leading the industry by combining state-of-the-art technologies with an extremely diverse range of services. The mastering department is one of the crown jewels of the studio's audio department and acts as a hub for the past, present and future of audio production and restoration.

"What's unique about the studios is that we've blended an unprecedented array of technology under one roof," observes Andy Kadison, Senior Vice President of Sony Music Studios. "We're like the millennium's version of an old-time Hollywood studio. We can do virtually every aspect of an entertainment project under one roof, ranging from audio recording, mixing, mastering, archive restoration and plant production, to television production and satellite broadcasts, to audio and video post-production.

"Our mastering department is truly special because it offers us a window into the past and a glimpse at the future of audio production," he continues. "We have Edison cylinders here that go back a hundred years, and we can access them and any other format easily. The mastering studios are our leading edge when it comes to technology. This is where we test the limits of our own imaginations, and translate that vision to reality."

Sony Music Studios' mastering rooms are tailored to the specific requirements of its elite corps of mastering engineers, including Vlado Mellor, Mark Wilder, Vic Anesini, James Cruz, Joe Palmaccio, Darcy Proper and others. They are part of a near 50-room studio facility that reflects the breadth and scope of New York's multimedia universe, while at the same time offering clients highly personalized service and tremendous technical and creative support.

"What sets Sony Music Studios apart is that we think and operate in a very nonlinear manner," explains Brian McKenna, Senior Director of Audio Operations and Marketing. "Each aspect of each project can be worked on simultaneously, if the client wants to, and each aspect gets the same amount of attention and care. So, for instance, a producer can take a piece of a project at any stage and send copies to get feedback before it's finished. That's a huge creative edge that this facility can offer."

The mastering department at Sony Music Studios has been acclaimed for its remastering of valuable archived audio material, as well as for its work in furthering both the technology and market for multichannel audio. And it has even been credited with keeping New York very much a rock ‘n’ roll city, with recent Platinum mastering efforts from Mellor on records for Limp Bizkit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Staind, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine and Macy Gray.

Each of the mastering engineers at Sony Music Studios is an expert in several genres of music, and each has his or her own specific technology tastes. Of course, all of the work done at the Studios is given a common link through close coordination by the company's executive staff, as well as through David Smith, Vice President of Engineering. The mastering department has also been an important part of the development of Sony's acclaimed Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio system, and the Super Audio CD (SACD) format. "Whether it's linear PCM, DVD, DSD or any other format, this facility can handle it," Smith says.

"The future is very much here already," adds Kadison. "There simply isn't another facility in the world like Sony Music Studios…and that's okay with us!"

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