G&E Music Work on 'Charlie's Angels Uncensored'

Aug 28, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Recent renovations to G&E Music's New York City studio enticed producer/director Billy Taylor and his CTB Films to call on G&E to execute an aggressive mix on the high-energy audio tracks for Charlie's Angels Uncensored, a half-hour movie preview that aired in June on MTV. An MTV-style preview of the latest movie, Charlie's Angels Uncensored encompassed an intense musical score, requiring an energetic mix from G&E's Brian Quill. G&E also recorded voice-over narration with MTV VJ, Su Chin Pak.

Quill received an OMF from editor Steve Beal at Keyframe Post on a weekday morning and finished the mix that day for the premier the following evening. Quill miked the MTV VJ with a Neumann TLM 103 in G&E's newly installed VO booth and ran the vocal through an Avalon VT737 and into the Pro Tools MIXPlus system. The multitrack audio included many sound effects, movie clips and excerpts from songs by Jurrasic 5, The Strokes, Sum 41, Jay-z, Wu-Tang, Santana and more.

"They wanted the mix to have a 'Top 40' rock, MTV kind of vibe," said Quill. "There are all these chicks flying through the air, explosions and fight scenes: very aggressive, quick cuts and changes. And as this second Angels' movie is bigger and more extreme, they wanted me to illustrate that in the mix. I had to make sure a real energy was maintained throughout; it had to really punch."

To make the score really "punch" and blend in the narration smoothly, Quill applied some new tools, including Waves 4.0, using the new L2 ultramaximizer and Renaissance compressor extensively within Pro Tools. With the facility's recent renovation, G&E's mix-to-pic setup has been refined with an NHT Pro surround monitoring system, Audient ASP 510 surround sound controller, Yamaha NS-10s and Sony 32-inch Wega Trinitron.

Taylor, along with co-producer Sean O'Brien and segment producer Colin Moore, spent time at G&E providing direction for Quill when needed and were pleased with the studio environment, as both a mix room and a comfortable place to hang out. "The studio really worked out brilliantly," added Quill. "We couldn't have really done the gig before this upgrade. Not only was it a huge success, but the guys felt really relaxed working here."

For more on G&E Music, visit www.gemusic.com.

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