Mercury Sound Studios Installs Twin System 5-Fs

Aug 20, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Audio post-production facility Mercury Sound (Glendale, Calif.) has just completed a major digital upgrade that included the installation of two large Euphonix twin-operator System 5-F audio consoles.

Mercury Sound was founded in 2001 by industry veteran Paul Ratajczak, who also founded Ground Control Studios in 1978; he also has over two decades of experience as a record producer/engineer and more than 400 movies to his credit as a re-recording mixer and sound supervisor.

“In 2002, we felt the time had come for a full digital facility upgrade," said Ratajczak. "Our clients demand the best and we wanted to offer the most complete state-of-the-art digital audio post environment available today. I spent a lot of time looking at every type of audio console before choosing the Euphonix System 5s. It was an obvious choice based on their operational reputation in the industry, ease of use and reliability. I also like the way Euphonix is working to integrate the console to control workstations and their overall rapid responses to software upgrade suggestions.”

Mercury Sound's two theater-size re-recording stages are THX-certified, 5.1-capable for all digital release formats, and equipped with high-speed 35mm film and digital video projection. Each stage has a dual-operator/computer, 152-channel Euphonix System 5-F console, multiple Pro Tools|HD systems and the latest outboard complement. The facility also features spacious ADR and Foley digital recording stages and complete digital sound editing suites that are networked directly to the central RAID system and to the stages for rapid conforms and changes.

Recent projects at Mercury Sound have included NARC (Paramount Picture), The Devil and Daniel Webster, U-Boat, 18 pictures a year for the Hallmark Channel, and the upcoming three-hour mini-series La Femme and the four-hour mini-series Frankenstein.

For more on the boards, visit Euphonix at Visit Mercury Sound Studios online at

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