New Hires at HSR Studios Open Rebuilt Rooms

Feb 27, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Veteran mixers Glenn Navia, Henri Perotti and Bill Smith and music director Andrew Knox have joined New York City-based HSR Studios. HSR Studios serves feature film, advertising, television, radio, Internet, and corporate and industrial clients.

For the new hires, company founder and CEO Howard Schwartz rebuilt four of his 15 audio-for-video studios and has invested in three Fairlight DREAM (Digital Recording Editing and Mixing) Satellite digital audio workstations, a Fairlight MediaLink server and a Fairlight ServerSound library system, the M Soft sound effects and stock music database, two new Digidesign Pro Tools with Pro Controllers, and three new Soundtracs digital mixing consoles, including two Soundtracs DPC-IIs and a Soundtracs DS-3 console.

"I scouted Glenn, Henri, Bill and Andrew for a number of years," explained Schwartz. "Now, the timing is right. Having lived through four ownerships, they were looking for continuity, a place where they could count on the management. Their skills perfectly complement those of our other staff mixers/sound designers Fernando Ascani, Bill Higley, Roy Latham, Kevin O'Leary, John MacDonald, George Meyer, Steve Rosen and Brian Tarner. They bring a great client base that enhances our own, and they instantly fit in with our culture. The addition of this talented quartet to our team gives HSR Studios the strongest, most creative staff to be found anywhere in our industry."

Navia has taken up residence in HSR's Studio 12. For eight years at Superdupe, Navia lent his expertise and concentrated his skills on commercial and promo projects for television and radio campaigns for cable networks including ESPN, HBO, MTV, VHl and Nickelodeon, as well as advertising agencies including BBDO, Young & Rubicam, DDB Needham, FCB and Bozell.

Today, Perotti is ensconced in HSR's Studio B, after 23 years at Superdupe, where he lent his talents to a wide range of television and radio campaigns for the country's foremost advertising agencies, including BBDO, Ammirati Puris Lintas, Young & Rubicam, Kirshenbaum & Bond, Saatchi & Saatchi, Devito Verdi and DDB Needham, among many others.

HSR's Studio 7 is home to Smith who, at Superdupe for the last 18 years, mixed for high-end clients including Young & Rubicam, Arista Records, BBDO and DDB Needham, among others. Smith took a five-year break from mixing and worked as a producer for CBS Records Creative Services doing commercials.

Knox has settled into HSR's music library studio. "This is a new area for us," explained Beth Levy, president of HSR Studios. "With Andrew onboard, clients can have a more personal, hands-on interaction when picking music and sound effects. Andrew has a thorough knowledge of all the libraries and an intense musical background, and clients can feel comfortable having their music needs met, whether it is from our myriad libraries or original compositions." Knox joined Superdupe in November 1998, as music director evaluating projects and making recommendations for clients including BBDO, Young & Rubicam, ESPN, MTV, VH1, Deutsch, Lowe/Lintas, Sawyer Miller Group and Sudler & Hennessey.

HSR Studios is headquartered at 420 Lexington Ave., Suite 1934, New York, NY 10170; 212/687-4180; fax 212/697-1675.

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