Aura Sonic Ltd.

May 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Dan Daley


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Aura Sonic Ltd. (ASL) was established in the late 1970s by Steve Remote to provide a variety of location recording and broadcast production facilities. Remote has arranged his resources in a flexible manner to allow for a number of custom configurations, ranging from ASL's two fully equipped remote trucks to portable “break-away” audio recording and mixing packages, customized for each project. ASL custom systems can be set up at any facility, venue or location for local or global remote recording and live mix coverage.

ASL's two well-outfitted trucks are just as flexible. Analog and digital audio components can be configured to meet the client's request in an “a la carte” style. The new “multifunction” mobile unit with hydraulically expanding control cabin (available summer 2001) can handle 2- to 144-track audio recording, with over 264 inputs available. The second mobile unit can handle 2- to 96-track audio recording with over 172 inputs available. The ASL trucks are customized for each and every project from a full complement of analog and digital gear.

Both ASL mobile control cabins have been ergonomically designed for maximum efficiency. Complete control and overview of the console, signal processing and video monitors are possible from the mix position, and the main patchbay system is centrally located. Additional ASL and/or guest equipment, including mic pre's, mixers, processing, multitrack machines, etc., can be interfaced to the ASL system via various audio/video panels. Separate air conditioners provide consistent, reliable cooling, and Ultra isolation and power conditioning keep the AC power clean.

Though its beginnings were in live music recording, ASL, today, is a multifaceted mobile and location facility, with credits in recording, film, video, radio and the television broadcasting industries. ASL clients include ABC, BBC, CBS, ESPN, FM Osaka, FM Tokyo, FOX, HBO, Matsushita/Panasonic Visuals Inc., MTV, Netherlands Programme Service, NHK, NPR, PBS, Paramount, Showtime, Tokyo Broadcasting, Turner Broadcasting, USA Networks, VH-1, Warner Bros. Pictures, WBCN-FM, WBGO-FM, Westwood One, WNYC-FM, WQCD-FM, plus many record labels.

Capturing the sound the client wants is, of course, key to the success of Steve Remote and ASL. Remote also attributes his longevity to ASL's unique position in the business. “The niche I fell into was having the truck that is between the large and small trucks that are around,” Remote explains. “Today, our mobiles and portable packs can complement any production venture, big or small, from a super-small box to a multifunction expanding truck.

“ASL takes a fresh look at each and every audio recording and live mix project it gets involved in,” continues Remote. “The company is designed to provide an efficient and economical way to integrate quality audio components with the finest on-location audio production techniques. We've always been dedicated to satisfying the needs of our colleagues and clients, and we've succeeded consistently with this approach.”


Company Name: Aura Sonic Ltd. Contact: Steve Remote, President/Chief Engineer; Victoria Bonadonna, Director of Client Relations. Services Offered: Truck-based and portable audio recording, editing and mixing; audio engineering and consulting services for broadcast, music recording, film sound, teleproduction audio, streaming media and live sound reinforcement. Main Technology Platforms: Otari Status 18R 48-channel, 96-fader dual-path console; Millennia Media Mix Suite (3); API 3124 48-channel mic pre's; True Systems Precision 8 48-channel mic pre's; 48 channels of Focusrite ISA215, Audio Toys Pro6, Midas XL42, Daking 52270; Yamaha 01V (3); Otari MTR90 MkII 2-inch analog multitrack (2); Tascam MX-2424 (2); Tascam DA-88 (14); Tascam DA-45 HR (2); Alesis ML9600 Masterlink (2); M&K 2510P (5); M&K 5310SUB (2); Genelec 1031A (4); K&H 92 (2); Mackie HR824 (4); Over 240 microphones by AKG, Audio Technica, B&K/DPA, Beyer, Coles, Crown, E-V, Milab, Neumann, Royer, Sennheiser, Shure. Partial Credit List: Rod Stewart; Netherlands Metropole Orchestra; The Corrs; ‘N Sync Bon Jovi; Staind; POD; Sinead O'Connor; Stone Temple Pilots; Everclear; Carlos Santana; Christina Aguilera; Tori Amos; Chick Corea & Origin; Marc Anthony; Joe Jackson; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Live; Silverchair; Faith Hill, Fuel; Wynonna.

Aura Sonic Ltd.
(ASL Mobile & Location Production)
PO Box 520791
Flushing, NY 11352-0791
Tel.: 718/886-6500

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