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L.A. Studios Upgrades with Sony Digital Console

Chief engineer named this year's "Best Audio Engineer" at Telly Awards.

The L.A. Studios Inc. (Hollywood), parent company of the audio post-production facilities L.A. Studios, Margarita Mix Hollywood and Margarita Mix de Santa Monica, announced today that the L.A. Studios location has re-opened it’s newly refurbished Studio C suite, which is designed around Sony’s DMX-R100 digital console. This is the third step in their two-year plan to renovate each of its six studios.

Studio C will continue to be helmed by mixer Cameron Davis, lending his expertise to voice recordings for animated feature films, animated television series, and the recording, editing and mixing of commercial and entertainment advertising campaigns for radio and television.

L.A. Studios engineer Paul McGrath has been working with the R100 in Studio D since the spring of 2001: “I can juggle numerous projects due to the digital console’s ability to save the settings for up to 10 titles,” noted McGrath. “Now, with three R100s in our facility, I can seamlessly migrate from one studio to another. I also like the R100’s digital router, which virtually eliminates the need for the patchbay.”

Other upgrades to Studio C include an Islands International decor with dark, Indonesian wood furniture, supple leather couches and a leaf-patterned carpet. “In addition to the new digital gear and stylized creature comforts, the upgraded studios are designed to be more video-friendly than their predecessors,” stated L.A. Studios general manager Jane Curry.

In other L.A. Studios new, Jimmy Hite, chief engineer at Margarita Mix de Santa Monica facility, was named this year’s “Best Audio Engineer” recipient at the 23rd annual Telly Awards for his audio post work on “Cat Herders.” The humorous spot, mixed for EDS Business Solutions, spoofed cowboys articulating the hardship and the adventure of corralling, not cattle, but cats. Hite’s past honors include “Los Angeles Mixer of the Year,” presented by The Association of Music Producers in May of 2001.

Hite is a 20-year veteran in the audio post industry. His experience in live radio, television, commercial mixing and motion picture promotions has made him one of the most respected and sought after mixers an the L.A. Studios proprietary sound library, The Sound Effects Network. Hite is constantly working on some of the most high-profile projects in advertising and entertainment, including spots that ran during the 2002 Super Bowl, the Oscars and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for clients like Chevy, Home Depot and E-Trade, to name a few.

“It is always an honor to be appreciated by one’s peers,” remarked Hite. “Audio mixing is often an overlooked component in this business. However, with technologies like 5.1 and 7.1 surround on the rise, my craft has become more crucial than ever.”

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