Audio post-production facility Mercury Sound (Glendale, Calif.) hasjust completed a major digital upgrade that included the installationof two large Euphonix twin-operator System 5-F audio consoles.
Mercury Sound was founded in 2001 by industry veteran PaulRatajczak, who also founded Ground Control Studios in 1978; he also hasover two decades of experience as a record producer/engineer and morethan 400 movies to his credit as a re-recording mixer and soundsupervisor.
“In 2002, we felt the time had come for a full digitalfacility upgrade,” said Ratajczak. “Our clients demand the best and wewanted to offer the most complete state-of-the-art digital audio postenvironment available today. I spent a lot of time looking at everytype of audio console before choosing the Euphonix System 5s. It was anobvious choice based on their operational reputation in the industry,ease of use and reliability. I also like the way Euphonix is working tointegrate the console to control workstations and their overall rapidresponses to software upgrade suggestions.”
Mercury Sound’s two theater-size re-recording stages areTHX-certified, 5.1-capable for all digital release formats, andequipped with high-speed 35mm film and digital video projection. Eachstage has a dual-operator/computer, 152-channel Euphonix System 5-Fconsole, multiple Pro Tools|HD systems and the latest outboardcomplement. The facility also features spacious ADR and Foley digitalrecording stages and complete digital sound editing suites that arenetworked directly to the central RAID system and to the stages forrapid 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 theupcoming three-hour mini-series La Femme and the four-hourmini-series Frankenstein.