It hasn’t generated waves of publicity like Skywalker Sound across the Bay, but San Francisco post house One Union Recording has remained “on the curve” of audio mixing, sound design, ADR and post-production technology for the past 10 years. For its 10th birthday, the all-digital facility got treated to a cosmetic facelift and technical renovation that includes a facility-wide upgrade to Digidesign Pro Tools|HD Accel 6.7, the latest Waves Gold Bundle and Digidesign Massive Pack 3 plug-ins. Each of One Union’s four rooms now offers Mac G5 processors, Digidesign’s Sync I/O and dual 19-inch flat-panel LCDs. All rooms are networked to a G5 server and operate off of a central machine room, which means that everything from music libraries to work orders to audio files can be accessed “at the keystroke of an engineer’s fingers,” according to facility manger John McGleenan.
Studios Two and Four both cater to commercial post, surround sound mixing, ADR and sound design; each contains a Yamaha O2R, with the latter also offering ProControl with Edit Pack. Studio One, the facility’s premier room, also offers an O2R, and attracts audio post, voiceover work and mix-to-picture sessions. Studio Three, One Union’s premium surround room, houses a Euphonix S-5. Aside from the technical goodies, the operation’s comfortable décor, prime downtown location and scenic Bay Bridge views give high-profile ad clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi; film companies Dreamworks, Pixar, EA Sports and the Discovery Channel; and corporate heavyweights Microsoft, Macy’s and The Gap even more reason to keep their business in downtown S.F. And apparently, they’re not the only ones, as the city has experienced significant growth in the years following the dotcom and 9/11 slump. “San Francisco is an amazing post city and has amazing post people,” says McGleenan. “It’s definitely our time to shine again.”