Not many facilities in the world achieve the kind of balance found throughout Signet Studios. Built on the site of the famous Motown Hitsville Studios in Los Angeles, Signet Studios, now a division of Liberty Livewire Audio, continues to be a vital music recording studio at the same time it has become one of Hollywood's top audio post-production facilities. Over the past few years it has reached the A-list for tracking and mixing scores for such films as Tarzan, American Beauty, South Park, Erin Brockovich and What Lies Beneath.
"There was a tremendous legacy here to start with, and we've continued to uphold it into the film and television sound business," says David Dubow, Signet Studios General Manager. "The key is that we've kept everything we do - records, film scores, soundtracks, even our ADR work - at the highest possible technical level. The technical staff here is on a par with any facility in the world, music or post. And the rooms and the technology are just as good."
Indeed, Studios A and B are both spacious, each with 72-input Neve VR-P consoles fitted with Flying Faders automation, a Martech sidecar console interface allowing up to 24 more Flying Faders-equipped channels to be added for mixes, and the latest Mad Labs post panel, designed by John Musgrave. This combination of tools allows these studios to work seamlessly for both music recording and scoring sessions. Studio A is 40x40 and was recently augmented with three iso booths - the room can accommodate a full orchestra for scoring and get great drum sounds for tracking records and commercials. Studio B is the facility's premium post-production studio and dubbing stage, complete with high-speed film projection. Studio C, with its 60-input Neve VR-P console, hosts many television dubbing sessions. And all three studios do their share of music overdubbing and mixing.
Signet's digital editorial and sound design suites have access to the world's largest sound library along with ADR stages, Foley stage and full-service transfer facilities, creating a one-stop shop for post-production audio.
In addition to Studer analog 24-track decks with Dolby SR and 3/4-inch video playback in all rooms, the entire facility has access to the studio's complement of Sony 3348 digital multitracks, Tascam DA-88s and MMR-8 digital dubbers. Clients can also access Pro Tools and WaveFrame digital audio workstations, as well as the 8-track Genex digital recorder for final mixes in surround.
In fact, Signet Studios is perfectly positioned for the ongoing convergence of media that is under way in the entertainment industry. As music becomes increasingly important to the bottom-line success of films and television, and as music also continues its transition into the digital domain started with film sound, Signet Studios has the necessary expertise in all of these audio arenas. "From stereo to 8-channel SDDS, we not only can do it all, we've done it all, and all at the highest levels," says Dubow.