Cups 'N Strings Forms Alliance with DNS Digital Post

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Pictured in Cups 'N Strings new control room are DNS owner Doug Nolan (left) and Cups 'N Strings owner Bruce Maddocks. Photo by David Goggin.

Cups 'N Strings Studios, launched in 2002, has relocated nearby to a newly expanded facility designed to accommodate growth and diversification. The studio continues as a full service Santa Monica, Calif. recording center featuring voice-overs, surround mixing, mastering and post-production, as well as restoration and archiving to a variety of analog and digital formats.

Adjacent within the new facility is DNS Digital Post, which has formed a strategic alliance with Cups 'N Strings. DNS offers both offline and online TV and film post-production, featuring the Avid Symphony with real-time color correction, plus Sapphire visual effects and Boris motion graphics. Three additional Avid bays are available for rental or with DNS staff editors.

"Basically, we can now offer true one-stop video and audio post," explained Bruce Maddocks, Cups 'N Strings founder and chief engineer. "DNS can prepare all video assets offline, assemble edit lists, pull the shots together and then Cups can add any voice-overs, other sound elements, and prepare the audio mix. Then DNS does the online work, color correction, audio layback and final output."

"With Cups 'N Strings right down the hallway, we eliminate [sending] tapes back and forth across town [via messenger] for audio fixes," said Doug Nolan, DNS owner/editor. "This can literally save days on a project with a tight deadline. We are also fully networked here for easy and instantaneous swapping of files."

Maddocks adds, "The client can have an entire project completed here very efficiently and once finished, we can upload everything to our FTP site through our T1 lines, or deliver by traditional overnight services or couriers."

Using his 30-year experience as chief engineer at top studios nationwide, Maddocks' studio combines cutting-edge digital technology with vintage analog gear, providing a critical listening environment and the tools for today's high-resolution production and post-production.

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