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Scott Gershin Goes Barefoot for Feature Films and Big Games

Trailblazing supervising sound editor and sound designer Scott Gershin has installed Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27 monitors is his post-production studio at The Formosa Group in Los Angeles.

Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Installs MicroMain 27s

Pictured in his postproduction studio with Barefoot MM27 monitors is innovative and prolific sound editor and designer Scott Gershin.  Photo by David Goggin.

Trailblazing supervising sound editor and sound designer Scott Gershin has installed Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27 monitors is his post-production studio at The Formosa Group in Los Angeles. “I listened to my work through a lot of speakers, almost 20 different brands,” explained Gershin.  “I narrowed my selection down to a short list and after a lot of listening ended up going with Barefoot.”

A pioneer of audio technology, Scott Gershin was one of the first to use computers in sound design for film, and has been credited with bringing film quality sound into the interactive entertainment industry. He is also an active consultant for leading audio and technology manufacturers.

“A lot of people want to hear low-end to get rid of it. I need to hear the low-end to make it translate correctly, to make it punchier,” he continues. “The low-end component in a film or game mix is very important. A lot of times, I’m working in 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 or Atmos. I needed to be able to hear how the Barefoots would respond to a full range of material.”

As a veteran supervising sound editor and sound designer, Gershin equates the sound elements of a film to those of an orchestra. He builds a sonic tapestry, blending sounds to create emotion and clarity. “I feel my job is to help tell a story with sound, to work with the director’s vision and take the audience on an emotional journey.”
He elaborates on his Barefoot experience, “Another plus for these speakers, which is not why I bought them, but boy is it nice to have those four different profiles on the speaker that emulate theoretically a super-high end Aurotone tone, an NS-10, and what they call flat and then hi-fi.”

During the post-production process, Gershin invites the project producers and directors into his studio.  “I’m trying to build my design, my mixes, my entire creation while listening in all the various environments they will eventually be heard.  You only get to audition your sounds once.  I want my clients to have the best experience  ‘the first time’ they hear it.  It makes our lives easier and more enjoyable, as long as it translates to the final listening environments.”

Gershin is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Previous to joining Formosa Group, he worked at Soundelux as a Sound Supervisor and Sound Designer, as well as the Founder & Executive Creative Director of Soundelux Design Music Group. His resume includes over 100 films.  Gershin has received ten MPSE Golden Reel Awards out of twenty-eight nominations. He is also an Emmy and BAFTA nominee.

“There are a lot of very great speakers out there,” he concludes. “For me, I kept going back to the Barefoots, and then I wasn’t sure if it was just me. The interesting part was that for everybody I brought in it was unanimous. Everybody kept going back to the Barefoots.”

Read the entire Scott Gershin interview here:

Barefoot Sound was founded by Thomas Barefoot with the goal of creating a new breed of studio monitor. While project studios were sprouting up all over the world, filled with outstanding gear, yet with limited space, Thomas Barefoot recognized the need for a speaker that could transcend the traditional distinctions between nearfield, main and mastering monitors. Translating effortlessly and never requiring second-guessing, Barefoot Sound monitors are recognized throughout the music industry as multifunctional masterpieces. By creating one studio monitor that fits into a small physical space with leading edge technology and astounding clarity, Barefoot has set a new standard. Handcrafted in the USA.

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