Awards for best studio, engineer of the year and best sound in post-production make up the studio category for this year’s Pro Sound Awards.
Abbey Road Studios' resident film sound expert Andrew Dudman was 2014's engineer of the year, taking home the prize after a busy year spent in space with Sandra Bullock for Gravity and the fairytale world of the Grimms for Into the Woods. (Read PSNEurope's recent interview with Dudman at Q&A: Andrew Dudman, Abbey Road Studios.)
Gravity also triumphed in the best sound in post-production category. Gravity was virtually mixed using Avid Pro Tools, running on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, at London’s De Lane Lea. The team recorded with various types of microphones including contact mics and then created a virtual mix with Pro Tools HD, working alongside an Avid video workflow comprising Media Composer, to transport the audience to a heightened reality in the depths of the final frontier.
“Creating a soundscape for a movie like Gravity was like nothing we’d ever done, both artistically and technically,” says Gravity sound designer. Glen Fremantle. “We also had a ton of great music to work with, and that had no boundaries when building this unusually minimal, but highly effective soundscape.”
Chiswick-based Metropolis picked up the award for best studio. It also sponsored the lifetime achievement category, won by Grammy-winning recording engineer and consultant John Pellowe (see John Pellowe to accept Lifetime Achievement trophy at Pro Sound Awards), while two of its engineers, Liam Nolan and Paul Norris, were nominated in the Rising Star category, won by AIR Studios’ Jon Webber. (Pictured is Metropolis's Sam Wheat and Nina Jackson at the awards.)
See all the victors from last year’s sophomore event at PRO SOUND AWARDS 2014: The winners!.
PSNEurope’s Pro Sound Awards returns to the world-famous Ministry of Sound nightclub in London for the third time on Thursday 25 September. Tickets for the awards, which celebrate excellence in live, studio, installed and broadcast audio, are on sale now for just £49.
The lobbying period for the awards closed on Friday 22 September, with finalists to be announced soon.
Leading studio equipment manufacturer Focusrite, which sponsored February’s PSNPresents event at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho (see Rapturous reception for inaugural PSNPresents), is already confirmed as the first event partner, lending its support to the studio category. A range of other sponsorsip opportunities – from headline sponsor to category, photobooth, red-carpet and afterparty sponsorship – are also available; contact PSNEurope ad manager Ryan O’Donnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or account manager Rian Zoll-Khan (email@example.com) for more details! For ticket information, email Jess Farnan at firstname.lastname@example.org.