Film and TV Post-Production Managers Expect the Best From ADR Studios in Burbank

Receiving the best results from dialogue post production begins with purpose designed ADR studios in Burbank and the voiceover studio’s staff.  Another critically important component of audio post production experience is the equipment available to capture and produce ADR and voiceover that is the best match for production; equipment that provides the production and re-recording mixers optimal resources for success on the mix stage.  Shotgun and lav mics are the most central microphones that most productions will need to utilize for post production. The best post production studios have a very deep mic locker including all current industry standard mics, such as 416’s, MKH50, CMIT 5U, and the COS-11D, as well as the venerable LDCs, including the U87, TLM 170 and others. When mics don’t match production, mic pre’s are too colored, analog to digital conversion is not pristine, or connectivity options are not consistent with production demands, the audio quality suffers resulting in sub standard ADR.  When this happens, the experience and be strained and difficult and the production can suffer.

The Best ADR Studios in Burbank Have Great Mics

A great mic can only really shine inside a great room. Dialogue recording studios, themselves, need to be purposed designed, floated, and treated to be absolutely dead-quiet. The size of the studio is important. Live rooms should be deep enough for long throw and distance when needed to match production audio. Television and film productions are often looking for a certain sound ambience that matches the rest of the audio captured in production, so mic placement, use of treatments, and other variables may come into play. ADR studios in Burbank and the voiceover studio’s team must know a great deal with how to make these kinds of adjustments in consultation with the production team.  Mic Pre’s should be of the highest quality, with tons of headroom, the lowest distortion specs, and neutrality of color. Recording platforms should be robust, featuring multiple cue options, no latency, and deep and wide data management structures. Multiple fiber, telephone, and internet options with redundant backups round out the technical side of what it means to be among the best ADR and voiceover studios in Burbank and beyond.

ADR Services in Burbank Meet Creative and Technical Needs

Outloud Audio deeply understands the technical and creative needs of productions for television and film when it comes to ADR recording and voiceover recording.  With over 15 years of experience on hundreds of productions and with studios in Burbank and New York City, our studio partners with creatives to provide the very best experience with each and every session.

Professional Voiceover and ADR Dialogue Recording Tips – Performance, Pitch, Projection, and Pucks

In New York City and Los Angeles, there is a great need for professional post production dialogue recording for television, film and other media projects. Whether recording dialogue for automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), voiceover, or narration, many of the same rules apply for capturing the best quality audio.

Rule number one: The production should ensure it is working with a premier audio recording studio, like Outloud Audio, that is designed specifically for the best dialogue recording experience.  When post production supervisors and coordinators seek a studio for their dialogue recording needs, sound isolation is critical.  Outloud Audio features fully sound isolated stages at all its locations. This means that the rooms in which the audio is recorded and monitored are decoupled from the building structure within which they reside.  This is accomplished by floating the floors on specially engineered pucks that isolate the structure from vibrations and provide an appropriate air gap. Once the isolation is achieved and the rooms properly tuned for the optimal diffusion and absorption of frequencies, the performance by the talent comes into play.

When recording ADR to match previously captured picture, the main focuses for the talent, the director, and the engineer are to match performance, including cadence and delivery. Then the pitch of the original performance must be examined as it could be heightened for excitement or lowered for seriousness. Finally, the projection and the placement of the talent with regard to the microphone must be determined to most closely match the recording on the day of the principal filming.

These strategies are also employed in voiceover and narration and help the listener feel and understand the purpose of the performance without interrupting their experience. Great actors deliver their lines and perform them with cues to pitch, projection and mic placement.  They use these tools to engage the listener and take them into the story they are creating. And, when recording ADR, the listener should not be able to discern whether the dialogue was recorded on set or later in the studio. Capturing great performances is truly a collaborative art among the director, producers, actors and audio professionals. It is one of the things we love most about working in the field of dialogue recording for television, film, narration, and other media.

At Outloud Audio’s post production studios in New York City and Los Angeles, we focus on providing the optimal recording space and we understand the requirements needed for a great ADR match and an award-winning voiceover performance.

ADR for film Los Angeles

Los Angeles...Hollywood...The center of the world for movies.  Did you know that 50% of the experience of great cinema is great sound? And, the most critical sound in the movies is the human voice. When directors and sound supervisors need to replace (ADR) or add (loop group) dialogue to film, they need audio post production pros with both technical and interpersonal skills, the right equipment, and a well-stocked mic locker to flawlessly recreate audio for their ADR film projects. Post production supervisors and coordinators know firsthand the value that a great ADR studio, like Outloud Audio, can add to a production. First things first, an audio studio’s engineers must be experts at live action dialogue capture, editing, and synch. The audio studio must be easy to book, provide the highest quality rooms and equipment, and quickly turn around deliverables. When A-list talent arrives, everything needs to be prepped and ready to go.

ADR for Film in the Burbank Studio

But, the best quality ADR goes beyond replacing words or lines that may not have been clearly picked up on location. For example, a client recently worked with us to replace the dialogue in an entire scene for a high profile project because the director wanted a different performance from the actor. This type of request is difficult on many levels, because the video and visual performance are fixed in the edited picture. The ADR process for a request like this requires detailed work by the director, the audio engineer, and actor to authentically match what the viewer will see on screen. That’s why our ADR mixers must understand all the nuances of the required audio capture and be able to work seamlessly with other creative professionals to achieve the best performance possible. At Outloud Audio’s post production studios in Burbank, we always focus on the elements of technical and interpersonal expertise, delivery, and service to bring the best recording experience in LA to our clients. We want each production and every actor to feel completely taken care of and enjoy the process of capturing great dialogue as much as we do!

Outloud Audio Opens a New Voice Over and ADR Studio in NYC

On September 5, we moved to our new dialogue recording facility in New York City. Situated in the historic Film Center Building on 9th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, in the heart of the theater district, we have two new stages purpose built for animation dialogue recording for TV and film, live action ADR for TV and film, audiobook narration, and VO for advertising, corporate, and TV and film projects.    The Francis Manzella designed dialogue, voiceover, and ADR recording stages are ready to provide producers, directors, casting professionals, and talent the very best in quality, convenience, and technology, with beautiful views of New York City from the 11th floor. Our Midtown New York City location is clean, comfortable, and connected for worldwide delivery.

Delivering the Best ADR, Dialogue, and VO in New York City

Our Arcadia stage easily accommodates multiple actors for animation group records and small loop groups, with a 5.1 control room that hosts production team members and executives for recording, mix, and playback sessions. Our Roke Island stage is specially designed for single actor ADR in an acoustically perfect environment. Both stages interface with our multiple gigabyte fiber connections to the Internet for Source Connect, ISDN bridging, Skype, and Session Link Pro compatibility and super fast downloads and delivery. After 15 years at our previous location, we are bringing you all of our experience and skills in a new, exceptional dialogue recording facility in the heart of New York City. Outloud's team in New York: Rodrigo Rodrigo Galván (senior staff mixer), Jun Torii (staff engineer), and Carly Stipek (studio manager); along with Rhona Medina (studio director), the entire team at our Los Angeles dialogue recording studios, and I look forward to delivering the very best dialogue recording experience to your production from this new location. To arrange a tour of the studios, please contact me: mark@outloudaudio.com or for bookings: info@outloudaudio.com and (212) 672-0095. --Mark

Voiceover and ADR in New York City

New York City is one of busiest cities in the world and finding the best voiceover recording studio can be tricky. Location is critical for convenience and efficiency.  Production teams should look for a voiceover and ADR facility with easy access to New York's public public mass transit system and, ideally, one that is within an easy walk to Broadway’s theater district where so many talented actors are performing every day. Outloud’s superior New York City dialogue stages are conveniently located in Midtown West, near the theater district and all the West Side subways. Our proven voiceover recording expertise is delivered through our highly trained and award-winning staff in a modern, clean, and comfortable facility. As they say, New York doesn’t like to settle, and neither should a casting coordinator or production supervisor who is looking for the best dialogue recording in New York City.

Outloud Audio is Your Premiere Audio Post Production NYC Partner

Outloud Audio is pleased to offer two voice over stages in our New York City location, which are custom built for the best sounding dialogue recording. We offer a full complement of voiceover microphones that mirror those we use on our Los Angeles stages and, most importantly, a staff of full-time engineers who record voiceovers and ADR working with production teams around the world. We record dialogue and ADR for animated television and film and live action television and film, as well as advertising and narration projects.  And our neighborhood, once known as Hell’s Kitchen, now known as Clinton, couldn’t have more to offer! Just downstairs, we have coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping, all within an easy walk to the theatre district, Central Park, or Times Square. And, you can see it all with a view of New York City’s West Side from the facility. With our deep experience in voiceover, animation dialogue, ADR services, narration recording, and advertising audio; state of the art technology; and so many nearby services, production teams looking for one of the best spots for voiceover recording and ADR services in New York City need look no further than Outloud Audio.