The Best ADR Studios in Burbank Have Great Mics, and...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 quiet. The size of the studio used to capture post audio can be 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 come into play. ADR studios in Burbank and the voiceover studio’s team must know a great deal about 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 NeedsOutloud Audio deeply understands these kinds of technical and creative needs for television and film production 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 production to provide the very best experience with each and every session.
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 in the Burbank StudioBut, 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!
Delivering the Best ADR, Dialogue, and VO in New York CityOur 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or for bookings: info@outloudaudio.
Outloud Audio is Your Premiere Audio Post Production NYC PartnerOutloud 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.
Mics for Voiceover and ADRThe standard LDC (large diaphragm condenser) recording studio mic for voiceover is the venerable Neumann U87, known for it’s broad dynamic range, reliable quality, and availability all over the world. It’s often the first mic I look for in a studio’s mic locker when working with another animation dialogue recording studio. The standard when selecting mics for ADR is the Sennheiser 416 shotgun mic. It has a strongly defined on-axis address which helps to isolate the voice it’s pointing towards. Ninety percent of animation dialogue recording is captured with a U87. These mics are our baseline for recording great sounding reliable audio, day in and day out. Many studios for voiceover recording find the price point of the U87 can be out of reach, but every studio specializing in dialogue should obtain at least one as most professionals, directors, sound supervisors, and post production coordinators rely on these voiceover mics to capture the best performances of their talent. When I first used the U87, I smiled, as I recognized that I was hearing the sound of so many great dialogue recordings and songs that I had listened to my whole life. I rely on the U87 every day as one of the best built voiceover mics for movies and film. —Mark
Initial CommunicationWhen searching online for the best ADR studios in LA or anywhere, one of the best ways to create a short list is by eliminating any that don’t respond in a timely manner. Production managers have hard deadlines for studios completing ADR and looping. Time is a huge factor, as is a courteous and prompt response not just to booking requests but to confirmation of session details or answering any questions.
Project Portfolios and Studio FeaturesThe best ADR studios for live action television, feature films, and voice over for advertising in Los Angeles or other major cities, such as New York or London, will have a number of top clients and interesting portfolios of recognizable work. They are also likely to have a résumé of voice over recording for clients from premiere corporations. When working in smaller markets where studio credits may be less recognizable, the quality of the studio build out, the selection of microphones, and having the most up-to-date technology can signal that a studio has the chops to meet your TV, film, or advertising production needs.
The ApproachIt can be a challenge to vet ADR studios to discover their approach to projects. Do they understand the client’s post production requirements while providing the highest quality service? Can they cater to audio post production workflow specifications? How do they handle media security? Do they offer a comfortable environment for execs and talent? The best ADR studios in Los Angeles or Albuquerque should have clean, modern, and comfortable facilities and offer the technical solutions production managers look for, such as IP-based video services so that production teams from multiple locations can fully interact and engage in each project in real time. The best ADR studios shine in the details. A solid post production studio will take care of everything from having comfortable spaces to the latest audio technology. It will also offer superior client service with a willingness to customize based on a client’s ADR needs. Studio staff will be prompt, locations will have multiple stages and a team of professionals with the best recording and editing equipment in the industry. It takes time to look at the details for every ADR studio from approach to delivery. When you do, you can find an ideal partner to work with on your next project and many more to come.
Recently, we introduced new security measures to protect client assets via high level digital media encryption. Whether working on our ADR or mix stages in LA or New York City, client files can only be played after a 4-layered decryption process on our systems. If you’d like a demonstration or more details about these measures, please contact .