Full-service audio post house Chace Productions has become a world leader in sound restoration and the re-mastering of major motion picture soundtracks. Utilizing proprietary technology, the company specializes in the conversion from the original mono or stereo soundtrack to discrete 5.1 audio.
Established in 1984 and at its present location in Burbank, California since 1992, Chace Productions boasts 11 audio suites and offers a wide range of audio transfer, restoration, noise reduction, stereo conversion, and surround mixing services. In 1997, the company added an optical sound department and a 9 00-square-foot THX-certified theatrical re-recording stage in a nearby building. The stage is named the Rick Chace Theatre in honor of the company�s founder, who passed away in 1992.
The company recently refitted Mix 1, a modestly sized studio, for the production of multichannel film mixes for the domestic and international broadcast and home presentation markets. Chief engineer Joe Edwards and his staff worked closely with acoustician Ron Lagerlof of Visioneering Design Company to upgrade Mix 1�s audio facilities and to acquire THX pm3 certification for the room.
Central to the upgrade is a Sony DMX-R100 automated digital mixing console. �Our guys really love it,� comments Chace president, Bob Heiber, singling-out the console�s dedicated bussing and comprehensive automation functions for particular mention. �For this environment, it�s a dream. The one thing we audio guys have to be happy about is this digital revolution, especially in terms of what it�s done for affordable technology.�
Mix 1�s custom furniture also houses a TC Electronic System 6000 multichannel effects processor and several TASCAM DA-88�s. �We�re trying to stay as digital as possible in this room,� affirms Heiber. �We�re also pretty enamored of the [TASCAM] MMR-8 and are using that at 24 bits, 48 kHz for our restoration work.�
An Apogee Sound/THX MPTS-1 film theater monitor system is positioned behind the 10 x 5 Stewart Microperf screen to handle the LCR and LFE channels, with six JBL 8330 speakers and Bryston amplification accommodating the surrounds. An Oxmoor equalization system, a recent acquisition, is being set up to accommodate the Surround EX format.www.chace.com for more information.