The Oscar Winning Sound of AMS Neve3rd March 2014
Well over half of the 2014 Oscar® nominees had their soundtrack mixed and/or music recorded on AMS Neve’s consoles. These included “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, “Frozen”, “Captain Phillips” and “Philomena”.
The studios, engineers and mixers who produce Oscar winning scores and soundtracks rely on AMS Neve consoles – the Neve 88RS with SP2 scoring panel for the score, and the AMS Neve DFC (itself an Academy Award winner) for the final dub – to deliver the power and sonic quality to match the director’s vision.
AMS Neve DFC and Neve 88RS consoles dominated the awards, being used to produce the sound for Oscar winners ‘Gravity’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Frozen’ – ensuring a clean sweep of all sound related categories and also Best Picture and Animated Feature Film.
British Film – ‘Gravity’, swept the board last night with 7 wins taking visual effects, cinematography, editing and more importantly original score, sound editing, and sound mixing – well deserved by the team from Sound 24, Glenn Freemantle’s post-production service based at Pinewood Studios. Freemantle, in the role of sound designer and supervising sound editor, led the Oscar-winning team of Niv Adiri (sound design editor/sound re-recording mixer), Skip Lievsay (sound re-recording mixer), Christopher Benstead (music editor and sound re-recording mixer) and Chris Munro (production sound mixer).
Steven Price won the Original Score for the Gravity soundtrack, recorded in part at Abbey Road (through the AMS Neve 88RS console) and British Grove (AMS Neve 88R console).
12 Years A Slave – another British triumph, which had part of its soundtrack recorded on the 88RS at Abbey Road Studios – won Best Picture. Even the Oscars Orchestra was recorded on a Neve 88RS at Capitol Studios!
The full list of winners can be found here: http://oscar.go.com/nominees
A huge congratulations to the teams at De Lane Lea, British Grove Studio, and Abbey Road Studios also for their contribution to the success of Gravity.