Silver Screen, Golden Reel
Every year, the Motion Picture Sound Editors, or MPSE, gather in Los Angeles to award praise to talented artists who bring life to the big screen through sound. When it comes to editing audio, the goal is often to go unnoticed. This invisibility allows the audience to become fully immersed in the world shown on the screen. The obvious downside to this is that the general public often leaves the theater discussing the actors, visual effects, and soundtrack without a second thought towards the people that make the sounds of each element work. From Foley Artists to Sound Designers, Dialogue Editors and beyond, the MPSE has made a point to honor these hardworking artists with a well-deserved Golden Reel.
From Bohemian Rhapsody to Roma, Spider-Man to Westworld, read on to see who took home a prestigious Golden Reel award!
Technical Excellence & Creativity
Every year, the NAMM show brings tons of buzz surrounding countless new product announcements. While this gives us a glimpse of where the recording world will be going in the year to come, the TEC awards give us a chance to look back at some of the most innovative tools from the previous year. Standing for Technical Excellence & Creativity, this year’s list of winners and nominees is a testament to quality and innovation. With a huge lineup of stellar tools in every category, we’ve narrowed this list down to our Top 5 winning products. Read on to learn more about what won and why!
NAMM 2019 is here, and with it comes new gear!
Check out some of the latest releases from top vendors. From new mics to next-gen monitors, audiophile converters, and studio essentials, read on to see the latest from the industry’s top vendors! We’ll be updating this list as new announcements are made, so be sure to keep an eye out for the latest releases from NAMM 2019! Until then, click the images to read more about each release.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a vintage AKG C12? What about the recently re-issued Neumann U67? Are you curious to explore the modern forefront of microphone technology?
Here at Westlake Pro, the answer to all three questions has been an emphatic YES, so we decided to hold a side-by-side mic shootout with three of our favorite microphones, and we wanted to invite YOU to join in!
We’ve recently had Townsend Labs join us in-store to show us their revolutionary Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone System. We had such a blast testing it back-to-back with some classic mics that we wanted to extend the opportunity to our fellow gear-heads. The mics on offer are a true-vintage AKG C12 in pristine condition along with the 2018 reissue of Neumann’s U67 which we’d like to invite you to compare to the models found in the Townsend Sphere L22.
2019 is here, and before we get caught up in the new year, we’d like to reflect on the numerous highlights throughout 2018. We got to meet countless new people, host numerous successful events, and even open a new location! 2018 was an incredibly busy year for us, and we want to thank everyone that helped make it special! Read on to check out some of the highlights.
For a limited time, you can get the sound of 4 Classic Consoles from API, Neve, SSL, and Universal Audio FREE when you purchase any new UAD-2 DSP Accelerator!
UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators are your key to bringing the sound and power of the recording industry’s most beloved pieces of history right to your DAW. Loaded with up to 8 SHARC DSP chips, they provide enough power to run multiple instances of UAD-2’s award-winning plug-ins across a complex mix session, without taxing your CPU.
Up to 12 Months Deferred-Interest Financing on Your Favorite Gear!
If you’re in audio, you know that there are countless tools needed to make great sounding records. From microphones, preamps, interfaces, headphones, monitors, EQs, compressors, controllers, cables, building a studio can certainly put a strain on the budget. Add on the latest in recording and post-production software, and getting the tools you need becomes a daunting task.
That’s why we’ve launched a new special financing program so you can get the gear you need when you need it. With up to 12 months deferred-interest financing, building out your studio is easier than ever!
As the year comes to a close, we at Westlake Pro like to celebrate with a huge Holiday Sale to help our customers get stocked up for the new year. The line started early as people eagerly awaited their chance to score on some of the best deals of the season. Once the clock struck 10, our two huge gear tents were swarmed with people grabbing everything from new microphones, interfaces, FX processors, monitors, synthesizers, noise makers, and more!
Antelope Audio: 15 Years of Audio Integrity
For the past 15 years, Antelope Audio has been at the forefront of high quality digital audio. Antelope was first acclaimed for their ultra-precise Isochrone series of Atomic Clocks, which were quickly adopted in studios worldwide. From there, Antelope dove into the world of audio interfaces, from the ultra-flexible Orion Studio to the supremely powerful Goliath HD.
Holiday Sales Event – Hot Giveaways from Top Brands!
Whether you know it or not, if you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ve heard the work of Composer/Sound Designer Anthony Baldino. He’s responsible for composing the action-packed music featured in the trailers for many of today’s biggest blockbusters including Interstellar, Star Wars: Rogue One, Zero Dark Thirty, Avengers: Infinity War, Prometheus, and Ex-Machina. Obviously, a soundtrack must match or enhance the feel and emotion of the film. The music for the trailer has to do all of that in about two minutes while building excitement and weaving between quick cuts, sound FX, and snippets of dialogue common to modern trailers. It’s a unique format and workflow that Baldino has mastered.
Most recently, Baldino got to use his huge collection of vintage, modern, and modular synths and effects while working with composer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther) and longtime friend and fellow sound designer Chris Lane (Ghostbusters) for the out of this world soundscapes, alien whispers, and rhythmic textures for the record-breaking Venom movie, which debuted last month.
We got to chat with him a bit to discuss his workflow, studio setup, and experience shopping with Westlake Pro.