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Page 32 of 51 Post • February 2014 31 t he way we capture it. The way we create it. The way we play it all back. When it comes to gear, we make our selections very carefully because our sound is an extension of ourselves. It's our attention to detail. It's our creative spin. And let's not forget, it's also our bread and butter. Sometimes we live and die, so to speak, by the technology we surround ourselves with. These five audio post pros share with us their favorite audio tools that they rely on everyday. FLAVORLAB Brian Quill is senior audio engineer and partner at Flavorlab in New York City ( Flavorlab started out in 2004 as G&E Mix, the audio post division of music composing company, G&E Music, started by Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker. After a few years, Quill and his two business part- ners chose a catchier name, Flavorlab. Quill has been in audio post for 14 years. In addition to managing the day- to-day operations at Flavorlab, he's been busy working on several popular series for MTV and MTV 2, such as Girl Code, Guy Code, and Wild 'N Out. He says, "We do a lot of feature films and ads, but I would say that series work and promos are our bread-and-butter." Flavorlab has three audio post suites, all set up for 5.1 surround. They offer original music and sound design, surround mixing, voiceover, ISDN, casting, language translation services, audio restoration, and more. Their client list includes History Channel, Lexus, MTV, HBO films, and Syfy. Absolutely everything that comes into Quill's studio is monitored through a Genelec DSP system with five 8240A monitors. All the speakers are networked to his computer via Ethernet. One feature Quill finds very useful is AutoCal. AutoCal is Genelec's automated acoustical calibration tool. Accord- ing to the Genelec site, it correctly sets levels, distance compensating delays, phase (for subwoofers) and room response equalization. Quill placed the included Genelec measurement microphone at various positions in his studio, and using the GLM software (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager), AutoCal, adjusted the EQ of each speaker for optimum playback in his studio space. Pros open the doors to their studios and reveal their favorite tools. By Jennifer Walden Unsung Au dio Gear Brian Quill's studio at Flavorlab. TV series and promos are the facility's "bread and butter."

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