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Cleaning, creating and mixing sounds for ‘The Americans’

Sync Sound digs into its third season of audio post for this FX series

By Jennifer Walden

The concept of FX’s The Americans, now in its third season, is incredibly compelling — two Cold War-era Soviet spies, who look and sound as American as the proverbial apple pie. They have two kids, a house in the D.C. suburbs and a very dangerous double life dedicated to gathering intel for the Motherland. The couple, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), struggles to balance family values with espionage.

To learn the secrets of The Americans sound, I infiltrated the inner circle at New York-based audio post house Sync Sound, which has handled the audio post on all three seasons. Continue reading

Sync Sound’s Ken Hahn talks surround and more

Sync Sound is a mainstay in terms of audio post production in New York City. Started by partners Ken Hahn and Bill Marino in August of 1984, they began with one mix room. As business grew they added two more mix rooms, a ADR/Foley stage and six sound design/edit rooms.

These guys have seen everything. Small studios swallowed up by larger ones, companies closing their doors, a tough economy, but over the years they have not only survived but thrived.

Co-owner and supervising sound editor Ken Hahn, who specializes in mixing for television, film, home video, CD and DVD, in stereo and 5.1 surround, recently answered some questions about his work using the Penteo stereo-to-surround plug-in on the Master Class section of the Penteo website.

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