Behind the Title: Sim re-recording mixer Sue Pelino

This audio post vet, who specializes in performance-based projects, is also an accomplished musician.

Name: Sue Pelino

Company: Sim Post New York

Can you describe your company?
I work within Sim Post New York, a division of Sim located in North Tribeca. This is a post production studio that specializes in offline editing, sound and picture finishing, color timing and VFX/Flame. We offer our clients end-to-end solutions for content creation and certified project delivery. Sim also has additional locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto and Vancouver, and also has three other divisions: Studio, Camera and Lighting and Grip.

What’s your job title?
Senior Re-Recording Mixer

What does that entail?
At Sim Post New York, the job of re-recording mixer entails all aspects of sound for picture. We are not only responsible for the final 5.1 and stereo mix, but also act as supervising sound editors and sound designers. Our team of re-recording mixers mainly concentrate on long-form television, including documentaries, scripted series, reality programs and game shows. Of course, we mix commercials and promos as well. I specialize in music performance and comedy specials.

What would surprise people the most about what falls under that title?
The amount of mouth clicks and spit that we need to remove from dialogue!

What’s your favorite part of the job?
The lasting friendships that I have made with my clients and colleagues. Also, I’ve had the great opportunity to work with so many interesting artists and actors, which makes the job exciting.

What’s your least favorite?
The unpredictable hours.

What is your most productive time of the day?
I am a night owl, so I’m most creative between 7pm and 1am… actually, make that 2am.

If you didn’t have this job, what would you be doing instead?
I would most likely be either a full-time musician/songwriter. I would absolutely love to design guitars.

How early on did you know this would be your path?
The first time I was in a recording studio was when I was 10 years old. My dad was friends with a great jingle writer who offered to have me come in for a recording session. He thought that I was going to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on ukulele, but instead I showed up with a seven-piece band and played two originals and a Carpenters tune. I think I played a Gibson Dove that day at Electric Lady Studios. I was mesmerized, and it was at that moment when I got the bug!

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Bon jovi.

Can you name some recent projects you have worked on?
Roy Wood Jr. — No One Loves You (Comedy Central stand-up special), MTV Video Music Awards, Kings of Leon – Landmarks Live in Concert, Special Olympics: 50 Years of Changing the Game (ESPN on ABC documentary), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO Special).

What is the project that you are most proud of?
Tony Bennett: An American Classic (NBC special, directed by Rob Marshall).

Name three pieces of technology that you can’t live without.
iZotope RX Post Production Suite, Penteo 7 Pro and Pro Tools.

What social media channels do you follow?
For work, I follow LinkedIn. It’s a great research and marketing tool and was extremely helpful in getting the word out when the team and I joined Sim. I heard from connections and clients that I hadn’t heard from in a while. They were excited to come by for a tour.

Some groups/companies that I follow on LinkedIn include: Audio Engineering Society, Sim, Panavision, Waves Audio, Apogee Electronics, Avid, Technicolor, Viacom, Sony Music Entertainment, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Media and Entertainment Professionals , New York Film Academy, New York Women in Film and Television, Producers Guild of America.

For pleasure (and a little business) I love Instagram. I have always been into photography and love to get my message across in a photo. I definitely do follow quite a few production companies and many of my clients who are also close friends.

Care to share some music to listen to?
In my car, I mainly listen to Jam On. At home I’ve been constantly playing the LP of my new favorite band, Roadcase Royale (on my turntable)!

What do you do to de-stress from it all?
I play guitar and sing almost every night. Many times I even hold my guitar while chilling out watching TV, and I’ve found myself playing along with the Game of Thrones theme!


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