January 6, 2005
JamSync Enhances Audio and
Authors Shazam! Instructional DVD for
September 21, 2004
June 17, 2004
JamSync Does Sound Design and Audio Post for Feature Film Dodge
City Starring Isaac Hayes
January 6, 2004
October 31, 2003
JamSync Authors 23 Film’s Jeremiah Strong DVD
(Nashville) JamSync recently authored the DVD of the multiple award-winning short film “Jeremiah Strong” from 23 Films (www.23films.com). Additional contributions included recording commentaries by director Kevin Shaw, creating the menu music loops and converting the stereo source material to 5.1 and 5.0.
“Kevin Shaw had given us the film to video transfer of the video version and the discrete soundtrack from the film version, which had a shorter credit roll”, said JamSync’s Chief Engineer, K.K. Proffitt. “We had to re-create the closing music sequence from stereo sources and upmix them to 5.1 to match the original soundtrack because the original 5.1 audio elements were not available. When we were finished, the DVD credit sequence was indistinguishable from the film version, just longer.”
JamSync is a full-service mixing, post production, DVD authoring and mastering facility for two-channel and multi-channel audio. The main mix/monitoring room is a full-scale THX home theater. Featured equipment: Pro Tools Accel and Pro Tools AVoption XL, Nuendo, Dolby Digital 562/569 decoder/encoder, Sonic Solutions DVD authoring, full complement of plug-ins and digital outboard effects from TC Electronic, Eventide, Lexicon, Waves etc.
June 25, 2002
JamSync Authors DVD for The Key, Nashville Independent Film Festival’s Best Film from Tennessee
(Nashville) JamSync authored the DVD of The Key, winner of Nashville Independent Film Festival’s "Best Film from Tennessee". Director Darrin Dickerson recorded a special bonus commentary track for the DVD version at JamSync. The DVD was produced in JamSync’s new DVD authoring suite at their Music Row facility.
“We have been doing multi-channel 5.1 sound tracks and audio sweetening for several years now”, said JamSync’s Chief Engineer, K.K. Proffitt. “DVD authoring was a natural progression from our sound track work.”
JamSync is a full-service mixing, post production, DVD-V authoring, DVD-A authoring and mastering and encoding facility for two-channel and multi-channel audio. The main mix/monitoring room is a full scale THX home theater. Featured equipment: Pro Tools and Pro Tools AV, Nuendo 96K, Dolby Digital 562/569 decoder/encoder, Sonic Solutions DVD authoring, full complement of plug-ins and digital outboard effects from Eventide, Lexicon etc.
October 4, 2001
JamSync adds Millennia STT-1
(Nashville) JamSync has added the Millennia STT-1 compressor/parametric EQ with pure Class-A vacuum tube and pure Class-A solid-state circuit topologies to their hi-resolution digital editing and surround mixing suite.
“With our 96K, 24-bit Nuendo System, you can easily hear the difference a fine analog front end makes”, said K.K. Proffitt, JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer. “I’ve been playing my bass and guitars through the STT-1 and then right into Nuendo. The detail and clarity I’m hearing is fantastic. The added flexibility of having tubes and/or solid state in the STT-1’s signal path along with Nuendo’s digital plug-ins give me almost any tone color I want.”
JamSync is a full-service mixing, post production and mastering facility for two-channel and multi-channel audio. The main mix/monitoring room is a full scale THX home theater. Featured equipment: Pro Tools and Pro Tools AV, Nuendo 96K, Dolby Digital 562/569 decoder/encoder, Sonic Solutions DVD authoring, full complement of plug-ins and digital outboard effects from Eventide, Lexicon etc.
August 1, 2001
JamSync Opens New Suites – DVD authoring and 96K Audio Production.
(Nashville) JamSync has recently opened two new suites in their facility on Nashville’s Music Row, the DVD authoring suite and the Elvis Room (96K audio production and sound design suite).
“Our clients have been increasingly asking about DVD and 96K Audio”, said K.K. Proffitt, JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, “so we built two new suites to meet their needs. We kept the same comfortable feel as the rest of our facility and also added a bunch of high-resolution analog gear to round out our set of tools. I have also been working on our 5.1FX and Surround Effects production element libraries and wanted to have a dedicated work space.”
The DVD room includes Sonic Solutions’ DVD Fusion and Apples’ DVD Studio Pro Authoring Systems as well as Final Cut Pro for video editing. A 5.1 THX home theater monitoring system using a Studio Technologies control system with LSR series monitors by JBL and Velodyne subwoofers completes the suite.
The 96K Audio Production and Sound Design Suite (aka “The Elvis Room”, named after the Elvis clock that swings its hips) is built around a Steinberg Nuendo system. Racks of vintage synthesizers (Moog, Oberheim etc) as well as high-resolution analog processing from Millenia and Avalon are online for sound design
Both suites are
connected to JamSync’s Lighthouse digital switcher and fast-Ethernet network so
all rooms have access to the facility’s extensive digital processing
capabilities and file storage.
March 27, 2001
JamSync Offers Transfer Services
(Nashville) JamSync is offering 24-track analog to Pro Tools transfers.
“Many of our friends had been asking where to get their analog 2-inch tapes converted to Pro Tools sessions or .WAV files”, said JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, K.K. Proffitt. “They didn’t realize that we have a special climate-controlled transfer room filled with 2-track, 4-track 8-track 24-track, ADAT and DA88 machines right here on Nashville’s Music Row!”
JamSync uses minimal audio path techniques to eliminate unnecessary gain stages to ensure that the transfers from analog to digital are as accurate as possible. Custom tape-baking ovens are available for recovering old sticky tapes.
“We also transfer ADAT and DA88 to Pro Tools (and to each other) in the digital domain using special format converters.”
JamSync is a full-service mixing, post production and mastering facility for two-channel and multi-channel audio. The main mix/monitoring room is a full scale THX home theater. Featured equipment: Pro Tools and Pro Tools AV, Dolby Digital 562/569 decoder/encoder, Sonic Solutions DVD authoring, full complement of plug-ins and digital outboard effects from Eventide, Lexicon etc.
February 2, 2001
JamSync Masters Audio for DVD “Hoopful of Hope”
(Nashville) JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, K.K. Proffitt, mastered and Dolby-Digital-encoded the 5.1 sound track for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame DVD "Hoopful of Hope". “We had to do quite a bit of tweaking to get the AC3 file to sound like the original”, said Proffitt, “but when we were finished, the producer couldn’t determine any difference between the discrete tracks and the encoded version.”
The DVD is the first exhibit in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame http://www.wbhof.com. "Hoopful of Hope" is presented continuously in the Hall of Fame’s State Farm Theater.
The 15-minute DVD recounts the history of women's basketball all the way from 1892, when Senda Berenson first adapted Dr. Naismith's original rules to make the game more "ladylike" for her students at Smith College, to the present and the WNBA.
September 12, 2000
K.K. Proffitt with JamSync’s Surround Effects and 5.1 FX production element libraries at 109th AES Convention with Digidesign
(Nashville) K.K. Proffitt, JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, will be a featured presenter of Surround Technology at Digidesign’s booth at the 109th AES Convention in Los Angeles, September 22-25, 2000.
Proffitt will be using material she created for JamSync’s Surround Effects and 5.1 FX production element libraries to demonstrate 5.1 mixing and production techniques. Her presentations will be at Digidesign’s booth on the main show floor.
“Pro Tools’ new 5.1 software with X/Y surround panning, the new surround metering system, Beat Detective and their Reverb One plug-in have given me great flexibility in composing original music for 5.1 delivery”, said Proffitt. “I seldom use my racks of outboard processing gear anymore. Our 5.1FX libraries were created using Pro Tools, my hardware racks of vintage synthesizers and virtual synthesizers from Koblo and Virus to create incredible sound and textures.”
July 13, 2000
K.K. Proffitt with JamSync’s Surround Effects and 5.1 FX production element libraries at Digiworld
(Nashville) K.K. Proffitt, JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, will be a featured presenter of Surround Technology at Digidesign’s Digiworld held in Nashville at Emerald Sound Studio J on July 20th.
Proffitt will be using material she created for JamSync’s Surround Effects and 5.1 FX production element libraries to demonstrate 5.1 mixing and production techniques. Her presentations will be in the surround sound room.
"Pro Tools 5.0.1 software and the new 5.1 plug-ins for panning and reverb from Kind of Loud have given me great flexibility in composing original music for 5.1 delivery", said Proffitt. "In addition to my racks of vintage synthesizers, I’ve been using virtual synthesizers from Koblo and Virus to create incredible sound and textures.
February 24, 2000
JamSync launches Surround Effects — Production Elements in 5.1 channels
(Nashville) JamSync is
offering Surround Effects, a service for creating custom production elements in
JamSync can create a new
sound design or take the client’s existing production elements and translate
them into 5.1. There are many
current spots and programs that can be
refreshed by updating the audio tracks to 5.1. JamSync’s Surround Effects provides a cost-effective custom solution.
“Many of our clients have
been asking how to make their audio tracks (music and effects) work in 5.1”,
said JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer, KK Proffitt. “JamSync has developed several proprietary
techniques to translate the original elements into 5.1. Since we don’t have to re-create all the
elements, this saves a lot of time. We
realized that we could also provide this service to anyone who wanted to add
5.1 audio to their production. Essentially we are offering completed production elements that can be
laid back into the client’s project.”
Surround Effects can be
delivered in most popular formats (ProTools Sessions, .WAV files etc. or MDM
tape (ADAT or Tascam format)). JamSync can
also provide Dolby Digital encoded versions.
January 2, 2000
JamSync creates 5.1 soundtrack for Zenith’s HDTV CES presentation
Nashville’s JamSync teamed up with Appleseed Productions’ Darren Stucker (Madison, WI) and HD Vision (Irving, TX) to create a state-of-the-art presentation for Zenith Electronics Corporation’s Consumer Electronics Show display. The music was composed by Scott May of Happy Pig Kitchens (Chicago, IL).
The presentation uses a high-tech system with an HD Video deck synchronized to a separate High Resolution Audio deck playing back six discrete audio channels.
The seven-and-one half-minute HDTV video tells the story about how Zenith is well positioned to take a leading role in the future of home entertainment.
Stucker said Zenith wanted to produce an audio experience so compelling that it could be a complete work by itself while complementing the HD video. JamSync’s Chief Audio Engineer KK Proffitt created a series of “sound paintings” to achieve this.
“One of our favorite parts was the creation of a distant thunderstorm moving up a canyon and then soaking the listener as it passed overhead and rolled on by”, said Proffitt. “Darren had a great memory of being in a storm at the Grand Canyon and we wanted to make it real for him. After scores of sound effects were layered and panned, we created the illusion of being there. Darren asked for towel to dry the rain off his glasses.”
“Our ProTools AV and ProTools|24 MIXplus system with the new 5.0 software worked great for this job”, said Proffitt. “It made it much easier to place hundreds of different sound effects and spot them to picture without having to wait for the video machine to rewind. Kind Of Loud’s Smart Pan Pro allowed us to do complex moves under full Pro Tools automation.”
The discrete audio and a separate stereo mix were laid back to DA88 format for the show tapes. A discrete audio as well as a Dolby Digital encoded version was laid back to DA88 format for HD Vision to work with.
September 16, 1999
JamSync’s KK Proffitt on AES Internet Workshop Panel
JamSync’s Chief Engineer KK Proffitt has been select by the Audio Engineering Society to participate as a panelist for their workshop “Music & the Internet: Latest Developments”. The workshop is part of the AES’s 107th Convention, held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Proffitt will be talking about how distribution of music on the Internet will have substantial ramifications on the future of the recording and professional audio industry. This look-into-the-crystal-ball workshop will cover both the latest developments and the most likely future scenarios for the direct digital handling of musical content over the Net.
The workshop will be on Sunday, September 26 at 9:00 AM.
August 31, 1999
JamSync Makes Video Come Alive
JamSync took the audio from Tim McGraw’s "Something Like That" on his CD "A Place In the Sun" and turned it into a live concert performance sound track for McGraw’s new hit video. "Something Like That" is currently in heavy rotation on CMT.
"Our ProTools|24 MIXplus system with the new 5.0 software and AV hardware worked great for this job", said JamSync’s Chief Engineer KK Proffitt. "We transferred all our effects files, live camera audio and the CD’s audio into our system. Then we locked the video machine and ProTools to our Zeta 3 synchronizer, transferred the video and went to work. The new Pro Tools 5.0 software and AV hardware is incredible, we even had time to make the video Dolby Pro Logic compatible!"
"Our sound design, sweetening and acoustic simulation made the video’s soundtrack so believable that it fooled one of our friends, who is a very well known live concert recordist, said co-owner Joel Silverman. "We had live concert video footage of McGraw’s last tour (without sound) from Moo TV and the CD. Video director Scott Scovill put together this fast-paced video that pulled together shots from the tour of McGraw and his band performing the song. The audio had to be created to match the picture — the audience, the hand claps, the screams, the sound of the venue… everything."
July 1, 1999
JamSync Hosted Nashville’s AES Meeting: MP3 and DRE S777
JamSync hosted the Nashville AES chapter’s final meeting of the season. They served the members the best barbecue this side of heaven and one of the best meetings of the year.
JamSync’s Chief Engineer, KK Proffitt led the discussions and demonstrations of MP3 coding. She encoded a song at several different data rates on the Mac and her partner, Joel Silverman, encoded the same song on the NT system. They played them back in sync so the members could compare the files against the original and the Audio Catalyst (Mac) and Music Match (PC) versions.
Everyone could tell the difference, but the quality level at 128 kbs and higher was much better than cassette and FM radio. Paul Schatzkin, president of songs.com, demonstrated the RIO portable MP3 player and talked about using streaming audio technologies in marketing.
Sony sent a pre-production model of their Sony DRE-S777 Sampling Reverb. Proffitt demonstrated it on her 64-track surround mix of Next Time (written and performed by Proffitt). The sound quality of the convolved reverb was very different from the modeling reverbs that are typically used.
May 12, 1999
JamSync Surrounds Waylon
Waylon Jennings was at JamSync this past week learning about new recording and mixing technologies, DVD multi-channel audio and surround sound. Chief Engineer, K.K. Proffitt, demonstrated on JamSync's THX 5.1 monitoring system the various modes of Dolby Digital and DVD playback including mixing options for capturing a live performance.
May 11, 1999
JamSync and Javelina record Sumner County Youth Orchestra
Middle Tennessee's Sumner County Youth Orchestra directed by Thornton Cline recorded their second CD in Nashville at Warren Peterson's Javelina with Steve Crowder engineering and David Langemann seconding. JamSync's chief engineer K.K. Proffitt mastered and edited the session, Joel Silverman assisted.
This is the third year that JamSync and Javelina have contributed their services and facilities to help the SCYO.
The SCYO is made up of children ages 8 to 18 from Sumner and surrounding counties. The orchestra tours area elementary and middle schools each spring with members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
April 12, 1999
JamSync principals KK Proffitt and Joel Silverman announce the formation of the JamSync Consulting Group.
"We are specializing in bringing products to market, starting with preliminary designs and going all the way through to product rollout", said Proffitt. "We've been working with a select group of manufacturers the last few years and have decided to offer our services to a broader range of companies."
"Over the years we've rolled out dozens of products", said Silverman, "some major hits like the PCM70 and 300/480L family.
"Many of the software products we have worked on were done under non-disclosure, but if you are familiar with TDM plug-ins, you've seen our work", added Proffitt.
In addition JamSync has a complete multi-channel 5.1 mixing and mastering facility in the heart of Nashville's Music Row (with ample parking) for real-world product testing. It offers comfortable, yet elegant surroundings for conducting market research and creative solutions.
You can reach the JamSync Consulting Group at 615-320-5050
March 18, 1999
Joel Silverman Joins JamSync
Industry veteran, Joel Silverman, has resigned his position as Lexicon's VP of North American Sales to join JamSync, a digital audio multi-channel mixing, editing and mastering facility in Nashville, TN. Silverman will be responsible for sales and marketing communications.
"We are very excited that Joel is joining us full time", said JamSync president, K.K. Proffitt. He has had a lot of experience working with multi-channel sound. He helped LucasFilm roll out the original home THX program and even built one of the first purpose-built THX home theaters (featured in Audio Magazine, March, 1991),
JamSync specializes in producing, mixing and mastering multi-channel audio for surround.
December 5, 1998
JamSync gives seminar on surround audio to MTSU recording school.
Over 25 of MTSU's recording school students attended a seminar on surround monitoring and mixing.
K.K. Proffitt, JamSync's chief engineer, demonstrated several different methods of monitoring, utilizing dipoles and direct surround speakers. She went on to demonstrate appropriate uses for the LFE channel and explained the advantages of a sub/satellite monitoring system in reproducing bass.
"Bass management is an area that is often over-looked", said Proffitt. "JamSync has created a very flexible system that allows us to check the low end in many different ways, including mono and stereo."
Proffitt then demonstrated encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital in real-time so the students could hear the difference between the original and the data-reduced audio.
JamSync specializes in producing and mixing multi-channel audio for surround.
November 6, 1998
JamSync has added Dolby Digital encoding to its multi-channel mixing services.
"The new Dolby 569 encoder and 562 decoder allow us to monitor the process in real time", says JamSync's Chief Engineer, KK Proffitt. "The client can hear exactly what changes in going from the discrete mix to the Dolby Digital version. We then can master the encoded version to sound as close as possible to the original."
Sonic Foundry's Soft Encode running on a dedicated Windows NT system is also used to encode discrete 24-bit mixes from ProTools|24.
"DVD Video and Audio disks can hold many different audio formats. Unfortunately some of the new multi-channel audio formats are not playable on the current and previous generations of players. The only multi-channel audio format that they all have in common is Dolby Digital," says Proffitt. "We give our clients the ability to have a discrete mix and a Dolby Digital encoded mix that will play on the current installed base of DVD players."
JamSync is Nashville's first purpose-built surround sound mix room in Nashville following THX home theater guidelines.
August 27, 1998
K.K. Proffitt demonstrates surround panning at NAPRS Surround Sound Workshop
K.K. Proffitt, Chief Engineer of JamSync, conducted a comprehensive 5.1 panning demonstration at the recent Nashville Association of Professional Recording Studios (NAPRS) Surround Sound Workshop.
Starting with scores of independent sound elements, she created a complex environment of moving sounds and effects employing ProTools and Sigma 1 software.
"There is a lot more to creating a 5.1 mix than just moving the sounds around. I have developed some techniques using EQ, delay and reverb to make it into a fluid environment", Proffitt said.
JamSync is Nashville's first purpose-built surround sound mix room in Nashville following THX home theater guidelines.
June 9, 1998
JamSync selected for Mix Magazine's Class of 98
In Mix Magazine's annual salute to the best and the brightest, Nashville's JamSync was selected as one of the Class of 98's hot new rooms.
Designed by owners KK Proffitt and Joel Silverman for multi-channel audio production and format transfer, JamSync follows LucasFilms's THX guidelines for HomeTheater.
JamSync's ProTools|24 System, digital and analog tape decks are linked to dual Yamaha 02Rs. The control room features a THX-approved monitoring system and Studio Technologies controller
March 23, 1998
JamSync Hosts Berklee Music Production and Engineering Students for Multi-channel Audio Seminars
Chief Engineer KK Proffitt and her partner, Joel Silverman, introduced Stephen Webber's students to multi-channel audio in JamSync's new control room on Nashville's Music Row. Playing discrete 5.1 mixes of material, courtesy of DTS, they showed the differences between the current mixing and monitoring styles.
Proffitt showed some of JamSync's proprietary techniques to up-mix existing stereo material to 5.1 channels and also demonstrated down-mixing 5.1 discrete to a two-channel-matrixed LT, RT Dolby Pro Logic- compatible signal.
JamSync's transfer room was another highlight for the students. They saw the collection of different analog formats from 1/4" 4-track, 1/2" 8-track to 2" 24-track. Proffitt explained about some of the synchronization problems that they could encounter in transferring multi-channel analog to ProTools|24..
March 3, 1998
JamSync installs monitor system controller
JamSync has installed a Studio Technologies Model 58/59 System Controller and Remote for their new THX monitor system. It allows multi-channel monitoring capabilities for surround mixing. The eight-channel system gives JamSync the ability to listen to any combination of monitors and compare up to four eight-channel groups of independent sources.
JamSync is the first Nashville studio to utilize this system.
February 22, 1998
Dolby and Digidesign Visit JamSync
Just a short walk up the street from DigiWorld (held at Oceanway Nashville) Christopher Bock, digidesign's Director of Sales, stopped by to give a listen to the 24-bit ProTools system that JamSync recently installed. Chief Engineer, KK Proffitt, has been beta testing digidesign software for several years now and was quite pleased to show how the system integrated into JamSync's Lighthouse Digital AES 384-channel crosspoint switcher/router .
Dolby's Marketing Manager, Nancy Beyers-Teague, also stopped by after the show to audition the THX multi-channel monitor system using Studio Technologies' 58/59 system controller. Proffitt recently reviewed Dolby Tools TDM for Audio Media Magazine's US and UK editions.