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levels.tv


sound mastering for all pictures
documentaries • films • commercials • tv series • web

PROFILE
With beginnings in the music-recording world resulting in several platinum albums, I have since brought my quest for quality sound to cinema. I have re-recorded more then a thousand hours of cinematic productions ranging from mono to 5.1 surround sound, long and short format for film/television, promo/commercial, “reality show” productions, and was credited for my work on the Oscar nominated “Nibbles”.

Personally nominated for a Gemini, I have the rare privilege of being a member of both the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS).

Enriched by the breadth of my experience I conceived of and now propose a complementary service: levels.tv

Let me explain why:

CONTEXT
By way of discouraging the never-ending ‘loudness’ war, the industry implemented different audio standards and producers are consequently forced to comply:

• Dial norm -24 LFKS
• ITU-R BS.1770-2
• EBU R-128
• ATSC A/85
• Surround 5.1 & 7.1
• -24dBFs +/- 1 dB (Leq A)

Together with many other diversified requirements !

That sends your head spinning?
That doesn’t mean anything to you?
Stop worrying.
That is part of my world,
That is a solution I am now offering you.

levels.tv your offsite color correction for sound


SERVICES
In these times of complex requirements and new regulations, levels.tv thrives to maximise the impact of sound in a world dominated by images.

Like the final touch to a perfect shine, this “mastering” makes all the difference between a good sounding mix and a professional sounding mix all the while conforming to the standards of the various broadcasters.

Strictly speaking, contrary to a typical mix, this new stage of “mastering” is inserted at the very end directly to the final mix file.

levels.tv offers a labour of love, a passionate, one might say obsessive, tweaking of details, an intensive attention to every single kernel of sound. Most lack the correct listening environment (THX equipped in an ITU 5.1 calibrated room), the specialised plugins, the expertise or even the interest but I assure you that once your sound has passed through the capable hands of levels.tv, your mix will stimulate interest you never imagined possible. Spectators do not need to know why they are being blown away; only that they are!

Besides conforming your mix to broadcast standards, levels.tv offers the following supplementary services:

• Unwrap (takes a stereo mix and renders it in 5.1 surround sound);
• Re-conforming from stems to an alternative picture cut;
• Uniform all levels and problematic frequencies;
• Manually eliminate clicks, pops and sibilance along with any other related needs.

levels.tv your offsite color correction for sound


FOR WHOM?
levels.tv addresses the needs of a wide range of sound crafters.

Composers understand the principle of “mastering” but can for example benefit from levels.tv’s ability to convert from stereo to 5.1 surround sound. Mixing used for a CD is inadequate for a film or TV. There are a few traps to be avoided.

The post-production sound studio that does not want their "A" studio or their star engineer to render a derivative version to the final mix (LtRt, 5,1, film, TV, web, DVD, dialnorm, etc.)

The video editor who must do the mixing himself but finds he is falling short when faced with the new norms and hence would like it very much if somebody could do what we call “color correction for sound”.

The advertisers who want the impact of the sound in their message to be equally as effective when applied to multi-platforms as it is within the traditional media.

The director who's working on his demo reel, or an alternate cut.

The producer who's re-mastering his catalogue, or wants to put it on the web.

 

NOT COMPLICATED !
You get us your sound mix accompanied by your specifications and levels.tv will return it to you within specs and recommendations. It couldn’t be simpler. Within a few clicks your product conforms to the new norms within the industry.

levels.tv your offsite color correction for sound