American audiotech developer DTS and Singapore’s largest content creator and media network Mediacorp are sounding a collaborative high note, with Mediacorp becoming the only certified DTS:X content production powerhouse in the region.
The two parties affirmed their alliance at a special trade screening at Shaw Theatres’ first DTS:X-capable cinema at Jewel Changi Airport on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. The event exemplifies Mediacorp’s efforts in engaging external creative players in the extended ecosystem, and shines a spotlight on the oft-overlooked technical talent so essential to any entertainment experience.
“I would like to applaud the sound designers behind the Audio Post team for embracing this new technology with such passion and dedication. They are now well equipped to meet the unique production needs of film-makers in Singapore and the region."
“We are thrilled and honoured to be in the company of fellow professionals who share the same passion for audio post-production tonight. Mediacorp Studios is more than ready to lead the driving force in shaping the future of movie productions in Singapore, the region and beyond.”
- Barry See, Head of Production Resource.
Bill Neighbors, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content at DTS parent company Xperi Corporation said: “We’re delighted to engage Mediacorp as the primary DTS:X content production partner in Singapore, and look forward to working with the country’s top transmedia provider to expand the DTS:X experience to audiences in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia.”
Added Mr Neighbors: “With the recent hands-on training session extended to the Mediacorp Audio Post team at our Calabasas, California headquarters in late April, we are confident that Mediacorp is prepared to move quickly with the execution and delivery of even richer DTS:X content. I look forward to growing this mutually beneficial partnership.”
Founded in 1979, Mediacorp Audio Post is a mixing and mastering department dedicated to pioneering professional music and sound effects, as well as song composition and recording for in-house and commissioned projects – a medley of melodies amounting to an annual average output of more than 12 feature films and 1,000 hours of television content. Its broad body of work has acquired award-winning acclaim, including recent wins for Best Theme Song and Best Music Composition for period drama “The Journey: A Voyage” <<信约：唐山到南洋>> at the Asian Television Awards and Apollo Awards respectively.
This sweet sound of success was augmented by the adoption of DTS:X technology in June 2018, earning Mediacorp Audio Post the distinction of being the first DTS:X certified mixing studio in Southeast Asia. The state-of-the-art surround sound format replicates the resonance of real-world audio, and was deployed in the delivery of the Mediacorp Lunar New Year Album 2019《猪饱饱欢乐迎肥年》, as well as for films like “Killer Not Stupid”《杀手不笨》 (2019), plus the upcoming “Long Long Time Ago 3: Not Too Long Ago”《我们的故事3》and “Scared To Death”《吓死宝宝》in November 2019 and “Ah Boys to Men 5” 《新兵正传5》in February 2020.
Mediacorp Audio Post’s physical space itself is in sound shape, comprising a Movie-Mixing Studio, two composition suites and six advanced audio suites souped up with industry-standard Fairlight EVO, Pro Tools, Auro-3D and the aforementioned DTS:X digital software.
Doreen Neo, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp, said: “The strategic synergy between Mediacorp and DTS:X has boosted our behind-the-reel audio capabilities, the mastery of which is mandatory for suffusing ‘soul’ to any production. By supplying superior sound equipment and expertise to local and regional movie makers, we hope to strengthen our reputation for technical expertise in the international creative industry – and possibly earn Singapore its first Oscar for sound design in the future.”
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