Sydney’s Trackdown Scores With Buyout Remote Recording Sessions

By • February 5, 2008

Sydney, Australia’s Trackdown Scoring Stage has announced the completion of its latest project for a US film score with the remote recording of John Powell’s score to the upcoming feature film Jumper starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson.

The score was recorded remotely without any of the US music production team needing to be present in Sydney, with the composer in his home studio in Los Angeles giving instructions to Trackdown engineer Tim Ryan, conductor Brett Weymark and the Sydney Scoring Orchestra via a realtime audio and timecode linkup. Music prep and copying was handled by Sydney’s Jigsaw Music headed by Jessica Wells, who also served as orchestrator with James K. Lee. Other Sydney personnel on the project included assistant orchestrators Daniel Baker and Bryce Jacobs and copyists Laura Bishop and Natalie Williams.

The music was recorded under a buyout agreement with no residuals as is standard with Australian score recording orchestras.

A key element of the Trackdown remote recording setup is a real-time 128 kb/s audio link between the studio and the U.S. composer that utilizes Source Elements’ Source Connect Pro plug-in software for Pro Tools. There are two separate headphone sends established from the composer’s US studio to Trackdown – one to speak privately with the conductor, and another to allow the composer to speak to the entire orchestra. A live stereo monitor mix is sent from Trackdown to the composer’s studio, and timecode is sent from Trackdown to the composer’s sequencer that allows the sequencer to lock to the sessions and send synth guide and backing tracks to Trackdown that are heard by the orchestra as they record.

This is the third film score of John Powell’s that Trackdown has recorded. His engineer Shawn Murphy, (Star Wars, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter) considered one of the world’s leading orchestral film score engineers, first experienced Trackdown when he came to Sydney to record John Powell’s score to Happy Feet. Since then he has overseen two “virtual” Powell scores (the first being PS I Love You) recorded at Trackdown.

Trackdown offers a full range of music services for feature film and TV, including Australia’s largest purpose built orchestral scoring stage located at The Entertainment Quarter (adjacent to Fox Studios Australia). Scoring credits include Happy Feet, Aquamarine, Romeo X Juliet, Typhoon, Salem’s Lot, and PS. I Love You. Trackdown also features music editing facilities including six ProTools suites headed by engineers Simon Leadley and Tim Ryan, whose music editing credits include Happy Feet, Aquamarine, Peter Pan, Master & Commander, No Reservations, Disgrace Inspector Gadget II, George of the Jungle II and Moulin Rouge.

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