Time Travelers - April 2017 news

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"Shh! Listen! Someone's coming! I think -- I think it might be us!"
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Imagine if we could time travel without changing history. If we could go back 50 or 100 years would people view our technology as magic? If we were visited by time travelers from the future, would their technology be magic to us?

Plus time travel with us to see who was in our studio last month.

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Pots & Pans: Cooking Up Stereo - March 2017 News

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"Cooking is like music: you can tell when someone puts love into it.”
Taylor Hicks

The transition from mono to stereo music recordings in the late 1950s had its challenges. Find out how Rudy Van Gelder and other recording engineers worked out the details. Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix.

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Dynamix Is Now An Audible Approved Studio

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That little check mark next to Dynamix on acx.com (Audible's website that links authors, narrators, and producers) means that our studio is a trusted and verified source for the highest-quality audiobooks. We recently earned our endorsement after recording and producing nearly two dozen audiobooks sold on Audible over the last few years. This means you can count on Dynamix Productions for high-level, professionally produced audiobooks. Listen to a sample of some that we've recorded by clicking here.

The Loudest Record!!! - February 2017 News

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"Every crowd has a silver lining.”
P.T. Barnum

126.4 I think that's what will be inside a little oval sticker that I'm going to put on my bumper. I see "26.2" bumper stickers that marathon runners proudly display. Colorado mountain climbers have "14er" stickers. A lot of dads are number "1." Then what's so special about 126.4? It used to be a number for Kings, but now it's a number for Cats.

Before I start to sound like a broken record, let me back up and tell this story from the beginning. Team Cornett wanted to raise the profile of UK Health Care and their close association with UK Athletics, so they came up with a plan to get the attention of a sports crowd.

Plus find out about what's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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New Year's Resolution

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"New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”
Mark Twain


Have you made your resolutions yet? Why bother, no one keeps them anyway. So let's talk about resolution instead. In particular how low-resolution MP3s can affect your emotional reaction to music. In a study out of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), researchers found that the fidelity of an MP3 recording of musical instruments can affect their emotional characteristics. Plus, find out all the exciting news from Dynamix.

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Laser Listening - November 2016 News

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"The key to this plan is the giant laser. It was invented by the noted Cambridge physicist Dr. Parsons. Therefore, we shall call it the Alan Parsons Project."
Dr. Evil
Austin Powers

Here's something that will blow your mind and make you paranoid at the same time. Someone can listen to your conversations in your house or office from hundreds of feet away using light. The "light" is a "laser," and it's bounced off a window pane to detect sound vibrations. It's hard not to imagine Dr. Evil, played by Mike Meyers, air quoting "laser" when we mention that word. The theory was first proposed in the 1940s, but had to wait until lasers were actually invented in the 1960s to gain traction. By the 80s, the Cold War had us and the Soviets spying on each other using "lasers."

Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately. Read the newsletter here.

The Big Bang - October 2016 News

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I was afraid that science-fiction buffs and everybody would say things like, 'You know, there's no sound in outer space.'
George Lucas


The universe, according to scientists, started with a big bang. Let me, the sound engineer, just gloat a little bit here -– they don't call it The Big Flash, The Big Light, or The Big Visual Thing That Was Really, Really Quiet. It was a BANG!!! It all started with sound. And the cool thing is, we can even measure its echoes.

Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately. Read the newsletter here.

A Siren's Song - September 2016 News

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“Square in your ship's path are Sirens, crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by;
woe to the innocent who hears that sound!”

by Homer in The Odyssey


I live on a busy street. My house sits roughly between three hospitals - all with helipads and emergency rooms. That's good for me if I have a really bad day, but my poor cat thinks wolves are after her whenever someone else is having a really bad day. I'm talking about the incessant sirens going up and down my street. And they seem to be getting louder – they penetrate my windows and brick walls with even more ferocity than ever before. It turns out that I'm not imagining this, because some emergency vehicles are now employing something called "low frequency system," or LFS. I call it "Loud F*@#$%^& Siren."

Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately. Read the newsletter here.

The Anatomy of an Audio Book, Part 3 - August 2016 News

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“Someone needs to buy a radio station, then play nothing but audio books, with a different genre of book played at set times. That way we can always have something new to read, no matter where we are.”
Shana Chartier


We're wrapping up our series on the audiobook this month. In this issue, we're looking at how an audiobook is actually produced, from recording and editing, to mastering and delivery.

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The Anatomy of an Audio Book, Part 2 - July 2016 News

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“When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore


We're continuing our series on the audiobook, an older idea that has been reborn from new technology. In this issue we're talking with Brad about character development, preparation, and tips for budding narrators. Plus, find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Anatomy of an Audio Book, Part 1 - June 2016 News

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“I love audio books, and when I paint I’m always listening to a book. I find that my imagination really takes flight in the painting process when I’m listening to audio books.”

Thomas Kinkade

Audiobooks have taken the world by storm for the last several years. In Part 1 of this series, we sit down with veteran actor and audiobook narrator/producer Brad Wills. Brad takes us behind the scenes in his preparation for long days in the studio. Plus, find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Is the Mix Tape Back in the MIx? - May 2016 News

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"I used to judge the quality of music by whether I could make a 90-minute cassette and not repeat any artists."

John Hughes


What? Another old audio format is making a comeback? Yessiree! If you want to be hip, then dust off your old Sony Walkman. But like me, you've probably dumped all your old cassettes along with your floppy disks and Trivial Pursuit. These days, my pocket can carry the same amount of music that drawers and drawers of cassettes can. But there are people who want to drag this once noble king of convenience from its analog obsolescence.

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The Rebirth of AM Radio? - April 2016 News

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"I hate modern car radios. In my car, I don't even have a push-button radio. It's just got a dial and two knobs. Just AM."

Chris Isaak

Maybe you haven't noticed, but AM radio has pretty much sucked the last twenty years or so. Maybe you didn't notice because you weren't listening. A lot of people aren't, and the FCC is out to change that. The FCC? You bet – this isn't your father's FCC. We're so used to hearing "FCC" and "restrictions" in the same breath, that broadcasters were pleasantly surprised last October when the FCC announced an "AM Revitalization" initiative.

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The Sonic Snuffer - March 2016 News

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"I throw more power into my voice, and now the flame is extinguished"

Physicist John Tyndall, 1857

There's been a recent breakthrough in fighting fires - using sound waves to extinguish flames. Since 1857, scientists have known that sound waves could put out a flame, but they weren't exactly sure why. Plus find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Anaog Rules! - February 2016 News

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"As so much music is listened to via MP3 download, many will never experience the joy of analog playback, and for them, I feel sorry. They are missing out."

Henry Rollins

There's a growing trend in the music business - recording to reel-to-reel tape. Wait, I thought we got rid of that when we went digital. The truth is, it never went away. Much like the recent boom in sales of records and film, reel-to-reels are gaining new fans and bringing back old ones.


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Broadcast and the Hearing Impaired

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"I hope I inspire people who hear. Hearing people have the ability to remove barriers that prevent deaf people from achieving their dreams."

Marlee Matlin


Did you know that more than 37 million Americans aged 18 or older have some kind of hearing loss? And 30 million Americans aged 12 or older have hearing loss in both ears? With a media-rich society, that makes listening to narration, dialog, and speech in general difficult for them. Before 1972, anyone hard of hearing had to watch television with the volume turned up. Plus find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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Wellness in Entrepreneurship

Neil Kesterson is featured in an article by Business Lexington's Kathie Stamps about how the self-employed stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Read the article here.



Bong, Bong, Bong. December 2015 News

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"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners."

Johnny Carson

Eighty-six years ago, three musical tones, "G-E-C," were played on a fledgling network of radio stations. What started as a technical cue for local stations, has become an instantly recognized trio of notes woven into the American identity. Learn about the chimes, and find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Double-Naught Spies - November 2015 News

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"They number girl spies different. She's what you call a 36-23-36."

Max Baer, Jr. as "Jethro Bodine"

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This month, the new James Bond spy movie Spectre will be released. It's the 24th film in the long-running franchise based on Ian Fleming's novels. "Hot Dog!" as Jethro Bodine would say. James Bond and all his gadgets were hatched from Fleming's experiences while serving in the British Navy Intelligence Division during World War Two.

Gathering intelligence during any war requires innovative and clandestine communication techniques, especially deep within the enemy lines. In the Revolutionary War, invisible ink and garments on a clothesline were tools to send secret messages. The Civil War saw women disguising themselves as nurses, slaves, and even soldiers to gather and smuggle information. During World War One, the human body itself became a vehicle for secret messages via invisible tattoos.

Find out more about spy radios and what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Podcasting Revisited - October 2015 News

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"Podcasting - I swear to you - on its worst day, the podcasts are better than our best films. Because they're more imaginative, and there's no artifice, and it's far more real."

Kevin Smith

Podcasting Revisited

Modern podcasting has now been around a little more than 10 years now. The roots go back much further, into the 1980's in fact. The idea of subscribing to an internet-delivered audio service dates to the early 1990's. But it wasn't until portable devices, such as the iPod, came onto the scene that it really took off. History shows that portability drives popularity – the battery-operated radio, the portable record player, the audio cassette, and the funky 8-track. I remember the iPod being described as a digital "Walkman," even though poor Sony already had moved beyond the cassette into portable digital players.

Find out more about how far podcasting has come, and also what's been going at Dynamix lately.

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That Magic Sound - September 2015 News

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"Science is magic that works"

Kurt Vonnegut


Researcher Dr. Diana Deutsch at UC San Diego has been studying the psychology of sound since the mid-1960's. Her findings illustrate how people can hear musical tones wildly different from each other. These "illusions" can cause great disagreements between listeners, even highly trained musicians. And interestingly, one group of stereo illusions has right-handers and left-handers perceiving them differently. Find out more about these illusions, plus what's been gong on at Dynamix lately.

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Shhh! Be Quiet! - August 2015 News

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"If a tree falls in the forest, and hits a mime, does anyone care?"

Gary Larson

Have you been hiking lately? Where'd you go? Red River Gorge? The Smokey Mountains? Yosemite? In the last 10 years, have you ever experienced a place devoid of all human sounds? Gordon Hempton, an Emmy-Award-winning recordist, claims there are less than a dozen places left in the continental U.S. that are "quiet." Hempton defines "quiet" as a natural environment that has no human-intrusion sounds for at least twenty minutes.

Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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The Fancy Pants Announcer - July 2015 News

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"In radio, they say, nothing happens until the announcer says it happens."

Ernie Harwell
Legendary Detroit Tigers Announcer


There was a time when Americans who wanted to sound important and upper class spoke with a half-American, half-British accent. It was dominant in movies, on radio, in theaters, and on early television. Today, it sounds pompous. Why did they speak like this, where did it start, and why did it die?

Learn more and find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately in our newsletter here.

More About Our Neighborhood

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More about our up and coming neighborhood. We recorded Tom Martin interviewing Greg Walker in our studio. Audio clips from this and other interviews are featured throughout the week on 88.9 WEKU-FM.


Read the article in the Lexington Herald-Leader here.

A Block Party! June 2015 News

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"Y'all know who run the block right now
All we need is a mic and a beat
And a couple of speakers
And some turn tables out in the street, come on!"

Will Smith
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The little neighborhood that could. That's how I would describe our little slice of Lexington where our studios have been located for more than a decade. Our neighborhood was born as "Morningside" in the middle of the Great Depression. But after years of neglect, it's been reborn. Read about its amazing and unique transformation into one of Lexington's hottest new neighborhoods. Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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Voice Talk - May 2015 News

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"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."

Maya Angelou

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There was a recent study that tried to understand how audio quality affected the perceived quality of the human voice. The researchers understood from the beginning that the results could be highly subjective, but they approached it using measurable methods. While tallying up the results, they were surprised by one finding they weren't attempting to measure. But it's something we in the advertising and production business already knew - more on that later. Plus find out what's been going on at Dynamix.

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Keeping an Ear on Crime - April 2015 News

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"What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes."
Harry Houdini

The NSA is listening to our phone calls. The FBI is using face detection to catch wanted criminals. Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart is watching Bart Simpson with surveillance video. And now the police are listening for gunshots in neighborhoods across the nation.

Like GPS, radar, and the microwave oven, technology developed for the battlefield has found itself on Main Street. Gunshot detection is another military trickle-down technology that police are using to protect our citizens.

Read more in the newsletter.

"Unsung hereo" to air on KET in April

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First broadcast on HRTV in 2012, “Unsung Hero: The Horse in the Civil War” is coming to KET in April. A Telly Award winner and an Emmy-nominated film, Unsung Hero chronicles the story of how horses and mules were obtained and utilized by the armies during the Civil War. BROADCAST DATES:

April 14th at 9:00 p.m. (KET)
April 19th at 8:00 p.m. (KET2)

Find out more about the documentary by Witnessing History LLC here.

Amazon Picks Up "Mad Dogs" Series

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Variety reports that Amazon has greenlit 5 new series, including “Mad Dogs.” Dynamix worked with Steve Zahn on the pilot for dialog replacement.
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Audio Clichés

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Audio Clichés

You're watching a movie and somebody rides by on a bicycle. What do you hear? Ring-ring! Yep, it's a tried and true "audio cliché." I'm guilty of using it. Or how about when the scene shifts to London, we see the House of Parliament and hear Big Ben striking it's bell. Or a jet touches down on the runway and we hear the screech-screech of the tires. In film or television, audio clichés are normally the domain of comedy. But we've seen them crop up in serious programs as well.

Plus, find out about recent projects at Dynamix including a Superbowl spot, another audiobook, and…ZOMBIES!

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The Alltech Celebration of Song 2015

Dynamix teamed up once again with Alltech and AVT for two live performances of "Alltech Celebration of Song" in The Square, downtown Lexington. The concerts were streamed live on the web and later broadcast Christmas Day on WKYT-TV. The concert featured an orchestra, vocal soloists and ensembles, several choirs, and two music groups (UK's steel drum group Blue Steel, and the brass group Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise. Listen to highlights here.

HELLO...Hello...hello - December 2014 News

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"Any effects created before 1975 were done with either tape or echo chambers or some kind of acoustic treatment. No magic black boxes!"

Alan Parsons

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Echo, reverb, delay, and ambience. There's a difference between them (see "Tech Notes" below) and they're often confused with each other or used incorrectly. But each one has an important place in recording with technology often dictating their use. Reverb/echo/delay can make or break a recording. Thanks to the American Legion Hall in New York City, Decca Records found the perfect effect for Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock." Columbia Records built their own "echo chamber" for such hits as Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" and Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." And U2's Edge has created a patented sound for his guitar with electronic delay.

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2-Bits, 4-Bits, 6-Bits...November 2014 News

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"People don't appreciate music any more. They don't adore it. They don't buy vinyl and just love it. They love their laptops like their best friend, but they don't love a record for its sound quality and its artwork."

Laura Marling, musician

2-Bits, 4-Bits, 6-Bits...

We love convenience. Drive thrus, same-day delivery, automatic transmissions, instant coffee. Uh, maybe not that last one. Convenience often drives technology. And when it does, something has to go. What are you willing to give up for convenience? Taste, comfort, money, quality?

Convenience also influences new audio technology, and the result is portability, because we are a society on the go. By lowering the bit rate of audio, we reduce the size. But we also drastically reduce the quality.

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Second #ShareTheLex Video Launched by VisitLex

Second #sharethelex video released. Produced by Cornett, shot/edited by Ian Friley of Kong Productions, and sweetened by Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions.

http://bizlex.com/2014/10/second-sharethelex-video-launched-by-visitlex/

Recording History - October 2014 News

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“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”
Homer, The Odyssey


Humans have long been documenting events with paintings on cave walls; sculptures; writing on papyrus; photographs; records and tapes; and film and video. One way we're doing it today is with oral histories. From John Lomax recording southern folk and blues songs in the 1930's, to modern digital recording of oral histories, historians have always had a problem researching the recordings...until now.

Read more about that, and find out what's been happening at Dynamix by reading our newsletter:

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Circuit Bending - September 2014 News

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"I don't appreciate avant-garde, electronic music. It makes me feel quite ill."

Ravi Shankar

When you think of electronic music, you often think of the straightforward synthesizer, electric piano, or loops and samples. But some musicians like to rewire, alter, or downright reconstruct electronic equipment to make sounds they weren’t originally intended to do. At the forefront of these experimentations was BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, a special music lab that gave us unique sounds and music for hit TV shows such as Dr. Who.

Also in this issue, find out about some the exciting projects we’ve been working on.

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A Sound Education - August 2014 News

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Socrates


What young person really knows what they want to be when they grow up? Very few of my childhood friends are still on the path they laid out early in life. Most of us have zig-zagged through careers, including me. Unlike today, if you wanted to be an audio engineer in the 70's like I did, there were very limited educational opportunities.

Read more of the newsletter here.

3D Audio on the Right Track - July 2014 News

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“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers


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It's said that when an early motion picture was first shown to the public, women fainted and men ducked from an approaching train. The director made a bold new decision that would alter the course of filmmaking for the next century. Instead of just placing the camera in front of all the action like an audience watching a stage, the director moved the camera to a new position - within the action - to create perspective. That’s been happening in filmmaking ever since. But the same has been happening in sound as well. And now with emerging technologies, virtual 3D sound is now here.

Plus, find out tidbits of information you may not have known in our Did You Know? segment

Dig a little deeper into technology and technique in our Tech Notes column.

And check out our latest projects we’ve been working on.

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Get in the Groove! - June 2014 News

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The new generation is discovering what the old generation stopped loving - LPs. LP sales are the highs they’ve been in 22 years. Records aren’t just for hipsters anymore, everyone, including the older generation that gave them up, are groovin’ to them.

Read the entire newsletter here.


The Color of Sound - May 2014 News

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What if we could see sound? Aside from graphical representations of sound like waveforms and meters, we can't just look at an orchestra and see sounds flying out of the trombones. I wish we could watch the beautiful tones flow from Itzhak Perlman's Stradivarius.

But we can - sort of. As reported by NPR, we can see certain sounds using a technique invented in the mid-19th century.

Read the entire newsletter here.

Leftover Beethoven - April 2014 News

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WIth the recent news that the Library of Congress is inducting 25 entries into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, I was excited to see U2, Linda Ronstadt, and Isaac Hayes get their due. Perusing the list, I saw a very influential (at least personally) album - Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring (1974).

I was a music major in college and always found Aaron Copland to be the quintessential American composer. He seemed to capture what Americans idolize about America: hope, boldness, charm, intrepidness, looking forward but not forgetting the past.

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Documentary by Dynamix Receives Silver Telly Award

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The self-produced documentary from Dynamix Productions, “The Beat of a Different Drummer: The Story of America’s Last All-Female Military Band,” has just been named a Silver Telly Award winner.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor.

“The Beat of a Different Drummer” is the story of America’s last all-female military band - the 14th Army Women’s Army Corp Band. The other military branches fielded all-female bands, but the WAC Band survived longer than any. Through four decades, the WAC Band offered a woman the rare chance to have a career as a professional musician.

The standards were very high for WAC Band members. They were not only elite musicians, they were representatives of the United States Army. Their audiences were diverse - they marched out recruits for morning drills; they performed for enthusiastic audiences in small town America; and they played for presidents.

The struggle for equal rights has been a familiar burden for women throughout history. But these women chose to follow their own dreams. They marched down a road that would usher in a new era for women in America. They marched to the beat of a different drummer.
To learn more about the documentary, click here.

To learn more about the Telly Awards, click here.

The Birth of Recording - March 2014 News

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Dreamers in the 19th century seemed to be driven by the need to capture things. Animals were captured and put into the first American zoos In Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Light was captured by Joseph Niépce and Louis Daguerre in France. And sound was captured in France by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville. Scott? De Martin--who? I always thought Thomas Edison had been the first. He was the first to record and play back sound, an important distinction.


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Rupp Arena Reimagined Unveiled

The unveiling of the new $310 million renovation plans for Rupp Arena was bolstered by a video that features 3D architectural renderings. The video, produced by Bullhorn Creative of Lexington, featured an original music track by A.J. Hochhalter. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions post-produced the soundtrack. Watch it here:

UK Football Spot Runs During Superbowl

Produced by Cornett-IMS, a 60-second spot for UK Football ran during the first local halftime commercial break during Super Bowl XLVIII. Shot and edited by Cornett-IMS, the music was composed by A.J Hochhalter. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions recorded Coach Mark Stoops and post-produced the soundtrack. Watch the spot:

When Recording Writes the Music. February 2014 News

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When commercial radio really took off in the 1920's and 30's, it was fueled by advances in recording. You could even say that each drove the other. Early music recordings were mostly documents of what was already being played to live audiences - classical, early jazz, folk, etc. As bands got bigger and louder, the music got more exciting. Dixieland was new, records were all the rage, and radio was just beginning to transport the new sounds across the country, just like the transcontinental railway brought the ideas of the gilded age to America a half-century earlier.

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National Avenue Corridor Lauded



A recent article by the Lexington Herald-Leader looks at why our neighborhood is so special.

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/20/3042916/national-avenue-corridor-has-become.html

Owner Neil Kesterson Featured in Business Lexington



A recent article in Business Lexington about how local business professionals use achieve goals.

http://bizlex.com/2013/12/local-business-professionals-share-the-organizational-methods-they-use-to-achieve-their-goals/

A Sound Economy. January 2014 News

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I am about to offer a very un-scientific view about the economy, as seen through the eyes (and ears) of an audio engineer. In the production business, we often see a correlation between the types of production and the state of the economy. If the money is tight, then the most common projects are bare-bones, foundational, and to-the-point. When people have money, they like to have fun, experiment, and put lots of icing on the cake.

Read more of the newsletter here.

Hidden Messages. December 2013 News

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When astronauts first walked on the moon, everyone was glued to the television. I was eight-years-old and can remember it like yesterday.


Beep. Beep.

We copy you down, Eagle.

Beep. Beep.

Engine arm is off. (Pause) Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.

Beep. Beep.


What the beep? All those old NASA transmissions seem to have that beeping in the recording. What the beep is it? It's actually two, and they're called Quindar tones.

Read more of the newsletter here.

I, Robot. November 2013 News

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There was a recent AES (Audio Engineering Society) presentation at McGill University in West Montreal, Quebec titled "We Are the Robots: Developing the Automatic Sound Engineer." Brecht De Man from the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London discussed the state of automatic mixing. I don't know whether to be happy some automation is on the way, or be alarmed that I may become obsolete.

Read more of the newsletter here.

Halloween Horror Stories - October 2013 News

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.


Beg your pardon, Mr. Poe, but I have volumes of lore I wish were forgotten. We all have horror stories, like certain "client" experiences, but most we bring on ourselves.

Read more of the newsletter here.

The Voice of UK's Commonwealth Stadium

In a previous newsletter and other news items, I’ve mentioned that I have worked as the live audio director for UK football games since 1999. Here’s a great video shot in our PA booth with the voice of UK Football at the stadium, Carl Nathe.




Read the article here.

We Listen. September 2013 News

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In this months news, one of the most important aspects of being an audio engineer is to listen. Not only to sound, but to our clients.
Plus, find out how a microphone can pick up in one direction when it really is an all-direction device. KET will broadcast our self-produced documentary “The Beat of a Different Drummer” this month. And find out who’s been to Dynamix for a great soundtrack.

Read the newsletter here.

Who's Listening? August 2013 News

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Whenever I start a new project, I always ask "who's the audience?" Each audience can be distinctly different, like high school students, retired people, doctors, primary voters, car buyers, etc. It can also be a less targeted audience, such as adults 18-65, Fayette County taxpayers, or any listener. These are the tough ones to tailor a product to.

Read more here.

The Power of the Podcast - July 2013 News

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Think back to the year 2005. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Gasoline prices skyrocketed from $1.78 a gallon to over $3.00. "Star Wars III - Revenge of the Sith" is released in theaters. Lance Armstrong won his 7th Tour De France. Snoop Dogg coined the word bizznizzle. And podcasts took off when Apple integrated them into iTunes.

Read more here.

Documentary Selected for Broadcasts

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The documentary produced by Dynamix Productions, "The Beat of a Different Drummer: The Story of America's Last All-Female Military Band," has been selected for broadcast on the KET Network this fall. It has also been selected for national distribution among 95 public television stations and networks through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). It will be available to those affiliates in time for Veteran's Day in November. Check your local listings.


With more detail than the broadcast version, plus DVD extras, the full length version is now on sale in our online store. Find out more here.

Heads, Tails, Grooves & Needles-June 2013 Newsletter

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Most of you reading this know us at Dynamix for creating new sounds with new technology. But did you know we also like to resurrect old sounds? Just twenty years ago, magnetic tapes and records were standard formats we worked with everyday. Now, they're just "antiques" and items taking up space in a closet. But many people are discovering (or re-discovering) analog, and they want it in digital form.

Read more by clicking this link.

"Southern Cross" Documentary Now Complete

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The Southern Cross: The Story of the Confederacy’s First Battleflag, has been completed. The fifty-six minute production chronicles the history of the design and creation of a flag that became the prototype for all of the St. Andrews Cross battle flags carried by Confederate armed forces. The hand-stitched silk flag with gold painted stars was borne by the Fifth Company of the Washington Artillery of New Orleans through the Battles of Shiloh and Perryville.

The soundtrack was delivered in 5.1 surround, an option many filmmakers desire to make their program stand out. The battle scenes in Southern Cross afforded many opportunities for cannon shells to fly overhead, bullets to wiz by, and soldiers to charge through the battlefield.

Find out more about the documentary from Witnessing History here.

Walla, Ripple, Plop! May 2013 Newsletter

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I was recently explaining to our intern about how we used to synchronize sound and film together when I realized how many industry terms are borrowed from other tasks or re-hashed from another era. Most make sense, like "copy," "paste," and "edit." But with others you have to make an association. For instance, when you edit film, and I'm talking honest-to-goodness cellulose, you might cut out a bit of a scene to use later. You would hang each piece of film, or "clip," with an actual clip over a rolling cloth bin (like a laundry bin).

Read more by clicking this link

"Impact" Documentary Now Complete

The sound design and mix of “Impact: “After the Crash,” the new documentary from Eppic Films about the 1988 Carrollton bus crash, is now complete. The sound mix was delivered in 5.1 surround. Steve Horner composed the very moving music score. Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote a very nice article on Jason Epperson (Director) and Harold Dennis (Producer / crash survivor). There are a few photos and mention of Dynamix in this Herald-Leader article. More to come as the film is released and reviewed.

Read the Herald-Leader article.

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Location Sound - April 2013 Newsletter

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We've been doing a lot of location audio in the last couple of months. Most of you already know that using a dedicated location audio engineer for video shoots is the best way to get quality audio. That's because it's not easy. We often say getting good location sound is like herding cats, or is an "impossible dream." We're often faced with impossible odds at getting good sound. So house lights down, single spot on stage center. It's not Shakespeare, it's definitely not Arthur Miller. It's not even as good as listening to Charlie Brown's teacher reading the phone book aloud, but enjoy.

Read more by clicking this link.

Surround Sound - March 2013 Newsletter

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The quest to create a 3D visual experience has revved up, sputtered, and stalled for almost a century. But the journey for a 3D experience in sound has steadily evolved for more than eight decades. Find out its history and how you can make an informed decision about whether your next project should be in surround.

Read more by clicking this link.

Eagle Rare Life Award Announced

Congratulations go out to Tonya M. Evans, the recipient of the 2013 Eagle Rare Life Award. She’s a single mother of 3 children and the CEO and Founder of American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation. The Fallen Warrior Memorial is envisioned to be “the largest of its kind in this country…a true national landmark".

The video was produced by Cornett-IMS. Video Editing by Post Time Productions. Sound Design by Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions.

To learn more about this inspiring story, click here.




Dynamix Shares in ADDY Gold

Dynamix won a Gold ADDY Award for Sound Design on Friday at the AAF Lexington ADDY Show. The sound design, by Dane Dickmann, was for a DoubleStar Firearms television commercial directed by Jason Epperson (Eppic Films).

Dynamix also won a Silver ADDY Award for Sound Design for the “Envisioning Home” documentary trailer (directed by Jason Epperson of Eppic Films), with sound design by Neil Kesterson.

We also shared in 7 other awards, including 1 Gold ADDY, 1 Silver ADDY, and 4 Bronze ADDYs. Congratulations to all the winners!

Watch the DoubleStar commercial by clicking this link.

Watch the Envisioning Home trailer by clicking this link.

Our 10 Year Anniverary!

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The First Decade


February is a momentous month for Dynamix Productions - it's our tenth anniversary!

The picture above is what greeted me the first week of being out on my own. The Great Ice Storm of 2003. 65,000 people were without power in Lexington, including yours truly - and our new business site.

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Two Years - January 2013 Newsletter

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The ball at Times Square has dropped again, the old man is gone, and the new year's baby is here.  It reminds me that two years ago, in January of 2011, we were putting the final touches on our new baby.  The walls were up, the spackle and paint were being brushed on, the lights were being wired, and the floors were being installed.


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Music is My Life - December 2012 Newsletter

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Most recording engineers come to the industry by way of music.  That's certainly true of us here at Dynamix.  I started taking piano lessons at age 7, and continued music lessons on guitar and trombone through college.  My fascination with recording gear started about that same early age with a cassette recorder.

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Book Knowledge - November 2012 Newsletter

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Audio books, or what used to be called "books-on-tape," are gaining in popularity now that listeners can easily download them to their portable listening device.  In the old days, you had to fumble with a box of tapes or CDs.  Now, thanks to software like iTunes, you put a whole library in your pocket.

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A Long March - October 2012 Newsletter

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"In 1978, a long march of 35 years came to a halt.  It was the end of the WAC, the Women's Army Corps - but a new beginning for American women."  Those are the first words from the documentary The Beat of a Different Drummer: The Story of America's Last All-Female Military Band.  It's the first self-produced documentary from Dynamix Productions, and it goes on sale this month.

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Tools of the Trade - September 2012 Newsletter

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Okay, this is not a gear-geek column (but you fellow geeks can find a little tech talk in the next section "Dynamix Tech Notes").  But rather, a primer on why and how we make our choices for certain audio production equipment.

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Turn it Down! August 2012 Newsletter

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The volume is getting turned down on television commercials.  What does that mean for you, the producer or advertiser?

Read about it, and the rest of the newsletter here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Opens in Theaters

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days opens this weekend in theaters across the country. In January, actor Steve Zahn was in Dynamix Productions to perform ADR for the movie.
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Read a review by Roger Moore of McClatchy-Tribune News Service here.

ADR (automated dialog replacement) is often used to re-record dialog that is missing, faulty, or rewritten. While watching video of the scene, the actor performs the new line with the same timing and inflection as the original dialog. Sometimes ADR is used to change a performance.

Since the original sound was recorded on a movie set, careful attention is given in microphone selection and placement to match the original sound. The recording studio must be dry and reflection-free so the new dialog can be seamlessly inserted into the track.

Using an ISDN connection (studio-to-studio digital patch), our studio in Lexington was able to directly synchronize sound and picture with Fox's Los Angeles studio. Both actor (in Lexington) and director (in LA) were seeing and hearing the same scenes and dialog.


Produced by 21st Century Fox, Directed by David Bowers, starring Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Peyton List Peyton List , and Zachary Gordon.

Find out more here on IMDB

July 2012 News from Dynamix - BOOM Go the Fireworks!

Independence Day reminds me about fireworks.  Which remind me of explosions. Which remind me of sound effects.
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June 2012 News from Dynamix - the Cool Factor

When Dynamix Productions started planning our much needed expansion about two years ago, we naturally looked at renovating new space in our existing building. Read More...

Battle on Broadway Documentary

Post-production was completed for "Battle on Broadway: Transylvania vs. University of Kentucky" (JuddFilms, Lexington, KY). This documentary, produced by Transy graduate and former basketball player Blake Judd, is about the first meeting on the basketball court in 100 years between Transy and the University of Kentucky. Dane Dickmann of Dynamix Productions did the sound design.
Find out more and watch the video here.


May 2012 Newsletter - And Down the Stretch They Come!

A jam-packed field.  Each running neck-and-neck trying to lead the pack.  The whole mass moving toward the finish line with breathtaking speed.  Finally it ends, but it's too close to call!!! Read More...

March 2012 News from Dynamix - Bending Music

This month, we may change your perception of library, or “needle drop” music. Read More...

Eagle Rare 2012 Award Announced

Eagle Rare has announced that Edward E. Clark, Jr. has won the The Eagle Rare Life Award for 2012. Read More...

February 2012 Newsletter - Replacing Dialog in Videos

Replacing dialog in video and film has come a long way since Clint Eastwood had to dub dialog for his spaghetti westerns. Learn how we do it.

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ADR for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3

Steve Zahn was in Dynamix Productions yesterday performing ADR for the soon to be released "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." This is Zahn's third time around as father Frank Heffley in this popular franchise. Read More...

January 2012 Newsletter - Recreating the Sounds of the Civil War

Being in the "Horse Capital of the World," we surely have enough experience to know that a horse sounds much like it did 150 years ago.  However, back then a horse's role was very different than today.

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December 2011 Newsletter - Dynamix Connects With The World

This month, we look at how we recently used ISDN to work with National Public Radio on several projects. Read More...

November 2011 Newsletter - Dynamix In the Studio

This month we delve into an audio post-production project for an up and coming cell phone service provider.

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October 2011 Newsletter - Dynamix in the Field

This month, we kick off our newsletter and feature our role in a television spot for Ford Motor Company.

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Rare Soldier Wins Rare Life Award

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 Eagle Rare Life Award , Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles “Chunks” Padilla won based on his dedication to this country as well as his continued support of injured Marines and their families. A documentary produced by Cornett-IMS, edited by Darren Platt of Post Time Productions, and sound design by Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions, is on the Eagle Rare web site. Read More...

Documentary Premiers at The Nunn Center

"Quest for the Perfect Bourbon," a film by documentary maker Joanna Hay, is about the people, stories, and history of Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. The documentary started out as an oral history project and blossomed into a 40-minute program that will be broadcast by KET in the coming months. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions provided post production audio. Read More...

New Film Debuts at Kentucky Horse Park

"The Reign of Nobility," the new film about the history of the horse, debuted at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September. Dynamix Productions designed the soundtrack, which featured William Shatner, who recorded the narration in our studios. Read More...

Dynamix To Move Into New Studios

It's official! We are moving our studios to a new, bigger, and better location. But don't worry about how to find us, because we're moving across the street. Our new address, officially, is 333 North Ashland Avenue, Suite 120. We're in the same building with Season's Catering. Look for the left door under the big green awning that says "333."


We're still in the process of building our studios, so we'll let you know when we officially move. We will have 2 control rooms and 2 VO booths, allowing more spur-of-the-moment recording sessions to better serve you. Our VO booths will be true "room-within-a-room" construction, with floating floors and walls. In addition, soundproof viewing glass, studio interconnectivity, lounge/kitchen, and a large garage (for future recording use) are welcome additions.

We want to thank all you, our clients, for your continued business and for making our expansion possible. We want to also assure you that we are continuing to service you through our construction period and transition. We will let you know in advance if there will be any days we will be closed due to the transition.

Meanwhile, you can check out our progress in our photo gallery.

Click here for Construction Gallery

Alltech FEI World Games Orchestra Videos

The Orchestra of the Alltech FEI World Games, conducted by UK's Dr. Everett McCorvey recently videotaped two performances. Read More...

Rave Reviews for SummerFest Play

One of the ways in which Dynamix Productions contributes to the local arts community is to provide soundtracks for plays, shows, and performances. Read More...

"The Guardian" Now Complete

"The Guardian," the short film by Nick Denney is now complete and online for viewing. Read More...

Official Songs for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Alltech, the official sponsor of the FEI World Equestrian Games, recently hired Dynamix Productions to record the Alltech Orchestra and Choir performing the official music for the games. Read More...

Independent Filmmaker Gets Film School Scholarship

Nick Denney, a local independent filmmaker, recently won second place at Regent University's Reel Dreams film festival and a $21,000 scholarship towards Regent's film school. Read More...

Coach Cal Records His New Book at Dynamix

University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Head Coach, John Calipari recently recorded the audio book version of his new book: “Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life” in the studios of Dynamix Productions. Recorded over a two-day period last week, this recording will be available when his book is released on August 31. Travis Tonn of Simon & Schuster Audio in New York produced and directed.

“Bounce Back,” written by John Calipari and David Scott, gives guidance to individuals that suffer setbacks in business and life. The book chronicles Coach Calipari’s own very public setbacks, like his firing as the New Jersey Nets coach, or the Memphis Tiger’s loss in the final minutes of the 2008 NCAA Basketball Championship game. Calipari offers insights on how he “bounced back.”

Coach Cal, as he is affectionately known by basketball fans, is the hottest news in college basketball right now. Having signed a multi-year contract with the UK Wildcats, he is the highest-paid college basketball coach up to this time. He’s had a similar distinction before. When he was hired as the New Jersey Nets head basketball coach in 1996, he was the highest-paid NBA coach up to that time.

To find out more about Coach Cal and his new book, click this link:
www.coachcal.com

To purchase audio books from Simon & Schuster, click this link:
www.simonandschuster.com

Two Documentaries Win Telly Awards

Two documentaries from Witnessing History, with sound design by Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions, have won awards at the 30th annual Telly Awards.

“Retreat from Gettysburg,” a documentary about General Lee’s retreat after defeat, won a Silver in the Film/Video division.

“Bourbon and Kentucky: A History Distilled” won a Bronze, also in the Film/Video division.

According to a press release from Witnessing History, “Out of more than 13,000 nominations, Retreat From Gettysburg was selected by industry professionals as being in the top ten percent of all DVD/Film productions in the nation. The Bronze Telly Award presented to Bourbon and Kentucky signified it being in the top fifteen percent of DVD/Film productions in the nation.”


All three of Witnessing History’s DVDs (also including “Long Road Back to Kentucky” have won Telly Awards.

Both documentaries have been broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

Writer, host, and Civil War historian Kent Masterson Brown takes viewers onto the battlefield and into Lee’s mind in “Gettysburg.” In “Bourbon,” Brown explores historic distilleries, explains the distilling process, and reveals why bourbon is called “bourbon” and not whiskey. Both documentaries were photographed and edited by Post Time Productions in Lexington, KY. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions was sound designer.

For more information about Witnessing History, or to purchase DVDs, click this link:
www.witnessinghistoryonline.net.

Monkees Documentary Nominated for Emmy

The Monkees Documentary (A&E Biography) has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category "Outstanding Nonfiction Series."

Barbara Hall, Producer
Gregory Hall, Executive Producer Peter Tarshis, Executive Producer for Biography
Darren Platt
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Neil Kesterson, Audio post production, Dynamix Productions

Read more about the making of the documentary by clicking here.


The nominees include:

American Masters • PBS • American Masters is produced for PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York
Susan Lacy, Executive Producer
Prudence Glass, Series Producer
Julie Sacks, Supervising Producer
Jim Brown, Produced By
Michael Cohl, Produced By
William Eigen, Produced By

Biography • Biography Channel • Produced by Corridor Group Productions Inc. for Bio
Gregory Hall, Executive Producer
Peter Tarshis, Executive Producer for Biography
Barbara Hall, Producer

Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel • Original Productions, Inc. in association with Discovery Channel
Thom Beers, Executive Producer
Paul Gasek, Executive Producer
Jeff Conroy, Co-Executive Producer
Tracy Rudolph, Co-Executive Producer
Matt Renner, Series Producer
Lisa Tanzer, Supervising Producer
Ethan Prochnik, Senior Producer

Inside The Actors Studio • Bravo • A co-production of The Actors Studio, Bravo, In The Moment Productions
James Lipton, Executive Producer
Frances Berwick, Executive Producer
Christian Barcellos, Executive Producer
Sabrina Fodor, Produced By
Jeff Wurtz, Produced By

This American Life • Showtime • Showtime Presents in association with Chicago Public Radio, Killer Films, Inc., Left/Right, Inc.
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Book On Tape Receives Another National Award

River Birch Publishing is pleased to announce that the book, Becoming What You Want to See in the World, by Lexington author, Mary Claire O’Neal, was a winner in ForeWord Magazine’s 10th annual Book of the Year Awards. Read More...

Nick Nolte:No Exit makes debut at Cannes

Nick Nolte locked in a room with Nick Nolte. That's the basic idea of Director Tom Thurman's latest documentary. Read More...

Local Film Premieres to SRO Audience

The Georgetown College-produced film "Surviving Guthrie" premiered at the Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington to a standing-room-only sell-out crowd on March 27, 2008. Read More...

Book on Tape Receives More National Honors

Audio Book by author, Mary Claire O’Neal, receives more national honors. Read More...

Lexington Forum Begins Podcast with Dynamix

The Lexington Forum and Dynamix Productions have teamed up to bring podcasts of each monthly meeting to everyone interested in the forum. Read More...

Lincoln HistoryMobile Now on Tour Throughout Kentucky

A new HistoryMobile exhibit, “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln,” began its statewide tour February 12, 2008, at national “kick-off” ceremonies in Hodgenville, Ky. Throughout the two-year Bicentennial period, “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln” will reach tens of thousands of visitors at venues throughout the state, including Paducah, Ashland, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, and more.

Dynamix Productions produced the audio portions of the museum that included reenactments of figures throughout history that were directly influenced by Lincoln. The exhibit inside the 18-wheeler is maintained by the Kentucky Historical Society.

To find out more, visit their webiste: Kentucky Historical Society

Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau wins Kentucky tourism awards

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB), with their marketing agency Preston-Osborne, received several awards at the Kentucky Tourism Council 2007 Traverse Awards for Excellence in Tourism Marketing competition. Read More...

NCAA Teams Up with Dynamix and Post Time

We've seen the overall destruction in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. We know about the slow but sure progress in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. But is life for New Orleanians getting back to normal yet? With the help of NCAA Football, a part of the rebuilding process is taking place on the football fields. Through Host Communications, NCAA Football recently hired Post Time Productions and Dynamix Productions to produce nationally-televised PSAs that document their commitment of $750,000 to help budding young athletes in New Orleans get back on their feet. Read More...

Comedian Greg Warren Produces Latest Comedy CD

Comedian Greg Warren recently hired Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions to record, edit, master and produce his latest comedy CD "One Star Warrior." Greg "Flute Man" Warren, most recently seen on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," and "Last Comic Standing," has been building a strong fan base around the country with his act inspired by stories from his Midwestern upbringing. Read More...

New Star Wars Fan Film Distributed in LA

Okay, it's not a movie deal. And the short film "Rise of the Troopers" wasn't even unloaded out of the trunk of a '77 Cadillac in the parking lot of 20th Century Fox. But David Cottingham, Mat Raney, and Chad Perkins of Twenty One Productions were in Los Angeles attending Celebration IV, the popular Star Wars convention. Read More...

Book on Tape Receives Top National Honors

Book by author, Mary Claire O’Neal, receives top honors from National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards. Read More...

Beau Haddock Chooses Dynamix to Master Latest Album

Singer-songwriter Beau Haddock, originator of the 1970's group Little River Band, recently brought his most recent body of original work to Dynamix for mastering. Read More...

"Black Horsemen" Video Receives Enthusiastic Response at ASHA Annual Meeting

"The Black Horsemen," produced by the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), chronicles the heros that persevered despite the many racial barriers Read More...

Hunter S. Thompson Documentary Debuts

"Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film" made its debut at the 10th Annual Holywood Film Festival® & Hollywood Awards®. Read More...

Henry Clay Center for Diplomacy Starts Capital Campaign

The Henry Clay Center for Diplomacy began its capital campaign with a video detailing Kentucky Statesman Clay's diplomatic achievements. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix produced the soundtrack, Stacy Doose of Post Time Video post-produced the video, and Misdee Wrigley narrated. Read More...

"Rise of the Troopers" Begins Production

The Star Wars fanfilm/parody Star Wars Episode III.VIII: Rise of the Troopers has officially began shooting. Read More...

Toyota Rewards Employees with MP3 Players

Toyota's three American manufacturing sites, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia recently celebrated their 20th, 10th, and 10th anniversaries, respectively. Perfect attendance employees (nearly twenty thousand) received portable mp3 players as a thank you for their dedication. Along with these players was an audio retrospect for each year of the manufacturing plant's life. Tom Martin narrated this interesting yearly flashback that included historic moments, entertainment tidbits, period music, and soundbites from past Toyota events.

Laura Newsome of Meridian produced and managed this mammoth project, and Neil Kesterson of Dynamix produced the audio soundtracks.

Listen to a sample of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana's retrospect here.

Visit Meridian Communications here.

Jesse Joyce Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

Stand up comedian Jesse Joyce, for whom Dynamix Productions engineered his debut comedy album Joyce to the World, was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal Online. Joyce, a New York City resident, talked about how he uses the internet to drum up interest in locales prior to his live shows. He also mentioned that CD sales improved after such efforts. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix engineered, mixed, and mastered Joyce''s album, which was recorded at Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington. Along with touring around the country, appearing on the Bob & Tom Show, and getting pulled over by wise-crack traffic cops, Jesse Joyce will appear on Comedy Central's new show Live at Gotham.

To read the article in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

To visit Jesse Joyce's web site, click here.

Dynamix Joins Commerce Lexington

Dynamix Productions recently joined Commerce Lexington, a business organization serving Central Kentucky. This membership gives Dynamix exposure to over 4,300 other members, as well as non-members who use the service to find local companies to do business with. Commerce Lexington is dedicated to advancing the Bluegrass business community and the area's quality of life. Dynamix is also a member of the Better Business Bureau. To find out more about Commerce Lexington, visit their web site by clicking on the logo below.

Top Environmental Prize Goes to Berea's Craig Williams

The Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists, has been awarded to chemical weapons foe Craig Williams of Berea, Kentucky. Five other environmental activists from around the world were also honored recently at an awards ceremony in San Francisco. In November 2005, Producer/Director Tom Dusenbery hired Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions as location recordist for a video that would detail Mr. Williams' efforts to stop the military from burning chemical weapons at its Richmond, Kentucky base. Jim Iacona, who has worked on numerous profiles for the Goldman Prize, was videographer. A profile, photos, and a forthcoming video are available on the Goldman Environmental Prize web site.

Click here to visit the Goldman Environmental Prize web site.



Director Tom Dusenberry and Craig Williams outside of the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY.



Videographer Jim Iacona and Director Tom Dusenbery in downtown Richmond, KY.

Dynamix Productions Provides ADR for Warner Brothers

When actor Steve Zahn (Chicken Little, Sahara, National Security) recently needed a studio to replace dialog for the upcoming movie Strange Wilderness, Warner Brother Studios chose Dynamix Productions in Lexington, KY.  The ADR (automated dialog replacement) stage at Warner Brothers connected with Dynamix via a special digital studio patch called ISDN.  While Zahn watched a video of the film, directors in Burbank, CA watched an identically synchronized video.  As the section of film that needed to be re-voiced approached, Zahn would hear timing beeps in his headphones and then perform the new lines.  Each new line of dialog is recorded in perfect time with the film.  Warner Brothers sound engineers will next select the best takes, align them with the original dialog, and equalize them to sound like the originally recorded audio.  This is a service that Dynamix Productions offers as well.

ADR is usually needed when there are problems with the sound recorded at the time of filming.  Problems include low dialog, extraneous sounds, or even small changes in the script.   A variety of microphones can be used for this process, but super-directional mics called shotguns (or booms) are most commonly used to more closely match the original recording.  An actor's performance can also be changed or enhanced from that which was originally filmed.

The comedy Strange Wilderness is about the host of a wilderness-themed TV show that goes in search of Bigfoot to save the program from low ratings.  This Adam Sandler-produced film is scheduled to be released in theaters later this year by Twentieth Century Fox. 

Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions has also recently supplied ADR for the films Hide and Seek and Beauty Shop.  Dynamix Productions provides recording services for advertising, corporate communications, films, videos, web sites, podcasts, and musicians.  Dynamix Productions has been in business since 2003, and is located at 332 North Ashland Avenue in Lexington, KY.  To find out more, visit the web site at www.dxaudio.com, or call 859-335-1011.

Follow the progress of Strange Wilderness through IMDb, the Internet Movie Database by clicking here.

Twenty One Productions Begins Podcasts

Twenty One Productions, a local independent film company, and Dynamix Productions has teamed up to produce podcasts. Partners Russell Johnson, David Cottingham, and Mat Raney share duties bringing insights into the world of film making. From filmmakers just starting out, to those already in the biz, all will find this frank talk about movie production engaging.

The uninhibited form of podcasting allows more freedom to explore a subject more deeply and provide real conversation that draws listeners in. What's usually missing is professional sounding production. Because Dynamix Productions and Twenty One Productions are already strategic partners, it was only natural to team up and deliver a podcast that was not only engaging, but sounded great, too. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix has engineered soundtracks for several Twenty One short films.

Click here to listen to Russell, Dave, and Matt with guests as they discuss the ups and downs of film making.

Kentucky Almanac To Be Available on CD-ROM

The Clark Group and Dynamix Productions recently teamed up to record audio segments of the upcoming CD-ROM companion to Clark's Kentucky Almanac. Tom Martin narrated the segments written by a variety of authors, including a forward by the late historian-laureate Dr. Thomas D. Clark. The Almanac is a 784-page book of Kentucky facts that any reader will find absorbing. Michael Breeding of Americana Productions is producing video segments in this searchable CD-ROM.

To find out more about this fascinating book, visit the Clark Group's sight by clicking here.

Dynamix Helps Clients Win Ten 2005 ADDY Awards

Dynamix helped ten clients win 2005 Lexington ADDY Awards this year. Kudos to the winners, and thank you for trusting Dynamix with your project. Here is the list of winners:

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All-Rite Pest Control Radio Series
*Gold ADDY Award
Bluegrass Family Health Television Series
*The Ralph Gabbard Television Excellence Award
*Gold ADDY Award

Bluegrass Family Health Campaign
*Silver ADDY Award

CJ Advertising
School Counts Campaign
*Silver ADDY Award
Don Jacobs "What's Your SIgn?" Campaign
*Gold ADDY Award

Cornett-IMS
University of Kentucky Athletics Association "UKAA Hoops Campaign"
*Bronze ADDY Award
Fifth Third Bank ""Salt" Radio
*Bronze ADDY Award

One Alliance Communications
United Radiation Oncology "A Vision Takes Shape" Audio/Visual Sales Presentation
*Gold ADDY Award
United Radiation Oncology "A Vision Takes Shape" Television
*Gold ADDY Award


Group Therapy Records Demo DVD

The Lexington-based band Group Therapy recently hired Dynamix Productions and Post Time Productions to produce a DVD of their performances. The nine-piece band performed in our 30' x 25' studio against a white cych wall with multiple microphones arranged to capture a "live" feel. Group Therapy will use the DVD to market themselves to potential venues and events. If you would like more information about Group Therapy, contact Dynamix Productions.


Listen to highlights from Group Therapy's jam session here

American Car Care Centers Teams Up With Dynamix

Stephens Direct of Dayton, Ohio recently hired Neil Kesterson and Dynamix to produce several video soundtracks for the American Car Care Centers' WInter Sales Convention. One video included a very layered soundtrack emulating two race cars on a deserted stretch of highway, complete with bumpers rubbing and tire squeals. Fred Barbaro of Video Adventures in Dayton, Ohio edited the presentations.

Newtown Pike Extension Project Now Clarified by Video

Dominic Eardly of Walking Man Productions hired Dynamix Productions to produce the soundtrack to a video designed to educate Lexingtonians about the upcoming Newtown Pike Extension Project. This project, talked about since the 1930's but never implemented until now, will alleviate traffic congestion, provide land grants for displaced property owners, and provide new opportunities for businesses along the proposed route. This very informative video will be shown at neighborhood meetings, council and planning meetings, and be broadcast on GTV3, the local government's access channel. The video was produced for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"The Maya" Documentary now in Smithsonian Gift Shop

The Maya live today, and they dance. Fannee Higlander of Indian Summer Productions Georgetown, Kentucky has captured traditional Mayan dance in a new documentary called "The Maya." This program is now available in the gift shop at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Javier Alarcon of Mexico is of Mayan descent and has recreated what he believes to be the true ceremonial dance of the ancient Maya. Javier travels the North American continent with his dance troupe to enlighten the masses in the ancient dance and the struggles the present day Mayan people have endured to maintain their culture in the face of modern society. Greg Sparks of VideoLab in Lexington edited the program, and Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions produced the soundtrack. If you'd like a copy for $15.00, you don't have to fly to D.C., just email Fanne Higlander at IndianSummer_@hotmail.com.

Joyce to the World

Or, Jesse Joyce to the world. Comedian Jesse Joyce recently hired Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions to produce his first comedy album "Joyce to the World." You might have seen Jesse on Entertainment Tonight or Lifetime, or heard him "The Bob and Tom Show" or SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The album was recorded over two nights at Lexington's Comedy Off Broadway, considered as one of the top ten comedy clubs in the U.S.

Topics covered in this lively stand-up routine include:
Pushers in Central Park
Dead-end jobs Jesse has had
Uncle Walt and his he-man thoughts
Communication problems while buying paint at Home Depot
German kids at Halloween
Fat Americans
Fish memory
Jesse's stay in Ireland
Nail Gun to the head

To find out about Jesse Joyce or to buy this hilarious and often eye-opening album, click here.

LumaCore Luminary Series a Big Hit

Dynamix Productions recorded several radio commercials promoting the "Luminary Series" leadership conference. LumaCore, a Lexington-based company, hosted the live event that was also broadcast via satellite to nearly one-hundred conference sites and hundreds of corporate board rooms around the world. The event featured such luminaries as: Richard Branson, Marcus Buckingham, Steven Covey, Carli Fiorina, Malcomb Gladwell, Rudi Gulliani, Jack Welch, and a special Fortune 500 discussion panel. Dynamix also provided some pre-produced audio for the live event.

Listen to radio here.

Ashado Sets Keeneland Sales Record

The fillie Ashado set a Keeneland sales record of $9 Million this week. As it happens, Dynamix Productions helped produce the soundtrack for a DVD about the Taylor Made-consigned Ashado that was distributed to potential buyers. Lance Bell, of LGB, Inc. in Saratoga Springs, NY produced the DVD and accompanying literature. Michael Kilbourne of Lexington provided the voice-over. Phil Putnam of Dallas, TX edited and authored the video DVD.

Big Blue Madness takes over Dynamix

University of Kentucky's famous "Midnight Madness" has changed its name to "Big Blue Madness." Not only that, but it's also changed the time and location. The first official practice session for basketball used to start at midnight in Memorial Coliseum. But this year, with the 30th anniversary of Rupp Arena, the extra seating (15,000 seats extra), and the new hype surrounding women's basketball, UK couldn't contain it any longer.

Post Time Productions produced several video vignettes for the live show, while Dynamix provided audio post-production. The segments featured "flash-backs" to the 70's, 80's and 90's using current players dressed and performing like people from those eras.

Podcasting and the Central Kentucky business community come together

Business Lexington, Central Kentucky's new business newspaper, and Dynamix Productions have formed a partnership to bring podcasting to readers. Podcasting is a generic term for a new web technology that "pushes" audio programs to your computer for later playback. An added benefit for businesses is the niche audience that podcasts can be directed to. Specialty audio programs can be recorded, submitted to a directory with information, and searched for content by web surfers. People interested in "Kentucky Business" for example, will find Business Lexington's podcast in the search results. The audio programs are pre-recorded, then specially encoded so that anyone with podcast-playing software that subscribed to the podcast will recieve it automatically. There is no need to manually locate the audio file and download it. Some popular podcast players include iTunes and iPodder. As an added benefit, suscribers can transfer the audio program to their portable mp3 player, burn a CD, or share it with other computer users.
Tom Martin, editor-in-chief, and Chuck Creasy, publisher, wanted to bring more in depth coverage of feature articles to readers. Feature articles often include interviews with some of the area's most facinating people who are blazing new and exciting paths in business. Podcasts, or "BizCasts" as Business Lexington calls them, include the full interviews that go beyond what can be included in the written article. Listeners can hear firsthand the nuances of conversation between Tom Martin and his subject.

To find out more about how Dynamix can help you get into pocasting, click here.

"12 Steps Nowhere" Debuts

12 Steps Nowhere, a short film by Russell Johnson and David Cottingham of 21 Productions made its debut in the Kentucky Theatre this week. The film is being entered into several film festivals this year. Dynamix Productions provided audio post-production on the film, including extensive ADR (automatic dialog replacement), Foley, and environment creation. Find out more about the film here.

Listen to the radio promo here.

Business Lexington Profiles Dynamix Productions

Business Lexington, the new premiere business journal in Central Kentucky has featured Neil Kesterson and Dynamix in its May 2005 issue. The profile highlights our ADR work on recent major Hollywood movie releases.

"To The Edge" Documentary Completed

How would you like to rappel off Yosemite's El Capitan, the largest rock face in the U.S.? Last June, Stacy Doose, senior editor at Post Time Productions, along with over 30 other adventureres did just that - and some even climbed it. Stacy and Greg Metulianis documented the expedition on videotape and recently completed a 50-minute documentary about something that only a handful of people ever get to do. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions provided post production sound, and John Campbell was narrator and contributing writer. "To the Edge" features hair-raising footage from the side of the cliff, fascinating personal stories, interesting facts on how the feat was accomplished, and captures El Capitan's first ever tandem rappel. "To the Edge" will be available on DVD next month, and is currently being considered for broadcast in the Cincinnati market. Stay tuned for more details.

Ad-Success Wins National Awards

Ad-Success, a Lexington advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, recently was awarded a first place PSRA Thoroughbred award for their Lextran marketing campaign. The award was presented by the Public Relations Society of America. Dynamix produced the soundtrack for the radio and television portions of the campaign. Congratulations to Ad-Success!

Star Wars Parody Film Debuts on Internet

Twenty One Productions, a local independent film production company and a Dynamix strategic partner, has completed a Star Wars parody fan film. Produced in HD (high definition), the fan film is a combination of two pop culture films: Star Wars (obviously) and Pulp Fiction. The DVD was distributed for free at the Star Wars Convention in Indianapolis in late April upon completion, and is available for download here. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix was the post production audio engineer, providing ADR, Foley SFX, and re-recording. Since its posting, downloads of the short film have been tremendously popular, regularly exceeding the already enormous bandwidth of 21's server and mirror sites.

Dynamix Becomes Member of Better Business Bureau

We're extremely proud that the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky has invited Dynamix Productions to become a member. We have always stood behind our service and product, and it's rewarding to be part of an organization that promotes ethics in business.

Dynamix Shares in 8 Addy Awards

The Lexington Advertising Club, our local chapter for the AAF (American Advertising Federation) recently held its annual Addy Awards. Dynamix Productions helped our clients in 8 award-winning entries

Dynamix Provides ADR for "Beauty Shop"

Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions recently recorded audio dialogue replacement (ADR) for MGM’s upcoming movie Beauty Shop. Stand-up comedienne and actress Adele Givens, who plays a DJ in the film, stopped by the Dynamix studios for her ADR session. Beauty Shop stars Queen Latifa, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, and Kevin Bacon. The movie is expected to be released in the fall of 2005. Read the press release here.

Soundtrack for Short Film "A Second More"

Dynamix just completed final mixing on the soundtrack for A Second More, a short film produced by Twenty One Productions, a strategic partner. The film made its debut at the Midwest Entertainment Conference in Lexington on November 4, 2004.

Lexington Humane Society Fund Raising Video

The Lexington Humane Society is seeking capital funding. Dynamix produced the soundtrack for their fund-raising video. Post Time Productions produced and edited the video that will premiere at Lexington's Beastie Ball in November.

Larry Conley Voices Midnight Madness Video

Broadcast analyst and former University of Kentucky and ABA basketball star Larry Conley was at Dynamix recently to voice a video for UK's 2004 "Midnight Madness." "What Is Kentucky Basketball?", produced by Kip Perkins of UK Sports Video, was produced in an ESPN-style format that matched the entertainment for the evening.

Dynamix Provides Sound for Sam's Club Training Video

Stephens Direct of Dayton, Ohio recently hired Dynamix to produce the soundtrack for a Sam's Club services employee trianing video. Producer Scott Scarborough shot footage at Sam's Club headquarters in Arkansas, then edited the video with Fred Barbaro of Video Adventures in Dayton.

Kidz Blitz is High Bidder at Makenna Foundation Fundraiser

Kidz Blitz, a children's ministry group, was the successful high-bidder for our donation to the Makenna Foundation, which raises money for the University of Kentucky Children's Foundation. Kidz Blitz produced a question-and-answer audio CD for their children's church curriculum.

Weller Bourbon Point-of-Purchase DVD

Dynamix completed the soundtrack for Weller Bourbon's in-store point-of-purchase DVD of their "wheated" bourbon offerings. The visuals were shot on HD (High Definition) by Post Time Productions for Cornett Advertising. Footage included scenes at historic Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Dynamix provides ADR for "Hide & Seek"

Twentieth Century Fox hired Dynamix to record ADR (automatic dialog replacement) for their soon-to-be released motion picture "Hide & Seek." Actress Dakota Fanning worked in our studio to record new dialog, while director John Polson listened in Hollywood. Read the official press release here. Watch the trailer here.
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