Skywalker Sound, home of Titanic, E.T. and Star Wars, where gifted terrestrials are recording music!

Skywalker™ Sound is located in the serene rolling hills of Marin County, California, forty minutes north of San Francisco. Occupying the 155,000 square foot Technical Building, Skywalker Sound was built by a filmmaker for filmmakers, and is one of the largest, most versatile full-service post-production facilities in the world.

Over 25 years of Excellence
Celebrating 25 years of sound excellence, Skywalker™
Sound has provided sound services for some of the highest grossing films of all time --

Scoring Stages, Editing Suites & more...
There are six feature film dubbing stages, a 300 seat screening room and a scoring stage capable of recording a 130 piece orchestra. 10 newly-remodeled sound design/editing suites featuring digital video projection and 5.1 monitoring. Thirty-six digital sound editing rooms are available and can be configured for sound or picture editing. Foley and ADR recording and our Commercials mix/edit suite... The Scoring Stage was originally designed for film score orchestra recording, but the architects added unparalled flexibility allowing the studio (stage) to be used for any type of music. The walls have moveable panels that allow the reverb time to go from 3.6 seconds to .6 seconds.
The Construction of new Foley and ADR stages in the Technical Building was recently completed


History
The origin of Skywalker Sound can be traced back to 1975, when George Lucas and Gary Kurtz hired Ben Burtt, a young graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television. They were looking for a “director of sound,” someone who could imagine and implement a creative soundtrack to match the revolutionary visuals they planned for a low-budget science fiction adventure called "Star Wars".
The company soon became Sprocket Systems, and shared space with Industrial Light & Magic in San Rafael, before moving up to the newly completed Skywalker Ranch in 1987. Skywalker Ranch is a 4000 acre working ranch that houses the headquarters for Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound

Awards
The studios have received many prestigeous awards: 18 Academy Awards® and dozens of nominations for best achievement in sound and sound effects editing and
repeatedly been named top audio post-production facility by Mix® magazine.


"In addition to records and films we are also recording and mixing the music for Game projects such as Sony Playstation's Syphon Filter, and Lucas Arts KOTOR 2," says Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Scoring and Music Recording

Credits
Feature production credits include sound design and audio post-production for The Avengers (Marvel Enterprises), Brave (Pixar), Minority Report, Star Wars Episode Two, Monsters Inc., Pearl Harbor, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park III, From Hell, Bandits, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Cast Away, Quills, Dinosaur, What Lies Beneath, Space Cowboys, Fight Club, A Bug’s Life, Saving Private Ryan, The Horse Whisperer, Titanic, Contact, Hercules and both Toy Story movies.

Artists who have recorded on the scoring stage include Isaac Stern, the Kronos Quartet, Harmonia Mundi, Smashmouth, Pearl Jam and Phillip Glass.

 

Lucas Licensing Ltd. is responsible for the licensing of all Lucasfilm’s film and television properties. Star Wars has spawned the most successful film-based merchandising program in history

 

 

 

The Team
Led by a capable technical team, the facility is a dynamic force in the art of sound design, editing, and mixing.


Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording + Scoring, Skywalker Sound

After a long tenure at Capitol Studios Leslie Ann Jones Jones returned to Northern California in 1997 to accept a position with Skywalker Sound, to manage and mix at their Scoring Stage. "Being at Skywalker allows me the opportunity to combine my skills as a engineer in the studio with my desire to create a studio environment that is not only artist friendly but engineer and producer friendly as well. Here I continue to enjoy the unique combination of music for records and film," says Jones.
Jones is a past Chair of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees, the organization that gives out the Grammy Awards. She is the first woman to hold a National Officer position in The Recording Academy. Jones' engineering credits include: Michelle Shocked, Dwight Yoakam, Herbie Hancock, Michael Feinstein, Rosemary Clooney, Kronos Quartet, and Bobby McFerrin, to name a few. She recently received a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Recording-Classical, and won a Grammy as Recording Engineer for Kronos Quartet's "Berg: Lyric Suite".

"We created the first biphase codec that allowed us to synchronize our playback machines with film projectors hundreds or thousands of miles away," says Jones.
A fibre channel infrastructure allows sharing of files and data quickly and easily throughout the Technical Building and around the world. An editor can work on a session in a private suite using one of our 80 ProTools digital audio editing systems while the mixers are mixing the exact same material on one of our six dubbing stages. Simultaneously, another editor can browse our proprietary library of more than 100,000 unique sound effects to find just the right sound.


Remote Services
Most recently Skywalker Sound and The Hit Factory Join Forces to bring
Remote Recording Services. This alliance highlights sterling quality with a price point. The mobile recording facility will use the Hit Factory for music mixing and post on the East coast, and Skywalker on the West.

Skywalker has an excellent staff of first and second engineers, knwledgeable about any kind of recording, and full-time on-site technical support. Known for our "hi-fi" approach to recording, you'll find the latest in mic pre-amps, outboard processing, digital converters, and premium microphone cables that have a direct path from the studio to the control room.

Gear
The studio offers a Neve 88R with Encore automation and a 8x8 post panel allowing easy interchange between the Pro Tool HD's, stereo, 5.1 and film mixing formats.

Equipped with a Euphonix R1 48 track hard disk recorder, and two Studer 827 analog 24 tracks, Skywalker offers the best of all worlds.


Amenities
The Skywalker Ranch Inn has superb amenities including 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments, several restaurants, and a pristine 75' x 25' heated swimming pool is on site. Producers and directors will find the richly appointed guest accommodations, complete with a fully-equipped fitness center, to be a comfortable and soothing place to wind up the day. Stay fit using the racquetball/volleyball, handball court, half-court basketball and aerobics facilities. Continental breakfast is provided daily. Bicycles are available for transportation around the ranch.


For booking or more info contact:
Skywalker Sound
E-mail: Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Scoring and Music Recording
fn: 415-662-1000
visit web: www.skysound.com