Sound, home of Titanic, E.T. and Star Wars, where gifted terrestrials
are recording music!
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.
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 --
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.
of new Foley and ADR stages in the Technical Building was recently
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".
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
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.
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
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 Bugs Life, Saving Private
Ryan, The Horse Whisperer, Titanic, Contact, Hercules and both Toy
Artists who have recorded on the scoring stage include Isaac Stern,
the Kronos Quartet, Harmonia Mundi, Smashmouth, Pearl Jam and Phillip
Licensing Ltd. is responsible for the licensing of all Lucasfilms
film and television properties. Star Wars has spawned the most successful
film-based merchandising program in history
Led by a capable technical team, the facility is a dynamic force
in the art of sound design, editing, and mixing.
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".
the first biphase codec that allowed us to synchronize our playback
machines with film projectors hundreds or thousands of miles away,"
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
Most recently Skywalker Sound and The Hit Factory Join Forces to
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
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.
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.
a Euphonix R1 48 track hard disk recorder, and two Studer
827 analog 24 tracks, Skywalker offers the best of all worlds.
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
or more info contact:
E-mail: Leslie Ann Jones,
Director of Scoring and Music Recording
visit web: www.skysound.com