Located at the heart of the 15th arrondissement in Paris, Creative Sound Studios is one of the largest, most versatile full-service post-production facilities in France, providing creative solutions for all cinematic and TV sound needs. Paris-based Amadeus was tasked with all of the interior acoustical and architectural design, including sound isolation, noise and vibration control engineering, and acoustic treatments for each of the ten studios.
Commenting on the genesis of Creative Sound, mixing engineer and studio owner Cristinel Sirli reveals, “In the beginning I was looking for a medium-sized building location in order to extend my first film-production suite at Le Grand Pavois in Paris, to create an ideal environment for mixing and Foley production when I stumbled upon a 1,000 sq meter space in the heart of the 15th arrondissement of Paris! By acquiring such an incredible place in the heart of Paris, I felt that had to build a state-of-the-art complex to provide filmmakers, mixing engineers, and recording artists the ultimate environment in which to work.”
Michel Deluc, director of research and development at Amadeus and head of Amadeus Labs, the Amadeus integrated research department for architectural acoustics and electro-acoustical integration, explains, "We designed some specific sub-areas in terms of acoustics for the Foley studio, allowing engineers to utilise sonic variations in recording. Each sub-area of the main Foley stage has more or less high-frequency sonic properties and works in harmony with the main stage through a natural decay of the reverb time. We created a proprietary variable-diffraction system, using a special wave-shaped ceiling, designed to neutralise the standing-waves without using supplementary absorbent material."
Matching Amadeus' acoustic architectural work are the exclusive audio peripherals chosen by Creative Sound including a 72-fader C300 HD Master Studio System, a 32-fader C10 HD from Solid State Logic – the first digital console from SSL used for Foley and overdubbing recording – and the very first ultra-large-format Harrison MPC5 digital film mixing console in the world. The new MPC5 is the centrepiece in a new 480-cubic meter film-mixing stage that also includes the new Dolby Atmos immersive audio technology.
French mix engineer Jean Pierre Laforce is currently working on the Foley sound for upcoming film drama Gemma Bovery. The film will be mixed using the Harrison technology at Creative Sound.