Jonathan Wales to deliver keynote at Broadcast India 2017

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The 27th Broadcast India Show will open with a bang on October 12 when veteran film mixer, sound supervisor and studio owner Jonathan Wales presents the event’s keynote at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Wales will bring his unique perspective after more than 25 years of working with professional audio in an address titled “Next-Generation Audio Mixing – Taking Anything From Anywhere and Putting It Where You Want It.”
Wales is currently the CEO of Wildfire Sonic Magic, a premier independent post-production facility in Los Angeles. The company’s work has garnered multiple awards, including six Oscars, 10 Primetime Emmys, and two Golden Globes. The company’s capabilities include Theatrical re-recording stages, a Dolby Atmos stage, ADR recording and full-service sound and picture editorial suites, equipment rentals, digital intermediates, visual FX, and titles.
Wales also serves on the Executive Board of the Avid Customer Association, which brings together people dedicated to proactively shaping the future of the industry. He has been involved from the beginning and plays a key role in this customer-run organization designed to foster deep collaboration between Avid and industry professionals.
In keeping with the overall conference theme of “The Next-Gen Broadcast Tech is Here. Evolve & Adapt,” Wales will address innovative ways to advance the mixing and scalability functions necessary for the highly complex projects of today.
The topic will include Wales’s perspective on developments that have led to the current complex scenario in the mixing world; he will address the current problems of high-end professional mixing along with the integration difficulties inherant in off-the-shelf editing software and hardware. Today’s editors and mixers must scale the audio tracks beyond the limitations of a single editing system–taking into consideration, for instance, the many hundreds or thousands of tracks normally found in large action movies. Going beyond a console’s capabilities of physical faders requires innovative ways of handling the ergonomic challenges of working with multiple computers without hampering the process of creative thinking. Mixing studios must consider the need for instant visual feedback while maintaining the flexibility to customize and expand both hardware and software as required.
In addition to his keynote speech, Wales will hold an industry-specific technical session on October 13 based on the advantages of building high-performance mixing studios using Avid’s Pro Tools | S6 and IHSE’s award-winning KVM solutions for advanced studio audio mixing.

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