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Celebrated radio DJ and music supervisor Jason Bentley takes his audience to Critical Mass Studios in Santa Monica for an inside look at the process of remixing a piece of music. Follow along as producer Jason Bentley and composer Tobias Enhus transform Carter Burwell's romantically lyrical arrangement of "Bella's Lullaby," from the score for the movie Twilight, into a beat-driven electronica piece. In this installment of Start to Finish, viewers will get an up-close look at the creative challenges involved in remixing this track, and tour the tools and techniques used at a high-end audio facility. Be sure to watch the final movie to hear the beautiful and haunting end result.
Jason Bentley: So we are really trying to just finish up and do a final pass, and this is after a number of revisions. The client had a lot of input, some of which was very insightful, a closing phrase of the vampire for instance from the dialog as kind of a resolve because indeed the movie features vampires and all of that. So it's a nice closing finish. It's actually a really good idea. So we are doing that within Logic. Tobias is doing all kinds of volume adjustments and arrangement issues and you can actually see that in the session here. Tobias, if you would even describe what some of these.
Tobias Enhus: Yeah, absolutely. Again, we had a couple of passes, like final passes, and once you listen to it through different speakers we came to conclusion we had to bring down the dialogue a little bit. There was like minor tweaks, and finally just a little pass through the SSL Duende Plug-in, which is a combination of a hardware and software so you can control it on your screen. That's a nice mastering suite. And yeah, that's pretty much it I would say.
Jason Bentley: Does the SSL do just a nice, finishing sound to it in bringing some of the frequencies? Tobias Enhus: Yeah, basically the SSL has a very nice organic -- again, and since we are doing everything inside of computer these days, it's very important to find the plug-ins that still retain the analog feel that we are used to with like large studios from 1980s and 1990s. And the SSL Plug-in, to me, has a lot of that extra little air that comes out in the high end, and also gives it a very classic, good compression that is very fitting for radio and pop play.
Jason Bentley: And that's where also I come in. I'll be playing it on the radio and then as far as the film company, my understanding is that this remix will be offered as a pre-ticket purchase incentive. So you are one of the first people to buy tickets for this movie, you can download a free remix, which we have done. And I am calling this the Critical Mass Remix. It gives it a nifty little naming convention. But we are also both credited there. But more, the Critical Mass, it feels a little sexier, and so that's the studio where we are at. So, hopefully you will see it and hear it out there and I'll be playing it on the radio and it all just dovetail brilliantly.
Tobias Enhus: Yeah, I hope you like it. Jason Bentley: Yeah, hopefully.
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