Cleaning, creating and mixing sounds
Sync Sound digs into its third season of audio post
for this FX series
By Jennifer Walden
The concept of FX’s
The Americans, now in its third season, is incredibly compelling — two Cold War-era Soviet spies, who look and sound as American as the proverbial apple pie. They have two kids, a house in the D.C. suburbs and a very dangerous double life dedicated to gathering intel for the Motherland. The couple, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), struggles to balance family values with espionage.
To learn the secrets of The Americans sound, I infiltrated the inner circle at New York-based audio post house
Sync Sound, which has handled the audio post on all three seasons. Thankfully, I didn’t have to torture dialogue/music re-recording mixer Ken Hahn too much before he coughed up all the inside post sound info.
After three seasons on the show working with the same Sync Sound team — dialogue editor Dan Korintus, sound effects editor Philip “Des” Desloovere, sound effects mixer/Foley mixer James Redding, co-sound supervisor Neil Cedar and ADR editor John Bowen — Hahn says there are certain things they don’t need to discuss anymore, such as atmospheres for the FBI office, the Soviet’s embassy (called the Rezidentura) or the Jennings’ home.
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