Todd-Soundelux, the fabled sound studio that went out of business last year, but its old offices in Burbank will see new life. Benchmark Post, a newly created postproduction sound company, has leased the first floor of the historic old building, which it will renovate and reopen in the fall.
“We are thrilled to re-open the doors of one of the industry’s most iconic sound studios and look forward to welcoming fellow talent and clients with a new audio destination in the city of Burbank,” said Benchmark founder Pedro Jimenez. “Our state-of-the-art facility will offer a fresh and innovative approach to post-production sound with an environment that supports the talent and enhances the creative process.”
Renovation plans for the facility include remodeling two mix stages, adding a third, and converting the current 3,000-square-foot vault into client editorial suites, bringing the total space to nearly 20,000 square feet. In the new space, it will install cutting-edge technology, including Dolby Atmos, Barco Auro, Imax, 4K video projection with 3D capabilities, and the latest Avid hardware and software, including dual operator System 5 mix consoles.
The new company will offer audio post services for feature films, TV, documentaries, movie trailers and foreign markets, including Spanish-language Latin entertainment. Its parent company, Benchmark Sound Services, is one of the world’s leading audio facilities specializing in theatrical trailer mixing and editorial for motion picture marketing. It’s done sound work on hundreds of trailers, including Jurassic World, The Hunger Games and Furious 7.