AES San Francisco 2010
Technical Tour TT7

Friday, November 5, 9:15 am — 12:00 pm

TT7 - Polarity Post Studios and Crescendo! Studios

Polarity Post Studios

In continuous operation since 1985, Barbary Coast resident Polarity Post
Production ( is a five studio audio postproduction house focusing on stereo and surround mixing for TV, radio, video games, film, and the Web, as well as ISDN patches and full service localization, and has a client list including Apple, CBS, Electronic Arts, Disney, and Chevron. The tour will include a demonstration of the Penteo Stereo-to-5.1 conversion process that has been used in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and the major motion picture Watchmen, as well as digital TV programming and SACD. Developed by John Wheeler at Penteo Surround ( the process separates a stereo source into panorama-based slices for 5.1 surround masters which can also downmix back to stereo with no sonic artifacts.

Crescendo! Studios

Crescendo! Studios (, one of San Francisco’s premier audio post facilities, is located in the historic Barbary Coast waterfront district and was designed by WSDG in an Italian motif. The twin Roma and Firenze studios, along with the Dolby 5.1 surround equipped Venezia studio, marry state-of-the-art technology with old world aesthetics. All studios are built around Pro Tools HD Accel systems with HD video playback available facility wide. While touring Crescendo! Studios, AES members will experience the blend of surroundings, service, and staff that have made this studio a resource for media professionals for almost 15 years.

Price: $35 Members / $45 Nonmembers

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