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Legendary Engineer Dennis Sands Teaches Cutting-Edge Technology for Music in Films to USC Students

Posted in News on April 20, 2016
Pictured (L-R front row) are: Chair/Director of the SMPTV program Daniel Carlin, USC students Raashi Kulkarni, Jungmin Lee and Tina Wang, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, Emmy/GRAMMY-winning scoring engineer Dennis Sands, and students Nan Zhang, Xiao Liang and Jonathan Keith. (Back row): USC students Kyle Laporte, Alex Robert Heinrich, Michael-Alexander Brandstetter, Massimiliano Lombardo, Peter Lam, Marco Valerio Antonini, Tim Callobre, Ye Zhang, Prashanth G S, Rodolfo Iriarte Tortima, Steven Jones and Bronson Buskett, with engineer and Professor of Music Industry Richard McIlvery.
Pictured (L-R front row) are: Chair/Director of the SMPTV program Daniel Carlin, USC students Raashi Kulkarni, Jungmin Lee and Tina Wang, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, Emmy/GRAMMY-winning scoring engineer Dennis Sands, and students Nan Zhang, Xiao Liang and Jonathan Keith. (Back row): USC students Kyle Laporte, Alex Robert Heinrich, Michael-Alexander Brandstetter, Massimiliano Lombardo, Peter Lam, Marco Valerio Antonini, Tim Callobre, Ye Zhang, Prashanth G S, Rodolfo Iriarte Tortima, Steven Jones and Bronson Buskett, with engineer and Professor of Music Industry Richard McIlvery. Photo: Marty Ross

As part of the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) program, Emmy/GRAMMY-winner, and 4-time Oscar-nominee, Dennis Sands teaches students how to mix their scores via the use of Dolby-Atmos, a cutting-edge technology that can capture individual sounds and place them in distinct areas around the film viewer so that the effect is a more virtual experience. Sands, who owns the only privately-owned Atmos mixing facility in North America, has recorded and mixed for many of BMI’s most prolific and successful composers, including Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, John Powell, and, for more than 40 years, dozens of films and television projects with Alan Silvestri. BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross represented BMI, which sponsors the program as part of the SMPTV curriculum, during the session on Saturday, April 16, at Sands’ studio in Santa Barbara. As part of the teaching process, Sands provided students with instructions for preparing a re-mix of one of their own SMPTV orchestral cues that he will critique at a second session to be held on Saturday, April 30.