Not too long ago, I had occasion to speak on the phone with Leo Chaloukian, whose contributions to sound in film and television range from re-recording mixer to sound facility manager to Television Academy President to executive at Sound Deluxe. I have known Leo since 1984, when I first “walked Foley” on his famous Ryder Sound Foley stage. Why famous? Because it was acoustically wonderful and was staffed with great Foley mixers. Many post-production sound professionals had preferences for various Foley stages. Some of us preferred the mellow and sweet sound of Ryder. One of my favorite mixers, Richard Rogers, taught me a great deal about the communication between Foley mixer and artist.

Leo and I discussed our most recent adventures—his ...

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