NightForest Studios

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Welcome to NightForest Studios

Nightforest Studios provides world class talent and state-of-the-art multi-function facilities, equipped for all facets of music, film and video production, lifestyle programming, “New Media” and interactive content development.


Chief Engineer and Producer, John Neff, is widely known in the music and film business. As a recording artist and engineer since the 1960's in music, radio, film, and the technical designer of numerous world class studios including David Lynch's Asymmetrical Studio in Hollywood and Walter Becker's Hyperbolic Sound in Maui, Neff brings decades of music history as well as vast and varied experience in composition, entertainment, technical design, engineering and production. Neff recently engineered the current hit CD “Revelation”, for the legendary band “Journey” and mixed the recent feature film, “Dark Reel”.

Nightforest Studios is a multi-purpose venue supporting composition, recording, mixing and mastering for music projects. We provide composition, ADR, SFX, Foley, location sound services and Re-Mix in stereo and 5.1 surround for full feature film projects. Plus we offer concept design, recording and production of lifestyle programming such as cooking and celebrity interview shows. The New Media Technology division will leverage the studio's production capabilities and creative content to address growing markets for advertising, branding, commercials, jingles and interactive media. The very large sound effects library is complemented by extensive experience in sound design and creation of custom SFX and Foley to support all aspects of Nightforest Studios' production and content offerings.

Nightforest Studios is situated in Marin County, one of the most beautiful areas of the country, just 25 miles north of San Francisco, CA. The 20 acre property borders on hundreds of acres of open space and offers a relaxed working atmosphere with world class amenities.

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Twofold; both the composition of a film's musical score, and the recording thereof. A composer 'scores' a film by writing the music themes and cues, a recording engineer/producer 'scores' the film in recording and mixing such music.
The final act in the creation of a CD or other recorded music project, in which disparate mixes or other elements are brought into the same sonic universe by an engineer using precision tools.
The well-known but little understood art of pitches and tempos moving in time. Capable of creating great emotions. We write it, record it, mix it and master it.
The art of designing the mood and aura of a film's soundtrack, to give the whole movie a cohesive sound atmosphere. Often starts before a movie is put into production.
Short for Sound Effects. The sound elements in a film's soundtrack that enhance what you see on screen, either to make it real or to fill in for weak production sound elements.
The art of replacing or adding to production sound effects, for greater dramatic impact, in a film's Effects Stem. Named after the original artist Jack Foley.
Remixing all the audio elements of a film into three 5.1 surround 'stems'-Dialog, Music and Effects-then combining those stems into the six-channel final mix.
Automated Dialog Replacement: The practice of replacing production dialog with new dialog recorded in a studio. Sometimes done for technical reasons, sometimes for artistic.