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"If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy."

Blaise Pascal
French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer and Catholic theologian

(1623-1662)

For the Love of...

Are you working in a job that you love? Are you doing a skill that comes naturally to you? Can you imagine doing anything else? If you answered Yes, Yes, and...Yes, then you must be insanely happy. It could be healthy to daydream of doing something else, or even partake in different kinds of productive activities that are wildly different from your career. Studies of scientists have shown that the more varied their hobbies, activities, and other professional pursuits are, the more important and numerous their breakthroughs may be. Performing the same task over and over again becomes drudgery, no matter if you're a widget stamper in a factory or a recombinant DNA engineer in a lab. Our minds need diversion in order to focus when it's important.

My interests have always been diverse, it's in my DNA. But deep down, I always knew I wanted to do something in recording. When I was a tiny tot, I remember thinking that when every song on the radio ended, there was another band right there in the studio waiting to play the next song. When I asked Mom how they could fit everyone in there, she explained that they were just playing records. Although the magic vanished, I realized then that I wanted to be the wizard behind the curtain turning the knobs. 

When I started to seriously explore being an audio engineer, I was a teenager in a small town at the very southern tip of Ohio. It was 1978, and like a lot of high school seniors who were feeling the pressure to make hard decisions about their future, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I had many interests, but none were screaming out at me – except for audio recording. But because that world seemed so distant and secret, I looked at more traditional career paths. I traveled down some very crooked and winding paths to get where I am, but I feel that my false starts and wide interests have actually helped me become a better producer.

I was a child of the space race, and like a lot of baby boomers, I wanted to be an astronaut. This is my earliest memory of actually thinking about my career. The astronauts were heroes and each mission was a triumph of mankind – how could you not want to go to space? But as we waited and waited for Apollo 13 to splash down after their nearly fatal mission, that was it for being an astronaut. But my keen interest in spacecraft have actually helped me to recreate sounds of rockets and other flight vehicles.

I dabbled in photography as a teenager and worked on the school paper and yearbook, and was a stringer for the local newspaper. After chasing ambulances and working a few weddings and events, I knew I couldn't face a lifelong job of trying to please the mother of the bride. I still shoot for pleasure, which is a nice diversion. I can also actually converse somewhat intelligently with a cinematographer or videographer about lighting and other details on a set without sounding too stupid.

I remember when cassette tapes were really taking off in the late 1960s. Dad got a portable recorder with a microphone and I pretty much commandeered it to record any sound I could. This fascination continued through high school. I had many friends that were gen-u-ine radio DJs, so I got to hang out in radio stations and see what went on behind the scenes. Our high school had a TV station, another place I haunted while absorbing the profession. I looked into schools and programs for audio engineers, but back then there were very circuitous routes that were either: 1) over-education in a profession I didn't like (such as broadcast engineering), 2) military (Armed Forces Radio and Television), 3) expensive crash courses (that cost as much as a year or two in college), or 4) work my way up from emptying waste paper cans in a studio. It looked like I was going to have to find something else to do. But my experience inside a radio station really helped me later on when I started working in radio myself.

I've played music since I was at least 6 years old and was surrounded by musicians and all sorts of styles. I played in school bands and small groups, and thought I was pretty good, but not the best. Then one day a career dropped in my lap. I received a music education scholarship from a tiny college in eastern Kentucky called Pikeville College. It was decision time so I went for it. I really didn't want to teach music, but getting major financial help to go to college was pretty enticing. I eventually continued my education at the University of Kentucky, but found myself falling farther and farther away from music education. I started taking more theory and arranging classes, one of which was at graduate level that I have no idea how I talked my way in to.

Eventually the audio recording profession came a knocking, and UK's bill collectors did too. I was tired of spinning my wheels in college and had taken what I thought were the classes I needed to get a start in recording. So I stepped away from college and into the studio and haven't looked back since. I still draw on my theory and arranging classes, listening for balanced tones in an overall mix like an arranger would do when developing a score for orchestra. Or making musically correct edits to soundtracks so that it makes sense to the listener and doesn't jump out as a mistake. Or even something as basic as selecting music in a particular scale, range, or tempo to fit the emotion of the project.

I have many, many other interests that are diversionary by nature, and sometimes by design. I can't be an audio engineer 24/7 or I would go crazy. But I admit that my engineer's ears sometimes perk up if I hear something out of the ordinary in a movie and wonder, "How did they do that? Did they use a wobbulator widget on the thing-a-ma-bob?" Or I sometimes read something interesting and think, "I wonder if I could turn that into a documentary?" Our brains can't, and shouldn't, be shut down. Nor should we discourage alternate interests when they can be a healthy addition to our overall health. So get out there and widen your interest by painting a picture, or building a stamp collection, or cutting and pasting some DNA sequences together.

We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously here at Dynamix Productions. We're taking safety measures recommended by health officials. We're currently allowing fully vaccinated people to work mask-free in our building as long as ALL people are fully vaccinated. Our producer desk and engineer seat is more than 6 feet away in each studio, and there is glass between the engineer and voice talent. We're still encouraging smaller groups here, but if all parties are fully vaccinated and agree, we can record up to two people at a time in our VO room A. For recording three people, we can put another person in our second VO booth and link them together via Zoom or Skype. We can also have two producers in our Control Room A as long as all parties are fully vaccinated and agree. We sincerely wish that you and your families will stay safe and secure during these unusual times. For more on our new procedures and options for you, read this special statement.

-Neil Kesterson
Dynamix Productions, Inc. is an audio production facility in the heart of thoroughbred horse country, Lexington, Kentucky. Some of the many audio services we provide are: sound-for-picture, corporate communications, advertising, narrations, audiobooks, podcasts, live broadcast, ISDN, location and remote recording, restoration, and tape/LP to digital transfers. 

Since our opening 18 years ago in 2003, we have won or been a part of nearly 100 awards; including more than 75 ADDY’s (American Advertising Federation), 10 Telly's, 2 Silver Microphones, 1 PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), 1 Eclipse Award, and 1 Emmy nomination.

Why do professionals from desktop producers to Fortune 50 companies choose Dynamix for the highest level of production? We Listen.

Sound Bits

Sound and audio tech news from around the web
  • Cassettes? Really?. Mike Levine, who was there for the emergence of the Portastudio back in the day, is mystified by the resurgence in popularity of the audio cassette as a consumer playback medium. Read about it on MixOnline.
  • Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance. What exactly is lost in translation when TV shows and films are subbed or dubbed into a new language? It’s a hard question to answer, but for the team at AI startup Flawless, it may be one we don’t have to think about in the future. Read about it on The Verge.
  • That’s no moon: veteran Apple designer unveils $1,799 Cell Alpha speaker. The Cell Alpha is a futuristic Death Star-shaped connected speaker with an emphasis on spatial audio. Read about it.
  • Apple Must Do More If It’s Serious About High Resolution Audio. Recently, Apple announced a significant upgrade to its Apple Music platform to provide support for lossless, hi-resolution music streaming. It’s fair to say that Apple has dragged its feet on the whole issue of streaming higher-quality audio. Read about it on Forbes.
  • Microsoft's plan to improve meeting rooms includes larger displays and spatial audio. As some companies begin to transition their employees to hybrid work models, Microsoft has shared a new video detailing how it sees its Teams software fitting into those arrangements. Read it on Yahoo Finance.

Listen to
EASTERN STANDARD
on WEKU-FM


Dynamix Productions, and WEKU-FM, Eastern Kentucky University’s public radio station in Richmond, KY, partnered in 2018 to move primary production of the popular long-running radio program EASTERN STANDARD to the studios of Dynamix. The first program produced at Dynamix aired on July 19, 2018. By bringing the production to Lexington, producers have easier access to Central Kentucky business, healthcare, and education leaders, as well as local artists, entertainers, and other newsmakers. The move underlines WEKU’s commitment to providing the area’s most concise and in-depth coverage of news, issues, and ideas that directly affect Central Kentuckians. The EASTERN STANDARD radio program is made possible from the generous support of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and the Appalachian Impact Fund.

Hosted by network news veteran Tom Martin, EASTERN STANDARD is a public affairs program that covers a broad range of topics of interest to Kentuckians. Resources for topics include WEKU’s reporting partner, the Ohio Valley ReSource, a partnership with seven public media outlets across three states; the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; and National Public Radio. EASTERN STANDARD can be heard Thursdays at 11:00 AM  / 8:00 PM and Sundays at 6:00 PM on 88.9 WEKU-FM, and online at www.esweku.org.

Recent topics and guests on the program include:
  •  It's been a year. What's been happening in cooped up households? We. think we can make a good guess in general terms, but for a more focused look we turn to Tracy Werner-Wilson at UK's Couple and Family Therapy Program, Lexington Family Law attorney Anita Britton, and the Rising Center, a safe haven for survivors of domestic abuse. | The art of blacksmithing will be on full display in Cumberland Gap and we'll get the details | The Brood X cicadas are due to emerge after 17 years underground. We hear from UK entomologist Jonathan Larson, who does a mean cicada imitation.
  • Who will tend to the development of young minds? Public school teachers are increasingly in short supply as we’ll hear from Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, herself a teacher. | Space vehicles from Morehead? Yes, seven and counting. | What the pandemic has revealed about the disparities in American life | A new book from chef and restaurateur Ouita Michel, “a custodian of tradition, a magician of flavor, and her restaurants are the narratives that tell us who we are in Kentucky.”
  • Poet Tina Parker discusses her new release, "Lock Her Up." |  Criminal Justice Series: County jails still overcrowded with state prison overflow | How offices are changing, innovating to accommodate a covid-altered world | Southland's Tahlsound Music Festival is back for the summer of '21...and it's live and in-person. A conversation with organizer Chris Smith. 
  • A brief history of the deforestation of Appalachia and efforts now underway to return abandoned mine lands to something approximating their original state. Surface mining in Appalachia has replaced approximately one million acres of eastern deciduous forest, one of the most diverse and valuable forests in the world, with primarily non-native grasses and shrubs. We get the details of legislation now before Congress to renew the Abandoned Mine Lands trust fund to continue financing reforestation. And, there was a time when Kentucky Spring Lamb was sought nationwide. Now, a vision to revive this once thriving mountain industry in concert with the return of forests.
  • For a 3rd consecutive year Kentucky ranks number one in the nation for child maltreatment, and has one of the nation’s highest rates of these children who are now being raised by relatives or family friends. |  Matilda, a therapy dog trained to comfort traumatized children, is up for national recognition | Kentucky’s outgoing and incoming Poet Laureates join us | How to grow your own tomatoes and proper tomato purchasing technique at the farmers market | Everything you need to know about one of summer’s most fascinating creatures: the hummingbird.
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Notable Recent Productions

Live and Online

Television programs produced at Dynamix Productions


Escape to the Chateau


Lieutenant colonel Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree trade their English apartment for a dilapidated, 19th-century French chateau. The pair work to restore, renovate and redecorate the estate into a fairytale castle for their upcoming wedding.

You Live in What? International

Architect George Clarke is on a mission to find inspiration for his outrageous, space-age concept house. His journey takes him around the world to meet the visionary people who build and live in some of the most unusual homes ever seen.


Watch on The Circle Network
 

Podcasts produced at Dynamix Productions



Vote Worthy helps to inform voters about the issues and challenges surrounding the 2020 General Election.


The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia"
Compelling stories from the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer in Appalachia.
From UK's Markey Cancer Center.

Tales of American History
"Tales of American History" with Kent Masterson Brown


"The Tyler Gossett Podcast"


GoFundMe podcast "Todd Oldfield and Wendall Gill: A Community Comes Together"



"Embedded" podcast from NPR
Al Cross in a series of podcasts about Mitch McConnell

Audiobooks produced at Dynamix Productions
 

  
    

   

    

  
       
     
    

    
    
    
    
    
    
  

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