Former Sound Designer, Current Community Activist Avram D. Gold Will Speak to Pasadena Rotary Luncheon

Published : Monday, May 13, 2019 | 5:07 AM

Avram D. Gold

Sound designer and Pasadena community activist Avram D. Gold, who makes certain moviegoers never have to ask “What did he say?”, will be speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Pasadena.

The meeting is open to the public.

Gold has done everything throughout his decades-long career when it comes to movie and TV post-production sound. He will explain how sound experts like him work to make sure a motion picture or television production has the best-sounding track, from the time editors were using crude analog equipment to this age of digital clarity.

He will also explain how there are many times he couldn’t understand the dialogue on the screen, even on the movies he worked on, and just how and why that happens, along with other behind-the-scenes secrets he said you’re not supposed to know.

He will tell you why dialogue editing is much more difficult than sound effects editing when sustaining your focus.

After graduating from the USC School of Cinema Arts in 1970, Gold worked as a dialogue/effects sound editor, sound designer, ADR (automatic dialogue replacement)/dialogue supervisor and the top managing position of Supervising Sound Editor.

Gold has worked on over 150 film and television shows throughout his career, including over 70 prime time TV series, winning two Emmys and five Golden Reel Awards.

Later on in his career, he has focused his contribution to film-making by fostering a seamless relationship with the director and picture editor. His theater directing experience has helped to create accurate and believable performances through the ADR recording process.

Gold was a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and sat on the Executive Board of the Sound Branch. He is also past board member and Secretary of the M.P.S.E. (Motion Picture Sound Editors).

He has retired from the film industry and is now a resident activist focused on Pasadena’s city planning and community issues.

Gold will be introduced by Mic Hansen during the event.

The Rotary Club of Pasadena meets at lunchtime every Wednesday at University Club Pasadena, at 175 N. Oakland Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public and no RSVP is required.

Brunch is $33 and includes complimentary valet parking.

For inquiries, email

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