Services for the entertainment arts

If you need to create a new recording with voices, instruments, MIDI gear, pre-mixed tracks, or all of these together, Jasir Productions is an excellent choice for high quality digital recording. If you need to have a live concert recorded or to have your recordings made in a location such as a night club, church, theatre or an outdoor setting, our experience recording events on location will help you produce great results.

Jeff Scott Rust, owner of Jasir Productions, began producing recordings on location in 1976 while performing with the Richland Jr. High School Bands in Memphis, Tennessee. The school had excellent concert bands and jazz bands directed by Raymond Settle, and it seemed like a good idea to capture those sounds for posterity, as well as for the benefit of other students who needed recordings of their performances to study. Jeff called this venture *JSR Sound*. He had also begun studying film, videography, video editing, and animation techniques in a special program known as C.L.U.E. (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) which started in the Memphis City Schools when he was in the fifth grade. His 8mm animated movie "The Revolt", a collaboration with fellow student Matt Spinolo and based on characters from Roman mythology, won first place in a West Tennessee Regional film competition.
Continuing to cultivate a fascination with electronics, music and film production during his years at White Station High School, Jeff started producing experimental recordings with percussion, piano and electronic instruments. By working with his father on demo recordings of his father's songs, Jeff started to learn song arranging. He started playing drums in Memphis area clubs while he was a sophomore in High School.

At the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jeff earned a bachelor degree in composition with emphasis on scoring for film. The school's program helped him advance his skills in performing, writing, and production. With direction from the Film Scoring Department chairman, Don Wilkins, Jeff teamed up with visual artist and animator Eric Hirsch, who was then a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design. At DuArt in New York, Jeff and Eric created the project's final sound mix with Dominick Tavella, Academy Award winner for Sound - "Chicago". Their collaboration yielded en trance, an animated short film which was selected by RISD to tour Europe and seen at design studios and film schools there. En trance was broadcast on WNET in New York and later picked up by the Public Broadcasting Service in Toronto, Ontario. Jeff continued his own recording ventures by collaborating on song demos with Berklee students and by recording student recitals. A friend from East Africa gave him the nickname Jasir (jah-'seer), Arabic for courageous. And so his venture became known as Jasir Productions.

As of August, 2009, the studio has installed telecine systems and now has the facility to create digital video versions of 8mm, Super-8mm, 16mm, and Super-16mm film prints. The optical soundtrack from 16mm sound-films can also be captured and resynchronized with the film's picture to create a complete QuickTime movie file. The QuickTime file can then be written to either a DVD data disc for viewing on computers, or a video DVD for viewing via standard DVD or Blu-Ray players. Our studio also performs excellent digital capture of 35mm color slides, as well as 2.25" by 2.25" color transparencies. We have posted a few details about these services at our News Page. The studio also incorporates Adobe Photoshop imaging software, iMovie2 and Final Cut Express HD for video editing. Jeff's experience with Final Cut includes use of the title generator, nodal editing of audio, dynamic changes of many parameters with keyframes and advanced use of the color corrector.

The heart of the studio's production system includes a MacBook Pro (OS 10.6), Macintosh G4 (OS 10.4), MOTU 896 interface, a wide array of microphones, a Behringer Powerplay Pro-XL monitoring network and Logic Pro, the state-of-the-art MIDI/Digital audio recording software by EMAGIC. (See Apple's web site for details.) In addition to its extensive features for music production, we have used Logic for audio restoration in film and video as well as for automated dialogue replacement (ADR). The studio has an acoustically excellent recording booth with space enough for a six-piece drum kit. Recent editions of MOTU Digital Performer and Opcode Vision are also available, and transfers of MIDI data between these three popular programs can be done (Logic - Performer - Vision). These services have been in demand with the production of hundreds of live recordings ranging from solo vocalists to band concerts and a student opera production. In the studio, recordings have been produced for a broad spectrum of projects in styles ranging from gospel quartets, 20th Century chamber music, rap, R&B, reggae, rock, country, jazz and opera, as well as music and sound design for theatre and film productions. Some highlights in recent years are:

  • Location recording for The Assisi Concerts, a series of concerts at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Cordova, TN. The Inaugural Gala in December 2005 featured internationally renowned soprano Kallen Esperian, Memphis Symphony Orchestra flutist Karen Busler and other wonderful musicians, and arrangements and direction by bassist/composer Sam Shoup. In March of 2006 the church's concert choir, directed by Anthony Williams, performed the Requiem by Maurice Durufle. The choir was accompanied by organist Helen Rougeou and a chapel orchestra made up of musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In July we were blessed to have visiting artists Fiona Thompson, Ya-Ting Chang, and Peter Sirotin, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. Karen Busler, artistic director of the series, presented "Making Joyful Noises". This concert featured Karen and a host of excellent singers and instrumentalists directed by Adam Turner.

  • Five of our song productions have been selected by Tony Dimito and Cannell Studios for use in American and European rebroadcasts of the popular TV shows Hunter, 21 Jump Street, and Stingray. Styles include blues and country by Will Barrett Band, hard rock by The Rise/Remembrance, World music by J.S. Rust and opera featuring tenor Scott Sadler.

  • Location recording for the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble directed by Thomas Machen in several of their concerts from 2005 through 2008, including: Sing Hallelujah, hosted by Joyce Cobb and her band Cool Heat; a fundraiser concert at the Clark Opera Memphis Center hosted by soprano Kallen Esperian; and Cartoon Classics - A Family Concert presented at the William H. Rose Theatre of the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center.

  • Sound design & original music for Cloud 9, a play by Caryl Churchill produced at Theatre Memphis on the Next Stage (March, 2004). With direction by Brian Mott, this production was nominated for four Ostrander Awards including Best Sound Design.

  • Sound design & original music score for Cymbeline, a Sleeping Cat Studio Theatre production of William Shakespeare's play. The show was directed by John Malloy, produced by Jim Esposito, and performed by a talented troupe of actors in Memphis from March 19 through April 6, 2003. The "Stage On Screen" video version of this play runs about 2' 30" and is marketed by Mr. Malloy to schools and universities. Chad Davis was director of photography using Panasonic DVX-100 cameras. Editing was by Jeff Rust and John Malloy using Final Cut. Excellent results were achieved for the soundtrack using EMAGIC Logic Pro 6.

  • Sound design & original music for Ned Slowman in "Anniversary Dinner", an animated film produced by Harvard University graduate student Ian Maisel, professor of advanced media studies Adrian Mendoza, and other talented animators at Harvard's extension school. Jeff collaborated with musician/engineer Bill Brockmeyer and the animators in March, 2003 on campus at Harvard.

  • General Sessions - music scoring, sound editing and the recording of two new songs by the band, The Aims Gang for this feature film which made its debut at the 2002 Indie Memphis Film Festival in October of 2002. It was also screened at the Las Vegas Independent Film Festival in November, 2002.
    And at the Los Angeles Independent Film & Video Festival in 2003, it won the award for Best Score in a feature. . .see Awards
    It enjoyed showings at Memphis' Studio on the Square movie house and the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. The movie was also broadcast on WKNO-TV, PBS affiliate of the Mid-South. The soundtrack CD, mastered at Jasir Productions, was released for commercial distribution in the Southeast U.S.

  • Into Thy Narrow Bed - sound design, music and assistant editing for a pilot edition of this feature film which premiered at the McCoy Theatre on April 28, 2002. It was seen at the First Annual Media Co-op Film Festival in August, 2002 and also received a special screening at the 2002 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

  • Production of Premonitioned Time, the Will Barrett Band debut CD with Keith "Mo" Morris and Charles David "CD" Overton. The disc was released October 4, 2002 with a concert at the Gibson Lounge in Memphis. The disc received praise from Commercial Appeal reviewer Bill Ellis in his holiday "Hot Sounds" article. In addition to broadcasts in the Southeast U.S., songs from the CD have been included in the soundtracks of the popular 80's shows Hunter and Stingray for the shows' rebroadcasts on cable TV.

  • Musically Yours - James A. Hyter, the solo CD by one of Memphis' best loved singers and entertainers.

  • Record production for Robin Crouse, the gifted coloratura soprano who has worked with the Opera Company of Charlotte and is performing with major opera companies all around the U.S.

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For more information about our production services, please e-mail Jeff.
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