Eleven Welcomes Back Mike Franklin and Promotes Ben Freer and AJ Murillo


By thelaegotist / / Last summer, Owner/Mixer Jeff Payne’s audio post-production facility Eleven unveiled a major expansion that could, arguably, make it go to Twelve: The addition of two new state-of-the-art audio post-production mixing suites now allow the boutique studio to cater its audio services to an even more extensive list of national advertising clients. The launch has ushered in the next phase of Eleven’s growth. Payne recently welcomed back staff Mixer/Sound Designer Mike Franklin and promoted talent from within the Santa Monica company. Franklin began his sound career at Eleven in 2002. In 2009, he ventured out as a freelance mixer and worked on commercials while expanding his skill set to Mixing and Sound Design for TV and feature films. He landed a gig as lead Mixer at Beacon Street Studios in Venice in 2012, and worked on major campaigns, including several Super Bowl spots, Microsoft, Apple Music, Samsung, Taco Bell, Absolut, EA, Beats, Nascar and Coke. “It’s been wonderful to watch Mike come full circle,” Payne said. “He got his industry start here, rose through the ranks and was my Assistant Mixer for five years. It has been amazing to watch him develop his craft as a Mixer and Sound Designer and see his career really take off over the past few years. Having Mike re-join our team at the next level is an exciting opportunity.” Eleven’s Mixers Ben Freer and AJ Murillo—who were trained by Franklin— have been elevated to the role of Staff Mixers. Freer now calls Studio B home, and works with new and established clients on projects ranging from multimedia advertising to music videos and longer-format projects, including short films and web content. Recently, Freer mixed major campaigns for Toyota Rav4 (Saatchi & Saatchi), Dodge (“Wolf Pack” spots for Doner) and T-Mobile (Publicis). Murillo assisted Payne in mixing a several Super Bowl 50 spots for clients like Heinz, Hyundai, Buick, T-Mobile, Sofi, Marmot, SoCal Honda, and Coke/Marvel this year. It’s great to be back where it all started, working with clients in what I consider to be some of the best sounding rooms in Los Angeles.” Franklin said. “And Ben and AJ and I have grown up with similar work methodologies. We’re all tech geeks—which is an important aspect to what we do—we stay up on the latest gear and technology and implement it into our craft.”