Skywalker Sound

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Skywalker Sound
Industry Sound effects, Sound editing and Remastering
Founded 1975
Headquarters Lucas Valley, near Nicasio, California.
Key people
George Lucas
Josh Lowden (General Manager of Skywalker Sound)
Leslie Ann Jones
Number of employees
Parent Lucasfilm Limited
(The Walt Disney Company)

Skywalker Sound is the sound effects, sound editing, sound design, sound mixing and music recording division of George Lucas' Lucas Digital motion picture group. Its main facilities are located in Lucas Valley, near Nicasio, California. It began as Sprocket Systems in San Anselmo, California and its name officially changed to Skywalker Sound in 1987 after the company moved to Skywalker Ranch.

While located in San Anselmo, Sprocket Systems came into contact with the local residents from time to time. For instance, Kentfield resident Pat Welsh, "discovered" while shopping at a camera store, provided the voice for E.T.. During the sound recording of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford could be spied practicing his bullwhip technique in the parking lot.[1]

Sprocket Systems moved from San Anselmo following a disastrous flood in January 1982.

Its staff of Sound Designers and Re-Recording Mixers have either won or been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing every year since Star Wars in 1977 (in that year Ben Burtt was given a Special Achievement Award, since the category for Sound Editing had not yet been established).

Mixing stages, editorial services and scoring stages are all located in a central "Tech Building", with dining areas and living quarters in the vicinity but separate from the main work area.


Josh Lowden - General Manager of Skywalker Sound

Sprocket Systems[edit]


Sprocket Systems is a sound editing, sound FX, sound design and sound mixing company that was first made by George Lucas. In 1987, the crew moved to the Skywalker Ranch, and changed the name to Skywalker Sound.


Skywalker Sound was now a true company with its division, The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm Ltd., and the services are now appeared with sound FX, sound design, sound editing, sound mixing, and music production.

Currently, Skywalker Sound hires anywhere from 80 to 160 employees (depending on workload), and for the first time, Skywalker Sound provides sound and music production services for movies, commercials, TV, IMAX and other large format films, theme park attractions, and videogames. Their scoring stage records and mixes music ranging from solo piano pieces to works using full 130-piece orchestras. Each year, they work on 20 to 30 different films, and have won a total of 18 Academy Awards.


  1. ^ San Anselmo Historical Museum: 1970: Approaching the 21st Century

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