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Overcoming Challenge is Part of the Job


As the Government prepares its strategy for the ease of lockdown, we ourselves are beginning to prepare for our return to work. We spoke to those working in post pro-duction about what they have learnt their plans for when we emerge and thoughts on how they think the landscape will look going forward.   Danny Etherington, co-owner of Creative Outpost with Quentin Olszewski, has been like many of us juggling looking after the children whilst maintaining the business. “Thankfully work has been ...

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Life in post production after COVID-19


Cris Aragon, MD of 5A Studios shares her thoughts on how Covid19 has affected the industry and the way it will operate for the foreseeable future.   As we emerge from lockdown and start adapting to the new realities of how COVID-19 changed the way we live, our day to day is starting to feel...slightly more normal. After the initial shock of the quarantine, we are slowly but surely looking into ways of carrying on working safely and now that the Department ...

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The Significance of Extraordinary Sound In Film


Dave Robinson, Head of Sound at Creative Outpost, shares his thoughts on how an exceptional soundtrack has the ability to take film to another level. My first experience of cinema was as a five year old in 1981 on a trip to the ABC in St.Helens to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Admittedly, most of the details are now sketchy and although I was too young to fully appreciate the intricacies of the story, the overall experience left a lasting ...

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Unity Audio Rocks the Sound Industry with its Monitors.


Once you own Unity Audio products you own them for life. That’s the bold claim from Kevin Walker, who created Unity Audio as a result of his passion for sound, music and in particular monitor technology. “Having been in the audio industry for over 30 years and seen the growth of the digital era, I wanted to create monitors that not only transform how sound engineers work but achieve faster results due to having an accurate monitor,” he explains.   Unity Audio ...

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Tobin Jones talks about why he doesn't ask for Reference tracks


Understanding the artist’s creative philosophy.   The most important part of any mix is to understand how the artist envisions their own music. What do they want to get out of it artistically, financially and emotionally? Usually it’s a combination of all three of these factors. In my experience, when an artist is overly driven by financial considerations the project can lack conviction and become confused. Above all, it is the emotional aesthetic of the track that must prevail. This is true ...

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Top FOH engineers on what they look for in a live console


Andy Coules speaks to live sound engineers Laurent Dupuy, Rich Burt, Wes Maebe and Justin Grealy about their opinions on the challenges presented by modern live sound consoles and what they’d like to see with future updates…   When it comes to live sound the mixing console is mission control, grand central station, where the magic happens, the hub of all activity. It’s the place where inputs and outputs collide in a precisely choreographed ballet of cascading audio overseen by engineers adept ...

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Elite and Dangerous


Few things are as evocative as sound; the way the right score can produce an emotional reaction is something film-makers have been capitalising on for decades, and more recently, video game developers too. Games are now telling more complex stories and we are seeing more cinematic aspects incorporated into their sound design.   Frontier Games and Veale Associates talk about how professional sound studios improve business.   Read more at https://audio-file.co.uk/1144/elite-and-dangerous/

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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - an audio masterpiece


The Netflix TV series Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, a prequel series to Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s dark fantasy film The Dark Crystal, takes us back to the land of Thra and its inhabitants. Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer Tim Neilsen of Skywalker Sound and Supervising ADR Editor Tim Hands took time out of their busy schedules to talk about creating the audio for the iconic show.   Tim Neilsen performed several roles on the series. “I had three to be ...

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Riding the Coronavirus Storm


Over the past few weeks we have seen many in the industry move to home working as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. TV and Film production has been suspended, music and live events cancelled or postponed and studios have been shutting their doors. However, we have already seen people reaching out to help each other and the likes of The BFI and The Film Charity partner to create the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief fund ...

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The Challenges of Working from Home - an Engineers Perspective


It is common for sound engineers to have a professional studio set up at home but now that we are being expected to work from home, for some the demand on workload has changed somewhat. I spoke to Dave Robinson, Head of Sound, at Creative Outpost and Thomas Dalton owner of Brown Bear Audio, to find out the key challenges with working from home.   “In the anticipation of working from home, a lot of technical preparation had to be done” said ...

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