January 19, 2018

Article on HartFX over at Track Time Audio

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David from Track Time Audio recently interviewed Colin Hart from HartFX in an article called "Colin Hart on Bikes, Gaff Tape, and Loud Things" Check it out: Today I made Colin Hart of Hart FX think. TTA: First off, your recent Yamaha R1 bike article states that you were originally there to capture a power boat’s sounds, but weather shot that idea down, but that your host knew a guy who had a bike. Is a “guy who knows a guy who has a thing” a common way for you to acquire sounds? Many to most of my sounds are acquired that way. That’s how the whole trip to South Carolina came about. I knew a guy that knew some people that had … [Read more...]

192k Experiments

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I was just reading an article on Shaun Farley's blog in which David Sonnenschein posed an interesting question about some of the techniques I use in my sound design. You can find the article this post. [SF] He recorded it at 192, and then I believe he played it back at 44.1. He didn’t go in with pitch shifting, he went and played back the existing samples at a slower rate. So that was a good way to take advantage of that technical capability. [DS] I’d be curious, and I haven’t done this myself, to hear a side-by-side of a sample rate speed change, and then a pitch shift at a fixed sample rate, to hear what the difference is like. I … [Read more...]

129th Annual AES Roundup

Wow! Tons of stuff going on this week! Big news from Avid, great stuff from many microphone companies, Izotope, and tons more! The AES trade show floor was considerably smaller than usual, but there was a lot of cool stuff there. If you spent some time digging and talking to reps, inventors, presidents, etc... there was a lot of cool info to be gathered. I did my best at grabbing pics and info about topics and products pertaining to audio post and field recording / production audio. I'll cover a lot of it here, but if there's something I don't cover that you're wondering about, feel free to ask me if I happened to come across what you're … [Read more...]

Ric Viers on Location Sound Mixing

Ric Viers: he is a sound effects recordist extraordinaire, an author, a business owner, a husband, a father, a friend, and the owner of one sweet soul patch. Even better, he has kindly done an interview with me for the blog. Ric has a new book coming out next year that deals with production sound (which he can't share details on yet), but I thought I'd get a head start and interview him about his production audio experience. There aren't very many production audio resources out there, so his book will be filling a huge void. Ric is the owner of Blastwave FX, a sound effects company, The Detroit Chop Shop, a post production house in Michigan, … [Read more...]

Bruce Tanis and His Two 2010 Emmy Nominations

So, as many of you know, one of my favorite shows on Television is "Fringe" on Fox. It is an absolutely terrific show. As you probably know, the Emmy nominations came out a few weeks ago, and I was thrilled to hear that Bruce Tanis was nominated in the area of Sound Design on "Fringe", as well as for an HBO film he worked on. I've been getting to know Bruce over the past few months (amazingly nice guy). You can read an interview I did with him a while back on the sound design of "Fringe" here. Anyways, Bruce just finished up writing for Miguel for a month over at Designing Sound, so I figured while his fingers were still warm I would ask … [Read more...]

Gary Rizzo’s Advice for watching Inception

Just met up with Gary Rizzo and had lunch with him and a few friends. Lots of cool stuff to talk about in a future post, but I had a chance to ask him today what his favorite moments were in Inception. I'm going to watch it tonight, and wanted to know what to listen for. I didn't record the questions, nor did I have anything to write his answers down with, so I'm just going to paraphrase: I asked him; "What are your favorite sound moments in Inception?" He replied (in my words...). There are a couple of great moments in the movie. The first one is this sequence that happens in Paris. You are down on the street in Paris, and all of a … [Read more...]

Exclusive interview with Fringe’s Sound Designer, Bruce Tanis

I'm a big fan of Sci Fi stuff. "Fringe", on Fox, has quickly become one of my favorite Sci Fi / Drama shows. It deals with fringe science; things like time traveling, alternate universes, crazy strange biological things, shape shifters, etc... One thing I love about the show though is that it's done in a very realistic way. It's not cheesy. It's very organic. Anyways, I just had the amazing opportunity to interview the incredibly friendly Bruce Tanis, who is the sound designer on "Fringe"! CH: How old were you when you discovered your passion for sound? BT: I came to sound editing a bit later than most people I guess. I finished … [Read more...]