January 21, 2019

192k Experiments

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...]

AES-SF Day 2 part 1 – Avid Pro Tools 9

So for the second day of AES, I focused mainly on Avid and Portable recorders. Let's talk about Avid first. So ProTools 9 and tons of new fancy interfaces. This has probably been the most talked about topic amongst sound professionals for the past month. TONS of rumors floating around (many of them surprisingly true). So what's the biggest news about PT9? No more LE and no more hardware! No hardware you say? YES! Shockingly (because I know Avid, not because of common sense), you don't need to own ANY Avid (or Digi) hardware to run Pro Tools. Actually, you don't need any hardware at all... you can run it straight off your laptop's internal … [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...]

Industrial Library

I FINISHED IT! My Industrial sound library, that is. The Complete HD version is 23.54GB! That's HUGE!!! 281 files, over 5.5 hours of sound! I will be releasing it very soon, so check back for details in the next day or two. For now, here's a demo of some of the sounds from the library! INDUSTRIAL 001 Complete HD Samples by Colin Hart Let me know what you think! … [Read more...]

David Sonnenschein’s New Webinar Series

David Sonnenschein - author, scholar, sound designer, and friend of mine - is hosting a 6 week webinar series. I've attended a number of his seminars in the past and they are wonderful. I was able to present some of my work during one of the sessions and got live feedback from David as well as many of the other designers attending online. It's cool being able to get feedback from other professionals in that manner. Anyways, here are the details for the series: SOUND DESIGN FOR PROS - Free Intro Webinar Aug. 24 presented by David Sonnenschein, author Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema Live … [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...]

Social Sound Design – What a Wonderful Forum!

Social Sound Design has quickly become my go to place for all of my sound design questions. It is a great forum. One of the things that makes it truly great is the high concentration of professionals who actually know what they're doing, aren't afraid to say they don't know, and aren't afraid to ask for help. Also, there is a complete lack of flaming there. I used to frequent some of the other sound forums out there, but I just can't stand the flaming or derailing of users' threads. SSD is completely different. It is a very professional, courteous environment. I've been a member for a bit over 3 months now. There have been some great … [Read more...]

Sound Design for a Music Video? Zombies!!

About two months ago I was asked to do the sound design for the intro and outro (story sections) to a music video. It was a zombie themed video, which I was excited about, but I had no experience with zombie movies or video games before, so I didn't have much of a reference point to work from. I spoke to one of the Co-Directors (who was also the editor) about the feeling he was going for on the video. He mentioned "28 Days Later", "28 Weeks Later", "Zombieland" and the video game series "Resident Evil". Before I watch anything, I put some preliminary sounds that I knew I wanted (some hits, footsteps, eerie tones, etc...) Then I spent … [Read more...]

New Tomlinson Holman Book Released – “Sound for Film and Television, Third Edition”

A new edition to Mr. Holman's amazingly informative "Sound for Film and Television" has dropped into bookstores this week. I can't wait to get my hands on one! It can be yours for $44 plus shipping on Amazon.com. … [Read more...]

Scott Clements (Production Mixer from Burn Notice) Interview Part 2

As promised, here is the second half of the interview with Emmy Nominated Scott Clements, Production Sound Mixer from "Burn Notice" on USA: CH: How helpful are the director and crew when you are struggling with a problem on set such as a generator noise or something (such as a light) preventing your boom op from getting acceptable audio? SC: In episodic television, the director is more of a guest on set. They are there to put their style into the episode and tell the story the way they want it told. However, we may have a director on one episode that will bend over backwards to help the sound department, and on the next episode it seems … [Read more...]