January 21, 2019

AES-SF Day 1 – Seals, Submarines, Skywalker and Scotch

My first full day in SF was quite an eventful one. I met up with Shaun Farley (from Dynamic Interference) to head up to Skywalker Ranch for the MPSE Sound Panel. We had some time to kill, so we headed over to Pier 39 because he was told there were some Seals that hung out over there. We got there, and sure enough, there were a bunch! They made all sorts of crazy sounds! Shaun had his Sony D50 with him and I had my Olympus LS-10, so we grabbed some (contaminated) recordings. Too many people around - but it was fun nonetheless. (Side note - went back there Sunday night with Nick Meade with a 702 and MKH60 / 30 M/S rig and boom pole. Much better … [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...]

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...]

Skywalker Sound does Sound Design and Mixing for Avatar

With its stunning visuals and other-worldly (literally) creatures, Avatar needed to pack a huge sonic punch, or there was no way Cameron would be able to sell Pandora to the audience. When you need a post audio job that big, who better to go to than Skywalker Sound.Skywalker Sound, stationed in George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, 45 minutes north of San Francisco, is the pinnacle of all that is sound design, especially when it comes to science fiction. With a staff stacked with the legends of sound design, such as Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, ET, Wall-E, Star Trek, etc...) and Randy Thom (Star Wars, Cast Away, Harry Potter, War of the … [Read more...]