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A blog about various business and audio post production topics. We are a Brooklyn-based post studio that cater for advertising, long form, short form, film, branded content, cinema, radio and online. 

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What Is Sound Design?

For this month’s post on The Pub I thought I’d bring it back to basics and explain exactly what it is that I do. A lot of friends, family and first-time acquaintances assume I do ‘something in the music industry’. While there is music in the work I do, I rarely work anywhere near the music industry! This article will discuss what sound design is, the tools and processes involved and how sound designers contribute to the final stages of content creation.

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WTF is VR and Spatial Audio? Mixing for 360 audio

The term ‘Virtual Reality’ always reminds me of some cheesy 80’s or 90’s movie that involved chunky headsets and dreamed of a future with flying cars and household robots doing everyday chores. The actual reality is that we have self driving cars (thanks Tesla), household robots we can ask questions (“Alexa, stream Total Recall”) and chunky VR headsets. So, we’re really not that far off. Virtual Reality has actually been around for decades, mostly in the gaming world, but with the growth of head tracking headsets like the Oculus rift or even Google Cardboard with your smartphone, it has made the consumer VR experience accessible and more within reach than ever.

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Sound Design Is Becoming Sexy: Why Content Creators Should Care...

Music has always been sexy. And I don’t mean baby-making Barry White music. I’m talking about the industry, the stigma and characters that surround music. It’s cool to play, listen to or be involved in music. I guarantee even Mozart saw some action from the groupies in his time. Sound design is different though. Generally, audio for content has always leaned more towards the geeky side. Take the awesome sound design of the Star Wars movies...most people know it’s great and can recognise the famous lightsaber sounds but who actually cares how it was made?

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5 Reasons Shared Workspace Will Kick-Start Your Business

WeWork, The Farm, The Productive; you may have heard of at least one of these if you have visited any urban dwelling in the last three years. If you haven’t, the term ‘co-working space’ or ‘shared workspace’ should have penetrated your eardrums at some point, perhaps whilst buying an overpriced organic latte from a trendy vegan coffee shop.

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Bad Sound is Obvious, Good Sound is Invisible

It’s no secret that a lot of my time in the studio is spent cleaning up dialogue. In fact, for a longform documentary I will generally spend more time on the dialogue tracks than on the sound design and mixing. This is mostly because the dialogue tells the story. It’s the main focus of a film introducing characters, setting the scene, and gives context to the content. This applies to films as well as talking-head/interview style docs. The trouble is that dialogue (as opposed to voiceover) is almost always recorded on location and depending on that location, determines how easy my life will be in post production.

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