Friday, April 27, 2012


Can you say BOOM? This promo just drips with the Boom Sound Effects Library. In a pinch, that library can take you from zero to that's a wrap in less than 2 hours. That's about how long it takes me to mix a promo like this puppy.

Cheers to an awesome voiceover by the lead actor, Robert Taylor. Other than my killer SFX, the voiceover truly makes the spot. The music sets a nice mood too. Oh and the cinematography. Don't ya just love Wyoming? My favorite state in the Union, hands down.

"Watch the moon . . . smiling in the sky, hum a tune – prairie lullaby. Peaceful wind. Old coyotes cry. Song of home, my Sweet Wyoming Home." Cheers, Danny Gotham.

As always, here is the SFX split out. Boom. Boom.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Legend of Korra

From time to time, I have the privilege of working on some fairly high profile projects. Whether it's the launch of a new product like HBO GO, rebranding a network, or mixing a documentary on fallen soldiers in Iraq, there are some opportunities that come along that remind me that creativity and content creation can impact our lives in profound ways. Sometimes it's disruptive, sometimes it's fun, sometimes it helps to make us think and make us better people. It's a great feeling to be part of these moments.

When I was asked to mix some spots to promote a new Nickelodeon show called The Legend of Korra, I knew that this was a moment that would affect millions kids around the world. The Legend of Korra is a follow up of the critically acclaimed and widely popular series Avatar, the Last Airbender. I knew that the mix on the spots that I did for Korra were very important to help sell the excitement in the series so I really tried to push the envelope and make a dynamic and powerful mix on the promos. Here is one of my favorites.

The back end of the spot has a lot of loud/soft/loud/soft to increase the excitement and energy of the spot. Although the FX and music tail off a little bit, there is mostly absolute silence and dialogue right before the Polar Dog burst through the window. Hopefully I will knock some kids off the couch with that one. :)

Although a lot of the sound effects were from the series (and all the great music is from the show), I did add quite a few. Here is the SFX split.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lost Girl

I'm not quite sure what this show is about. A girl who seems to have some sort of special powers. It's a little creepy, a little dark, a little eerie. Is she dead? Is she magic? Is she a lesbian? The world may never know the truth.

As always, here is the SFX only.

The sound I used when the light is coming out of her mouth is blended cymbal scrape, some whoosh action and a little electric guitar feedback.

Storage Wars Sweeps

Storage Wars. Reality television at its finest [note sarcasm]. Whatever, it was fun to make the sound effects.

No really! Here's the FX only mix.

I have been especially enjoying using the Sound Toys "Speed" plug-in to modulate whooshes and other FX to give them a little more movement and doppler feel. Sound tends to have a lot of pitch involved when moving quickly. Listen to the last sound effect on the SFX pass when the endpage comes on and you can hear some of that Speed working it's magic.