EBU R128 Loudness Implementation for Broadcasting

Mike Thornton from Pro Tools Expert is a bit of a guru with regards to loudness management for media production. A few years ago he did a talk at BVE 2015 which is available to view online, and provides a good summary of the changes in loudness measurement and regulation for broadcast that came in […]

A Quiet Place — Telling a Story with Sound

The film A Quiet Place by John Krasinksi is a great example of a film where sound is truly integral to the whole story. A lot of times sound is not considered too much at the script writing stage, which can make for some missed opportunities, but in the case of A Quiet Place, it was […]

Loudness And Dynamics In Cinema Sound

Last year Mike Thornton wrote a couple of articles for Pro Tools Expert about loudness and dynamics in Cinema, including input from Eelco Grimm from the Loudness Petition Group and the results of a survey. It provides some interesting, if somewhat depressing at times, reading. You can read the full article at: https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2017/6/21/loudness-and-dynamics-in-cinema-sound https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2017/4/29/cinema-survey-results  

Theatre Sound Design for Spongebob Squarepants

There is a good article on the Backstage website discussing what goes into the sound design for “Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical”, which includes live triggered sound effects and Foley work. Read the article at: https://www.backstage.com/interview/tony-nominated-sound-designers-spongebob-musical-had-think-outside-music-box-bring-bikini-bottom-life/

Yet another short video about Foley

There are a stack of short videos about Foley that I have linked to on this site, and here is a recent one from Mashable. It is a fairly straight-forward doco style interview which serves as a good intro to what Foley is.  

Film Sound Tutorials

Michael Cullen has set up a YouTube channel called Film Sound Tutorials with what appears to be some useful tutorials for people starting out the audio post process without the knowledge of workflow and processes. I only really checked out one of the videos to see what his process is like, and it seems like […]

Stereo Widener Plug-in Testing

I was recently having a play around with a stereo widener plug-in on a track and noticed that it was having some issues with causing level drops when monoing the mix, so I decided to have a play around with a few different stereo width plug-ins to see how differently they might treat things. I […]

Rockets are REALLY LOUD!!!

Spacing Out with the Everyday Astronaut have made a cool episode that touches on how loud rockets are and NASA’s Sound Suppression System. Check out the video below:  

Loudness Penalty

Ian Shepherd does plenty of great work on educating people about dynamics and loudness for music, and he has collaborated with MeterPlugs on a website called Loudness Penalty that analyses your music’s loudness to see how much it might get turned down when normalised by the various online platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, etc. Ian […]

Why sports sound better in your living room

Vox have put together a neat little video about what goes into the sound for televised sporting events. It is very American-centric in sports choices, but gives some great insight into what is involved. Check it out below.