McDSP has published a new user profile, featuring sound designer Harry Cohen talking about his favorite McDSP plugins.
In college, Cohen studied computer science. “Mostly, I spent time banging around with different bands as a keyboard player though. I suppose you could call familiarity with synths and samplers kind of an education for what I am doing now.” He continues, “I backed into sound design by accident. I was doing some piano overdubs at a studio in Burbank that was just getting into post production; the guys there asked me if I was interested in doing sound effects for a film, and I said yes. My early career rose with that facility and allowed me to meet directors, film company people, and other editors and designers in the post production world. Eventually, I accepted an offer to migrate to Soundelux, which is where I have been ever since.”
The type of films Cohen works on are bigger than life, and to accomplish that he gives a little secret about his method. “Analog Channel has been a real godsend for putting some analog character and attitude into sounds that I need to be powerful; like vehicle engines, guns and creatures. It played a big part in creating a ‘vintage’ sound for the movie inside a movie for ‘Inglourious Basterds’. I also often use it instead of a limiter on lots of different material. Analog Channel helped the snakes in ‘Snakes on a Plane’ sound so mean! It added great attitude to the cars in ‘Death Proof’; and helped create convincing explosions in ‘World Trade Center’. “