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Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Designing Sound Discussion Group: SFX and Freelancing in Game Audio

Our panel is about to start. Recording Now Available!

The live stream is embedded below, but you’ll want to head over to our Google+ page if you want to ask our panelists any questions at the end of the presentation. As a reminder, our panelists include:

  • Gordon Hempton – Nature sound effects recordist and activist, also know as The Soundtracker
  • Douglas Price – Founder and President of Pro Sound Effects
  • Matt Piersall – Found and President of Gl33k
  • Rodney Gates – Audio Director at Sony Online Entertainment

And remember, we keep recordings of all of our past webinars! Here’s a handy link to the archive.

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 | 4 comments

Designing Sound Discussion Group – SFX and Freelancing in the Games Industry

Photo by Dennis Beentjes. Used under Creative Commons license.

Photo by Dennis Beentjes. Used under Creative Commons license.

I’m going to be a little quiet on the site this month, but I’m making up for that by putting together a kick-ass virtual panel for you!

Sitting on the panel for the next Designing Sound Discussion Group are Gordon Hempton (The Soundtracker/Quiet Planet), Rodney Gates (Sony Online Entertainment), Matt Piersall (Gl33k) and Douglas Price (Pro Sound Effects). The genesis of this panel is in response to Gordon’s idea of restricting the sale of sfx libraries to indpendent/freelance sound designers with the goal of making the people themselves more desirable…thus giving them a little more job stability. He specifically thinks this is important within the games industry. He and I have spoken in some detail about it already. I’ll spare you my opinions at the moment, but I encourage you to listen to his guest appearance on the Tonebenders podcast and formulate your own opinions before the actual panel.

We’re going to start by touching on Gordon’s idea, talk about the different ways the games industry acquires or licenses their sound effects, and then move on to what makes a successful, gainfully employed, freelancer in the game audio industry. Sound like your kind of panel?

The webcast will be taking place via Google Hangout at 4PM (US Eastern Time) on Saturday, February 1st. You can watch from here on the site, or from the Designing Sound Google+ page…where you’ll be able to interact with us directly. Mark it on your Calendars!

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 | 3 comments

A Second Look at the Hybrid Library

Hybrid_and_Expansion_1Earlier this year, I reviewed the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. Overall, it was a fairly positive review. While I was impressed with the library, I also pointed out some of its rough edges. The primary focus of the review was on the library’s metadata and how it would affect work-flow. I won’t go into heavy detail on the process here, as you can simply lick on the link above if you haven’t already read the review. Pro Sound Effects took notice of the few complaints I had with the library, solicited feedback from existing owners, and has taken steps to address the library’s weaknesses. Now that the library is available again, it’s worth seeing if the improvements have made the library any more enticing.

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 | 0 comments

The Hybrid Library Returns at Pro Sound Effects

Hybrid_and_Expansion_1Earlier this year, I wrote a review of the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. They took notice of some of the idiosyncrasies that I pointed out, and also spoke to the current owners to figure out how they could make the library better. They’ve dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s, and are now placing the library up for sale again. Between now and December 31st, they’re selling another 100 units of what is, to be frank, an amazing deal for freelance sound designers ($1500 for over 60,000 high quality sound effects).

The metadata in the library has been completely re-worked to ensure more consistent search results, has additional sounds from the 2013 updates to the Blastwave FX and Foundation libraries, and is now coming on a custom branded hard drive. Additionally, there’s a new “expansion pack” for existing Hybrid Library owners. Over 10,000 new sounds for $500 on a USB flash drive. If you’re a current owner, Pro Sound Effects will be contacting you to let you know about what updates are available for your library.

If you’re looking for a highly flexible “general” library, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on. I’ll be taking a look at the new version of the library soon, and posting my thoughts on its updates sometime this month. So, if you want a little more information before you make your purchase, keep an eye out for that.

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