We’re happy to announce that we’ve got another Designing Sound Discussion Group coming this Sunday! We’ll be hosting a live chat with Noah’s Craig Henighan and Coll Anderson. Given this month’s theme, we’ll be focusing in on a discussion of the impact of Dolby Atmos on their work for the film. Of course, we won’t be restricted to that, so make sure you come with your questions too!
The broadcast will be hosted through Google Hangouts on Air at 4PM, U.S. Eastern Time, this Sunday (May 11th). You can watch the live stream here on the site, but you’ll have to head over to our Google+ page if you want to ask questions/participate in the discussion.
Don’t forget that you can check out all of our previous Discussion Groups in our Archive, including our last web-panel with the audio post team for Orthodox: Remote Collaboration and Maintaining a Consistent Voice.
It’s April, and you’d be a fool if you didn’t check out this past month’s freshly released sound libraries. From quiet forests, ocean sounds, and country ambience, to war-torn future soundscapes and the introduction of a new company to the sound design community, plus a BIG contest announcement, Designing Sound’s monthly round up has you covered.
I recently had a chance to sit down with sound designer and sound FX recordist Charles Maynes and chat about his new “LA Underground” sound library, available from Rabbit Ears Audio. Inspired by the gritty and seedy Los Angeles shown in countless films, “LA Underground” is a 10 GB collection of ambiences from all over the city, from the industrial centers near the LA River to the heart of Downtown.
Designing Sound: How did this library come about?
Charles Maynes: I had been talking to Zach Seivers and Justin Davey over at Snap Sound, who I had met through Dave Yewdall. Basically, a conversation I had with them last summer was kind of the seed for the conversation I eventually had with Michael [Raphael]. They had been hired to do a film in New York, and they were going to go out on location and record a bunch of stuff in the city and at the practical locations, and they were like, “Hey, this is a really big projects for us, so we’re going to actually invest in some Schoeps mics and stuff.” They were debating whether to go M/S or X/Y.
The year is still fresh, but 2014′s already brought us a number of great new SFX libraries. Go back to analog times and the earliest days of digital with new collections from New Sound Labs and Dynamic Interference. Monkey around with HISS and a ROAR’s latest offering. Or just blow the whole thing up with help from Blastwave FX.