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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 Oct 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Small Room Acoustics – Absorption and Diffusion

The recording for today’s webinar is now available. A big thanks to Dennis Foley and Acoustic Fields for putting on both this, and our previous acoustics webinar. Keep an eye out for future Designing Sound Discussion Groups for free presentations on topics you might be interested in. Check out some of our previous ones while you’re at it…you might just find something interesting in there. ;)

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 | 1 comment

Designing Sound Discussion Group – Live Acoustics Webinar

The webinar has ended, but a recording will be available in the near future.

Our second acoustics webinar, focusing on room treatments this time, with Dennis Foley of Acoustic Fields. Ask questions through Twitter using the hashtag #dsdgroom, post them directly to our Facebook page, or ask using the comments section at the bottom of this post. We’ll handle Q&A at the end of the presentation.

UPDATE: Another option for asking questions is directly in hangout, right here!

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Designing Sound Discussion Group – Room Acoustics Webinar Rescheduled!

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It took a little while, but we’ve finally been able to get this follow up webinar rescheduled for this Saturday!

If you’ve attended any of our previous Designing Sound Discussion Group presentation in the past (and have been anxiously awaiting the follow up presentation to last month’s with Dennis Foley from Acoustic Fields), you may be wondering where the registration link is. We believe we’ve ironed out the kings for the Google Hangout OnAir, and we’ve rescheduled it for this Saturday, at 1PM (U.S. Eastern Time). The webinar is still free, and you’ll be able to watch it right here on Designing Sound!

If you haven’t attended a Discussion Group before, this is a great one to start with! Dennis will be building on the presentation he gave in July, and helping us understand how to choose and place room treatments. This is a vital skill for any of us who don’t have the luxury of working directly with acousticians or acoustic architects. So, come right here this Saturday and be ready to learn. There will be time for Q&A at the end, which we’ll handle via comments in the presentation post and Twitter hashtags. As with all previous Discussion Groups, a recording will be available shortly after the presentation has ended. If you missed the first one, why not check it out right now?

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