Sonic Big Bang has published an invointerview with Axel Rohrbach, creative director at BOOM Library. They talked about the goals of the company, previous projects, how was the process on the different releases, etc.
– Ok, then… first could you introduce the Boom team, who does what and how did you get started?
– The Boom Library was founded by Pierre Langer, Tilman Sillescu and me, Axel Rohrbach. Pierre is responsible for all the numbers, accounts, and such as the managing director. Tilman helps out whenever necessary with great experience and feedback. I am the creative director, responsible for the content itself. This implies both, conceptional work as well as doing the recordings, editing, metadata and so forth.
Besides, we got three resident Sound Designers, David Philipp, Michael Schwendler and Sebastian Pohle. Those guys do an awesome job by bringing up ideas and recording / creating top notch sound effects.
We started already some years ago by recording many different things for our daily business. One day we started to create a so called “homegrown” library out of that to have some cool basic sounds. Then we thought it would be cool to start creating whole libraries for internal use only, including new high quality recordings we can work with. Last step was pretty easy: “we got something here, lets share that with other Sound Designers”.
– The “sound effects” libraries are so numerous, what makes the difference between you and your competitors?
– Talking about the major labels, I guess one point is that we did not start to do that because of commercial purposes. Also we do not provide general purpose sound effect libraries but very special collection for only a small field of sound design per library.
What makes us special concerning all libraries is our “Construction Kit” concept. If we work as hired Sound Designers we always hate the over-processed, eq’ed, compressed sounds included in many commercial libraries. That is very handy if the designer has no time and / or budget, but if I really want to “design” something, I need clean and outstanding raw recordings to work with. Because of that, whenever possible, we create a twin collection: one “Designed” library designed exclusively using the sounds of its “Construction Kit” pendant.