035 – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

Ethan (L) and Erik (R) on the mix stage. Photo by Greg P Russell.

In this episode we sit down with sound designers Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl to talk about their esteemed careers, working philosophies and many of the films they have worked on in the past few years.

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Links from this episode:

Erik’s IMDB  

Ethan’s IMDB 

Mike Hopkin’s IMDB   

eSquared’s website

034 Oliver Machin and Mad Max Fury Road

We were super excited to talk to Mad Max Fury Road vehicle recordist Oliver Machin for this episode.

Oliver gave us tons of great war stories and logistics problems from the set of one of the breakout films of the year.

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War machines, microphones, and rock n roll on the Doof Wagon.

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More stuff:

how they built the vehicles for fury road

18 mins of behind the scenes footage

boom library every day cars

Oliver’s rig


and here are a bunch of images from the shoot:


033 – Recording the Porsche 911 GT3

In this episode, we talk about the Porsche recordings that René made in Houston for the latest echo | collective: fields library.


Check out the Porsche library here.

Here’s the prep sheet

And here’s the gear that was mentioned in this episode.

032 – Multimic with one mic – Implosions – Soundsnap giveaway

In ep 32 we breakdown a method for executing a multimic record session with just one mic, we do a postmortem on the recording of the implosion of a Xerox building, and we do another great giveaway, this time in collaboration with soundsnap.com

Here’s the gear used for the implosion recording:

Plus the venerable Line Audio CM3s


Tonebenders on DesigningSound.org

If you are not familiar with www.designingsound.org make sure you head there ASAP and read everything they have.  Each month the site picks a theme and ask the audio community to contribute articles, ideas and experiments that fit the theme.  In the past our podcast has regularly timed episodes to match up with the DS themes.  For January 2015 the theme was “Education”, specifically in relation to professional audio.  Our most recent episode, #31, was part of this theme as we interviewed Brenda Jaskulske from the University of North Texas.

Additionally both of the hosts on Tonebenders wrote articles that are featured on the site as well.  René wrote about different types of learning, and Timothy shared some thoughts on the future of Internships in Audio Post.

Please head over to DesigningSound.org to check them out.

Read René’s article here: http://designingsound.org/2015/01/deep-or-shallow/

and Timothy’s here: http://designingsound.org/2015/02/a-new-approach-to-internships/

Let us know what you think.

031 – Education with Brenda Jaskulske from the University of North Texas

In ep 31 we talk with Brenda Jaskulske from the University of North Texas.  We had a great time and covered all things, education, learning and teaching in the field of audio.

Brenda is the audio coordinator and senior lecturer in the department of media arts  at the University of North Texas.

Starting as an on-air personality at age 16, Brenda became Program Director and Operations manager of a top rated radio station by age 22. After graduating with a degree in Mass Communications from Midwestern State University, she worked as a television producer, videographer, and editor.

Brenda can be contacted at Brenda.Jaskulske@unt.edu

free holiday sfx roundup

So it seems that a December tradition has emerged where the various sfx libraries give stuff away for free!

so here’s what I’ve seen so far.  Feel free to add to this in the comments.

Asoundeffect.com SFX sampler – a pretty big collection of donated sounds from the various indie labels there.  it includes sounds from

  • airborne sound
  • detunized
  • mattia cellotto
  • resonance sound
  • shaping waves
  • skewsound
  • sound ex machina
  • soundbits
  • soundopolis
  • the soundcatcher
  • tovusound
  • uso
  • and whatisvalis

Hiss and a Roar has a xmas bundle (and contest) out there.

Chuck Russom released a Glock 18mm handgun

Boom library does the advent calendar where they sometimes give sounds away, and often discount libraries.

Rabbit Ears audio and The Recordist both sent emails to past users with a gift.  check your inbox if you’re purchased from either of them.

Big Wheels Sound Design‘s Red Libraries Series has a freebie collection of French Shop Ambiences

Just Added:

Glitch Machines has a cool impact effects Free Library called SEISM  (H/T to Dave DeLizza)

Twisted Tools has a drum pack too. (H/T to Dave DeLizza)

The Sound Catcher also has a SFX collection currently available at no cost.  It is a kind of greatest hits from the libraries they sell.

If I’ve missed any put them in the comments below!

030 Tonebenders – Contests, Contact Mics & Captain America

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Michal Fojcik, one of Poland’s top Sound Designers spoke with Timothy about his experiments with different contact mics.

In this eps Timothy announces our biggest contest yet – win a Hybrid SFX Library from ProSoundEffects. Plus we hear from the Sound Designer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and experiment with the sounds of different contact mics and adhesives with Michał Fojcik.

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Our SoundCloud where you can enter to win the Hybrid Library Contest

ProSound Effects Home  Page

Hybrid Library Info

Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer

Shannon Mills IMDB page

Michał Fojcik’s blog post with his Contact Mic experiments 

029 Tonebenders – Daniel Pellerin & Steve Munro

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Daniel Pellerin and Steve Munro have been working together as re-recording engineer and sound designer for nearly 30 years. Together they have worked on indie films, oscar nominees and vehicles for A-list actors – all outside the traditional Hollywood system. In this episode they talk about their careers and work on two recent Adam Egoyan directed films.

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Daniel Pellerin IMDB

Steve Munro IMDB

Film Steve recorded Stadium Crowd SFX for – Turk182!

Trailer for The Sweet Hereafter

Trailer for The Captive

Trailer for The Devil’s Knot


A short film that I worked on back in 2012 has finally finished its festival tour and been released to the masses on youtube.  Its some of my favorite work, and I’m proud to show it off here.

The film is called Crescendo – and it has won 11 international film festival honors including best short film.


Here’s a little backstory on the film:

The film was written and directed by my good friend Alonzo Alvarez Barreda.

Alonzo and I have never met in person, but we’ve had many great phone and email conversations.

The first film I worked on with him was a pro-bono project I did as a favor for my good friend Julio César Cedillo.  One day he asked me to help his buddy out with a film called El Descubrimiento (The Finding) that Alonzo had directed and that he had starred in.  I loved the film and agreed to help them both out.  From that project a relationship between Alonzo and myself was born, and Crescendo was the second project we worked on together.

This short film had a budget.

Alonzo has a unique ability to get projects funded and since this one had a specific religious message he secured a legit budget.  This film was shot on a hollywood backlot with a proper cast and crew, and had a proper post budget as well.  Its a rare situation for a short film to be properly funded, but that (along with telling amazing stories) is one of Alonzo’s unique gifts.

The collaboration of cultures and languages was big.

This film was written and directed by a Mexican-born Spanish speaking author, scored by different Mexican born Spanish speaker, was acted and performed in German in LA, was subtitled in English, and had audio post done in Dallas by me.

This was largely a one-man audio post project.

I did the dialogue edit and mix from the fantastic location audio.  I did the bgfx edit and mix.  I performed the foley (which was recorded by my coworker Brad Dale) I did all of the trippy sound design, and I did the final mix.

A few notes here :

1) The dialogue mix was a joy to work on.  I spent very little time fixing problems and lots of time just balancing and levelling things out from the fantastic source audio.  I know this film was shot on a hollywood backlot, but holy cow that crew reached a super high level of work at the source, and that really shows through in the final product.  I used very little in the way of verbs on the DX mix, as I was running the boom mic on almost everything and had lots of proper perspective already baked into the sound.

2) The BGFX was a big challenge in this mix.  I used a few base layers and then really went nuts with the mono one-off sweeteners that were layered and sprinkled around.  This is especially true in the market and witches hut scenes, where I was keeping those environments really alive and setting a very specific tone.  Also, period pieces are generally more challenging with regards to BGFX because you can’t hear traffic anywhere.  I relied heavily on wind to set different locations apart.

3) The big piano scene relied heavily on Tim Prebble’s tortured piano library.  Couldn’t have done it without that.

4) The two places where Alonzo and I had the most back and forth on were the moments just before the piano crash.  I didn’t want to hear the movers through the window, but he insisted that we should because we can see them.  We also spent a few iterations getting the buildup and release to that over the tea scene just right.

5) The final mix revealed a lot of weaknesses that I didn’t realize I had.  I ended up taking a lot more time figuring out panning and verbs and general balances than I though I would.  In the end I feel like we got it right, but with such a close relationship to all of the sounds I ended up having to really struggle through not getting lost in the forest for the trees at times.  A couple of times I brought in another trusted ear to keep me honest.


So that’s the project.  I’m super happy with it, and very proud to show it off to my peers in a forum like this.  Enjoy!


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