026 – A Bunch Of Cool Stuff

In this episode we talk about changes going on with the podcast & we interview Karen Collins on her Kickstarter for a Doc on Game Audio history. Then we test various mic techniques for recording car bys & Rene puts Melted Sounds’ Whoosh thru its paces.


Our New Website

Tonebenders Soundcloud Page

Tonebenders on Stitcher

Kickstarter for Karen Collins’ Doc on Game Audio

Karen’s Website Gamessound.com

Karen’s Book

Original Episode on Vehicle Recording that sparked car pass tests

Melted Sounds’ Whoosh

WaveWarper from SoundMorph

Tonebenders Changes

Hello, welcome to the new Tonebenders website.

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We have been working away to make a bunch of improvements to the way the podcast gets to you. The two main changes are our new web address (formerly www.tonebenders.net, now here at www.tonebenderspodcast.com), and a new RSS feed.

Our new feed has many positives but the one down side is that if you are getting the podcast already through iTunes, or any other podcatcher, you will have to re-subscribe to our new feed. Currently there are two Tonebenders feeds available through the iTunes podcast directory. One is named “Tonebenders Podcast”, which is our new feed and the one you should be subscribed to going forward. It will be updated immediately when new shows arrive and has our entire back catalog available for download, from episode 001 up to our newest content. Our old feed in the podcast directory, simply called “Tonebenders”, is also still active for now. You will find that new episodes will appear more slowly on this feed, and it also only has the 10 most recent episodes available. Eventually this feed will stop being updated, so please switch over to the new feed ASAP so you never miss an episode. We are sorry we have to ask you to do this but we think the improvements will be worth the effort.

If you do not use iTunes to get podcasts, we have a few new options for you as well. All episodes are up on our Soundcloud page for both streaming and downloads. If you have the Stitcher Radio App, on your phone or in your car, we are now on that network too. If you use any other podcatcher you can find our new feed’s address by clicking here, or on the RSS icon in the left column.

The other big change is our new website, which has some cool new features. You can now search for podcast episodes by category. So if you want to hear all our foley related episodes, or ones where we talk about field recording, you can find them all grouped together easily. Also the site features Soundcloud embeds for each episode. This lets listeners comment or ask questions right on the time line of each show. When something peaks your interest or sparks a question, or we got something dead wrong – you can leave us a message right in that spot.

We also have a new “Support the podcast” page where you can leave a buck or two in our tip jar (via paypal). An even better way way to help is to use our affiliate link when you shop at amazon or B&H. Doing this costs you absolutely nothing, we simply get a small percentage of your purchase for sending you to them. This kind of support covers costs of things like server fees, Soundcloud pro accounts and long distance calls. We want to keep this podcast ad free, and we are hoping with a little help from the community we can.

So the deal is this – we promise to keep making Tonebenders episodes and working hard to make it the best podcast on Sound Design out there. In return we just ask that you update your RSS feed to “Tonebenders Podcast” through iTunes and pop our new web address in your favourites. If you really want to be helpful replace your Amazon and B&H bookmarks with our links so you can also help us out if you are already shopping there.

Finally we want to thank everyone who listens to the podcast, without you giving us feedback, ideas and encouragement I am not sure we would have made it this far. So keep up with the likes on Facebook, the retweets on Twitter, reviews on iTunes/Stitcher and blog posts that mention us. We appreciate all the support. The pro audio community is one of the best out there, we are all lucky to be a part of it.

025 – Vehicle Recording Roundtable

In ep 25 we talked with Rob Nokes, Watson Wu, and Max Lachmann about all things vehicle recording.  It was a heck of a conversation with some real heavyweights of the industry.



show links:

Rob Nokes robnokes.com — @robnokes on twitter
Watson Wu WatsonWu.com — @watsonwu on twitter
Max Lachmann pole.se —

Designing Sound Rob Nokes Vehicle recording feature
Watson Jaguar film for Rode microphones

Mics mentioned:


Rob’s Kit

Sennheiser E835
Yamaha subkick

Neumann U89
Neumann U87
AKG C4000B
Sure KSM44

Sanken Cub01

other stuff
fire blanket
bungee cables
zip ties

Watson’s Kit

Sennheiser 418s
Neumann RSM 191
Neumann 82i
Rode NTG8

DPA 4061 lav
Rode Lav
Countryman B3 lav

Sennheiser 421
Rode dynamic mics
Sure dynamic mics

Rode pinmic lav
DPA 4061 lav

Max’s kit

Electro Voice RE50
DPA 4062 lav

DPA4061 lav
Crown PZM 30D

Neumann RSM 191
DPA 4061 lav x 2

Sanken CSS5
Sennheiser MKH8060
Schoeps CMC6 in ORTF


024 – Summer Reading Guide Featuring Rob Bridgett

In this episode we take a look at a bunch of pro audio books that make great reads.  The featured interview is with Rob Bridgett author of Game Audio Culture.  Also featured are authors Ric Viers, Paul Virostek, Gordon Hempton, Vanessa Ament and others.

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Tonebenders on Soundcloud
Rob Bridgett’s Game Audio Culture
Ric Viers’ Sound Effects Bible
Paul Virostek’s Creative Field Recording Blog
Paul Virostek’s Field Recording: From Research to Wrap
Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence
Marshall Chasin’s Hear The Music PDF Download
Vaness Ament’s The Foley Grail 2nd Edition

022 – Will Files

In this SoundBytes episode, Timothy sits down for a one-on-one interview with Will Files, sound designer and re-recording mixer – based largely out of Skywalker Ranch. Will is one of the most experienced mixers around with the Dolby Atmos surround format. Will tells us about his career, the positives and negatives of working with ATMOS and lots more.


Show Links:

Will Files’ IMDB page
Dobly Atmos

021 – Ann Kroeber

In this episode, Rene and Timothy sit down with Ann Kroeber, veteran audio post and field recording professional. Ann tells us of her career path and her work on classic films like the Black Stallion, Dune and others. She also shares some of her techniques used to record animal vocals and her unique SFX service at soundmountain.com.


Show Links:
Ann’s SFX Company Sound Mountain
Ann Kroeber’s IMDB
Alan Splet’s IMDB page
Interviews with Peter Weir, Carroll Ballard and Phillip Kaufman on working with Alan Splet

019 – Listener Questions and Willem Sannen

In this Episode, Rene and Timothy tackle a bunch of recent listener questions about sound design. Next up, Rene interviews Willem Sannen, a field recordist in Belgium. They talk about his home-made binaural dummy head microphone setup as well as other adventures recording out in the world.

Show Links:
Live Sound Design Episode referenced in listener Question.
GearSluts forum question referenced in Listener Soundminer question
Paul Virostek’s eBook on Field recording and Metadata
Forum post referenced about audio job interview etiquette
Social Sound Design question that inspired our mic eq segment
Slate Digital Mic emulation system
Free Chains SFX Library from Kyle Evans Kyle Evans’ Sound Design Website
Free Kickstarter Firearms SFX Library
Paul Virostek’s blog post on metadata fixes for the free firearms
SFX Library Guest Willem Sannen’s Tumblr
German Webshop selling silcone ears Blog post (in Dutch) with pictures of how to make your own binaural headset turning cheap earphones into microphone clips on your ears.

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