Category Archives: Tools

sound design and creation tools

011 – Big Gun design case study

Episode 11 starts with the hosts answering a backlog of listener questions, including inquiries on recording fire, large file transfers and more.

Then we try something new as Rene builds a huge laser cannon blast on the fly while the creative process behind a sound effects is explored.

Plus, we announce the first Tonebenders homework assignment…

Show links:

Frank Bry – fire
Usenbenz Emesser test
Rumpus ftp software
Signiant media shuttle
SATA to USB Dock
Netflix – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Netflix – Chasing Ice
Native Instruments – Massive
Sample Logic
U-He Zebra

006 – Analog Synths

In Episode 6, regular co-hosts Rene, Dustin and Timothy talk about analog synths and their role in sound design. Timothy talks about how he uses older synths from the ’80s and Dustin discusses his recent jump into the world of modular synthesis. Next up, we go over the studio moves that both Rene and Dustin have been involved with recently and the lessons they learned through these exhausting changes. We cover gear decisions, network setups, studio design and more.

Skyfall review
District 9
Moog Little Phatty
Muffiwiggler’s Modules and More
Richard Devine Videos
Francis Mazella
Russ Berger
Acoustic Systems
Nuendo 6

005 – Michael Maroussas, The Sound Collector’s Club, and Dustin Cawood

In Episode 5, special guest Michael Maroussas joins in from London England, along with regular co-hosts Rene Coronado and Timothy Muirhead. Michael is the creator of The Sound Collector’s Club, a crowd sourcing sound effects library. He discusses the club’s history and where the future will take it. Timothy also interviews sound editor Dustin Cawood about the work he has done recently on the documentary Chasing Ice and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Ice recordings
The Sound Collector’s Club
The Handel House museum
IFTT service for Soundcloud
Tim’s blog post about TSCC
Richard Spooner’s show Chuggington
Field recording trip to Iceland with Chris Watson
Chris Watson’s homepage
Dallas Audio Post Studio Design Project TEC award nomination
Chasing Ice

003 – Shaun Farley and Valhalla Shimmer

In Episode 3 – ‘iPads, Reverb & AES’, Tonebenders has its first guest sit in for the show. Shaun Farley joins regular hosts Rene, Dustin and Timothy with his memories of AES 2012 in San Francisco. Shaun is also a contributing editor at and talks about the recent changes taking place on the site. We also interview composer and sound designer David Burns about how he uses his iPad in his daily audio workflow and Dustin checks in with a review of ValhallaDSP’s ValhallaShimmer reverb plug-in. All this and a spirited discussion on loudness specs.

Diego Stocco – Music from a Tree
Liine’s Lemur for iOS
Rene’s post on the Slate Audio Raven
Auria for iOS
ValhallaShimmer Dolby Atmos review
November Issue of Game Developer Magazine featuring Shaun Farley’s Loudness Article