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Pro Sound Effects Blog

40 Years of Halloween: Alan Howarth on creating classic sci-fi and horror sound effects

October 22, 2018 by Andrew Emge in Interviews, Library Releases
Explore the creative process behind the dark, moody soundscapes that defined a genre with iconic horror/sci-fi composer and sound designer, Alan Howarth.

From Script to Final Mix: Enos Desjardins on how story informs sound design for film & TV

September 13, 2018 by Andreas Russo in Interviews, Film Sound
Learn how every sonic detail can tell a story, and get advice on how to break into the audio post production industry. In a career spanning only six years, sound designer and sound fx editor Enos Desjardins has already managed to work on major TV shows like Black Mirror and several feature films – in addition to winning the 2016 "Best Sound Design: Short Film" Music and Sound Award for his work...

Futuristic Sounds Grounded in Reality: Creating Kin's sci-fi sound effects with Joseph Fraioli

September 06, 2018 by Andreas Russo in Interviews, Film Sound
Learn how a hands-on approach to sound design and narrative analysis informed Joseph Fraioli's clarity and innovation in creating the sci-fi sounds of the film Kin.

Emmy-nominated sound editor Jacob Ribicoff on working with Ken Burns and creating the sound of HBO's Fahrenheit 451

September 05, 2018 by Vinny Alfano in Interviews, Film Sound
Learn about Jacob Ribicoff's long-time collaboration with filmmaker Ken Burns, and how he approached creating the Emmy-nominated sound for both The Vietnam War and Fahrenheit 451.

Beautiful Bugs: Recording insects with Ann Kroeber

July 30, 2018 by Andrew Emge in Library Releases, Interviews, Sound Recording
Get the stories behind the recording and sound design process of the moody, expressive insect sound effects in the new Beautiful Bugs library. Insect sounds have a natural rhythm and depth in their buzzing, droning, clicking and swelling. The familiar moodiness and complexity of these sounds make them ideal sound design layers – whether you’re immersing the audience in the atmosphere of a scene...

The importance of sound in documentaries with Peter Albrechtsen

July 23, 2018 by Vinny Alfano in Interviews, Film Sound
Discover how Peter Albrechtsen took a subtle yet detailed approach to craft the sound of the new documentary, Generation Wealth.

From Freelance Composer to Audio Director: An interview with Richard Ludlow of Hexany Audio

May 17, 2018 by Katie Tarrant in Interviews
Learn how Richard Ludlow has built a successful game audio career and directs the sound team at his company, Hexany Audio. Hexany Audio is a Los Angeles-based audio team specializing in original music and sound for games, VR and interactive media. Their credits boast a variety of projects from the music and sound for the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate trailer campaign, to sound design and audio...

Sound Effects Master Class with Mark Mangini

May 01, 2018 by Andrew Emge in The Odyssey Collection, Sound Design, Interviews
Discover how award-winning sound editor Mark Mangini approaches new projects and various styles of sound design using his sound effects library. In this new in-depth video interview from SoundWorks Collection, Academy Award®-winning sound editor and PSE Library Partner Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road) discusses his experiences building his sound effects library and how to...

Engaging Silence: Behind the daring sound of A Quiet Place

April 18, 2018 by Vinny Alfano in Interviews, Film Sound
Learn about the intricate and risky sonic decisions made while creating the sound of A Quiet Place. Watching A Quiet Place will make you feel more like a participant than a spectator. A family of five in a post-apocalyptic world must try to survive while vicious creatures are on the hunt for anything that makes a sound - shhh! Since its release, the movie has achieved critical acclaim, and its...

Storytelling with sound effects – with Mark Mangini & Richard L. Anderson

March 07, 2018 by Andrew Emge in Interviews, The Odyssey Collection
Learn how renowned feature film sound artists approach the creative use of sound effects as a narrative tool. Sound is half of the movie experience. Directors including George Lucas and David Lynch have said so themselves. And if you’re reading the Pro Sound Effects blog, I’m likely preaching to the choir. But what does that really mean in practice? How does the soundtrack become more than just...