270 episodes

Tonebenders is a Sound Design podcast dedicated to covering the worlds of sound editing, field recording and audio post production for film, television and gaming. Through interviews and experiments we delve into everything from foley to plugins. Check us out at www.tonebenderspodcast.com

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

Tonebenders is a Sound Design podcast dedicated to covering the worlds of sound editing, field recording and audio post production for film, television and gaming. Through interviews and experiments we delve into everything from foley to plugins. Check us out at www.tonebenderspodcast.com

    168 - Sound Design For Installations

    168 - Sound Design For Installations

    Creating sound for an installation in a physical space, like a museum or for an art piece, is a whole different world then tackling the sound of a film or game. There are so many variables it can make your head explode, exhibition space acoustics need to be accounted for, speaker placement can be any arrangement you can dream up, client expectations need to be met and managed, playback systems must be designed from scratch. Every installation project is an entirely new animal, with very little carrying over from job to job. We brought in 4 guests with extensive experience in this rarely talked about medium, so you can listen in as Jeremy Bloom, Jenn Grossman, Mike Clemow and Brad Nayman and share their hard learned lessons.
    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/268-sound-design-for-installations/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Hosts This Episode: Timothy Muirhead & Teresa Morrow

    • 45 min
    267 - Sound Design For Horses

    267 - Sound Design For Horses

    When working on a project that features horses on screen, the sound design can be broken up into 3 main categories: Their hooves, Saddle/Bridle, and their Vocalizations and Breathing. None of these are easy to design the sound for. Luckily we have some of the most talented people working in audio post-production chiming in, to tell us how they approach horses in their work. Paula Fairfield, George Haddad, Wylie Statemen, Gary Hecker, Mandell Winter, Robert Stambler, Don Sylvester and Sandra Fox all pony up their hard earned knowledge.

    Sandra Fox Does a quick Horse Hoof Foley Demonstration (2:24)
    Wylie Stateman, Don Sylvester and Mandell Winter talk about doing sound for horses in westerns (4:20)
    Gary Hecker discusses his work for both horse foley and as a voice actor specializing in horse vocalizations (12:15)
    Robbie Stambler and Paula Fairfield breakdown a specific horse scene from The Rings Of Power (26:30)
    George Haddad explains his horse sound design workflow on the many western series he has been Sound Supervisor on (31:20)
    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/277-sound-design-for-horses/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Host This Episode: Timothy Muirhead

    • 46 min
    266 - Audio Post For Comedy Specials With Vinny Alfano

    266 - Audio Post For Comedy Specials With Vinny Alfano

    Have you ever been watching a stand-up comedy special and felt like you were in the room the day it was recorded? A lot of that energy relies on the sound of the crowd as they laugh and react to what the performer is doing on stage. Vinny Alfano has worked on the audio post-production on stand-up specials from Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman, Iliza Shlesinger, Louis C.K, David A. Arnold and more. He talks us through how to translate that energy from the live performance to the screen by making crowd reactions immersive, and the performer crisp and clear.

    Also.... Attention Sound Designers and Mic Lovers! The Field Recording Slack is currently running a MACHINE themed crowdsource library. Whether you're just getting started or already sleep with a mic under your pillow, your sounds are needed!  There are some serious prizes  up for grabs from Pole Position, Aftertouch Audio, Penguin Grenade, Tonsturm, Sonorous Objects, Articulated Sounds, Thomas Rex Beverly, Shaping Waves, Axl Sound, Western Tiger, JSE, Surround Sound Lab and more. Mark Mangini and Ezra Dweck will choose the winning sounds after the June 30th deadline. For details on how to take part go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cwXn-h6YBOaKaA9QSOofII_hkQLgX9OlYUKj-xDvFtc/edit There have already been 130 machines recorded and submitted, so lets get your sounds in too—You Don’t miss this one!

    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/266-audio-post-for-comedy-specials-with-vinny-alfano/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Host This Episode: Timothy Muirhead

    • 20 min
    265 - Invincible

    265 - Invincible

    This show hits hard! Invincible may be an animated series, but it is definitely not for young kids.  There are real consequences here, characters die, battles leave marks. The sound design has to be big and impactful to match the powers of the super heroes going toe to toe on screen.  Punches are huge, explosions really go BOOM.  Blood rains down.  Supervising Sound Editor Brad Meyer, Re-Recording Mixer Jeff Shiffman and Sound Effects Editor Katie Jackson tell us the secrets behind the sound design of the punches, the endless blood, inter-dimensional portals and lots more.
    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/265-invincible/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Host This Episode: Timothy Muirhead

    • 30 min
    264 - The Curse

    264 - The Curse

    How do you use sound to amplify feelings of awkwardness and discomfort? In The Curse the sound design is tasked with making the viewers skin crawl in a very unusual way. The series is not horror, but there are times you feel you have to look away. Long silences (that are never actually silent!) lead to unexpected emotions in both the characters on screen and those watching at home. The show's main characters, played Emma Stone, Benny Safdie and Nathan Fielder, lie to themselves and each other while their lives spiral as a result. It is quite a ride. Re-recording mixers Tim Hoogenakker and Larry Benjamin are joined by Production Sound mixer Phillip Bladh to explain how they captured and sculpted the sound to be an emotion driving force for the series.
    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/264-the-curse/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Host This Episode: Timothy Muirhead

    • 42 min
    263 - Masters Of The Air

    263 - Masters Of The Air

    How much Fun would it be to have the opportunity to record one of the few working B17 "Flying Fortress" planes that are still operational? The sound team from AppleTV's "Masters Of The Air" got to do just that. They were able put 60 microphones all over the B17, to record every part of it that made a noise. Then they took those sounds back to the sound editorial team and turned the recordings into to the amazing sound design of the intense air battles featured in the series. Supervising sound editor Jack Whittaker and re-recording mixers Michael Minkler & Duncan McRae tell us all about the challenges this series presented and the ways they met them.
    Show Notes: https://tonebenderspodcast.com/263-masters-of-the-air/

    Podcast Homepage: https://tonebenderspodcast.com

    Tonebenders Host This Episode: Timothy Muirhead

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

David Moré ,

Glittering Mountains of Knowledge

I really love this show. As a sound artist/improvising musician attempting to transition into working in sound for other media, this podcast has been a true education, as well as a source of great pleasure. The podcast has been a balm for troubled ears, especially during this pandemic, as I am currently working overnight at a grocery store, and am doing a deep dive into the show's archives via headphones while stocking shelves (there is plenty of toilet roll, you needn't worry, it arrives nightly). Anyone need any grocery store ambiances? Hit me up! (Just kidding, all you'd hear is the sound of competing bluetooth speakers declaring the varied tastes of my co-workers). Many, many thanks to the hosts, Teresa, Timothy, and Rene for their hardwork and generosity, I owe them the equivalent of university tuition. I'll temper my praise with a slight criticism, just to prove my sincerity in what otherwise is intended as a glowing review: the bit in the intro where the women says "Let's do this," well, it kinda creeps me out, it's like sound design podcast as "jock-jam." Though that's just these ears, excellent work y'all, and thanks again.

jane_seager ,

Lots of insights

A lot of audio production podcasts are chitchat about gear. This one has that, but it also goes deep into the creative process, and those are the kinds of questions I ask a sound designer when I get one in a room.

faders up ,

👍👍👍👍

Entertaining and insightful. Keep up the great work! Cheers

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