Nicola Dale documentary audio post-production

Category : Soundtrack May 11, 2014

An audio post-production job I did recently for a film by Antony Barkworth-Knight about artist Nicola Dale‘s work.

The main task was to clean up 15 minutes of voiceover, a recording of Nicola that Antony had made on a Zoom H1, which was quite noisy.

In Audition I manually reduced some big plosives and pronounced clicks in ‘k’ sounds, removed mic handling noises, shortened pauses, and made some louder breathing sounds more subtle, before starting to experiment with noise prints and noise reduction settings. I noticed that the stereo image highlighted NR artefacts so I narrowed it to reduce this effect. To compress the track to mono would have made the job simpler, but as the final product would be mostly the vocal unaccompanied I wanted to preserve as much atmosphere in the image as possible, so I spent time working to find a balance between this and acceptable NR settings. I rolled off low bass and fine-tuned the EQ to suit Nicola’s vocal characteristics, before de-essing, and adding upwards compression and expansion to create a soft-knee noise gate that helped hide any stray artefacts. I finally added back in some subtle brown noise as the sound was beginning to feel too clinical, with the added advantage that it helped to mask any remaining artefacts.


David Mitchell’s Soapbox sound design

Category : Soundtrack December 17, 2011

I designed and mixed the soundtrack for the Stag Nights episode of David Mitchell’s Soapbox using a combination of Adobe Audition and Apple’s Soundtrack Pro.  Sound effects and music were sourced from the excellent Audio Network PLC .


Harry Hill’s Little Internet Show sound mix

Category : Soundtrack December 19, 2010

ChannelFlip asked me to work on the sound mix for Harry Hill’s Little Internet Show. This was largely a repair job as the sound had been recorded badly. I removed, or at least minimised wind noise, peaking distortion, hiss, rumble and unwanted microphonics – Harry was wearing a clip-on mic while rolling on the floor fighting his ‘nephew’ in one episode. Embedding is disabled on the episodes on Youtube, so here’s a link to the channel.


Channel Flip ident

Category : Films, Soundtrack August 19, 2010

Following a rebrand, the guys at Channel Flip asked me to create a new animated ident. Here it is in action at the end of an episode of the excitingly popular David Mitchell’s Soapbox, which this week is in 3D! You’ll need to find some red/blue glasses, or make some out of some Quality Street wrappers.


080

Category : Films, Soundtrack June 5, 2005

080 was my graduation project . I developed the music in FL Studio while simultaneously devising the visuals with Maya. This enabled me to let the project evolve – a change of direction in the composition of the music would also affect the visual style and vice versa. The piece in a way became a reflection of the process that made it. 080 won Best Student Film at FilMid Festival 2006, was a finalist in both the Music Video and Student Film categories at the British Animation Awards 2006, and screened at over 40 venues internationally.