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Blogon April 30th, 2010Comments Off

Old school meets new school – the Shure 55SH is a classic dynamic microphone that fans of Elvis will recognize as the microphone that the King used in the US stamp that was issued in 1992 to commemorate the Graceland legend. Behind the microphone is a ProTools HD interface, the pinnacle of digital audio workstations. Using a very shallow depth of field, the rectangular lights on the front panel of the ProTools HD interface become beautiful circles of light, a blurring effect that is known as bokeh: it’s the Japanese word for blur, which is correctly spelt ‘boke‘, but to get the right pronunciation, the extra ‘h’ was added to create ‘bokeh‘. For the camera buffs out there, this shot was a Canon 7D with a 50mm f1.2 lens, off-camera strobe.

FX Collection

Blogon April 23rd, 2010Comments Off

Josh McKible is a Tokyo-based graphic designer who was tasked with coming up with an ‘Asian’ image suitable for a collection of high-resolution asian sound effects intended for sound designers working in TV and film. From that sketchy brief, he created this awesome image, featuring a skyline of iconic structures in Asia as a beautiful face listens on yellow headphones to the sonic soundscapes of Asia.

Alas, this was first commissioned in 2008 for what was expected to be a 10 DVD collection, but with digital distribution and the falling prices of hard drives, the Aural Asia FX collection will eventually be released via various online FX sellers who will offer the sound effects individually and also as a complete collection on a 250GB hard drive that will have 24-bit 96kHz stereo WAV files, 16-bit 48kHz stereo WAV files and 320-kbps stereo mp3 files.

Get in touch with Josh at +81-90-1105-7575

Why? How? When?

Blogon April 2nd, 2010Comments Off

The idea for Aural Asia sparked in February 2007. Martin Scorcese, one of America’s greatest film directors, was finally recognized at the Oscars for The Departed, a double-cross police / Irish mob undercover agent story ¬†starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, one that was adapted from a hit 2002 Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs.

For many people in the HK film industry, it was a seminal moment: a movie from Asia adapted by a Hollywood legend had been recognized at the highest level by the voters of AMPAS.

For me, as a sound designer and mixer who has worked extensively in the industry since 1989, I saw it as a pivotal point of sound design turning truly global: for so long, Asia was seen as an exotic destination and films used ambiences that were often generic. For sound designers who live and work in Asia, these ambiences were significantly detached from what we were hearing here on the ground.

A new era of Asian sound design, from hard effects through to ambiences, was born. read more