Game audio hiring and recruitment Asbjoern Andersen


Want to know what's crucial to get right when applying for a game audio position - as seen from one potential employer's perspective?

Here's your chance to get some interesting leads on exactly that, as in a series of tweets, Richard Ludlow from Hexany Audio just shared some to-the-point insights into what they look for, what works and what doesn't when they hire new members to their prolific game audio team. Here they are:


Written by Richard Ludlow and republished with his kind permission
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We’re hiring for a couple of sound design roles at Hexany Audio, so I thought I’d share a bit what that process looks like at our studio. Please note: These things are true for us alone, not every studio.

 

Reels

Our very first step is a blind review of demo reels. We don’t look at names, years of experience, resume, or anything else. We’ll pass if your reel isn’t excellent. And if your link doesn’t work, we move on. Pro Tip: Test your link a private window before sending.

We’re looking to hire video game sound designers. If your reel is 100% film and doesn’t contain anything at all from a game and your resume doesn’t have anything related to games, you’re probably not the best fit for this position.

We are 100% fine with sound re-designs that aren’t from titles you actually worked on. So long as they showcase your work, we don’t care if they are from a game you didn’t work on.

Audio-only reels are no good. We need to see sound work done to picture to tell what your creative intent was. Music, abstract soundscapes, and raw SFX without video aren’t helpful, and if you don’t have any examples of sound to picture, we’ll pass on your application.

Music, abstract soundscapes, and raw SFX without video aren’t helpful, and if you don’t have any examples of sound to picture, we’ll pass on your application

While not a factor in elimination, we don’t love reels that are entirely ‘stylized’ work. If you’re submitting all 8-bit work, spells or abstract concepts, it can be more difficult for us to gauge your abilities…

For example, we prefer a cinematic demo that is somewhat grounded in the real world, because we know what that sounds like and we can tell if you were able to successfully craft a scene that has less room for creative interpretation and a more expected end result.

Did you record everything in your reel yourself? Bonus points for creativity! But if the end result isn’t incredible, we do not favor your process over the end result. We need to know you can make something amazing & at this stage we care much less about how you did it.
 

Application

At this point, if we like your reel, we’ll look at the rest of your application. If you didn’t follow the directions when applying (e.g. naming your files the correct way, etc.) we flag you as not having an attention to detail.

Attention to detail is critical in game work. We don’t immediately eliminate you for this, but looking back, we’ve never actually hired someone who didn’t follow all of our instructions explicitly.

From here we look at your cover letter & resume. Not many things will eliminate you from consideration at this point, but one can be experience.

If we’re hiring an assistant position, it means we want someone who is a blank slate we can train. Likewise if we are hiring for a position with a ‘minimum years of experience’, we want candidates to meet that minimum. Too much or too little experience are absolutely factors

We hear from industry-seasoned candidates that they want to be considered for entry-level positions. But if we’re hiring an assistant position, it means we want someone who is a blank slate we can train. Likewise if we are hiring for a position with a ‘minimum years of experience’, we want candidates to meet that minimum. Too much or too little experience are absolutely factors.
 

 

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    All sounds are organized into 8 categories:

    • Organic Deepness
    • Subtle Impacts
    • Ethereal Whooshes Swells and Risers
    • Droplets and Splashes
    • Atmospheres and Drones
    • Shine and Bright
    • Tonal

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    Synthetic Drones is the beginning of a new, affordable series aimed at delivering high quality cinematic soundscapes, with variety and flexibility in mind to induce dread and discomfort onto your audiovisual ventures.

    Synthetic Drones was achieved by running a multitude of analog synthesizers through complex effects chains, resulting in resonant, cold, mechanical ambiences where its source remains abstract and mysterious.

    Each audio file contains several variations of the same synthesizer and effects chain, ranging from simple resonant notes, abstract rhythmic clanging and organic soundscapes, rounded up with a futuristic approach, perfect for gloomy science-fiction projects. The takes are long and evolving, giving you creative freedom to use them however deemed necessary.

    Add to cart
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    DESCRIPTION:

    This library provides the highest quality vocal sounds of the members of a wolves pack in their social interaction: Howls solo and in groups from 2 to 9, fierce growls, extremely bassy grumblings, barks, snorts, whines, yapping. All the raw material was collected using the method of passive week-long observation with minimal intrusion, nothing was staged or provoked. A large part of the library is made of unintentional recordings of the accidental territorial quarrel between a polar wolf SEVER and an alpha male HORT: very aggressive growls, teeth clacking and other fight sounds. Luckily, despite the terrifying sonic impression, no one was injured. About 60 hours of raw recordings were edited into 1 hour 18 minutes, 151 files with 500+ individual sounds. Wolves are very emotional, expressive and surprisingly musical. So, these sounds can be equally useful for films and games representing wolves, as well as for creature and monster sound design. Some of the recordings sound very humanlike.

    10% of this library revenue goes to the shelter for wolves.

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    JUST WHOOSH 4 sends forth an armada of highly trained and bloodthirsty Whoosh Sweeteners, ready to take over and beef up any feeble Whooshes, spineless Pass-Bys and wimpy Transition sound effects in no time.
    So they finally do what they should: intensifying the sense of motion and velocity of anything that moves on screen.
    From short, fast pass-bys, through magical fireballs to massive, droning, portly passing spaceships – This Whoosh Sweetener Toolkit does the job.

    To strike with even more precision and efficiency, the fleet splits up into three squadrons:

    JUST WHOOSH 4
    1st STRIKE

    Categories:
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    Rattle & Mechanics
    Spacecrafts & SciFi
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    Categories:
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    Engines & Motors
    Projectiles & Ballistics
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    Categories:
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Interview

Next up is an interview. It’s extremely rare we pass on someone due to culture fit, personality, or anything else in this first interview. We’re looking to get confirmation your resume was truthful and that you love games. If so, you’ll probably get a sound test.
 

Sound Test

Assuming you got an interview, the sound test is the #1 determining factor for us in hiring.

Assuming you got an interview, the sound test is the #1 determining factor for us in hiring

This is your chance to shine, and is the primary driving force in our hiring decisions for sound design positions. This deserves all of your love and attention.
 

Follow-up Interview

This is where we want you to dive into your process for the sound test. Talk shop, give us details, and ask us questions. This interview will include myself, our lead sound designer, producer, and potentially others.
 

In-Person Interview

Assuming that went well, we’ll want you to come over at this point and meet the team, see the studio, and socialize with us. You’ll be asked additional questions about experience, etc. to see if we think you’ll be a good fit for the job and the team.
 

Final Thoughts

99% of questions we receive through email or DMs can be answered by reading the job description and application. Sending us a question that can be answered by reading the position details doesn’t help get you noticed, it just wastes everyone’s time.

Devote time to making your reel incredible and you’ll rise to the top for sure, even if things aren’t a perfect fit for this particular position

When hiring for our sound design positions we are very focused on the quality of your work. Devote time to making your reel incredible and you’ll rise to the top for sure, even if things aren’t a perfect fit for this particular position.

A big thanks to Richard Ludlow for letting us share his insights on what works for Hexany when it comes to the game audio hiring process!

 

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About Hexany Audio:

The team at Hexany Audio has worked on franchises like Assassin’s Creed, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Blade Runner, Jurassic World, and many more. At the time of writing, they have positions open for a Sound Designer, Assistant Sound Designer and Intern. See the currently open positions here, and learn more about the company here


 


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    Ancient Armour and Weapons is the result of months of recording, editing and arranging historic prop foley and combat sounds. Recorded at a dedicated foley stage in London, UK with a wealth of experience in crafting sound for feature film, TV and video games.

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  • 8-Bit Retro sound library is a collection of retro-sounding beeps, bleeps, loops, and jingles, that all sound like they came straight out of those legendary arcade video games and the time when Nintendo, C64 and Atari ruled The Earth!

    Perfect for games, cartoons, movies, and other projects involving retro game themes, you can use these 8-bit sound effects as they are, or explore vast new sound possibilities by playing around with them, combining, looping, and layering them. If you need a fresh and versatile collection of retro-sounding 8-bit sound effects for your production that will instantly throw your audience back to the 80’s era and the time of classic arcade games and consoles, 8-Bit Retro sound library is a must-have!

    8-Bit Retro sound library contains 672 sound effects (116MB) in 16 Bit / 44.1 kHz Stereo WAV format, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow, and separated into three categories: 1.Loops 2.Jingles 3.Various

  • Destruction & Impact Smooth Play Track 140 sounds included $39 $25

    SMOOTH is a collection of 140 24-bit/48khz wave sound effects.

    I’ts delicate, soft, deep, eerie, cinematic. Its sounds are crafted for slow motion shots, abstract film sequences, motion design shots and mysterious, not aggressive, evocative and ethereal projects.
    All sounds are organized into 8 categories:

    • Organic Deepness
    • Subtle Impacts
    • Ethereal Whooshes Swells and Risers
    • Droplets and Splashes
    • Atmospheres and Drones
    • Shine and Bright
    • Tonal

    They are total wet and 100% reverbered, designed with a “light touch”, definitely the opposite of big distorted and punchy sounds.

    36 %
    OFF
    Ends 1586728799
  • Drones & Moods Synthetic Drones Play Track 177 sounds included, 305 mins total $30

    Synthetic Drones is the beginning of a new, affordable series aimed at delivering high quality cinematic soundscapes, with variety and flexibility in mind to induce dread and discomfort onto your audiovisual ventures.

    Synthetic Drones was achieved by running a multitude of analog synthesizers through complex effects chains, resulting in resonant, cold, mechanical ambiences where its source remains abstract and mysterious.

    Each audio file contains several variations of the same synthesizer and effects chain, ranging from simple resonant notes, abstract rhythmic clanging and organic soundscapes, rounded up with a futuristic approach, perfect for gloomy science-fiction projects. The takes are long and evolving, giving you creative freedom to use them however deemed necessary.

  • Animals & Creatures Wolves Play Track 500+ sounds included, 78 mins total $55

    DESCRIPTION:

    This library provides the highest quality vocal sounds of the members of a wolves pack in their social interaction: Howls solo and in groups from 2 to 9, fierce growls, extremely bassy grumblings, barks, snorts, whines, yapping. All the raw material was collected using the method of passive week-long observation with minimal intrusion, nothing was staged or provoked. A large part of the library is made of unintentional recordings of the accidental territorial quarrel between a polar wolf SEVER and an alpha male HORT: very aggressive growls, teeth clacking and other fight sounds. Luckily, despite the terrifying sonic impression, no one was injured. About 60 hours of raw recordings were edited into 1 hour 18 minutes, 151 files with 500+ individual sounds. Wolves are very emotional, expressive and surprisingly musical. So, these sounds can be equally useful for films and games representing wolves, as well as for creature and monster sound design. Some of the recordings sound very humanlike.

    10% of this library revenue goes to the shelter for wolves.

  • Mechanical Just Whoosh 4 | Whoosh Sweeteners Play Track 532 - 1614 sounds included From: $55 From: $30.80

    JUST WHOOSH 4 sends forth an armada of highly trained and bloodthirsty Whoosh Sweeteners, ready to take over and beef up any feeble Whooshes, spineless Pass-Bys and wimpy Transition sound effects in no time.
    So they finally do what they should: intensifying the sense of motion and velocity of anything that moves on screen.
    From short, fast pass-bys, through magical fireballs to massive, droning, portly passing spaceships – This Whoosh Sweetener Toolkit does the job.

    To strike with even more precision and efficiency, the fleet splits up into three squadrons:

    JUST WHOOSH 4
    1st STRIKE

    Categories:
    Noise & Interference
    Rattle & Mechanics
    Spacecrafts & SciFi
    537  Sounds | 1,84 GB
    JUST WHOOSH 4
    2nd STRIKE

    Categories:
    Abstract & Fantasy
    Engines & Motors
    Projectiles & Ballistics
    545 Sounds | 1,82 GB
     
    JUST WHOOSH 4
    3rd STRIKE

    Categories:
    Friction & Organic
    Metallic & Dystopian
    Synthetic & Artificial
    Water & Bubbles
    532 Sounds | 1,58 GB

     

    44 %
    OFF
    Ends 1587419999
 
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