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It has been a while since we’ve created a podcast roundup, so let’s get up to date with some of our favorite hosts!

Hear about mentorship – how to pursue it, how to get the most from your experiences as a mentee, and tips for writing your CV/resume. Hear an interview with Randy Thom, a man who needs no introduction, and how he began his respected career. Check out the new medium of AR documentaries with one that features interactive stories about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Hear from Derek and Barney about their new experiences in their careers, at the movie theatre, and out recording sounds. Take a walk through the streets of Paris in this final Sound of the Cities episode and meet two Parisian composers. Listen to field recording stories from Toronto native Adam Clark and about his gear and projects in Canada. And finally, learn about silence – what it means, where to find it, and how it affects us.

The Sound Women Podcast – Mentoring

Episode outline: ‘Kate Thornton is joined in the Sound Women Studio by Caroline Raphael (ex Radio 4 Commissioner, Editorial Director of Audio Penguin Random House) and Fran Plowright (Creative Learning Consultant). They discuss how to get the most out of a being a mentee, how to find a suitable mentor and offer tips on C.V writing. In this episode we also hear from Helen Boaden (Director of BBC Radio) and Sue Ahern (Director of Training, Sound Women and Creative People).’

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The Right Scuff – Ep 18: Randy Thom Interview

Episode outline: ‘Randy Thom started his career in radio after moving to a town in Ohio before making the transition to film in 1975. After another move as well as being persistent and searching for someone who would allow him a foot in the door, he eventually started working on Apocalypse Now as a sound effects recordist. He has been nominated for 15 academy awards and won for The Right Stuff and The Incredibles. Randy has an amazing story, and we can’t wait to share it with you all!

Thank you to a Toivo, a Finnish fan of John and the podcast who helped in mastering this episode. He is the reason our episodes sound so wonderful as of late and we thank him for volunteering his time to our podcast.’

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Voices of VR Podcast – Ep 723: “Pilgrim” is an Interactive AR Audio Documentary in the Streets of Amsterdam

Episode outline: ‘Pilgrim is an AR audio documentary that I experienced at the IDFA DocLab premiere as I was walking through the streets of Amsterdam. Co-director Lauren Hutchinson captured audio stories of people as they were walking the Camino de Santiago trail in the north of Spain, and you have a chance to listen to their transformational stories as you’re walking through an urban environment. If you stop, then that pilgrim continues on and you wait for the next pilgrim to come along with a new story. They used prototype AR glasses with spatialized audio that were connected to a phone, which used ARKit through camera to track your movement and rotations as your turning around.

I had a chance to talk with co-director Hutchinson, who collaborated with Saschka Unseld and the Tomorrow Never Knows team in order to create this location-based, interactive AR story set to a specific loop in downtown Amsterdam. Aside from the phone providing directions, the overall experience was screenless. It focused on augmenting your experience with interactive audio in order to recreate the serendipitous interactions that you might have if you were taking pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago trail.’

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Soundbytes Podcast – Ep 26: New Year, Same Old Us

Episode outline: ‘Hello! Welcome back to episode twenty-six of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. It’s 2019! The year has really flown by. We’re starting the year off right, with another of our rambling episodes. This month, we talk Spiderverse, Aquaman, the recent hibernation of Designing Sound, Derek’s new Roland R-07, the importance of taking a break, the BOOM X DICE Battlefield 5 Urban Explosion library, and Derek tells us about the cool Team Audio streams he’s been on recently. ‘

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  • Red Libraries teamed up with the sound designers Frederic Devanlay and Thibault Csukonyi to create the new “Mutant Insects” collection

    The library gathers a wide range of oversized wings for equally-oversized designed flying insects, along with an extremely rich toolbox. It allows you to quickly and easily create every flying creatures and mutants you have in mind, but also sweeten or emphasize details with natural layers for real-life documentaries, games or feature films.

    These insects are more impressive than in real life by their size and the noise made when flying.
    So we called them “MUTANT Insects”.
    And why not also use it for bird wings…

    8 different species are featured : Fly, Hornet, Grasshopper, Beetle, Moth, Gnat, Rhino Beetle, Dragonfly.

    The movements offered are Idles (loop), Passes by, Swirling Evolutions (loop), Swarms (loop), Abrupt Movements (take flights, attacks, spasms…)

    These evolutions have been created with the help of the Traveler plugin by Tonsturm, and the Sound Particles software by Sound Particles.

    Presets for Sound Particles and Traveler are included in the pack. Many thanks to Tilman Hahn and Nuno Fonseca.

    The toolbox will allow to imagine your own mutants or to just simply create real insects, With natural layers such as hummings or different appearances to made wing strokes.

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  • Drones & Moods Glacier Ambience Play Track 27 sounds included, 130 mins total $30 $20

    Glacier Ambience is a pack of ambient drones created especially for the purpose of being used anywhere.

    If your voice-over needs life, your video needs a mood, your sound design ambience needs a lift, and more.
    These are ambient soundscapes and drones and not sounds from an actual glacier, but they were created while I was looking at one.

    All this in one package. All designed for the specific ability to drag and drop any of the tracks in the package to your soundtrack and it will instantly bring a background mood and life to your creation.

    All the sounds in here have been created while I was living in Iceland – with drones, glaciers, ambient life, nature and northern lights in mind.

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  • River Estuary is a series of recordings centred around the River Deben estuary in Suffolk, an area famous for its natural beauty and wildlife. It is a treasure trove of sounds that capture the ambience of this serene environment, with a focus on the wading bird calls that give the estuary its unique sonic character.

    The library was mostly recorded on a boat stationed in Woodbridge in the late winter of 2018 with private access to the boatyard, allowing me to record safely over night. I continued the recordings up until late summer, making trips to other areas along the Deben in between. I was also granted permission to record on the privately owned Sutton Hoo side of the Deben, another of Suffolk’s areas of outstanding historical significance and beauty, equally full of life but further away from the rumbling traffic and human life coming from the town.

    It includes the sounds of curlews, oystercatchers, redshanks, geese, swans, ducks and various other wading bird calls, as well as general ambience recordings of the area at high tide and low tide and all hours of the day. The night calls that echo over the expanse of the river at low tide are particularly evocative.

    The library was recorded entirely in 24bit/96k with a double Mid/Side rig consisting of Sennheiser MKH60/30 and 8040 mics, encoded to 5.1 Wav. A stereo option is also available at a lower price. As a bonus there is a collection of bird call spot FX taken from the recordings with noise reduction applied, for those who may need to add individual wading bird calls to their ambience.

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  • Industrial Factory Tones Play Track 17+ sounds included $15

    Factory Tones by Badlands Sound features 17 two minute seamless loopable roomtones, making these a breeze to work with – perfect for your projects.

    I was able to capture all these sounds with no one there so these are just factory room tones that are steady with very little movement or noises from the outside world. All sounds are available to hear in the products audio demo.

    This sound library was recorded with professional gear including the Sound Devices 702t, Rycote ORTF, and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s creating high quality roomtones of 96k / 24 bit.

    If you are looking for factory room tones or looking for bigger tones and beds to fill the scene then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata.

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  • Roomtones & Ext. Ambiences House Tones Play Track 57+ sounds included, 114 mins total $40

    House Tones by Badlands Sound features 57 two minute seamless loopable roomtones totaling of almost two hours of different room tones found in a home including Bathrooms, Basements, Bedrooms, Closets, Garages, Home Offices, Laundry Rooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms, Showers, and Utility Room.

    This sound library was recorded with professional gear including the Sound Devices 702t, Rycote ORTF, and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s creating high quality roomtones of 96k / 24 bit.

    If you are looking for house or apartment room tones then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata with descriptive words with no number lists.

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Sound Matters – Ep 24: Paris, Potentially

Episode outline: ‘Ah, Paris. Unmistakeable, beautiful Paris. Paris: a place so unique – so authentic, so essentially itself – that it is truly irreplaceable. The eighth and final instalment in our Sound of the Cities mini-series – a sonic exploration of our urban environments and their cultural soundscapes – visits the French capital. There we meet two composers, Yann Coppier and François Bonnet, who both spend a lot of time thinking about sound and how it informs the nearly ungraspable sensations and feelings – the je ne sais quoi if you will – which makes a place seem real or not. But just how Parisian are the sounds of Paris, exactly?’

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Location Sound Podcast – Ep 26: Adam Clark – Location Sound Mixer based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Episode outline: ‘Adam Clark is a location sound mixer based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s worked on films, commercials and television projects. He uses the Sound Devices 688 and SL-6. Lectrosonics wireless mics, dpa 4060 lav mics, dpa 4017 shotgun mic and dpa 4018, Sennheiser 416 shotgun mic and Cedar DNS 2 noise reduction, and Lectrosonics IFBs. Adam is also co-owner of Toronto Sound.’

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Twenty Thousand Hertz – Ep 58: Silence

Episode outline: ‘Our world is filled with sound. It exists in even the quietest corners of the planet. But what happens when all that sound is taken away? What is silence? There are very few places on Earth where silence actually exists, but in this episode, Dallas experiences it for himself thanks to a special room called an anechoic chamber. How do our brains process the complete nothingness of silence? Find out as Dallas locks himself alone inside the chamber. Featuring David Alvord and Nick Breen from the Georgia Tech Research Institute.’

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