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Back Ups

Posted in Reading material on October 8, 2010 by conorsound

After reading an interview with Chris Lord-Alge (seasoned music engineer) from Mix magazine, I thought about back ups and archiving.  Lord-Alge mentions his preference of using tape for archiving, “When I put that track sheet in the box with the tape and a year-and-a-half later they need it, I’ve got what they need… With my system, I know that whatever went on that record, I have it and it didn’t change.”  He compared the task by using hard drives, “If that hard drive will not boot up, you are missing your record.”  Always a valid point since hard drives have an unknown life span.  He fails to mention how cheaper and more practical external hard drives have become.  Can’t you just buy more drives?  In the case of archiving, the problem with these big affordable hard drives is the “lubricant in the bearings get sticky (if left unused for a long period of time) and the drive may not spin up when you come to retrieve the data a couple years later.”  (Thornton,  Both sides have their positive and negatives.  I mean who has the money for tape????

If interested in this topic, check out Mike Thornton’s article.

It surprises me how many people I’ve ran into that didn’t back up their important work (some cases they lost precious material that couldn’t be recreated!).  I manually backed up a current sound project onto a different drive after reading both of these articles.  Whether it’s data management, back ups upon back ups, or archiving, professionals must have a method no matter how boring it can be. (film or music) What’s your back up method?


Film Sound Website

Posted in Reading material on June 16, 2009 by conorsound

Some interesting reading material on this site regarding sound for film.

I especially enjoy the articles in the question section (

I haven’t update my blog much lately because I’ve been so busy with Four.  I recently completed the final mix and finally have to time work on my site and update this blog.  I’m thinking about doing a post dedicated to dialogue editing.

Sound Seminar: DC 210

Posted in Reading material on April 6, 2009 by conorsound

Word document download:

Sound Seminar Handout

Audio Clips:

Clipped audio file

Clean audio file

Distortion Visual Representation


Numerous angles of audio inputs for a JVC and DVX

Book on Foley

Posted in Reading material with tags , , , on March 13, 2009 by conorsound

The Foley Grail by Vanessa Theme Ament


There are very few quality books on the craft of sound alone.  This one dives into a specific sound element: Foley.  A film, tv show, game ect… is made up of sound elements (or predubs) to create the final mix.  Foley is recorded in post-production and involves “sweetening” or sonically creating what the actor is doing or touching.  Vanessa Ament, the author, is a seasoned pro in the craft.  The professional credits are endless.  She reveals what happens behind the scenes.  Her words are inspiring and insightful.  She emphsizes on bringing your past experiences and passions into you’re present art work.  This is a great read for anyone that is interested in post-production sound.