My passions are audio post and music from design to mix and with my creative clients, we communicate ideas because, that’s the real business in the studio, realising creative communication. We may be telling a story in a documentary, selling a car with a TVC, educating, posing an idea or desire, espousing the views of an organisation or having fun with a reality TV show, but its all communication.
And it starts right here as sound, that stuff that gets into your head, even when you’re not looking at a screen.
This is the about page so here’s a brief history. I trained at the ABC and became a cameraman working predominantly in the old Gore Hill studios. I had a great time there and some of the shows I worked on included Playschool, Mother & Son, GP, Countdown, Money or the Gun, plus live productions such as operas, symphonies, sports and even Live Aid. The ABC did offer a diverse menu!
I left the ABC to pursue music and audio post, which has led me to working with every television network and a multitude of production companies. It has also given me a much varied experience, for example, looking after Disney Special Events live shows in Asia and working with some of Sydney’s finest session musicians on my own music.
Working in a creative environment is what I love to do and I have benefited from the knowledge, experience and high production values of the people I have had the good fortune to work with over the years.
In my building are two other businesses, Take 2 Creative Audio (same business as me, we back each other up when needed) and The Mustard Factory which does editing and After Effects.
ABC TV, NINE, SEVEN, TEN, SBS, most major production companies, many agencies, live event producers. For these companies I have composed original music, audio post, location sound, live event sound, video production/editing, direction and writing. I have been lucky enough to work with not only a multitude of creative people but also across many aspects of audio and music production and creation.
So if you have your client coming to a voice over session, what do you think their expectation is? A studio like the picture below? I think it is. You don’t want to take your client to a “studio” bedroom, or office. You need to impress them and make them feel comfortable.
The SoundEngine studio was professionally designed and tuned and the recording equipment is top notch. Its a place to work without distraction and focus on the job at hand.
And since we’re in the business of communication, getting the right take is a matter of direction, voice direction. With voice talent costs being high, we want to get it right the first time. You may be experienced and happy to direct yourself, or if you want help, I can take control and maybe give you ideas on how we can get more options. If you need advice on voice talent, I’m happy to help out and supply you with a list of suitable names and take care of the bookings.
The work I do encompasses many forms and I have a mix of long and short form work. I do a few television series each year, plus maybe a documentary, some long form corporate and even some ADR for feature films. I will also record and mix a lot of TV and radio commercials and TV promos. Corporate work features quite a bit these days as businesses see the benefits and need of having a video presence on the Internet.
Sound design is another aspect of work often involving animation. I do like trying to find sounds for things that have no natural sound and its often surprising what works! Adding SFX to these productions really does lift them to another level.
Audio books have also been a big part of my work and I have recorded and produced hundreds of titles. The books range from preschool picture books where I also composed the music to contemporary adult fiction. This has led me to work with some fantastic actors, plus I get to read books!
Music, its why I left the ABC all those years ago. The tricky bit is turning a brief into a sound and its very satisfying to get it right. Over the years I have written and co-written songs, TV themes, corporate themes, incidental music and weird, SFX/even I’m not sure/avant garde… stuff.
One thing that you do get to do when composing is work with some of this countries finest session musicians like, Peter Northcote, Brydon Stace, Bill Risby, Leon Gaer, Victor Rounds and more, all staggeringly good musicians and able to bring a polish that I would never be able to play. Of course this is all to make your music sound great.
So, with all that said, this is what the SoundEngine studio is for, a place to work in a focused way and achieve great communication.
Audio post production for all styles of production. Voice recording, mixing, sound FX and ADR.
Composing original scores for all productions.
Give your pictures more life. Punctuate movements and ideas and take your production to another level.
Compiling and mastering of soundtracks and audio books for CD/DVD.
Click on either Audio Post, Music or Sound Design to sort the videos and hear samples of my work.
1/101 Union St, McMahons Point, 2060