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Dunkirk

I rarely post any cinema experience here, but now I have to. I saw Dunkirk the other day and was thoroughly impressed with it. For many different reasons but obviously my main focus is almost always the sound.

First, let me confess, although I’m an overly sound obsessed person, I still think that certain moments in the movie are hurtingly loud. But this is the only negative thing I can say. The whole mix is exceptional and in my opinion the score is just fantastic.

Here’s a short video that explains a sound illusion called the Shepard tone.

While this of course enhances the experience and really makes everything more intense, let’s be honest, it’s a film. So this works as a whole. Film making is an art that comprise of many many different creative minds coming together to create something huge. The Shepard tone alone wouldn’t make much difference. However, used properly it’s just the right thing to use.

I also suggest to read this article in Business Insider: Christopher Nolan explains the biggest challenges in making his latest movie ‘Dunkirk’ into an ‘intimate epic’

I really recommend everyone to go and watch this. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like it, but still, it’s a masterpiece.

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Site back again!!!

After a day of headache and trying to find the root of the problem, the whole site is up again, with all the past articles untouched. As it turned out, ironically a plugin caused the whole issue. Just as an audio plugin can cause huge problems with our DAWs.

Finding and deactivating the plugin was not hard, wish I knew this before. Hopefully now everything’s going to be fine.

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Routing

The simple act of defining where you get audio from and where you send it. Meaning defining the inputs and outputs. It really simple. However, if you have a small experience in live sound for example, you’ll encounter vastly different systems with unbelievably different routing solutions.

Some has matrix style, some has drop-down menus and others may have some sort of Excel style sheet system for routing. All works, but at some point they become confusing. I’m on tour now so again, I encounter almost every possible console that is used on shows around the country. From Avid through Midas to Soundcraft and you name the rest. And when time is your biggest enemy, you surely need a good, simple and accurate routing scheme. That’s why I personally think live sound desperately need some standard in this regard.

While I can make a show happen on any console, sometimes I need a minute to think it over and really pay attention in order to nail the routing. And to be honest, routing is not a hard thing to do. So if I need to think it over, it’s because the method is not really help. I mean the method a particular manufacturer use. Frankly I love standards. They’re clear, well thought out and trustworthy.

I know many would argue that standards tend to kill innovation but in my opinion this is not true. Standards come from the greatest innovations. But they become standards only if they can prove reliable, flexible and clever enough to be adopted. That’s what the live sound industry miss.

Don’t get me wrong, you can make it happen. But the amount of learning curve for this very simple act is sometimes ridiculous. Of course as usual, in my opinion.

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Hectic posting

You surely noticed that the Anatomy of a score mix series still lacks a few additional blog posts. For the very reason that simply I had no time to finish the articles between the tour dates and the last score mix. Which is sad, but please don’t give up so easily.

Already got one more post almost ready which is about the distortion/saturation plugins that I’ve used during the score mix. And another one planned that will show you how a control surface can make your life much easier when you’re dealing with a vast movie score. And make no mistake, this won’t be a marketing material. These methods are all true, real and tested.

I’ve been using the Avid S6 for more than 2 years now so I really got accustomed to it, and developed my own methods to quickly find everything even midst the hundreds of tracks.

So stay tuned and please have a little patience, as soon as I get back to home, I’ll post the missing episodes.

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