A new trailer for A Quiet Place, a film I worked on in October 2017, was released today.
The first trailer for Becks, a film I worked on in August 2015, was released today.
This is a Christmas special that I worked on.
In SURPRISE! INSTANT XMAS CAROL!, celebrity carolers from across the entertainment spectrum hit the road in search of people who look like they could use a little extra holiday cheer. They then surprise their listeners with their own unique renditions of a classic Christmas carol; some good, some bad and some…well, you know. The result is a holiday special packed with unforgettable songs performed in often wild and unpredictable situations. One-of-a-Kind Christmas Special to Premiere Dec. 21 on TBS.
Have you ever found yourself wondering what kind of audio gear is used to make your favorite English dubs of anime? Probably not. For most people, the closest they’ll ever get to that is wanting to be an English voice actor. But when I starting studying the audio post-production process I found myself asking these questions, and the answers were not readily available.
Thankfully, I was able to make some educated guesses on what equipment they use based on a handful of behind-the-scenes videos. I’m sharing my findings for people like me that geek out over audio gear.
Its important to note that while I might get some of the gear correct, these are still only guesses. Also, some of these videos are several years old, so my list may not be up-to-date.
Here’s what I’ve discovered:
- The engineer is working in Pro Tools. If you look closely you can see the clip gain icon and input monitoring icon; therefore, it could be a few different versions:
- Pro Tools 9/10 HD
- Pro Tool 9/10 w/Complete Production Toolkit
- Pro Tools 11 HD/HD Native
- Based on the year the video came out, it can’t be be Pro Tools 12.
- The mic preamp looks like a Neve Portico 5012
- The voice actor is almost definitely using a Neumann microphone (they have a very distinctive shock mount). Based on the size, it’s probably a TLM 103.
- The engineer is working in Pro Tools. See Studio A for version notes.
- The mic preamp is a visually different model of the Neve Portico 5012.
- They are using a Mackie Big Knob for controlling their studio monitors
- The studio monitors look like older Mackie HR824’s
- The microphone looks the same as in Studio A.
- Almost every behind-the-scenes video I’ve seen has this mic.
- They appear to be using an external meter with Pro Tools, but I’m not sure what brand/model.
Composer/Sound Designer Studio
- The composer is working in Logic Pro. My background in Logic is limited, so I’m not sure what version it is.
- There’s an older Pro Tools icon on his dock. Judging by the presence of the Digidesign 002 audio interface, it’s probably not an HD version of Pro Tools. Maybe LE 8?
- The studio monitors are pretty blurry in the video, but they look like older Mackie HR824’s.
- You can also see the icon for EditShare on his dock, which is used for media management. We use it at the studio I work for. You can think of it as a really fancy external hard drive.
Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list; in fact, one of the videos I found implies that there are a handful of other studios. Nevertheless, this was a fun thought exercise. I hope this was helpful to aspiring ADR Engineers.
The spot I did for Tesla just came out.
In the small rural community of Ortonville, Minnesota, Henry Nelson is a mail man with a difference. His community relies on him, and he relies on his Model S. With its superior handling, exceptional reliability, and low running costs (except, perhaps, the occasional car wash), Model S is the only choice for Henry.