Old 07-13-2017, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Animation short - sound edited and mixed in Reaper

This is a project by a bunch of talented people, and I got to do the sound for it. See the credits at the end of the six minute film for a list of folks and their roles.

The film is a trailer for the Mayann Project, which provides new maps, hats, items and weapon(skins) for Team Fortress 2.




Here's a shot of the session: https://i.imgur.com/MP78DsS.png


Working on this was a lot of fun, as most of us did this in our free time. This meant we could take our time. The music was refined over time, mostly because of recuts. Zagir ("MrModez") was kind enough to send me instrument group stems for the third part, which definitely helped the films atmosphere.


Most of the foley work was done at home, in my back yard and edited in from my recorded library of foley of previous projects. Some library material was used.

Pretty much the entire dialogue was put together from recordings found in the game. Most of it is grunts, laughs and screams . That probably took the most time as I needed to search through the over 2000 VO lines to find what worked. Reapers database functionality in the media explorer saved tons of time here.

The plugins used were quite basic. ReaEQ, ReaComp, RDeesser, RComp, Valhalla Room, Aether and Voxengo Elephant. EQ, dynamics, reverb. That's it.

Mics used for foley and effects are almost entirely my KMR81, which is a wide shotgun mic.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:07 AM   #2
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Congratulations to all involved. Having been told about the sound I naturally gave it a lot of attention (and it is very well executed) but to be honest after a while I just went with the narrative flow. The soundtrack was as it should be - kind of invisible.
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NIIIIIIIIICE! Great job.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:08 AM   #4
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Good job!
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:39 PM   #5
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Nice work Airon! I find it such a pleasure to work on projects where I don't need to consider anything but the finished product.

I got to hear a 5.1 ad I mixed in Reaper at the theater today and although I've done many of them I have never had the chance to experience the final product. I was proud and this end product is far more entertaining than that was so you should be more so.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:03 AM   #6
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Recently I had such an experience as the first project I mixed, the German dub in this case, of a Netflix production. Lucid Dream, and then shortly thereafter El Chapo. It was pretty cool watching that on my own TV and home theatre speakers.

The sound for this animation short is going fairly unnoticed, which is good. Invisible art and craft.
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