Sound Off the Ground

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  • Why Sound Off the Ground?

    This is a pinned post. To see the newest issue, just scroll down. Launching Feb. 1, 2023 Why did I create Sound Off the Ground? Because just a few years ago, when I was brand new to audio, I got a lot of help from other people in the industry. And now I’ve learned enough…

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  • Zen Ear, Beginner’s Ear [SOTG #2]

    As a rule, I don’t do rules. That’s one of the reasons I love sound design: no rules. Not for me, anyway. Except maybe “Don’t damage anyone’s ear drums.” Other than that, it’s principles all the way down. Principles are far more interesting than rules. While rules involve one-size-fits-all, almost mindless application, principles provide guidance…

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  • Copy That! [SOTG #1]

    Years ago, one of my sons was drawing a picture after dinner. He said he was copying something his friend drew that day in preschool. I said, “Oh, that’s nice. But why don’t you draw your own original thing?” He said, “My own original thing is copying people.” Turns out, he was on to something.

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