RTS Scotland welcomed students and sound engineers to an event in late October to discuss the latest developments in audio post-production.
Speakers at the event, which was held at BBC Scotland, included Avid Pro Tools specialist Simon Sherbourne and dubbing mixer Paul Wilson whose credits include BBC One’s Panorama.
Wilson discussed sound, narrative and the thought processes that lie behind building a basic soundtrack. He used recent BBC Two documentary Planet Oil to demonstrate how vital sound is in telling a good story.
The dubbing mixer also stripped the audio from a piece of video and then reintroduced tracks, one by one, to reveal their purpose. “If you play these examples to people, it shows them that sound doesn’t just happen. It’s breaking that down that shows how much goes into it,” Wilson explained.
The final part of the presentation discussed loudness and how to normalise loudness levels. Sherbourne explained how Nugen audio monitoring tools work, sparking questions from the audience.
“I hope the event raised awareness of the RTS and the technological strides that are being made in post-production, and showed what can be done with the latest hardware and software,” said Eric Joseph, Managing Director of Glasgow-based technology installers Mediaspec.
Photography by Chloe MacLeod