With Pip Norton and Chris Watson – 16-18 December 2016

This two-day course explores techniques of editing audio files on a computer and mixing soundtracks. Through demonstration and working on practical tasks you will learn how to create, edit, manipulate and improve sound recordings, and also how they can be effectively combined and mixed together to produce a soundtrack. This could be for a television or radio programme, for installations, movies, video games, CD/audio-file releases or for your own enjoyment.

The course includes the creation and production of Foley sound and sound effects, how to record the perfect voice over/narration, and covers the growing area of multi-channel mixing.

It is suitable for those who have already taken our Introduction to Wildlife Sound Recording course, or those who already have some experience of audio work. It will also be invaluable for video editors and producers who oversee the post production process.

The course is taught by Pip Norton, a highly experienced re-recording mixer and post production specialist, and Chris Watson, one of the world’s top wildlife sound specialists who regularly works for the BBC.

The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK. Accommodation is shared rooms (or there are nearby bed and breakfasts/hotels if you prefer), and there will be excellent home-cooked food.

It is recommended that you bring your own laptop/computer with editing and mixing programs installed and any sound recording equipment you may have. (If you have yet to invest in any audio software, one recommendation is to try Reaper – this is an excellent digital audio workstation which you can try free for 60 days, and if you wish to continue you can buy a license for just $60 (about £40)).

The staff are leading the way in their field of work. It was a fantastic, unmissable experience and I am so glad and grateful I was able to attend the course.
It was a truly great learning experience from my point of view. Thank You Wildeye for the opportunity.
The tutors made a great team and between all of the staff I found I was able to learn much more than I expected through their perspectives and backgrounds in the field of audio post production work.
I just wanted to say a huge thanks again to the Wildeye Crew for the weekend. I’ve come away from it inspired and ready to put the things learnt into fruition.
Thank you Wildeye faculty, crew and classmates for a really useful and enjoyable weekend. It was interesting to see the many different audio takes on the same visual material.

Itinerary

Friday
Aim to arrive by 6pm, directions will be sent when you have booked your place.
7.00pm – evening meal served
8.30pm – introductory chat – admin, who we are, who you are, and what we will be doing over the next two days – an overview of audio post production
9.30pm – break
10pm – Chris will play some recorded programmes (optional attendance)

Saturday
8am – breakfast
9am – an introduction to recording Foley. Techniques and developing character with Foley. Followed by practical
11am – coffee break
11.30am – introduction to Sound Design – layering sound fx, using EQ, compression and noise reduction
1pm – lunch
2pm – practical sound design. Record, layer and treat own audio.
4.pm – tea break
4.30pm – mixing for podcasts and radio
5.30pm – recording a V/O theory and practice, choosing acoustics
6.30pm – free time
7pm – evening meal served
8.30pm – multi-channel mixing for installations
9.30pm – introduction to the next day’s practical

Sunday
8am – breakfast
9am – preparing to mix to picture. Metering, monitoring, templates and workflow
10am – practical project. You will be given a short video to record a V/O, source fx, sound design and mix
11am – coffee break
11.30am – practical continues
1pm – lunch
2pm – complete practical project
3pm – critical analysis of mixes, final QnA
4pm – course ends

Staff/Tutors

Pip Norton
Pip NortonAudio Post Production Tutor
Pip started her mixing career at the BBC, mixing such classics as Blue Peter, Casualty and Songs of Praise. She left to join George Martin’s Air Studios, where she continued mixing many series for BBC including Silent Witness and Desperate Romantics. While she was at Air she won the Best Dubbing Mixer Conch and started mixing for film as well as television (click photo to read more).
Chris Watson
Chris WatsonSound Recording Tutor
Chris is a composer who specialises in recording the sounds of wildlife and the natural world. His freelance career in film, radio and TV has taken him to some of the worlds’ remotest places. Watson worked on David Attenborough’s Life and Frozen Planet productions for the BBC, which both went on to receive BAFTA Awards in the Best Factual Sound.
Piers Warren
Piers WarrenPrincipal of Wildeye
Piers is well known throughout the wildlife film-making industry as the founder of Wildlife Film News and former producer of wildlife-film.com, which he created in the 1990s. With a strong background in biology, education and conservation, he has had a lifelong passion for wildlife films and has a wide knowledge of natural history. He cut his teeth in the industry as a sound engineer and multi-media producer, running a studio for many years before creating Wildeye.

Booking Information

Costs: £395 per person
This includes tuition, accommodation, and meals

Dates: 16-18 December 2016
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