Well 2011 has been a pretty good year for me professionally. I was able to work on a lot of fun and entertaining projects, and work with fantastic people throughout the year.
One big change for me, happened a few weeks ago when I moved studio spaces. Regular readers of this blog might remember a post I wrote last March about my previous studio being robbed. Luckily insurance covered everything and with help from some friends in the business, I was able to meet all my deadlines while waiting for the insurance money. As a result of the robbery, I left that shared studio space and moved my gear into my basement and set up a home studio. This had both positives and negatives. The positives are obvious, short commute, stocked fridge, easier to deal with long hours and family commitments. But the negatives were present as well. I actually like getting out in the world and talking to people, and I found with the home studio I could go days without seeing anyone that did not actually live in my house.
So after almost two years working from home, I have ventured back out and moved into a new space. The great advantage of this space is it is across the hall from a large post production studio so when I want to talk shop I can pop through their door and have a bit of social interaction. So far so good, although I am already finding myself either going in early or late in order to avoid the subway in rush hour. That was certainly something I did not miss while working at home.
On another note, I thought I would wrap up this last post of 2011 with a shout out to a couple of the blogs I have been frequenting over the last year. These blogs have been both entertaining and extremely informative. I tend to be a bit of a lurker and not much of a commenter, so I will take this chance to give my thanks to the people behind these sites. These might be old news to some of you, but for anyone that has not been to any of the following - make a effort to go through the back catalog of posts on these sites as they are gold mines of information. (I am not mentioning Designing Sound or Music of Sound as hopefully everyone is already reading them regularly)
This blog is run by a gentleman named Rene in Dallas. One of the things I really like about this site is how it will take a single subject or topic and stretch it out over many posts to really go in depth on the various stages being covered. A great example is the string of posts covering Rene's experience doing a SFX library funded via Kickstarter. He really goes in depth on how the recordings went, what it was like dealing with Kickstarter's protocols, and if he would recommend others trying similar projects. Another great read is a 4 part breakdown on recording full coverage of an old pickup truck. I know a popular read on the site is the handheld recorder shoot out, that answers a lot of questions as to what different recorders excel at. I could go on about some of my other favorites but you really should just head over and read it all to find your own favs.
On another note Rene is part of a new indie SFX library called Echo Collective that is doing some interesting stuff. I picked up the Oliver Typewriter collection and already used it a bit to make some cool UI sounds.
This website is written by Paul Virostek in Toronto. Strangely I have never met Paul even though we live in the same city and work in the same general field, but I sure read his blog a lot. I really like the angle that Paul takes when writing about recording sounds in places all over the world. As an avid traveler myself I always look forward to hearing his recordings from various cities across the globe. Recently he has been doing a series of posts with advice to people thinking of selling there own SFX, featuring lots of lessons learned from his own online SFX service Airborne Sound . Other posts are field reports breaking down a recent recording session he has done. One thing that really sets Paul apart from most audio blogs is his philosophy that there should be more to recording then just pointing a mic at something and hitting record. There is a series of posts called Creativity in Sound discussing how to better invest yourself into your recordings.
This is more of an aggregator site then a blog but it always seems to come up with something interesting. Cheryl Tipp, the site curator, searches out great articles in a whole bunch of different audio worlds. Lots of links to great sound art installations, crazy archival gear and recordings, and tons of wildlife field recordings. Every week is a new adventure on this site.
See you all in 2012!