Following on our catchup of awarding Sonnox Community Awards we move onto March and April's winners, Mike Wabro and Bob Olhsson.
You may remember Mike's amazing use of iZotope RX3 to remove the music from the film Brief Encounter ready for a live performance of the film with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
If you haven't checked it out then take a listen to our interview where Mike goes into detail of the trials and tribulations and also you can hear some clips showing what magic Mike was able to achieve.
Mike Wabro - Winner for March 2015
I'm Mike Wabro from Audioinsight LTD. I'm a UK-based sound post production editor, mixer & on occasion- sound supervisor. I focus mainly on dialogue & ADR for feature films & higher-end television, but am equally comfortable on effects & sound design. I also teach and lecture sound at colleges like the NFTS.
I am a big fan of Sonnox plug-ins & use them whenever I can. Sonnox Dynamics is my go-to compressor on most of my mix bus returns, especially for Dialogue, due to its virtually transparent sound. I can be very mathematical about the numbers & know that even if I ride levels quite hot into it, that it will always stay within technical spec, & will rarely sound compromised or artificial. Sonnox Surpressor DS is also a hugely powerful & intelligent de-esser that I often reach for first in a mix.
I chose Sonnox Inflator because it's one of the few plug-ins in the Sonnox Elite Collection bundle that I don't yet own. Having used it before in mixes- most notably to match some pretty tricky & loud foreign version mixes on the Wall-E DVD, Inflator can offer an amazing amount of extra gain (like 10-20db more!) when the level is already close to 0dbfs- without the horrible waveform flat-lining that comes from driving signal too hard into compressors & limiters. It's a real classy get-out-of-jail-quick card. I will be very happy to get this in my arsenal.
Bob Olhsson - Winner for April 2015
My two absolute favorite Sonnox plugs are the Oxford Equalizer because it preserves the depth in orchestral recordings the best of anything I’ve ever found and the Pro Codec because it lets me make absolutely certain my masters will sound as good as they can when lossy encoded.
I was trained in vinyl mastering at Motown in Detroit and later moved into the studio recording all of Motown’s artists for five years. In 1972 I moved to San Francisco where I worked in rock, Gospel, classical and electronic ambient music along with live radio broadcasts. My last decade in San Francisco was spent as an assistant editor pioneering the use of Pro Tools in motion picture post production. By 2001 most of that work had migrated to Los Angeles and I decided to migrate back into music. I now do mastering here in Nashville for people all over the world. I’ve also dabbled in co-production and mixing when people have been willing to hire musicians as good as the ones I worked with when my career began in Detroit.
Bob will have to make do with our gratitude as he already owns all the plug-ins from the Sonnox Elite Collection as we'll as the Codec Toolbox and the Pro Codec too, he told us that they are "invaluable mastering tools".
What Is The Sonnox Community Award?
As we have said on many occasions we aren’t the only Pro Tools Experts, it works best when we pull together as a community to help each other when and where we can. There are plenty of places on the web for trolls and negativity, but many of our members work hard to create a positive and supportive community of Pro Tools Experts and we think that kind of attitude should be recognised and encouraged. With all of that in mind we are rewarding those in the community who go the extra mile to help others.
Each month we award the Community Member Of The Month Award sponsored by Sonnox. This award goes to the individual, who in the judges opinion, made an ongoing contribution to the Pro Tools Expert community.