Tonebenders / Episode Twenty Four


In this episode, we take a look at a bunch of pro audio books that make great reads. The featured interview is with Rob Bridgett, author of ‘Game Audio Culture’. Also featured are authors Ric Viers, Paul Virostek, Gordon Hempton, Vanessa Ament and others.

Show Links:

Tonebenders on Soundcloud
Rob Bridgett’s ‘Game Audio Culture’
Ric Viers’ ‘Sound Effects Bible’
Paul Virostek’s Creative Field Recording Blog
Paul Virostek’s ‘Field Recording: From Research to Wrap’
Gordon Hempton’s ‘One Square Inch of Silence’
Marshall Chasin’s ‘Hear The Music’ PDF Download
Vaness Ament’s ‘The Foley Grail: 2nd Edition’

Tonebenders / Episode Twenty Three


In this episode, we take a tour of Footsteps Studios, one of the worlds most prestigious foley stages. Owner Andy Malcolm tells us about the philosophies behind his art while taking us through his studios and props. Plus, our first give away contest!

Show Links:

Tonebenders on Soundcloud
Footsteps Studios Homepage

Tonebenders / Episode Twenty Two


In this SoundBytes episode, Timothy sits down for a one-on-one interview with Will Files, sound designer and re-recording mixer – based largely out of Skywalker Ranch. Will is one of the most experienced mixers around with the Dolby Atmos surround format. Will tells us about his career, the positives and negatives of working with ATMOS and lots more.

Show Links:

Will Files’ IMDB page
Dobly Atmos

Tonebenders / Episode Twenty One


In this episode, Rene and Timothy sit down with Ann Kroeber, veteran audio post and field recording professional. Ann tells us of her career path and her work on classic films like the Black Stallion, Dune and others. She also shares some of her techniques used to record animal vocals and her unique SFX service at

Show Links:
Ann’s SFX Company Sound Mountain
Ann Kroeber’s IMDB
Alan Splet’s IMDB page
Interviews with Peter Weir, Carroll Ballard and Phillip Kaufman on working with Alan Splet

Tonebenders / Episode Twenty


In this SoundBytes episode, Timothy and Rene interview Roth Mobot, a duo that perform and teach workshops on the art of circuit bending. They teach us the history of the craft as well as the basics that anyone would need to start making crazy sounds for themselves.

Show Links:
Designing Sound
Designing Sound’s Broken Theme
Roth Mobot’s website
Recommended Book on Circuit bending

Tonebenders / Episode Nineteen


In this Episode, Rene and Timothy tackle a bunch of recent listener questions about sound design. Next up, Rene interviews Willem Sannen, a field recordist in Belgium. They talk about his home-made binaural dummy head microphone setup as well as other adventures recording out in the world.

Show Links

Live Sound Design Episode referenced in listener Question.

GearSluts forum question referenced in Listener Soundminer question

Paul Virostek’s eBook on Field recording and Metadata

Forum post referenced about audio job interview etiquette

Social Sound Design question that inspired our mic eq segment

Slate Digital Mic emulation system

Free Chains SFX Library from Kyle Evans

Kyle Evans’ Sound Design Website

Free Kickstarter Firearms SFX Library

Paul Virostek’s blog post on metadata fixes for the free firearms SFX Library

Guest Willem Sannen’s Tumblr

German Webshop selling silcone ears

Blog post (in Dutch) with pictures of how to make your own binaural headset turning cheap earphones into microphone clips on your ears.

Tonebenders / Episode Eighteen


In this Episode, we welcome Vanessa Ament, author of ‘The Foley Grail’, the preeminent book on the art of foley. Vanessa dives deep – giving us a history of the craft, various differences in foley styles and techniques, as well as some stories from her own tremendous career.

Show Links:

Vanessa Ament on IMDB
‘The Foley Grail’ on Facebook
‘The Foley Grail’ at Focal Press

Tonebenders / Episode Seventeen


In Episode 017, Rene and Timothy answer some listener questions and Rene presents some tests he did matching various microphones using Izotope Ozone – the results are surprising. Finally, we talk Plural Eyes for audio pros.

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Tonebenders / Episode Sixteen


In episode 16 Timothy talks to Gordon Hempton about recording in pristine wilderness, protecting natural silence and his personal bouts with hearing loss. That interview is followed up with a talk with audiologist Marshall Chasin about the best ways to keep our ears in long term health.

Show Links:

One square inch of silence
Soundtracker documentary about Gordon Hempton
Quiet Planet SFX Libraries
Free PDF of “Hear The Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians” by Marshall Chasin
Musician’s Clinic of Canada

Tonebenders / Episode Fifteen


In this episode, René takes the Tonebenders spaceship for a solo cruise and talks with Jason Cushing from SoundMorph about making sound FX libraries, evaluating the marketplace, doing the art and the new SoundMorph software release: Wave Warper.

Show Links:

Echo Collective