Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
23/06/2022

Inside The Mix With Ana Monte

News Image
NUGEN Audio Q&A with Sound Designer/Recordist and Co-founder
of DELTA Soundworks

Q: How did you get your start in this industry?
A: I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where my love for music was first discovered. From the age of eight until 18, I studied piano at the “Rio de Janeiro State Music Conservatory.” After graduation, I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and Technology from California State University, Chico.

Q: What was it like starting out as a woman in the industry?
A: I’ve always been used to the fact that women are in the minority in this industry; we unfortunately make up only about five percent of audio professionals. For me, it’s something that was just always there. I’ve never personally had any big problems, even in college, where women were also in the minority, but I know it was tougher for older generations of women. I haven’t faced a lot of discrimination in the industry, and I really like working with people of all backgrounds. I feel lucky because I have the experience of knowing different languages and cultural experiences. Being Brazilian and outgoing, and using humor, has helped me a lot.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: Now that immersive audio is growing in popularity, we have started to work more exclusively on the types of projects that place you inside the story. Included among these is the multi-award-winning virtual reality (VR) project called BlautopfVR, a series of three experiences that is available online, in app stores or in the STEAM store, and was produced by SWR, a German tax-funded television channel. While it was developed as an entertaining journey, it is educational as well. It takes viewers through one of Germany’s largest cave systems, Blautopf, under the Swabian Alps, which has been explored by only a small number of people. The footage was captured using photogrammetry, a method in which you take several photos and stitch them together into a 3D environment. Since sound could not be recorded on-location, it was our job to recreate the soundscape and its acoustics in the studio using a virtual model. This was tricky because the acoustics of each cave is different, so we calculated the reverb in real-time using ray-tracing technology.

Q: What types of NUGEN Audio software and plug-ins do you use to problem-solve on your projects?
A: I use Halo Upmix for sound design, especially to create atmosphere sounds, like a cave or forest. I plug in my source, and Upmix just works; it’s really great. I don’t have to spend hours tweaking the sound just to have it only serve as a bed to add extra elements on top. We also recently integrated Paragon into our toolkit, which allows us to basically create completely new spaces and has been especially helpful for the immersive sound projects. Using these tools in combination with each other allows us to add more depth to our projects. For example, maybe I want an extra explosion and then we're in the middle of a pirate battle. They both work really well for tasks like that.

www.nugenaudio.com
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

24/09/2021
Comica Audio Launches VDLive10 Line
Comica Audio has launched the VDLive10 line of versatile high quality 2.4GHz wireless USB-A/USB-C. Lightning, and 3.5mm Microphones for shooting video
22/09/2021
DPA Provides Reliable Audio For Tempo Fitness Classes
When Tempo debuted in 2020, it had the connected fitness industry buzzing. The interactive personal training solution brings a team of expert trainers
20/09/2021
Pro Audio Appoints Chris Beardwell As Video And Lighting Sales
Pro Audio Systems has appointed Chris Beardwell to the post of Video and Lighting Sales. For more than thirty years, Pro Audio Systems has supplied pr
15/09/2021
Martin Audio Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Martin Audio returned to its celebrated Open Days for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions, which also included bot
15/09/2021
Barix Launches Exstreamer M400 IP Audio Decoder
For over a decade, Exstreamer audio over IP codecs from Barix have been mainstays of radio broadcasters' technical infrastructures for applications ra
14/09/2021
St Andrew Methodist Church 'Couldn't Be Happier' With TW AUDiO ELLA
When the time came for Colorado's St Andrew United Methodist Church to evaluate the effectiveness of its installed sound system, it encountered a prob
13/09/2021
Optimal Audio Appoints Head Of Sales And Channel Marketing EMEA
Optimal Audio has appointed Raf Willems as Head of Sales and Channel Marketing EMEA. Raf's twenty year career in the industry began in residential aud
13/09/2021
DHD Audio Appoints BVMEDIA As A Distribution Partner
DHD Audio GmbH has announced a new addition to its sales and support network with the appointment of BVMEDIA SRL as a distribution partner. Based in M
13/09/2021
Martin Audio Helps Protect Breeding Falcons
The high-profile owners of new £20 million penthouse suites at Battersea Power Station have been playing second fiddle to a breeding pair of peregrine
09/09/2021
Brown Bear Audio Expands Facility To Meet Demand
Audio post-production company Brown Bear Audio has expanded its facility with the addition of a new Dolby Atmos suite and dedicated podcasting studio.
06/09/2021
Martin Audio MLA Helps Crystal Palace Bowl Recapture Past Glories
With the new month-long South Facing Festival, music has returned to the Crystal Palace Bowl, scene of legendary rock shows in the 1970s. The site's r
02/09/2021
Audio-Technica To Exhibit Products At The Upcoming PLASA Show
Audio-Technica has announced it will be exhibiting at the upcoming PLASA show at Olympia between 5-7 September. The event will see Audio-Technica exhi
31/08/2021
Point Source Audio Appoints EMEA Business Development Manager
Experienced industry professional Gerry Forde has become the latest member of the Point Source Audio family, taking on the new role of Business Develo
08/08/2022
Eurovision Services And Ateme Conduct First Test Of BISS-CA Audio Features
At a recent major sports event in France, Eurovision Services and Ateme carried out the first-ever test of enhanced features of the BISS-CA encryption
08/08/2022
Martin Audio Unveils Environment Page
Martin Audio recently introduced a dedicated environment page to its website, detailing its approach to the climate emergency. Today, they took that a