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    What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? What’s the most rewarding?Ryan Cota : The most challenging aspect to what I do has got to be when the quality of the original recording I am working with has been compromised. Ambient noise, distorted levels, poor tonality, scratchy lavs — it makes our job in post infinitely more difficult when you don’t have a solid original to work with. Dialogue is imperative to the understanding of the film by the eventual audience. However, I have been on set and I know first-hand what issues those production sound professionals have to deal with so I don’t ever hold it against them — they’re out there striving to produce the best product and sometimes it’s difficult to achieve a good product.As for the most rewarding: When I cut dialogue, I hunt down every scrap of usable audio from the set whether that’s dialogue or otherwise. I’m saving and cataloging every bit and piece there is. Door opens or closes, footsteps, specific movements of characters that have unique clothing, items they come into contact with, etc. I do this so I can fill out a scene with as much original production audio as I can. That bedroom door gets a consistent sound. That character has that little bit of personalized jingle because of his zippers on his jacket. I’m creating a believable, continuous stream of audio that sounds realistic and fills the entire scene from end to end. I’m not one to cut all noise away and leave a bare track with only the dialogue remaining. I strive to fill out the track as much as possible before I turn it over, organized neatly on tracks so dialogue is easily isolated from production fx in case the foley artist would like try a different approach. But the most rewarding thing to me is when the sound designer or supervisor mentions to me during the mix at the dub stage that “we really didn’t have to augment much in this scene, we didn’t have much to do” — that’s the response I am working towards when I cut dialogue. Exchange in abundance. To progress successfully into employment in today’s music industry takes a lot of hard work, focus, commitment and passion.Choosing to work in the music industry is not for everyone. It also requires a strong set of competent skills and a well developed ‘creative muscle’. We aim to support you in developing all of these areas during your time at DYNAMICS School of Audio Engineering .If you are passionate about building and developing your skills in sound engineering, music production, studio recording, mixing and remixing, mastering, listening skills, creative music technology, synthesis, sampling, creative process, collaboration and much much more, then you should definitely carry on reading.
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