Subject says it all really. What resolutions do you have for 2017 re sound design? What gear would you like to own? What skills would you like to have mastered? What sound would you like to capture that you haven’t before? What bad habits would you like to break?
I’d like to have a working knowledge of midi and to have unboxed my midi controller and started using it in projects.
I’d like to learn how to make SFZs and have created some.
I’d like to have released at least one SFX library.
As for sounds to capture, I just like capturing all sounds, so there aren’t any in particular I can think of.
Biggest aim for the year is to bite the bullet and invest in an SFX library manager and sort my library with proper metadata. Also, I need to be more disciplined in setting aside time to record my own sounds when I’m not working .
Gear wise, I’m convinced from reading the threads on Exchange that I should get a NAS to ensure my data is safe. I’d also like to pair my D100 with a Mix Pre-D at some stage.
I don’t really do resolutions, but I like to plan ahead quite far, and start before the New Year. I spent all of Christmas day this year editing and recording, as I decided to finally start digging into my massive and mostly untouched library of sounds that I have recorded but not edited.
I sorted everything out, and even managed to finish editing two separate small libraries. My plan for this coming year is to do a lot more editing and to completely empty my ‘Not Yet Edited’ folder.
Also, as Brendan said, a NAS would be quite nice.
I would like to bite the bullet on a SD 633 or even 688. Also looking to expand my mic locker for sfx recording – especially some good stereo rigs for MS and ORTF/XY. Currently, I am cramming a Shure KSM44 and my Oktava MK-012 into a Rycote windshield for MS – it works, but takes forever to get them gaffed in right. =) I have tried using my Senn 416’s for ORTF/XY recordings, and while they’ve gotten some decent results, it’s not great.
I want to begin exploring binaural and VR sound this year. I also want to get a solid handle on the world of sampling and synthesis.
I hope to spend a lot more time recording in the field.
I desperately need to manage my time better, and create a better work/life balance. I also need to work on my organizational skills.
I’m kind of like, Chris. Not really much for resolutions, but I’m constantly evaluating where I’m at and what I feel I should be working on next. As the year was winding down, I recognized a growing desire to do more recording again…as well as general design noodling and play. I’ve got a lot of software tools that I haven’t been able to dig into as deeply as I would like, so that’s going to be one focus. Of course in order to do that, I needed to take a few things off of my plate. Finishing up the give-away we were running all of last month goes a big way towards that, but so does stepping back from the weekly posts I was doing on Sundays. So that’s where I’m at currently. Step back a little bit from the community focused agenda, and get back into personal skill/career development. Who knows what I’ll be shifting focus to in 6 months time?!
I would like to record at least one unique acoustic musical instrument I have access to, and build a sampler library for distribution. I need some new mics for that. Thinking of buying a pair of Line Audio CM3 that can also serve as field recording mics inside a blimp (ORTF?) and maybe build myself a U87 clone.
I would like to record some electro/mechanical device deeply and create a small sfx library for distribution. Unclear as to what to record yet.
I would also like to make and release a couple of videos with walkthroughs of designing specific sounds
Hoping to collaborate with a team of audio drama creatives next fall to produce a horror/mystery for Halloween. Missed my chance this past year due to family health issues. 2017 will be better!
In the area of incremental goals I would like to know my software tools yet deeper. I am much happier and more confident when I feel that I can use my tools creatively and have control over them rather than rely on presets. Of course that’s not a binary thing. I’m somewhere on the path to mastery just need to push ahead.
Love reading others’ responses