Hey. I'm Jonathan. I'm just now taking my first steps into the game audio world and was wondering if anyone here came from the music recording/performance world and found a home amongst other game audio enthusiasts here
33 years old, have had a fairly successful career as a keyboard player for some well known artists on tour, and have worked for several major companies (Disney, Sony, Fox) but either as a musician or a sound engineer. I have little experience with code, but I know sound, music, and my digital technology assets like the back of my hand. I do have a music degree, and a well equipped facility to work out of. I'm looking to start building the portfolio, but in my geographical region (South Carolina) there's very few people and groups to collaborate with. Despite my resume which is considerable in the audio world, I'm willing to do what I have to get my demo reel put together, and I understand that may mean taking on free jobs.
My question to some of you guys is where is the best place to start working? Would you look for groups that need a sound designer but can't afford to pay one? If so, where is the best place to find those groups? I need help with the middleware (I think thats what its called)...and I'm unfamiliar with the process. Should I attempt to learn this stuff via online videos? If so which ones? Or is it simple enough for someone to talk me through?
If someone is going to trust me with their intellectual property, I'll respect them as if they were a paying client regardless of if they have a zero budget. What will they want to know about me or my skill set? I'll be careful not to exaggerate, since I'm really here to take my first steps and learn.
I hope I don't sound crazy for going to a forum where the gamers are...I'm literally at a roadblock and frustrated watching hundreds of sound-engineer wanted adds pass through my email, but I can't apply to them because I don't have the portfolio.
Thanks! And look forward to hearing from you guys!
ps...I don't know if it matters but here's the gear list
- I own legal valid licenses for all major DAWs. Protools HD, Nuendo, DP, Ableton, Logic, Reaper, Cubase
- Avid System 5 BP mixer, eucon and atmos ready.
- Crane Song D/A converters
- Facility currently equipped for 7.1 surround (JBL) - near fields = Focal SM9 monitors
- Most major plugin and virtual instrument libraries
- Blue, Neumann, and Telefunken flagship mics for ADR/foley
Edited by jkuehlin, 25 January 2017 - 10:26 AM.