Last update : 03/05/2017
Figurativly speaking, polish
mean : "Complete work
Perfecting, fine tuning"
I am meticulous and perfectionist, and I propose careful analyse of
your soundtrack for detecting audio passages that can be improved. My
experience in sound capture, mixing and soundtrack analyse allow me to
detect large number of faults, even those that can be sometimes deemed
Soundtrack check and polish
The check and polish
service I propose is not editing, nor mixing, nor mastering, nor restore. But an
analytical listening of your soundtrack, with the goal to eliminate
severe faults or simply improve perfectible points.
Who is concerned by soundtrack check and polish service ?
check and polish
service is intended for self-employed people or institutions
creating audiovisual media's for public diffusion (radio, TV, Internet)
or for internal fields (corporate) and that love and search the best
sound quality :
- Theatre, TV and radio...
- Public or internal events with recorded tracks...
- Voice-over : radio/TV, documentary, corporate...
- Demo files for internet, shorts for festivals or competitions, etc.
It is mainly adressed
to peoples :
- that think something goes wrong, but can't explain
why and so can't do any correction
- that think all is OK but prefer to get
a validation by "new" and external listening
- that are in a learning curve / educational step : beginners and studients in
audiovisual, radio, voice-over...
This service is not well adressed
- sound operators working all the days in a sound quality process
- musicians that only want artistic feedback on their song
But my soundtrack is already perfect ! How can I improve
course, you have already done all was needed to get the best of your soundtrack. But are you sure to have detected all
subtle faults ? Are your ears enough educated for that ? Sometimes,
things seem to be not significantly bad and certainly will be
accepted as this. But what if the final listener hear an unsightly sound on a part of your soundtrack ? Would he be
happy ? What about your brand image ?
And if your goal was to fully satisfy him/her with an
advanced checked and polished soundtrack
Change your ears - just time of analyse
Repeated listening of a
same audio passage often lead in a "sound blindness", and it is not
always possible to stop working several days to rest and refresh ears.
In a number of cases, it is beneficial that analytical listening be
done with new and external ears. It's why I propose my ears
to do this analytical listening. Of course I'm not gifted nor
foolproof. Just a picky human that love well worked sound, and love
convey desire to make soundtrack easy and pleasant to hear.
List of faults I can detect ?
Sorry, but I can't publish here a
list of all the faults I can detect. Simply can say faults can be
purely technical (level, balance or frequency related, background
noise, etc) or "artistic" ones (rythme or transition problems, for
My working methods
In most cases, I work near artist or
sound engineer. But I can also do soundtrack check without author or
sound mixer on my side. In both situations, I propose two working
- Working method #1 : I tell where faults or perfectible points are located (timecode markers) but I don't say what is wrong
- Working method #2 : I tell where faults or perfectible points are located (timecode markers) and say what is wrong
working method #1 is an educational approach and is well suited for
those who want search and retain faults by themselves. The working
method #2 is best for those who want faster report.
During listening phase, I use my TimelineMarkers
home-made software to mark audio passages to re-adjust.
How to do if you can't work on my side ?
Simply send me a link
to your soundtrack - don't send any file in attached piece. Audio
formats accepted are WAV or AIFF 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz,
16 bits to 32 bits, or MP3 320 kbps (256 kbps is also
accepted if soundtrack is for Internet demos). After listening your
soundtrack, I send you a report that enumerate
number of points that can be improved. I give you details of the
point for free
. Note for video soundtrack
: please do an export in very low video resolution (MP4/H264 prefered),
or better do an export with audio only. If your audio track come from a
video, please don't forget to give me the TimeCode start value.
Who am I ?
I am a man who love sound in all aspects. I discovered sound at 14 years old, when building myself my own FM radio
(including microphone, audio mixer and RF tansmitter). During years I
worked as radio host, Disk-Jockey, audio maintener/repairing in radio
studios and radio diffusion sites. I am also musician, and have more
than 20 years experience as trainer/teacher in professionnal sound
services and in audiovisual school (audo devices usage and soundtrack