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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

NC Soft, Iron Tiger Studio, San Mateo, CA                              2018 – 2019

SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER

 

Sound Design and Post Production. Create and deliver high quality sound effects and music. Engineering, recording and editing primarily in a ProTools environment, but also editing in Sound Forge, and Amadeus Pro. Balance time and resource constraints. Coordinate workflow with project teams to specify sound effects needs. Implement audio assets using Wwise and Perforce. Ensure proper balance among music, dialogue and sound effects. Audio Mix for Broadcast Standard (when necessary). Coordinate the processing of audio material on projects. Participate in operations as needed (equipment needs, purchase orders and setup, troubleshooting, archiving sound effects, network and database maintenance, engineering recording sessions, etc). Interact with software and hardware vendors. Trade shows. Business travel and heavy overtime when needed.

 

Electronic Arts, Redwood City, CA                                                2017 – 2018

SENIOR AUDIO ARTIST

 

Sony PlayStation, San Mateo, CA                                    2015 – 2017

SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER

On site contractor. Duties as listed above.

 

Walt Disney Company, Palo Alto, CA/Glendale, CA                     2014 – 2015

(Disney Consumer Products, Disney Interactive)

SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER

On site contractor. Duties as listed above.

 

Zynga, San Francisco, CA                                                             2012 – 2013

SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER, MUSIC & VOICE EDITOR, SOUND ENGINEER

On site contractor. Duties as listed above.

 

Session Masters Studios, Concord, CA                                 2011 – Present

OWNER, SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER

Duties as listed above. For contract hire

 

Accomplishments:

Studio opened January 2011

Clients include Sony PlayStation, The Walt Disney Company, Acme Spots/Bruce Hamady Productions (EMC, Kaiser Premanente, Intuit), Zynga, Trion Worlds (Developers of MMOs “Defiance,” “Rift” and “End of Nations”), Electronic Arts/Perceptive Sound, 6 Wave/lolapps, domestic and international recording artists

 

SEGA Studios, San Francisco, CA                                             2008 – 2010

(Formerly Secret Level)

SENIOR SOUND DESIGNER, MUSIC & VOICE EDITOR, SOUND ENGINEER

Duties as listed above.

 

Accomplishments:

Built entire Sega Studios sound library from scratch and instituted use of audio library software Soundminer.

Instituted and contributed to oversight of Isolated Voice Booth, Control Room and 2 Edit Suites construction on site, including evaluation of hardware/software and connectivity needs, installation of all audio equipment.

Cinematics and Game Audio designer for Golden Axe: Beast Rider project.

Led several field-recording excursions.

Senior Sound Designer for Iron Man 2 project.

 

Underground Development, An Activision Studio, Foster City, CA                                             2007 – 2008

(Formerly Activision Foster City, Z-Axis)

SENIOR AUDIO DESIGNER, MUSICIAN, MUSIC/VOICE EDITOR, SOUND ENGINEER

Duties as listed above.

 

Accomplishments:

Recruited aggressively by Activision to work on Drum Hero project.

Performed multiple instruments on sound alike recordings for Drum Hero game prototype, mixed at Skywalker Sound.

Contributed to design of drum controller hardware, retained for use in current Guitar Hero franchise drum controller.

 

LucasArts, A LucasFilm Ltd. Company, San Francisco, CA                         1999 – 2007

AUDIO LEAD, SOUND DESIGNER, SOUND LIBRARIAN, MUSIC/VOICE EDITOR, RECORDING ENGINEER, MUSICIAN

Duties as listed above.

 

Accomplishments:

One of only two internal hires into LucasArts Sound from QA in company history.

Rebuilt entire LucasArts sound library from scratch and instituted use of new audio library software NetMix, participating in several field-recording sessions.

Created over 50% of audio assets for Armed & Dangerous, first title as Sound Designer.

Contributed to several multi-million unit selling titles including the Star Wars: Battlefront series, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (as Audio Lead, managing a team of up to 9), and Star Wars: Episode III.

Musician on Thrillville soundtrack, performed select songs at company events with other LucasArts sound staff and company president Jim Ward.

Contributed to oversight of installation of recording facilities at Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio, San Francisco.

Provided audio support for Art, Animation and Design teams in creating proof of concept and pre-visualization projects for several titles including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Recording engineer for first facial motion capture sessions at LucasFilm for SW: TFU.

 

COMPATIBILITY TECHNICIAN, ASSISTANT LEAD TESTER, QA TESTER

Play and test video game software for potential programming bugs. Suggest improvements for gameplay and interface. Test personal computer hardware for compatibility. Build and maintain personal computers. Monitor and maintain a database with other testers and programmers using FileMaker Pro. Create and follow test plans. Write project status and other reports. Assist Lead Testers with duties and team decisions. Act as liaison between Sound and Test departments. Provide information to Product Support. Train new hires. Meet deadlines. Business travel and heavy overtime when needed.