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Podcasting: On Location vs In Studio

One of the reasons studio people are so fond of the studio is you’re able to control the environment. Gear never gets dirty, things are never lost, and weather is almost never a problem. In fact, we’re so spoiled it rarely occurs to us to go outside professionally. Having said that, in recent months I’ve…


Pardon Me? – Esoteric Language in Business

esoteric [es-uh-ter-ik]adjective1 understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest2 belonging to the select few3 private; secret; confidential Funny thing about the word ‘esoteric’ is that a lot of people don’t seem to know it, which gives it a certain amount of irony. But now that the definition…


Recognizing Success in Entrepreneurship

Working for yourself is very different from working for someone else. One of the big differences is how you recognize and measure success. In a “normal” job, people get promotions, raises, pats on the back from a boss. When you’re your own boss, these things don’t happen. Or do they? If you’re looking for conventional…


I (sort of) Invented Something – Double Reverse Effect

I’m always fascinated by the parallels between the visual and auditory realms. Many of the techniques and qualities of video, film, and photography often have auditory counterparts. If I see something interesting done in a film or a picture, I often ask myself, ‘How can I do that with sound?’ Sometimes there is no aural…


Tip for Entrepreneurs – Get the Gear

A while back I wrote a blog directed to new entrepreneurs where I shared some of my experiences and advice. Here’s a tip I didn’t cover: Get the Gear. But before you get the gear, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Don’t Break the Bank I don’t want to be…


Ontario Election – What We Can Learn from the US

Here’s a situation I’m sure we’ve all encountered. A friend of mine was infuriated by some comments he saw online and felt a need to share them with me. I knew where this was going and since this wasn’t going to affect either of our lives in any positive way, I tried to put a…


Collaboration: Everybody Wins!

“If people make great music their whole lives, they have to be smart about knowing it’s at least partly because of the people working with them. Music starts in your mind, but it ends up always being a collaboration. There are too many sounds happening all at once for it to be only one person.”…


Getting into Voice Work – 12 Questions to Ask Yourself

Let’s start with the disclaimer, shall we? The point of this blog is not to discourage anyone from pursuing voiceover work. I’ve never told anyone that they’ll never make it in this business. I don’t want to be that guy. I am, however, very upfront and direct with people. If there are challenges they must…


Audio Branding Talk

I’m kinda cheating with this one because it’s not really a blog. This is a presentation I made recently for some fellow marketing and media professionals in Calgary. This expands on some content I’ve presented in the past, and presents some new ideas as well.


What’s with the Owl?

There are two questions I’m often asked about my company: Where does the name Tyton come from? What’s with the owl? Fortunately for everyone, they have more-or-less the same answer. One of the challenges I have in the business of sound, is people tend to grasp visuals much easier than they do sounds. Visuals are…