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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…


The Audio Brand Challenge – Does Your Company Pass the Test?

Not every business is at the point where it needs an audio brand, but for those that are, there are a number of tools you can use to build it. Brand Voice Jingles Audio Logos Radio Commercials Branded Phone Elements Granted building a brand takes time, but if you’re bold and consistent enough, people will…


Tips for Entrepreneurs

A friend/colleague of mine recently wrote a blog where she gave advice to fellow entrepreneurs. This inspired me to share some of my own tips and experiences. You may disagree, and that’s OK. This is what has worked for me, and I hope that there is something here you can take away and apply to…


American VS Canadian Accent

Ever found yourself saying ‘I don’t have an accent’? Well regardless of where you come from, you’re wrong. The difference between American and Canadian accents is subtle, but it’s there. If you’re a Canadian voiceover artist hoping to get work in the States, this is crucial information. This one requires some auditory and visual aids…