Tag: sound

5 Reasons Your Audio Ads Are Underperforming

The average person will tell you there are a lot of bad ads out there. A professional will tell you there are a lot of ineffective ads out there. From local mom-and-pop shops to multi-billion dollar corporations, so many businesses are throwing money at the airwaves without knowing why or if it’s having any effect….


Male or Female Voice: How About Neither?

Last time we talked about getting away from the male/female binary in voiceover. But the conversation didn’t end there. The blog generated some great comment and discussion which I’d like to address and expand on here. I’d like to start with one of my favourite comments which came from voice actor Mike Tobin. “…many clients…


Male or Female Voice: Does it Even Matter Anymore?

Does this sound familiar? We need a voiceover. Should it be a male or female voice? Female. OK. Next item. There are a couple of problems here. First of all, the voiceover is not an afterthought. It is the emotional core of your project, and it sets the tone for everything else. Quite often visuals…


3 YouTuber Habits That Won’t Go Away

We’re far from the pioneering days of YouTube, yet there are a number of habits – many of which are vestiges of the old school broadcasting world – that are still prevalent among modern YouTubers. We’re going to look at three of them. 1: The Mass Greeting It feels like every YouTube video starts with…


Anatomy of a Brand Anthem: Northern Latitudes

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. We’re going to take a brand theme (also known as a brand anthem) and see what’s going on under the hood. We’ll look at the concept, the methodology, instrumentation, as well as the textures and timbres, and how they all culminate to the audio logo….


The Lesson of COVID: Crisis-Proof Your Brand

I’ve touched on this subject before, but I think it’s worth exploring in its own dedicated blog. When COVID-19 first hit North America in early 2020, most professionals were scrambling to adapt to a changed world. Being in the audio branding industry, it was very interesting to see these changes from a multi-sensory branding perspective….


How to Buy a Microphone

When people ask me what microphone they should buy, I feel like I should pull up some chairs and pour some tea. It’s a big question, but let’s see if we can get started with some short answers. Bear in mind that everything here is just one person’s opinion. Other people will have their own…


Product Sounds: Audio Branding’s Secret Weapon

Rice Krispies is a boring, boring cereal, with an equally boring name. Fortunately someone realized it made a sound. They took snap, crackle, and pop and they ran with it, and that has sustained them for close to a hundred years now. If you have a product that makes (or can make) a distinctive sound,…


Assessing Your Brand’s Sonic Footprint (yes, you have one)

I’ve talked about this subject before, but I thought it was worth expanding on a bit. One of the first steps in audio branding is asking the following questions about your brand media and overall experience. ►How much sound and sound space do you actually have?►How much of it was designed?►How much of it can…


The Audio Audit: CBS 4/5

Last month CBS launched a whole new rebrand. It’s a visual rebrand with a new audio logo that sets the tone for the animation. These kinds of rebrands are not uncommon, especially for a brand as old as CBS, but in this case, it sounds like they’re doing it for the right reasons. “I wanted…