The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

Welcome To The Sonic Society!

Each week Jack Ward and David Ault are pleased to showcase the very best Modern Audio Theatre (Radio Drama) from around the world. From the days of Old Time Radio in the early 20th century until the modern age of broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming simulcasts, audio plays are movies for the mind!

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The Whisper Room

Posted By on July 8, 2017

One of the possibilities moving forward might be investing in a Whisper room for recording. Maybe even two. Can you imagine the dialogue between two actors in your house with Whisper room’s attached?

Sometimes It’s Not Important to be Right but to be Good

Posted By on July 7, 2017

Cracked did a fantastic bit on how speaking with dialects can be important. Like we often say, the story is more important than getting the specific accent perfect. Little touches are also important like exactly what is the flavour of your show? Certain heavy accents can accentuate zaniness. Other times if you’re demonstrating old versus new, older characters may have thicker accents whereas younger characters would have a lighter touch.
Check out That Bad Movie Accent Makes More Sense Than You Know on youtube and consider what kind of accent or dialect best tells the story!

Bill’s Shiny Premiere

Posted By on July 6, 2017

Lothar Tuppen and Jeff Billard joins Jack to look back at the first of this special season of the best of Bill Hollweg beginning with a double feature including “X-Minus One’s The 7th Victim” and the first episode of “Amity- Dark Waters” all with the thanks of Broken Sea Audio and Howl-O for the music!

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse S08E01: Blast Off!

Posted By on July 4, 2017

Our Sonic Summerstock Playhouse opens with a classic tale from X-Minus One. “The Amigos” Collective Audio Group present, “The Knock” in remembering their brother- Bill Hollweg.

 

Sonic Speaks- 0303- Heavenly Conversations

Posted By on July 2, 2017

Tonight Jack speaks with Steve Schneider, Tanja Milojevic, Richard Summers and Owen McCuen about their recent work in 11th Hour Productions Heavenly Deception.

Setting Your Recording Levels

Posted By on July 1, 2017

Producer, artist, software developer, actor, and all around Renaissance man Steven Jay Cohen has your back when it comes to getting the best recording levels.

Check out this post on his site: Setting Your Own Recording Levels: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Something has changed. You bought a new mic? A new pre-amp? You added some new sound treatment? Or, your set-up is the same, but the room its in is different? Any variation in your recording space means that you really should go through all of your settings again. Don’t be afraid. There is no reason to be overwhelmed.

If you take it step-by-step, it’s really not that difficult to do.

Sonic Society Season 12 Bonus: No Sleeping!

Posted By on June 30, 2017

Tonight Jack is proud to present a special two hour bonus episode of the No Sleep Podcast Live showfrom David Cummings and starring among others our David Ault.

 

The Reaper Mops Up

Posted By on June 28, 2017

It’s always great when we who use Reaper get great help. Tanja Milojevic from Lightning Bolt Theater of the Mind posted this little gem of a youtube channel. I must see for those of us struggling to always make better audio works!

Episode 523- Future of Audio

Posted By on June 27, 2017

On our Season 12 season finale, Jack and David briefly reminisce before delving into the final double feature from Radio Theater Project– two H. Beam Piper classics “Edge of the Knife” and “Expedition on Mars” from Barry M Putt Jr. and Joseph C. McGuire,  and it all happens here where it’s AUDIO DRAMA TIME!

She Acts through the Air with the Greatest of Ease..

Posted By on June 24, 2017

NPR Training has some great vocal warmups:

If you pant like a Labrador will your voice have more energy? Can you hum away “vocal fry?” And what does Bugs Bunny have to do with good radio?

I coach reporters at NPR on vocal delivery — and these are some of the tricks we use. To really build a strong vocal presence for audio storytelling, I suggest you create a simple, daily warm-up routine that involves body, breath and voice. (And yes, panting like a dog is part of it).

Check out the link for all the warm-ups and the video connected on the “Three Tips for Training Your Voice”