An extra stamp of creativity
Working with independent filmmakers allows post-production audio professionals the opportunity to put an extra stamp of creativity on their projects. This is exactly the type of work that Korey Pereira, MSPE member and owner/director of Austin-based post house, Soularity Sound, and his team take pride in producing. In order to continually deliver captivating content with pristine audio with which his company has become synonymous, Pereira relies on a selection of plug-ins from NUGEN Audio.
Among the most commonly utilized NUGEN plug-ins at Soularity Sound are the Loudness Toolkit (VisLM, ISL and LM-Correct) and Halo Upmix. “I use the VisLM on absolutely everything in Pro Tools,” says Pereira. “I like how the ISL limiter works, and it’s very easy to use. I also incorporate Halo Upmix on almost all my work, and any time I’m mixing, I’m 100-percent using it. I like to use the Halo Upmix with music – I find that music just sounds better and it just fills up the surrounds nicely. I also like to put it on my backgrounds when it fits the project.”
"I use the VisLM on absolutely everything in Pro Tools."
Reliability is among the biggest factors that plays into the use of NUGEN at Soularity. “I like that NUGEN’s products are really easy to use; it just works,” adds Pereira. “Halo Upmix is very utilitarian and it sounds better than any other upmixing tool. If you are talking about using an upmixing tool versus just panning in backwards, Halo Upmix sounds so much more natural. It fills up the space in a way that’s just much more organic.”
For Pereira, no matter his role on a project, the spoken-word is key. “I’m always concerned with the intelligibility and clarity of the dialogue and I like to build around that,” he says. “I do a lot of work as a dialogue editor, so of course it’s important in that process. When I’m mixing or doing sound design, I’m always thinking about how those other elements are interacting with the dialogue. I want to make sure that the spoken word is heard and that it is supported by everything around it. By incorporating NUGEN’s tools into that process, it makes my life so much easier.”
"There is not a better product that anyone is delivering for broadcast. Everyone should be using VisLM."
In the independent film format, Pereira often finds that he works alongside the directors and filmmakers in the creative planning process. “My first goal is to do a big theatrical mix for playing at festivals,” he explains. “Beyond that, I also want to make sure they have a version of the mix that meets broadcast standards. I’ll do a really subtle theatrical mix that I can start off on, then I’ll use NUGEN’s LM-Correct to create a broadcast and web version.”
When it comes to streaming and broadcast-compatible projects, NUGEN provides the Soularity team with a great solution. “In my opinion, the VisLM is THE solution when you are talking about loudness metering,” adds Pereira. “There is not a better product that anyone is delivering for broadcast. Everyone should be using VisLM, especially with Netflix and its standards. VisLM is the officially sponsored product, so, in my mind, if you’re working professionally there’s no reason not to be using VisLM.”
"There’s always going to be other options you can choose, but I want something that works and NUGEN does."
In addition to its software solutions, Pereira is also impressed by NUGEN’s customer-focused service. “I like that they’re very focused on solutions for audio professionals and I feel like I’m working with a team that’s devoted to that mindset,” he says. “Part of that is the products always work, but, if you ever do need help, the NUGEN team is always accessible. They are extremely knowledgeable and I like that you feel like you’re working with professional products, which is really important. There’s always going to be other options you can choose, but I want something that works and NUGEN does.”
Soularity Sound provides post-production audio services for a variety of projects such as commercials, films, television and web. Soularity Sound is fully equipped to handle every aspect of the post-production audio process, including sound design, stereo and surround mixing, foley and FX recording, voiceover and ADR recording, sound editing, restoration and complete video production.
Loudness compliance perfectly integrated into your workflow, using a clear resizeable interface and ground breaking ReMEM automated loudness memory technology.
ISL is a transparent look-ahead limiter designed to allow you to get on with creative audio production while it takes care of True Peak compliance for you.
LM-Correct gives you a unique, immediate and hassle-free route to loudness-compliant audio in your day-to-day loudness workflow, saving you time and preventing costly mistakes.
The most powerful loudness solution available for your NLE/DAW today. Three products working in concert to deliver unsurpassed quality and workflow efficiency.
From naturally extracted and expanded soundscapes to full cinematic big-stage enhancement, Halo Upmix delivers all the control you need to produce and fine-tune your surround mix to perfection.