Introducing our latest series...
With International Women’s Day approaching, over the next few weeks we will be publishing the stories of various women in the industry, celebrating their successes as part of a wider attempt to bring a greater gender balance to our representation of industry professionals.
Emma Butt is a freelance Dubbing/Re-Recording Mixer, Sound Editor and ADR Recordist, with over 12 years of audio post experience. She is a mentor with the Media Trust, and was involved in setting up the Women in Film & TV UK ‘Mums and Babies’ networking mornings. Recently, Emma spoke with us about her beginnings in the audio industry, some favourite career moments, and how NUGEN Audio plug-ins fit in with her workflow.
"Jodie Whitaker requested my services for all her ADR on Doctor Who. In the UK, there are so few women working in ADR, and in all of Jodie's career I was the first woman she had worked with in audio post."
Kate Davis is a Dubbing Mixer with an impressive list of credits to her name, and she is currently the Head of Sound at Directors Cut Films. In 2016 she won Resolution Magazine’s ‘Film/Post Dubbing Mixer of the Year’ title, and she has been nominated for various other accolades, including a BAFTA Craft Award in 2019. Kate sat down recently to talk us through her career beginnings, and some of her most impactful recent projects. She also had some nice things to say about NUGEN Audio’s Loudness Toolkit!
"Suddenly I found myself in this amazing creative environment; pop groups were arriving in helicopters, and the presenters from Countryfile and Top Gear were eating tea and toast in the cafe."
Lucy Mitchell is a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer. In 2013 she was named a rising ‘Hot Shot’ by Broadcast Magazine, in 2015 she took part in a mentoring scheme run by Women in Film and Television UK, since 2016 she has visited various universities as a guest lecturer in audio production, and since 2018 she has been a regular contributor to Pro Tools Expert. Most recently Lucy built her own studio from scratch, from which she runs her new business, LJ Studios. We caught up with Lucy recently to chat about her career beginnings, the shift to working freelance, and a few of her favourite NUGEN Audio plug-ins.
"I spent my evenings and lunch breaks training in the machine room and the studios, and worked my way up from the bottom the old fashioned way."
Sara Carter is a Recording, Mixing & Mastering Engineer with 18 years of audio experience, including 7 years at Maida Vale Studios. During that time, she worked on BBC sessions for the likes of KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, to name just a few. We recently caught up with Sara, and heard all about what first sparked her interest in the world of audio, as well as her thoughts on NUGEN.
"One day I might be recording a live event with Rod Stewart at Abbey Road or ABC at the Royal Albert Hall, and the next I could be scrabbling around in the bowels of a theatre, looking for props to recreate the sound of a person walking in a suit of armour!"
Audrey Martinovich is a Chief Engineer and Co-Owner at Audio for the Arts, a recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Audrey works with clients as varied as Comedy Central and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and in 2017 she became Production Expert’s first female contributor. She is a member of SoundGirls and Women’s Audio Mission, and she has presented clinics for Empowering Women In Audio. Audrey spoke to us recently about her journey from soprano opera singer to recording engineer, and shared some comments about a couple of her favourite NUGEN plug-ins.
"I was the only woman in all of my classes for the entire program, and it motivated me to work harder than the guys in my class because I felt like I had to prove myself."