John McClain knows a thing or two about sound. For one thing, he’s the owner and lead sound designer/mixer at The Dog and Pony Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (https://www.dogandponystudios.net/). For another, he won a Grammy for his work with the late, great George Carlin, and an Emmy for his work with HBO on the series 24/7, his work with PBS on the show Outdoor Nevada and his mix of the documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience. If that’s not enough, he teaches a class in Tech for voice talent through the Voice Actors Studio – https://www.thevoiceactorstudio.com/ – owned by Melissa Moats (https://www.ladyluckvoiceovers.com/ – another fantastic voice talent in Vegas) and another course on Sound for Film at UNLV.
The second part of our discussion covered a bunch more topics like:
- Voice actors and editors need to pay attention to the tempo of a script
- How sound that’s inconsistent or simply not good, can make a person turn away without knowing why
- Information on a book John uses in his course called The Sonic Boom (https://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Boom-Sound-Transforms-Think/dp/0544570162)
- How sound allows you to time travel
- When he first became conscious of sound and began to love it
- How architecture has its own sound
- Some information on his latest sound design projects
- More information on his podcast, VO Inertia (https://anchor.fm/voinertia)
Dog and Pony Show can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DogandPonyStudios/
and on Twitter at @DnPSound
This episode was very skillfully made to sound beautiful by the talented Humberto Franco (http://www.humbertofranco.com/).