Jake Walther Interview


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221501a1. How did you get started in audio editing?

I bought a Pro Tools rig at the beginning of 2010 right when I was about to start school.  It was perfect because I could transfer sessions between school and home so it made it super easy to work from the same session at home when I could. It wasnt until I started at Buzz Cutz when I really started to develop a niche for dialogue editing.  It took a few months to develop my editing speed but once I got comfortable my editing imporoved drastically.

2. You’ve even gone to school for audio production, have you always been interested in
sound?

I have always loved music so when I started writing songs and recording I fell in love with the technical aspect and the whole recording process in general.  Going to school was a great opportunity to get in a real studio and get hand on experience moving faders and turning knobs, but more importantly I was able to get the opportunity to participate in numerous recording sessions and just collaborate with some extremely talented bands and musicians.  It was also amazing to be around so many other passionate students and faculty, it just brought a lot of value to the overall experience.

3. Do you feel that your variety of experience, between working with Buzz Cuts Audio,
Voice Box, and 3rd World Inc helps you have the resources to deal with the various
demands of voice talent?

I think all three of these places have given me a great perspective for how the industry works and what it takes to be successful as an individual but also as a studio or an agency.  I have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic talent and really passionate people throughout my time at Buzz Cutz and Voicebox.  I think the most important thing I have learned though is how to conduct myself as a professional.  As an engineer your job is generally just to press buttons but I think it is even more important to have the skills to be able to effectively
interact with the client or the talent. Developing that type of relationship with the client or talent is so crucial, it just creates such a positive vibe in the studio and if you can establish that personal connection there will be more opportunity to work together in the future.

4. What are your thoughts on the internet and social media creating more opportunities for the voice-over community to connect and work with one another virtually?

I think it is great.  Social media is driving entrepreneurs to follow their passions and network with a variety of different communities across the internet.  These free platforms make it so easy to brand and market yourself both as an individual and a business.  By sharing content and engaging with people who share similar interests it is so much easier to create opportunities for yourself and others.  These tools and outlets are changing the way people can
earn a living and I just think it is amazing overall.

5. Do you specialize in audiobook recordings, or do you do editing and mastering for
other projects as well?

I will work with anything VO related (commercial, narrative, audiobooks, etc) you name it.  I also like doing sound design and working with music as well.  I do all of the engineering and mixing at 3rdworld so I have worked with a variety of artists, singers, and musicians.  I just love all things audio. I love learning new things and just working on a variety of projects whether its VO, Post, or music.

6. What’s the best way for people to get in touch with you?

I am actually in the process of getting a website up and running so email is the best way for right now.  If anyone has any questions or would like to hear some samples or just chat please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or connect with me on Linkedin or Twitter.  Lastly, I just want to thank you again Karen for the opportunity to answer a few questions and share some thoughts and opinions.  I look forward to reading more of your blog and continuing to share my thoughts with the community!

Next week I’ll be talking to Theo Mordey, drummer and audio professional.

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