Sound design and field recording fans awoke Monday to a sad announcement. Editors Jack Menhorn and Shaun Farley wrote they are putting the pro sound news website into “hibernation.”
Established by sound artist Miguel Isaza in 2009 and later merged with Jake Riehle’s Filmsound Daily, Farley and Menhorn guided the site in later years to become the premier destination for the art of sound design, field recording, post production, and much more. Notable for its intriguing monthly themes and wide-ranging sound pro interviews, Designing Sound freely shared countless community updates, tutorials, and reviews.
DesigningSound.org’s impact as a destination for learning about capturing, creating, and manipulating sound is hard to overstate. The website was an inspiration to many sound fans at a time when information about field recording and sound design was difficult to find. It published many seminal articles that pioneered techniques for recording and processing audio. Posts such as Charles Deenen’s car recording guide, Frank Bry’s techniques for mastering explosions, or Tim Nielsen’s explorations of mid-side recording established new workflows and changed the way people thought of recording and working with audio.
Launching a website is not easy. Keeping one running takes a lot of time. To accomplish this while providing valuable and insightful content is not common in any industry. Menhorn and Farley and their team of contributors – as well as Isaza, Riehle, and everyone else involved – deserve the highest praise and respect for providing such a valuable resource for the community.
Don’t worry, though. Menhorn mentions that all articles will remain while they search the website’s successor. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.