5 Days, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago.


This month we are nominating the awesome ITV Racing 'The Opening Show' Sponsorship Ident as our ad of the month. We had great fun working on this with Betfair!

 

Ad Name: ITV Racing 'The Opening Show' Betfair Sponsorship Ident 

Creative Director: Caz Coombs


Producer: Amanda Brooks

3D / Senior Motion Designer: Jonathan Shine

3D Design: Sam Kerridge

Colourist: Gabriel Xavier

Audio Post Production: SNK Studios

Sound Engineer: Alistair Bolt

Audio Producer: Jack Whitney

Work Completed: Bespoke Music Composition, Sound Design & final mix for TV


1 Month, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 46 Minutes ago.


Audio is at the core of everything we do, and our next generation it seems. We are so proud of our Head of Production, Sam Dillon, and his 5 year old (!!) son Patch for winning the Virgin Radio '12 Families of Christmas with Sky'- a national radio competition.


Sam and Patch wrote, produced and filmed a music video for a charity Christmas song for Make-A-Wish® UK. Their Covid Christmas anthem was played on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio, and has received over 28,000 views on YouTube.


‘A Normal Christmas’ tells of the woes the world is facing during these unprecedented times, whilst bringing hope and a reminder of what’s important.


Have yourself a really normal Christmas,
Even if it's sanitised this year,
We can love and share a laugh...
even if it's through a mask!


Patch is aiming to raise tons of cash for the amazing Make-A-Wish charity.  Make-A-Wish UK grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. Granting their wish provides seriously ill children with hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their condition.


They’re given quality time away from the daily realities of living with their condition and given the chance to make magical memories they can treasure forever – whatever their future may hold. We want to transform the lives of 1,000 children this year by granting their One True Wish!

Spread the word, listen on Spotify and more importantly please donate to this amazing cause (and have yourself a really normal Christmas).



 

 


1 Month, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 25 Minutes ago.


 

JOB DESCRIPTION 


SNK Studios is one of London’s leading audio post production companies. We occupy 6 floors on Tottenham Court Road – a lovely building stuffed full of audio studios, tracklay suites and production offices. As part of SNK Publishing LTD, we share a home with Red Apple Creative - a specialist audio creative agency - effectively an in-house client, producing radio and Spotify creative content. 

Clients include major brands like Aston Martin, Hasbro, Paddy Power, Disney and Amblin. We produce audio in all formats for commercials, TV and feature films. The building houses stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos suites with two ADR spaces.

We are looking for an experienced Audio Post Sound Engineer to join our wonderful team.

You will be responsible for engineering Audio Post sessions in one of our 4 main client suites and depending on capacity / lockdown restrictions, you might sometimes need to work from home too. You will help support the other Engineers and be willing to learn and develop your own skills constantly. You will work closely with the bookings team, the runners and the producers, whilst supporting the day to day running of the facility.

We have long lasting relationships with our clients because they trust us and we always deliver. We’ve seen significant growth as a company in the last few years so it’s an exciting time to join us. We firmly believe that the people in our company are our strongest asset and we’re proud to have a brilliant team who amaze us every day. We boast a high staff retention rate and have more than doubled in size in the last few years.

If you’ve got passion, drive and an ambition to grow with a business, and you work well as part of a team, you’ll love it here and you will become an integral part of the SNK Studios family.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Day to day you will work closely with bookings and production staff to:

-Run ProTools sessions - Recording voiceovers, sound design, edit and mix - mostly sound to picture but often radio, spotify / online content too. Largely short form commercial mixing, but some longform voice work too.

-Help with the technical maintenance of the facility.

-Interact with clients and host client attended recording sessions.

-Use the Source Connect and Cleanfeed systems to record voice overs and monitor remotely.

-Deliver files to the team and to clients.

-Create sound design 

-Operate ADR sessions - or a grounding with a willingness to learn ADR techniques.

-Contribute to the wider day-to- day running of the facilities – technical improvements, helping runners, Transfer etc.

-Share tips and tricks with other engineers - no matter how long we’ve been doing this, we’re always learning!

-Set up and sometimes tidy down studios

-Diligently record session details in our session logging system.

-Attend occasional out of hours meetings, including the monthly engineers meeting. 

This is not an exhaustive list, related tasks will be expected of you, and of course as the role and the company develops, day to day tasks will develop too.


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

-At least 3 years experience of client-attended Audio Post sessions.

-An extensive, confident knowledge of the ProTools software platform.

-Good working knowledge of RX Izotope, Source Connect, Skype, EdiPrompt and other related audio software.

-A good understanding of video in ProTools and Quicktime, including video formats and creating basic WIP files for clients.

-Full confidence with voice over recording, including with multiple voices and ‘down the line’ recording, plus tracklaying, sound design, editing audio, internal bouncing and creating stem files (M&Es etc) as requested.

-Confident in video frame rates, R128, LUFS and other tech specs and deliverables.

-A good knowledge of 5.1 mixing within ProTools, ideally an understanding of cinema / DOlby deliverables.

-Enthusiasm and constant willingness to learn from all other staff members

-Adapt to any standard practices the company requires like ProTools session templates

-At all times be polite, helpful and proactive.

-Not be afraid to roll your sleeves up and help out with anything required of you.

-Have a positive, can-do attitude.

-Good organization and time management.
-Due to ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions, you must be flexible to work from both the studio facility or a home setup with short notice. (We can aid with the setup of a remote system where needed).


QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE 

-A thorough knowledge of ProTools is a must – you will be tested on this as part of the interview process – including knowledge of EQ, Compression, searching for sounds, and how to treat voice files. You will also recognise when something sounds good and when it doesn't.

-Other software has been mentioned throughout this doc - the list is not exhaustive. 

-You could be someone who's worked as a freelancer for a while, or in house at another Post House. A degree is not a prerequisite, but the industry experience and running client attended sessions is a must
 
-Attention to detail is key, being organised is paramount.

-Great communication skills, with good email and phone-manner are important.
 

HOURS

9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. However you will often be required to be flexible time wise (detailed in T&Cs prior to contract). The bookings team always try to make up time and there are systems and provisions in place for significant out of hours work we mutually agree to do. 

Occasional monthly team and company wide meetings and get-togethers (when permissible!) will be required too out of hours. Christmas parties, summer parties, team outings and general socialising are an important part of what we do.

 

SALARY AND PROBATION

-Starting salary: £38,000+ Negotiable. Depending on experience

-Probation period: 3 months extendable to 6 months at company discretion.

-Annual salary review

 

DISCRETIONARY BENEFITS (after passing probation):

-Share in a company-wide target-based bonus system.

-Bupa Medical Cover.

-Option to take up the Cycle to Work scheme.

-Generous maternity and paternity policies.

 

OTHER BENEFITS

-25 days holiday plus bank holidays.

-Creative and relaxed working environment.

-A very close team who enjoy social events regularly.


DIVERSITY STATEMENT

 
Diversity and Inclusion matter to us. They’re not just words. We are committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. We welcome your uniqueness. As long as you’re driven, you’ll fit right in!

 
APPLY

Please apply with the subject header 'Audio Post Sound Engineer' and send your CV to [email protected]

No agencies please, we already work with partners.

Thank you.

1 Month, 2 Weeks, 9 Hours, 25 Minutes ago.


SNK worked alongside the award-winning creative agency and production house Food Hall, to produce sound design and final mixing for this awesome ad for Wagamama Firecracker.

 


 

Ad name: Wagamama Firecracker 

Client: Wagamama 

Production Studio: Food Hall

Director: Jason Underhill 

Photographed by: James Lee

Food Styling by: Liam Baker 

Animation by: Chris Ketchell

Audio Post-Production: SNK Studios

Audio Engineer: Nick Paul 

Audio Producer: Jess Elton

Work completed: ​Sound design & final mix for online


1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 16 Minutes ago.


SNK Studios are delighted to announce that having been Senior Engineer for almost 7 years, Rob Baker is now stepping into the newly created, Head of Engineering role.


 


Whilst Rob will still be getting his hands on the desk and working closely with clients, he will now be splitting his time overseeing our team of 12 in-house Sound Engineers, across a broad range of areas from a creative and technical perspective. Rob will be working closely with the team on continual improvement of workflows and processes, with a particular focus on internal development. He will also be working closely with our Booking and Production teams to plan for new projects and workflows.

We have no doubt Rob will add huge value to the whole SNK family here and ultimately to our client's experience; ensuring we continue to provide a world class audio service. It's a very exciting development and we all look forward to him getting stuck in - well done Rob!

1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago.


This month the spotlight is on our Front of House Runner, Jack as we spent some time finding out some fun facts we never knew about him. Jack is a very familiar and friendly face around the Studios, and it is his job to ensure everything runs like clockwork. From setting up sessions, greeting clients to supporting some of the transfer and IT requirements, Jack is always on hand to get stuck in with the busy day to day running of the facility. He also makes a mean cappucino!

 


What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy day at work?

My favourite way to unwind use to be getting a drink with friends, but as I can't do that as easily now I'd say it was either going for a long walk or cooking a big meal.

How would you define 'success' in life / or at work?
 

I would define success through happiness, as long as I am content with what I have done then I'd say I am successful.

 

If you had the chance to do away with one piece of modern technology, what would you abolish and why?

Bluetooth headpones! I have finally made the switch to a phone without a headphone jack an I find it so frustrating!

 

Which storybook / carton character are you most like and why?

 

Carton character I'd sat Wile E Coyote from The Looney Tunes (the one who tries to catch the Road Runner) as I can often get obsessed with a goal, and while my creative plans may not turn out the way I had planned- they are often fun to watch unfold.

 

If you had to have one song on repeat forever, what would it be and why?

As the other Dubbing guys know very well, the song I'd happily have on repeat is Friday by Rebecca Black. Always brings a smile to my face and I love tormenting the guys by playing it at work every Friday.

 

3 things on your bucket list?

I can't decide! Lockdown has made me realise there are so many places to go and things to do that I couldn't possibly narrow it down.

 

 


2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 50 Minutes ago.


SNK worked alongside the awesome agency Creative Drive EMEA to produce bespoke sound design and final mixing, and to provide a remote voiceover for this fantastic ad by Philips Hue.

 



Ad name: Philips Hue Smart Lights 

Client: Philips Hue


Agency & Production Company: Creative Drive EMEA

Director: Daniel Bruce

Agency Producer: Noeila Lage Vazquez

Account Director: Sophie Churchill

VFX: Dead Pixel

Offline Editor: Carlo Taranto

Post Producer: Dilia Knobel

Grade: UNIT Post

Audio Post-Production Facility: SNK Studios

Audio Producer: Jess Elton 

Sound Engineer: Thaddaios Yianni

Work completed: ​Remote voiceover, bespoke sound design & final mixing 


3 Months, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 13 Minutes ago.


SNK worked alongside the awesome Octagon agency and Oscar nominated director, Peter Cattaneo to sculpt creative sound design and take care of music & dialogue editing along with broadcasting mixing the various spots. The hilarious TV spot features ex footballer Peter Crouch explaining the ‘New Normal’ and how it affects the return of football. “Sanitised balls? Surely a post-match shower would do it.” has to be our favourite line

Ad name: ‘New normal. Same old football.’

Brand: Paddy Power


Agency: Octagon

Production Company: Academy films



 


3 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 32 Minutes ago.


This month the spotlight is on one of our Sound Engineer’s Ben, as we sat down (from a social distance) and quizzed him on what makes him tick in life both inside and outside of work. Not only is Ben an award-nominated ADR Mixer, he’s also clued up in the department of sound design, and editing and mixing ads making him an invaluable asset to the SNK team. 



What’s your go-to productivity 'tip' or 'trick' at work?

 

Putting the phone away! Also turning off notifications or putting it in silent mode so I don't get distracted by these intrusive nudges. Tighter deadlines usually help as well, which is usually the case for me as short form and ADR work constitute the main jobs I work on on a regular day.

 

If you could have dinner with four people, alive or dead, who would it be?

 

My late grandfather who was an accomplished musician and whom I would have loved to discuss my day to day with.

 

Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson, who are great debaters and who I believe have very interesting opinions on a lot of different subjects.

 

Does "not born' count? Because I would like to have a chat with my great great great grandson/daughter/person to take a sneak peak at whether humanity overcame today's challenges or not, and in what way.

 

Tell us your favourite project to date you've worked on and why?

 

I would say working on the second series of "Hanna", which I recorded the entire ADR for. It was amazing to be part of such a huge project and take care of the recording from start to finish. Also working closely with ADR Supervisor, Adele Fletcher was definitely a highlight for me! 

 

What couldn't you start your day without?

 

Glass of water down the throat. Bang. Your eyes open instantly after that. 

 

What is the best piece of career advice you've ever received?

 

You should always give your best, even for things that appear trivial, as well as being courteous and fair in your work. I guess it's more from personal experience, but basically work opportunities can come from anything and anyone. There is no project that should not require your full attention once you agree to work on it. Sometimes you get really interesting work from the people you least expect. Also, I like to think that someone could pull out anything I ever worked on and that I would know I gave my best to make it sound as good as possible.

 

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

 

Ok this one is a bit of a weird one, but I wanted to be a veterinarian that specialised in dolphins. I had a thing for dolphins - loved them. I had dolphin posters in my bedroom, a dolphin pillow cover, dolphin toys, the whole lot. I got sick of them eventually, even though I still think they're pretty cool.

 

7 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 51 Minutes ago.


Dan Jenkinson - Studio Manager says:



Here is a chilled, low fi playlist of world music - mostly African vibes - perfect for the garden!’

Check out the playlist here!