Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Trailblazer Sound Designer/Mix extraordinaire Willie Elias collaborated with McKinney’s very talented editor Nick Adcock on the sound design for a web video for Mizuno’s new Wave Prophecy 3 running shoes. The sound exchanged hands back and forth between Willie and Nick a number of times resulting in a soundtrack that is so integrated with the visuals that it would be very difficult to imagine separating one from the other. Visit this link for the full experience. 


On December 15th the CALM Act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) went into effect. This legislation was passed in 2010 to combat the complaint that TV commercials were too loud.  The act basically instructed the FCC to come up with rules that will prevent commercials from being broadcast louder than the programs they accompany. So now we have a new set of rules and television stations and content providers will need to be in full compliance.

The new rules are more comprehensive than this, but the part that applies to us is the ITU-R BS.1770 spec referenced in the ATSC’s A/85 standard.  It is a specific universal algorithm for measuring perceived program loudness to be measured in units of LKFS (Loudness K-weighted relative to Full Scale). So to put it simply, there is a new maximum ‘Peak’ level that is lower than before as well as a specific average level which prevents us from limiting dynamics and “cranking it up” to make it “pop”. In short we will have to work a little harder and use some new measurement tools in order to stay compliant. No problem, Trailblazer Sound is ready!

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ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

Trailblazer Studios composers Aaron Keane, Josh Bain, and Mic Rains were honored at the 2012 ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills CA on June 28. They each received awards in the Top Television Series category for their work on TLC’s Sister Wives, one of the networks highest rated shows. Pictured here from left to right is Eric Johnson, Executive Producer of Music + Sound for Trailblazer Studios, Mic Rains, Sister Wives Executive Producer Christopher Poole, Josh Bain, and Aaron Keane. Other notable shows in the Top Television Series category were American Idol, Big Bang Theory, CSI Miami, Glee, Modern Family, Survivor, and Sponge Bob Square Pants to name a few.

Blazing’s Eric Johnson Elected as President of Society of Professional Audio Recording Services


RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2009) – Eric Johnson, executive producer at Blazing Music+Sound in Raleigh, was elected president of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) at the 127th  Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York.

Johnson has served since 2004 on the board for SPARS, a national association that addresses issues related to the ownership, operation and management of professional recording facilities.

“Seismic changes are happening in the way music is produced, licensed and delivered to consumers, and this has a significant impact on our members,” said Johnson. “My goal as president of SPARS will be to help redefine our role in supporting not only recording studios, but also audio post houses, equipment manufacturers, educators, students and sound professionals in emerging areas such as the video game industry.”

As executive producer at Blazing Music+Sound, Johnson leads a team of professional composers, sound designers and engineers. His team composed the original music and provides audio post production for TLC’s hit series “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” along with working on shows forAnimal PlanetDiscoveryFLN and other networks.

With more than two decades in the music and sound production business, Johnson has worked on a wide range of projects including commercials for GM, Sony, Travelocity, Audi and LitterMaid; film and television documentaries; and remix projects for Atlantic Records’ recording artist Brandy and Virgin Records’ Beenie Man (on a track featuring Janet Jackson).

In other SPARS board appointments, Sherri Tantleff, director of industry outreach with Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., was elected secretary. Kevin Becka, director of education for the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Ariz., and technical writer for Mixmagazine, was elected treasurer.

In addition, the board welcomed two new members, Kirk Imamura, president of Avatar Studios in New York, and Tony van Veen, CEO and president of Disc Makers and CD Baby in Pennsauken, N.J.

Blazing Music+Sound, a division of Trailblazer Studios, provides all aspects of music and sound production, including original music composition, voiceover recording, and sound design. Clients include cable networks, advertising agencies, independent producers, and video game companies.

The SPARS community includes audio recording and mastering facilities, manufacturers, engineers, producers and multimedia specialists – from single-operator studios to large multi-room facilities.