Bursts Barrett Mixes Classic Stones with Sounds of War

New York, NY (January 20, 2005)--Senior engineer/composer/mixer Mike Barrett of Burst recently was presented with the challenge of finding a delicate balance between the indelicate sounds of war, and the original Rolling Stones track, "Paint It Black," which was licensed by Rockstar Games for the developer's new video game, Conflict Vietnam.
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New York, NY (January 20, 2005)--Senior engineer/composer/mixer Mike Barrett of Burst recently was presented with the challenge of finding a delicate balance between the indelicate sounds of war, and the original Rolling Stones track, "Paint It Black," which was licensed by Rockstar Games for the developer's new video game, Conflict Vietnam.

"When the elements came in, the sound design, created by Gareth Williams of Human Worldwide, was very dense and heavy," said Barrett. "The song, recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1966, fit the mood perfectly, but didn't have the big-ness to sit on top of all the sound design by itself."

Barrett solved the problem by using multi-band TC Electronic Compressors and a bit of Focusright EQ to tighten up and raise the low end, as well extend the highs a bit. This solution, combined with picking and choosing which of the many layers of sound effects to highlight, enabled him to achieve a nice full balance. The result: You can hear the click of a twig breaking in the jungle scene and get the full-on barrage of heavy machine gun fire a few seconds later, and not lose any of the music.

"This job was definitely not your run-of-the-mill audio mix," said Barrett, who recently provided sound design and music for a 5.1 surround mix for a new Showtime logo reveal and projects for Comedy Central. "Getting a chance to work with a classic song like 'Paint It Black' is a great challenge. You want to take full advantage of the instant recognizability of the song, which also happens to be perfect for the visuals and theme of this video game, while integrating it with the dramatic sound effects in order to give the spot maximum impact."

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