Category Archives: Zachary Quarles

Talking Game Audio with Zachary Quarles, Audio Director at Microsoft (Xbox)

I realized I never linked to this really fun interview I did with the fine folks at Ossic!  I AM DUMB. We talked about all things audio including my process, some of the projects I’ve worked on, VR, and my side projects.  Check it out: http://press.ossic.com/blog/2015/12/7/talking-game-audio-with-zach-quarles-audio-director-at-microsoft-xbox  

Killer Instinct: Season 3 – LAUNCHED

The initial launch for Killer Instinct: Season 3 is LIVE.  Play today on Xbox One and Windows 10 (if you buy it on one platform, you get it on the other for free along with cross-play and cross-save…WHOAH)!! If you like heavy metal thunder, take a look/listen to the launch trailer.  It’s spicy!

Inside Microsoft Studios: Meet Audio Director Zachary Quarles!

Microsoft Studios did a small feature/interview with me! Check it out if you feel so inclined!  I talk about silly things. https://microsoftstudios.com/news/2016/03/14/inside-microsoft-studios-meet-audio-director-zachary/

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — TUSK.

VIKING WITH A MASSIVE SWORD. This dude was tons of fun to work on. Lots of really awesome metal/blade recordings mixed with some rad whoosh material that we got by attaching various metal items at the end of an ethernet cable that we whirled around a microphone. Here’s the trailer:

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — Arbiter

If you like Halo AND Killer Instinct, you’ll love this! Arbiter is making a special appearance in KI! How cool is that? Had a lot of fun with this one.  Here’s the trailer:

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — Kim Wu!

The next character we revealed for Killer Instinct was Kim Wu.  She is a returning character from the original franchise and had to be reimagined in terms of how we brought her to the 21st century in terms of sound design.  Here was the trailer that the team put together for her.  This one was a super fast turn around!

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — Rash the Battletoad!!

Our first trailer for Killer Instinct: Season 3 was the reveal of Rash from Battletoads!  This character was tons of fun to create.  May pal Jeff and I had a blast creating a hybrid “high-end” meeting “8-bit” character.  Lots of prop whoosh recordings meet SIDStation + 8-bit waveform generation.  WOOHOO. Anyway, here’s a fun trailer for the character:

The Sound of Killer Instinct: Season 2

Soooooooooo…I’ve been somewhat busy and haven’t updated this page in ages.  I thought I’d give a slew up posts to show off some of the work that I’ve been doing as audio director for the Killer Instinct franchise.  As a quick summary, here’s a video I helped put together to show off what all we did from an audio standpoint for Killer Instinct: Season 2 Pretty fun stuff!