Category Archives: research

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  

Audible Worlds Interview

My pal Mike Niederquell over at Audible Worlds and I chatted for a bit via the interwebs and he posted the interview here.  Check it out if you are interested in nerdy audio talk!  Thanks, Mike! Also, you should follow Mike on the twitterverse: https://twitter.com/Niederquell

Exercising Your Creative Muscles and Embracing the Side-Project

To continue the theme of finding random stuff in my archive, I came across an audio exercise that I did a couple of years ago.  It started off as an audio test that didn’t gain traction; but I had a blast working on it, so I finished it out and tucked it away.  It’s a moody scene from a little film starring our favorite xenomorphs: Audio Exercise: Xenomorphs from Zachary Quarles on Vimeo. I have done a number of these sorts of … Continue reading

Quick Interview with “Get a Game Career”

Hey y’alls – Just a quick update that I had an impromptu five question Q&A with Deke over at www.getagamecareer.com. Check it: Meet a Video Game Pro – Zack Quarles, Audio Director

Writing an Audio Design Document

I often get asked how I “start” a project.  This is a big question.  Multiple things happen all at the same time, but one of the “filters” that I generally use to collect all of these items into a centralized place is the Audio Design Document (also called an audio style guide, sonic bible, etc…).  This becomes a road-map for myself, the audio team, and the project team as a whole on how I guide the audio component of any project that … Continue reading

Articles/Interviews

I recently added a new page here on the ol’ blog that contains links to a few articles and/or interviews that I’ve done over the years. I know I have a few others lurking around somewhere…I’ll have to start digging through the archives… If you’re interested, check them out!  It’s pretty entertaining reading some of them from the first couple of years in my career.  I was a spaz.  Not any more.  I’m totally normal now.  Yep.

SoundWorks Collection Profile: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Here’s another great sound profile from SoundWorks Collection. This time it’s all about those crazy apes! Some really great production footage of Andy Serkis as “Caeser” and how they combined his vocalizations with vocalizations of actual chimps from the Chimp Haven. Enjoy! SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Rise of the Planet of the Apes from Michael Coleman on Vimeo. Info from SoundWorks Collection: Acting as a foundation with an origin story for a new film series, Director Rupert Wyatt takes … Continue reading

Down the Rabbit Hole: Modular Synthesis

I’ve been on the precipice of building a modular synth rig for a number of years now. It’s always been something that’s been incredibly interesting and somewhat intimidating for me. No presets? What? No undo? What? What?? No software registration? YES. Anyway, a couple of months ago, I decided to go for it. I started doing some heavy duty research in terms of what was currently available and relevant in the modular world, what the online “scene” was like (I … Continue reading