Frank Serafine’s Sound Advice Tour starts this month

Lasting more than two months and taking in 33 cities across the US and Canada, the upcoming Sound Advice tour will feature a number of workshops hosted by Hollywood sound editor Frank Serafine. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, Serafine has worked on Star Trek, Tron, The Day After and The Hunt for Red October, as well as hundreds of television episodes and commercials. 

The events at each venue are split into seven parts:

Sound Recording, covering scouting locations, mic choice and placement, and field and stereo recording in stereo and surround. 

Sound Editing will cover audio formats, dialogue editing, ADR, metadata and levelling. 

Sound Effects will discuss recording in the field in mono, stereo and surround with live demonstrations, and how to subsequently log your effects. 

Soundtrack will address music selection, covering sources, libraries and commissioning on a budget. 

Sound Mixing will provide guidance on reverb, delay, distortion and EQ, restoration, normalisation and levelling for final output at 82dB. Automation using faders and a variety of control surfaces will be covered in order to route, bus and mix for 5.1 surround. 

Sound Design brings it all together, teaching how to engage and immerse audiences utilising all the skills gained in the previous workshops, including invented audio representations of visual events and adding sound elements in post production.

Finally Sound Inspiration teaches the analysis and dissection of established movies in order to build a new approach to sound design.

"I want to be the conduit for the next generation of filmmakers, not only in Hollywood but nationally. We’re going to take the best of what Hollywood has to offer to the rest of the country," Serafine said of the event. 

The tour will cross the region, visiting a major US or Canadian city with events running from 9am to 7.30pm on each of the following dates:

26 April – Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Plaza Hotel

29 April – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue

1 May – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

3 May – Detroit, Michigan, PROCAM

5 May – Columbus, Ohio, Greater Columbus Convention Center 

7 May – Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Midway Marriott

9 May – Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis Convention Center

12 May – Denver, Colorado, Denver Marriott West

14 May – Salt Lake City, Utah, TBC

16 May – San Jose, California, TBC

17 May – San Francisco, California, Hotel Kabuki

19 May – Sacramento, California, Hilton Sacramento Arden West

21 May – Portland, Oregon, Red Lion Jantzen Beach

25 May – Vancouver, British Columbia, Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel 

27 May – Seattle, Washington, Seattle Airport Marriott

30 May – Irvine, California, Hilton Anaheim

31 May – Los Angeles, California, Renaissance Ballroom

2 June – San Diego, California, Wyndham San Diego Bayside

4 June – Phoenix, Arizona, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

7 June – Dallas, Texas, Dallas Marriott City Center

8 June – Austin, Texas, Hilton Austin

10 June – Houston, Texas, Double Tree Intercontinental Airport

12 June – New Orleans, Louisiana, TBC 

14 June – Orlando, Florida, Orange County Convention Center

16 June – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center

18 June – Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia World Congress Center

20 June – Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Convention Center

22 June – Nashville, Tennessee, TBC

24 June – Washington DC, Crystal City Marriott

26 June – Toronto, Ontario, Metro Toronto Convention Center 

28 June – New York City, New York, TBC

30 June – Fairfield, New Jersey, Crowne Plaza Fairfield

2 July – Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Marriott Peabody

For ticket information and registrations, visit