Meet the Members: Adam Legg
Meet Adam Legg, superstar sound editor, self-proclaimed Radiohead enthusiast and long-time Resident member at Cigar Factory.
Having worked with some pretty big household names like BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Nickelodeon, Adidas and Land Rover it’s safe to say that Adam knows a thing or two about captivating an audience through sound. We caught up with him over a coffee at Cigar Factory to talk about his creative process and how to get into the industry if you’re fresh out of university.
Can you tell us what you do and what an average work day looks like?
I’m a freelance sound editor and I create bespoke sound design and music for TV, Film, Animation and Corporate Media. My working day varies massively and that’s why I love what I do. I could be writing music for a short film, creating sound design for an animation, trying to salvage a noisy podcast interview or mixing a TV show. There are a lot of different elements to my job so it’s tricky talking about it in clear terms but basically I make things sound better and it’s something that too often gets overlooked. Sound is half the story!
What are you listening to/watching at the moment?
I’m a self confessed Radiohead addict, if you haven’t heard Thom Yorke perform Bloom at Electric Lady Studios, it’s definitely worth a listen. I’m currently watching The Boys, Better Call Saul and Succession, arguably some of the best tv ever made!
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Phillipa Perry – I have a two year old and this came highly recommended (not by my two year old). I’ve also been trying to make my way through Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for about 6 years now.
What excites you most about the creative process?
The concept stage, where I’m trying to replicate the sound I’m imagining in my head and recreate on a computer is a lot of fun, it can be very challenging. I’ve learnt that it’s best not to be dictated by your preconceptions of what you think might work, but instead let the creative process unfold naturally and you get some really interesting results.
What kit/tools can you not live without?
Pro Tools and Ableton DAWS for audio editing and composing, my trusty little OP-1 synth, sampler and drum machine plus any other piece of hardware I can get hold off to create weird and wonderful sounds. iZotope RX plugins are the best for removing unwanted background noises from dialogue and save me a ton of time!
Where is your favorite place to eat in Bristol?
Can I choose three?! Gambas, Little French, Seven Lucky Gods.
If you were to share one piece of advice to audio designers just leaving university, what would it be?
These days it’s so much easier to make a name for yourself online and get noticed. Create a portfolio of work for people to see, do lots of free collabs with motion designers, animators and then reach out to everyone and anyone. If you’re looking to get into TV/Film audio post production, be prepared for making lots of tea for a bit! Make sure you know all the latest industry standards when it comes to audio editing, DAWS / plugins / keyboard shortcuts. Getting fast at editing is a must. If you’re not familiar with Pro Tools yet I would probably start there.
Why did you choose to come to Gather Round?
I needed more of a distinction between home and work life, Gather Round is like a home away from home and I also get to be part of an awesome creative community.