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SDA 013: Austin Shannon – Stick of Truth to Freelance Freedom

Sound Designer Austin Shannon Interview

Today, I’m speaking with a sound designer who’s doing things a bit differently. His name’s Austin Shannon. Typically we imagine going into a studio, and doing our long days work, but Austin does his work remotely. And I think that… is rad. 

Austin has worked on such titles as Justice Lead Doom, Starhawk, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Omega Quintet, There Came an Echo, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and most recently King’s Quest.

Show Notes:


  • Austin works remotely thanks to dialogue editing gigs (3:09)
  • Isolation can lead to increased productivity (5:02)
  • What’s your favorite anime? (5:12)
  • Where are you originally from? (5:55)
  • What did you do in your Sony internship? (6:39)
  • Seeing them wrapping up games, what was that like? (8:03)
  • Tell us about working on King’s Quest (9:19)
  • How did you get into audio? (9:44)
  • Regrets selling his drum set (10:38)
  • Got an internship at Tree Sound Studio (12:04)
  • The move from east coast to west coast (14:47)
  • How did you find the LA hustle? (15:02)
  • Worked for Obsidian Entertainment (16:17)
  • What was your transition like going into freelance? (16:39)
  • What was it like working on Stick of Truth? (18:20)
  • Did you guys end up going beyond a stereo mix? (19:18)
  • What engine was the game made in? (20:39)
  • Did you have a title you liked working on the most? (21:46)
  • Are you working on anything outside of King’s Quest currently (24:27)
  • Getting work through Reddit (26:13)
  • Do you have a game that inspired you to do audio? (27:21)
  • Austin recently got into modular synths (28:11)
  •  What’s your favorite microphone? (32:56)
  • Is a high frequency range mic the secret to a good monster pitch down? (33:35)
  • Do you have a  book that you’d recommend? (34:08)
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? (35:00)

Check out some of Austin’s work at http://austinshannon.com/ 

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