With over 20 years in the audio business that have garnered him multiple Golden Reel and Emmy awards, Tom Ozanich's credits include such blockbusters as Kill Bill: Vol. 2, The Incredible Hulk, Speed Racer, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Serenity, The Losers, and Punisher.
Ozanich began his career working in music and post studios in the San Diego and Sacramento areas; after several years, he moved to Hollywood to focus on films and games. In 1997, he began working at Soundelux, where he spent 9 years honing his skills as a Sound Designer. Tom has held the roles of Sound Supervisor, Sound Designer, and Re-Recording mixer on a wide array of projects including feature films, games, television, commercials, trailers, location-based entertainment, and even gallery art. These days, he spends most of his time mixing feature films at Warner Bros. or Danetracks.
Here’s what Tom has to say about some of his favorite Waves plug-ins:
"Waves WNS is a plug-in that has been desperately needed in post for a while now. Actually, it ups the ante with features like continuously variable frequency range selectors and the Suggest feature. Noise suppression is a very tricky and delicate facet of the processing chain that can either save or kill a scene. Noise is a problem, but the artifacts most noise suppressors leave behind can be an even bigger problem. WNS is an absolute necessity for me now.”
“LoAir rocks! Literally. It's the punch and power that shakes the theater. I'll never mix 5.1 music or FX again without it.”
“The UM226 is the best way to unwind a stereo music track for use in a 5.1 mix without adding reverb or delays that end up sounding odd when the final mix is folded back down to stereo.”
“The API stuff has that rare ‘magic’ quality where whatever you put though it just sounds better, no matter what. Even if you barely turn the knobs, or if you crank 'em, you really have to work pretty hard to make it sound bad!”
“Waves made a pretty significant mark in the audio world with the L1; the L2 and L3 continued to raise the bar. The L3-16 is the culmination of all of that. It's now the go-to plug, not just for making things loud, but for making them the right flavor of loud. You can shape your sound to be punchy, biting, crisp, fat, whatever you're looking for.”