I’m Kim and I have 20 years of experience as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. I live/work in the Washington, DC area with my husband and 3 young kids. I have had the privilege of collaborating with some very talented producers, directors and editors to create beautiful work for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Twentieth Century Fox, Starbucks, American Express as well as the political campaigns of President Obama in 2008 & 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. The name "Whitfield" which comes from my great-grand parents who settled in southwest Virginia in the 1930’s and opened their own business. Their timeless values were passed to me via nature and nurture: passion, creativity, quality service, commitment & integrity. I strive to mindfully weave these values into my work and relationships.
In Sound Editing, I take all of the raw audio tracks from the final video sequence (i.e. Narration, Dialogue, Location Audio, Music) and begin the process of shaping a seamless soundtrack, minimizing any distractions that may pull the audience out of the story. It involves listening critically and selecting the best tracks from the location recordings, smoothing transitions, introducing initial level balancing, and identifying problem areas such as distorted, noisy or missing audio.
By incorporating Sound Design into the sequence, we better enable the audience to experience a scene as though they are there. Many source audio files are mono and by layering in stereo or surround ambiences along with concrete sound effects, we create a stronger sense of reality. Some scenes may call for more abstract sounds –hard hitting to emphasize a point or ethereal effects to reveal another dimension. Determining the best sound for the moment requires a fundamental understanding of the overall story as well as the style and purpose of the piece.
The Great Balancing Act. Our highest objective in mixing is to weave together the elements of Narration, Dialogue, Sound Effects and Music in such a way that the completed soundtrack is seamless and balanced, with a clearly articulated message. Mixing is both a creative and technical process. We balance loudness levels and enhance the quality of each sound element through EQ, Compression, Noise Reduction and other effects processors. We also create enough aural space for the mix to rise and fall according to the emotional score of the piece, while adhering to technical specifications and broadcast standards.
You have a unique voice and perspective the world needs to hear. Let me help you with the technical aspects so you can focus on your ideas. I can help you choose music, smooth out the interviews, add sound design if desired, make the voices sound beautiful and get the entire mix ready for mass absorption.
Reach out via social media and we can chat or grab coffee and discuss what’s going on in your world. I know you have passionate projects in the making that need to sound as beautiful as they look. Let’s do this together.