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David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies VR series nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 71st Annual Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing

Very excited to share that David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3-part VR series has just been nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 71st Annual Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing, in the Non-Theatrical Documentary Category.

Discover how insects, reptiles and birds escape the grips of gravity and take to the skies in this immersive series. The series will take you on a journey through the astonishing 300-million-year dynasty of flight in exceptional 3D 180 VR shot in 8k at 60fps and spatial sound. Available now on Meta Quest.


David Attenborough’s Conquest VR series wins the International Sound Awards 2023

We are excited to share that David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3-part VR series just won the International Sound Awards 2023.

Congratulations to the incredible teams at Alchemy Immersive, Atlantic Productions. Lewis Ball, Lou Doye, Iona McEwan, Richard Lester, Bhaumik Patel, Anna Taylor, Emma Rees and many more! Shout out to Hyunkook Lee at Applied Psychoacoustics Lab (APL). Produced in collaboration with Meta, Zoo VFX and 1.618 DIGITAL.

Discover how insects, reptiles and birds escape the grips of gravity and take to the skies in this immersive series. The series will take you on a journey through the astonishing 300-million-year dynasty of flight in exceptional 3D 180 VR shot in 8k at 60fps and spatial sound.

Available now on Meta Quest ->

We’ve just published a paper on Audio for Extended Realities for the Convergence in The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, SAGE Publication.

Creative and technical development of immersive audio is often a function of evolving toolsets and distribution platforms, and the associated workflow is far from standardised. This paper forms the context for such audio workflow – one that draws from precursor technologies such as audio for games and virtual reality and develops this into an outline taxonomy that is representative of the state of the art, and forward facing towards the evolution of the technology.

The paper features a series of case studies based on multiple documentary series as the virtual reality and mixed reality experiences by Sir David Attenborough: Museum Alive, Micro Monsters, First Life VR, Museum Alive AR and Kingdom of Plants produced by Alchemy Immersive, Atlantic Productions and Zoo VFX – the body of works I’ve been proudly involved with as a supervising 3D Sound Designer and Mixer over the past several years as part of 1.618 DIGITAL.

We want to say a big thanks to my co-author and principal editor Professor Justin Paterson for his immense contribution to this publication. Special mention to an incredible team at Alchemy: Elliot Graves, Richard Lester, Lou Doye, Iona McEwan, Bhaumik Patel, Ceri Passmore and many more…

Audio for extended realities: A case study informed exposition ->

All of the mentioned VR content is available to watch on Meta Quest ->

Emmy Award Nomination for Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough

We didn’t know Emmys come in pairs – but here we go! Absolutely delighted to share that “Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough” also just received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Interactive Media!!! Big shout out to the teams at Alchemy Immersive and Atlantic Productions for pouring their soul and months of work into making this happen.

Double Emmy Awards nomination for Micro Monsters with David Attenborough

We’re incredibly proud to announce that Micro Monsters with David Attenborough has been nominated for two Emmy awards! With nominations for Outstanding Interactive Media and Outstanding Sound. Very grateful for this recognition at the highest level! Huge congratulations to all nominees and the entire amazing team at Alchemy Immersive, Atlantic Productions, and Oculus VR for bringing this project to life.

1.618 Digital Team

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 32 – Sonic Presence



This episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Sonic Presence, the New York City-based wearable microphone start-up with a mission to democratize how immersive audio is recorded on the go.

Whether you’re a regular concert-goer or a Youtube content creator, it’s time to take mobile audio recording to the next level. Immersive Audio Podcast sat down with the Sonic Presence team to share the brand story and the product they created as well as hear from early adopters sharing their experience of using this technology.

In this episode, we’ll explore what goes into building a 3D microphone, how to make recording immersive audio more accessible, and the future of audio content creation.

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Guest Speakers

Russ Hamm, Co-Founder & President at Sonic Presence

Russ Hamm co-founded Sonic Presence in 2015 with the vision to improve the mobile sound recording, especially when paired with 4K mobile video. Russ has more than 40 years of experience with media technology, recording top musical artists, producing sound for films and developing leading-edge technology solutions. Russ founded Qmedia, a milestone provider that leveraged broadband opportunities for media customers using the newly built national fibre infrastructure, establishing network technology that is currently used by ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and FOX. Prior to that, he collaborated with Bell Labs on large-scale digital systems for music and film and was president of Gotham Audio Corporation and G Prime Limited, a leading distributor of professional audio products. Hamm has led media industry engineering and technical organizations and twice received the Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors award for outstanding service. He is a member of the Recording Academy, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Chris Van Deusen, Co-Founder & Creative Director at Sonic Presence

Chris Van Deusen co-founded Sonic Presence in 2015 bringing 10+ years of graphics and web design experience to the startup. As Creative Director, he manages all company branding, develops print and digital media, ad copy and marketing assets. Van Deusen also contributes to product design and business development. Before Sonic Presence, Van Deusen was the Creative Director for Rainbow Broadband, where he oversaw all of the company’s marketing, PR, social media and website development. Van Deusen holds a degree for Communication Arts & Digital Media from Marymount Manhattan College. On the weekends Van Deusen plays the guitar and performs in the NYC-based rock band Animal Reporters.

Mike Dvorscak, Principal Sound Engineer at Sonic Presence

Mike Dvorscak joined Sonic Presence in late 2018 after a chance encounter at AES NY. As Principal Sound Engineer, Dvorscak plays a critical role in product development, acoustics research and prototype assembly. He also creates and edits video and sound compositions for the company’s online presence. Dvorscak has a degree in Audio Production and Engineering from SUNY Purchase and has performed on and/or produced a number of Indie pop records. In 2019, he founded Beachball Records – an indie record label based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Alex Hernandez, Marketing Consultant at Sonic Presence

Alex is an entrepreneur and designer based in Los Angeles with a background in AR/VR. He has focused on immersive technologies since 2015 and is currently working with Sonic Presence as a consultant for all things media-related.


David Solomon, Chief at Hi-Res Music Evangelist

David Solomon has been in the high-end audio field for three decades spanning almost every aspect. He’s a part-time musician and audio engineer and understands sound on many levels. Currently, David is launching his second Hi-Res streaming service: Qobuz. In 2014, he did the same for Tidal. David’s passion for music is deep and well known throughout the audio industry. David currently holds a board position on CTA’s audio board and consults with several well known audio companies.


David Weiss, Founder & Editor at SonicScoop 

David Weiss is Founder and Editor at SonicScoop, a leading online media company reporting on the music, sound and recording industry worldwide. An internationally published journalist, David Weiss has been covering audio production for Audio Media and Mix magazine since 1999. His work has appeared regularly in publications such as Drum!, Time Out New York, Remix and many more online/print outlets on music and technology. He is also co-author of the book Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting and Licensing Music & Sound Design for Media, published by Music Sales (2nd Edition, 2017). Visit the companion site at He is also the co-founder of, a song discovery service for music supervisors.


Jim Anderson, Recording Engineer & Producer at Anderson Audio New York

Jim Anderson is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. His music recordings have received eleven Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 27 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; radio productions have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and television productions have received two Emmy nominations. In 2013 and 2018, Jim won the Grammy for Best Surround Album (Patricia Barber’s “Modern Cool” – 2013 – and Jane Ira Bloom’s “Early Americans” – 2018) and was nominated for Best Surround Album in 2014 with Jane Ira Bloom’s “Sixteen Sunsets.” A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim was awarded the music school’s first Alumni Achievement Award in May 2018. He is a professor with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).


Ulrike Schwarz, Sound Engineer & Producer at Anderson Audio New York

Ulrike Schwarz is a sound engineer and producer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries. Her recordings have received multiple international nominations and awards: two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or, a Grammy Nomination and many others. In 2015, the BRKlassik production of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” featuring the choir and symphony orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, conducted by Bernard Haitink, received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Choral Performance.” Ulrike’s production of Gisle Kverndokk’s “Symphonic Dances” has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Immersive Audio Album category, 2020.


Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer 

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all the major record labels, and on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk resulting in over 3,000 credits. He is the recipient of numerous Grammy and TEC Awards.


Show Notes

Sonic Presence:

Sonic Presence SP-15:


Neumann KU 80:

Neumann KU 81:

Neumann KU 100:


Madison Square Garden:

Purchase College, State University of New York:

AES Convention:

New York University:


Jeff Lorber:

Sonny Emory:



Lee Scratch Perry:

Gateway Mastering Studios:

A&R Recording New York:

Sterling Sound:


Eastman School of Music, The University of Rochester:

Portland String Quartet:

DaPonte String Quartet:



Voice Record Pro:


Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting and Licensing Music & Sound Design for Media:

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music:

Anderson Audio New York:



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This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel, Alex Bragg and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and Haley Lerner and included music by  Hair Fairlight, Mikey Geiger, Isaac Joel, Yung Koolade Knobs Bergamo.