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“What is this? I’m not mouldering. My paint’s not peeling off. I’m good for years.”

Henry II, “The Lion in Winter”

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Paul Heitsch

Email Paul@pushplayaudio.com
I am an audio production professional, with over three decades experience creating award-winning music, sound design, and voice-over for film, video, multimedia, games, audiobooks, and eLearning. I am an expert in a broad range of creative, technical, and managerial applications, including:

  • Audio Production
  • Music Composition
  • Audiobook Narration
  • Sound Design
  • Project Management
  • Studio Design and Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Recruiting/Contracting
  • ProTools
  • Logic Pro/Logic Studio
  • SoundForge
  • WAVES

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Professional Experience ~

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Adjunct Instructor, Music Industry Program

  • Teach Multitrack Recording techniques to students in the Music Industry Program
  • Design, operate, and maintain onsite recording studio facilities

Performing Arts Administrator/Musical Director, School of Theatre and Dance

  • Coordinate all music/sound for faculty and student dance productions
  • collaborate on projects with theatre productions
  • Accompany dance technique courses
  • Compose music and/or sound scores for choreography
  • Secure music and literary rights
  • Negotiate and execute contracts for musicians
  • Coordinate special events
  • Collaborate on promotion of theatre and dance events
  • Recruit and coordinate accompanists for dance technique classes

Push Play Audio, Inc, Harrisonburg, VA
Owner/Principal

  • Provide audio production and project management services to such clients as Kindermusik, LeapFrog, VTech, Crossroads Publishing, Wildside Press, Viacom New Media, Gameworks, State Farm, Valkyrie Studios, and many others
  • Produce original music and sound design, and voiceover, for audiobooks, promos, games, presentations, industrials, web, interactive, and eLearning.
  • Production consulting, including:
    – scope, risk, and change management
    – scheduling
    – casting/booking talent
    – contracts and Statements of Work
    – QA
    – asset management

Some examples of my work include:

Original Music for Video – Music for “Orbis” trailer
Sound Design – Omnitool
Voiceover – Selected Audiobooks
Children’s Interactive – Cinderella, Cars 2

 
Firaxis Games, Sparks, MA
Senior Sound Designer/Composer

  • Ground-up planning, creative/technical direction, for production of all audio assets, including orchestral scoring/recording, VO recording, Foley recording, event-driven and environmental sound design for AAA game titles
  • Project management, asset management, version control, process control, and integration of proprietary and middle-ware development tools (UE3, Wwise, Hansoft, Perforce, XML Spy, MS Office)

Rosetta Stone, Harrisonburg, VA
Manager of Audio

  • Managed all day-to-day and long-term operations of Audio Department
  • Directed production of audio content for new version of Rosetta Stone™ software; 10 completely new products, comprising over 180,000 discrete audio assets, released on time and under budget, despite concurrent development of content and development tools
  • Administered annual budget of $1.4M
  • Recruited and supervised a team of 8 Audio Engineers, 2 Senior Audio engineers, 1 Integration lead, and 3 interns
  • Worked closely with software development, project management, writing, editing, photography and localization teams to monitor timelines, and ensure tight integration of audio with other assets and technologies
  • Directed creation of off-site recording facility housing 9 studios, 7 offices, 2 meeting rooms, lounge, and kitchen

Publications, International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, IL
Senior Composer/Sound Designer

  • Produced audio, including composition, arranging, mixing, mastering, of original music soundtracks, spoken word recording, editing, and processing, and sound design, for Audio CD, CD-ROM, interactive DVD, electronic book and video game titles incorporating licensed characters and stories from Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel, Sesame Street, and Hanna-Barbera
  • Directed vocal and instrumental talent in recording sessions
  • Converted final audio and MIDI assets to proprietary formats, and tested all sound on target platform
  • Created music notation scores for recording and publishing

LeapFrog, Evanston, IL
Senior Audio Lead
Produced all audio content for Leap’s Pond, a key children’s educational entertainment product line, including music composition, vocals/voice overs, and WAVE and MIDI sound files. Duties and accomplishments included:

  • Managed multiple projects simultaneously, under strict (five to six week) deadlines. Completed 11 major projects in 14 months.
  • Reduced production costs by 15% to 25% by negotiating pricing with talent agencies and recording facilities, as well as utilizing personal recording studio facilities.
  • Coordinated with LeapFrog production and implementation teams in Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, British Columbia, and Costa Rica.
  • Hired, trained, and supervised teams of outside contractors and monitored work to ensure compliance with LeapFrog production standards.
  • Auditioned, hired, and directed voice-over talent, scheduled recording sessions, booked studio time.
  • Reviewed completed projects, and delivered assets to implementation team

Peak Image, Lombard, IL
Director of Audio

  • Directed department activities and operations. Project Manager, Producer, and Creative / Technical Lead for all audio projects
  • Key contributor on marketing/branding strategy projects
  • Increased department revenue over 300% through new pricing structure and growing business with new and existing clients
  • Awarded prestigious Platinum Best in Show at Aurora Film and Video competition, in both 1999 and 2000
  • Planned and implemented complete refit of studio, creating a state-of-the-art digital audio production facility. Selected, purchased, and installed all equipment and software
  • Introduced file management, database, and archiving procedures, improving billing, filing, archive retrieval, and overall productivity
  • Clients included World Book Encyclopedia, Northrop Grumman, Nalco, and VTech
  • Partnered with technology vendors and clients, leading to increased revenue
  • Managed audio projects for websites, CD-ROMs, trade show kiosks, corporate videos, and on-line games

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Education ~

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Course work in eLearning, Multimedia, Corporate Communications, Project Management

Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Course work in Audio Engineering

University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
Course work in Music Composition and Theory, and Piano Performance Technique

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