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RTW keeps ScareHouse creepiness consistent

Sound plays an important role at ScareHouse, one of America's top haunts. To maximise the fright factor, sound effects designer Glenn Ricci relies on RTW's TM3 TouchMonitor to keep his unnerving audio at uniform levels.

ScareHouse sound effects designer Glenn Ricci relies on RTW’s TM3 TouchMonitor to keep his skin-crawling sounds at a steady level. Rated as one of the top haunts in America, ScareHouse is located in a supposedly haunted former Elk’s Club lodge in Pittsburgh. Its primary attractions include an entire haunted town, a demented anti-Santa, an alternate, “zombified” replica of Pittsburgh and a very nefarious basement. Human actors portray ghosts, zombies, ghouls and other evil night dwellers, sometimes grabbing at visitors for an especially frightening experience. “I draw from a lot of different elements when I’m creating something for the show, so it’s important to even out the loudness levels for each source to make it sound cohesive,” said Ricci. The TM3 also offers Ricci a way to ensure consistent loudness across the various software programs he uses. “What I like about having it here is that I never have to worry about what software program I’m using. I use a lot of software programs, such as Logic Pro and Ableton Live for some composition, and they all have different meters in them, so having one consistent meter that lives outside of it all is really helpful. It means I don’t have to check of the meters from a separate plug-in, which saves me time.” “We love that RTW’s TM3 meter has not only helped improve Glenn’s workflow but that it being used to smooth the sound for such an interesting project,” said Christopher Spahr, US director of sales and operations, RTW. “His work for ScareHouse is a great example of how the TM3, along with the entire line of TouchMonitors, can be used outside of a traditional broadcast setting, lending a hand to sound engineers working on their mixes in post-production. It’s really a win-win for everyone involved.”