Multi-faceted, multi-media composer Austin Wintory and Reference Recording’s Chief Engineer, audio wizard, inventor and entertainment technologist Keith O. Johnson have combined their talents in the production of the official soundtrack for The Banner Saga video game created by Stoic Studios.
Austin’s previous game score, Journey, is noteworthy as the first video game soundtrack nominated for a Grammy® (2013), charting in the Billboard Magazine Top 200 and iTunes.
Keith O. ‘Prof.’ Johnson is a Grammy® Award winning engineer, Audio Engineering Society Silver Medalist and sonic legend, having designed and patented many innovative products in the professional and consumer audio fields.
When composer Austin Wintory conceived music for The Banner Saga, he wasn’t thinking of synthetic strings in a plug-in studio or a faceless offs
Recording this soundtrack required a unique inter-weaving of the purest, audiophile mic placement and recording techniques of Keith Johnson with the multi-track needs of game production.
Audio tracks for games have unusual demands; their playback sounds and volume are inter-dependent with the players choices and include additional instruments, soloists and voices. Reference Recordings’ is famous for not using multi-track so a new engineering protocol was established to blend KOJ’s work and Austin’s team.
The engineering styles of both parties where shared in email discussions, back and forth. They created diagrams of the stage set-up for the Dallas Wind Symphony players, placement of KOJ’s microphones and recording equipment (most of it hand built, modified or invented by him) and determined how those would be directed to ‘feed’ a Pro Tools based recording system. Later, vocal and instrumental soloists parts were added to complete the project.