Jari Innanen as a Production Sound Mixer
on his first feature film ”Three Men” in Ivalo, Lapland in 1984
A bit of company history ...
Soundwise Ltd was founded in 1994, when various sound equipment had accumulated in the corners of my apartment a little too much for one man.
Studio facilities were built in Kallio district in Helsinki downstairs from the Dada-Film production company. The location was great in terms of transportation but still peaceful and quiet place in the courtyard. Just perfect for sound work.
My first DAW (digital audio workstation) was the Amiga's Studio 16 in 1991 and with that I made my first digital sound editing for the popular and award winning feature films ”Onnenmaa” and ”Kivenpyörittäjän Kylä” by Finnish film director Markku Pölönen.
We changed our DAW to Pro Tools in 1997. Today the studio is equipped with Pro Tools HD workstation in which you find everything you need even for a 5.1 surround mix.
Over the years, we have collected and archived an extensive sound effect archive and it is growing all the time. Especially we have a comprehensive collection of Finnish wild life and nature sounds for nature documentary and feature film needs.
A good number of award-winning Finnish feature films, short films, documentaries and TV series have received their sound treatment at Soundwise.
Jari Innanen as a Production Sound Mixer on another award
winning feature film, ”The Last Wedding” in Juuka, Finland in 1994
Our field recording sound equipment has evolved from Nagra tape recorder to Dat cassette recorder and all the way to the multi-track hard disk recording.
The present and future of picture editing: Final Cut Pro X
Besides sound editing and sound designing I have done picture editing since the beginning of my career. I started my picture and sound editing with Steenbeck flatbed film editing table and later did also a lot of tape based linear editing with U-Matic, Beta SP and 1 inch tape VTRs.
In the early 90's I started editing with non linear computer based systems. I was lucky enough to try the very first Avid Media Composer NLE (Non Linear Editor) in Finland in 1990 and was hooked immediately. I have also edited with Media 100 and Premiere Pro. I also cut a couple of feature films in Lightworks system. In 2000 I bought my first copy of Final Cut Pro and started using it as my main NLE pretty soon after that. When FCP X came out in June 2011 I was pretty much hooked like I was with the first Avid in 1990. Editing has become creative and fun again.
Today I do freelance work, mainly picture editing but also sound editing and sound designing. In addition, I also teach sound design and editing at various educational institutions.