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Steve Tavaglione

Steve Tavaglione

Sound Designer/Composer

Based in Southern California, Steve Tavaglione has had a rich an varied musical career. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophones, clarinets and flutes touring and or performing with the likes of George Benson, John Patitucci, Roger Waters, Sly and the Family Stone, Sergio Mendes, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and scores of others. He is a leading performer on Nyle Steiner’s EWI (a wind synthesizer).

Steve’s extensive resume includes work on movies such as Oceans 11,12, and 13, American Beauty, Finding Nemo, Bugs Life, Bridge to Terabithia, and Jarhead as well as the television series CSI New York, CSI Las Vegas, Supernatural, Charmed, Jericho, Lois and Clark, and Diagnoses Murder.

On Wave Arts plug-ins:

“I work one-on-one with most of the film composers and tv composers such as Thomas Newman, Paul Haslinger, Jay Gruska, John Keane, Bill Brown, Aaron Zigman and am always referring to the Wave Arts plug-ins for help.

I use TrackPlug 5 on every session to alter the character of the sounds that I use. Fitting the sound in, not to get in the way of other parts of the music or dialogue is important to the session. I can also alter the original sample to become another instrument using TrackPlug 5.

I use FinalPlug 5 to control the final mix of what i am presenting to the composer.

I use MasterVerb all the time to get a different take on the ambiences that I create. It is the smoothest non-convolution reverb out there.

Panorama helps me place different elements of my sound to fit in the overall sound horizon of my patch (eg. one element in your face while a subtle element just in the background barely felt).

I am now doing a fair amount of field recording now and use the Master Restoration plug-in to clean up the unwanted ambience in the recording. For example, I was doing CSI New York at the composers’ residence and was trying to come up with a metallic reveal in a part of the show. Lo and behold his next door neighbor started his metal saw up and I ran out with my recorder and held it to the fence next to his house. I Imported the sound into Kontakt, tuned it, and used Master Restoration to clean up the extra ambiences that i didn’t need. Voila, instant patch, usable performance!

I would be seriously compromised without the use of these plug-ins.”