No Fixed Mix

Walk into a west-end sound studio and there's nearly always a familiar sight at the mixing console. A bloke. Why are there so few female sound designers?

No Fixed Mix is our home-grown initiative aimed at improving the gender balance in technical sound roles. The inaugural programme held in 2019, welcomed five aspiring sound engineers into String and Tins’ studios. It included three workshops that focused on the audio industry - production, sound design and music - and was aimed at any woman seeking a career in sound design.

This year, we have expanded the programme to reflect the growing variety of projects that the studio is working on, incorporating foley, field recording and longform into the updated course curriculum. In addition to this, an extended list of assignments will be available, in order to help participants develop their showreels, as well as a wider variety of lecturers/hosts.

No Fixed Mix’s inaugural programme was a bigger success than we could have hoped for and the response to our call out for applicants was huge - it just shows that it’s not just men who want to apply for these roles and pursue these careers. Since then many of these women have gone on to find jobs in their preferred sound-related fields. This can be accredited purely to their own efforts, but we hope that our programme has given them some insights which have been useful in getting their foot in the door in the industry.

2021 will be the embodiment of ‘onwards and upwards’ and we’re hoping that No Fixed Mix will help bring a little extra light in the coming months as we move into brighter times. We have no intention of being a programme in ‘unprecedented times’, we come as we are, Zoom or no Zoom, pandemic or none, we must strive for equality across all platforms, under all circumstances.

Thanks to the generous support of Avid, HHB, iZotope and NUGEN Audio, successful participants are provided with a free 12 months subscription licence to Pro Tools, the industry standard DAW (worth £299), iZotope Stutteredit 2 (worth £171) and a copy of NUGEN Audio's the Focus Bundle (worth £139), so that they can continue to develop their audio post-production skills.

The deadline for applications for No Fixed Mix 2021 has now closed, stay tuned for our 2022 programme which will be announced early next year.