Sound designer Jay Rose was born in New York City in 1948, and grew up in that area. He went to college in Boston, fell in love with the city (and with a Boston girl), and has been there ever since… except for a brief foray to Ohio for grad school.
He’s taught at Emerson College and Berklee, managed a classical station, and designed processing software for Eventide, Orban, and Telos. His tutorials have appeared in Videography, Digital Video, Recording Magazine, Radio & Production, and Backstage. His books are used by professionals, teachers, and amateurs around the world, and have garnered praise from A-list Hollywood Sound Professionals.
But his first love has always been creating soundtracks. In fact, the first line of his resume says “My whole career has been about telling stories with sound, or telling stories about sound.”
Jay currently works out of a fully-equipped, multi-room audio postproduction suite in his home… where clients have included MGM, PBS, Turner, and CBS. Recent projects have included award-winning theatrical documentaries about singer/songwriter Tom Rush, and about historic folk nexus Club 47. He also makes time to work with indie and low-budget documentary producers, when he likes the film and the subject.
Ask him to summarize his career, and he uses one word: “Lucky”. He’s been lucky to have some great mentors along the way (including Wavy Gravy and Dr. Tony Schwartz), and to have had a hand in every aspect of film production and audio engineering. He writes about the subject as a way to pass along what he’s learned.
Jay is a member of CAS, a section officer of AES, and has lectured before SMPTE.
Books: Producing Great Sound for Film & Video – Details, downloadable samples, free software. “This is the definitive book. It should be mandatory reading for anyone seriously considering a career making movies.”
— Jeff Wexler, CAS (Mixer: Mission Impossible III, Fight Club, Independence Day, Last Samurai, Jerry Maguire, more than 70 others)