Meet MPI's Newest Instructor: Ric Viers

MPI Welcomes its Newest Faculty Member: Ric Viers

Meet Ric Viers, MPI's newest Professor. Ric will be teaching Field Audio Recording and Production Lab 1 this coming Fall.  


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Ric Viers is a producer, international author, sound designer and the world’s largest independent producer of professional sound effects libraries with more than 670 products produced to date. He is the author of The Sound Effects BibleThe Location Sound Bible and Make Some Noise and the founder of Blastwave FX – one of the world’s leading sound effects publishers. 

Known as the “Rock and Roll Professor of Sound,” Viers was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall Of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the industry and the student body. He has hosted several video series like “Rode University,” “Crash Course In Location Sound” and most notably “The Detroit Chop Shop Video Diaries” - a reality series about the interns at his studio The Detroit Chop Shop.

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His career focuses heavily on giving back to the next generation of filmmakers and sound designers through lectures, workshops and webinars. His sound design work continues to be used in major motion pictures, television shows, radio programs, and video games  worldwide.


The Sound Effects Bible

 “Ric Viers eats, drinks, and breathes sound effects. If you’re a sound designer, editor, or filmmaker, you’ll need the Bible!” — Tasos Frantzolas, founder of


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The Sound Effects Bible is the complete guide to recording, editing, and designing your own sound effects. If it snaps, crackles, pops, crashes, booms or bangs, it can be found somewhere in this first-ever book on the black art of Foley and sound effects. This definitive book covers microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding digital audio workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, sound design, and much more.


“The Sound Effects Bible is the go-to resource for anyone serious about sound creation! Ric Viers generously shares his real-world experience in an absorbing and hard to put down guide to this fascinating corner of the entertainment industry.”

— Aaron Marks, composer/sound designer and author of The Complete Guide to Game Audio


“Ric’s book is an excellent introduction to techniques for producing professional sound effects for films, games, etc. It’s packed with nuts-and-bolts information that beginning and intermediate level sound designers/editors will find useful.”

— Randy Thom, director of sound design, Skywalker Sound

 We look forward to having Ric on board the MPI team!


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