Our backstory: Australia…

Dr Neil Hillman

The Audio Suite’s sunniest studio is based in Brisbane – the capital of Queensland; a place enticingly described as being ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next’… And who wouldn’t want to look out of their studio window to see palm trees and blue skies?

Certainly not the Audio Suite’s founder Neil Hillman; who had spent more than 30 years either working in darkened mixing theatres in the UK, or recording on location in the kind of changeable weather the northern hemisphere has to offer.

When – after completing a self-funded Ph.D. concerning human emotions and Sound Design, and during the height of Covid in the UK – the opportunity to relocate in Australia presented itself, it proved impossible to resist the average of 283 days of sunshine that create the gorgeous climate of Brisbane… As was the urge to create an online training school – the Sound for Moving Pictures academy – and to also offer one-to-one coaching to developing professionals, accessed through this dedicated website.

Our Australian Audio Suite ‘outposts’ (see what we did there?) in Brisbane and Sydney both work under the guidance of Neil; meaning this ‘new kid on the Aussie block’ comes with a back-story of extensive experience and an enviable track record in providing audio post-production services for major studio and independent feature films, High End TV drama, documentaries and commercials.

Take a look HERE to check-out The Audio Suite’s credits.

Neil Hillman MPSE – our feature film Sound Producer

Neil has a reassuringly extensive and impressive track-record in location sound recording, audio production and audio post-production: including credits for editing and mixing many hundreds of hours of prime-time television programmes; feature films; TV and cinema commercials; as well as internal, external and business-to-business communications, podcasts and Audible ‘Best Seller’ Talking Books.

As a feature film Sound Producer he works at Producer-level, with executive responsibilities for a project’s sound bible in pre-production; and then by overseeing both the production sound and audio post-production stages, he ensures a project’s soundtrack is consistent to the Director’s vision, and the Producer’s budget, from concept and drafts right through to completion and delivery.

See Neil Hillman’s IMDb credits HERE

Our DaVinci Resolve Fairlight studios deliver quality dialogue edits and pre-mixes for our clients. The set-up below is one of our dialogue editing suites that we temporarily installed in a Brisbane client’s cutting room, for the international TV drama ‘Darby and Joan’ .

Dr Neil Hillman

Our ‘sun-downer and overnight’ online service…

By taking advantage of the time difference between Brisbane (GMT + 10 hours) UK clients can benefit from uploading their assets to us at the end of their working day, and then have ‘for approval’ edits or mixes waiting for them on their return to their office the next morning. (For LA, the time difference is an even greater advantage, at PST +17 hours.) Our fees can be billed in either UK pounds (£ – GBP), Euro (€ – EUR) or Australian dollars ($ – AUD) and conveniently, we have a single point of contact: you can get in touch with us via the enquiry form found HERE.

It can mean an increase in productivity by up to a third on a project’s timeline!

‘We used The Audio Suite in Australia on our recent time-sensitive project for an English Premier League major sponsor. We had a video conference briefing call and uploaded assets at the end of our working day and received back overnight a ‘for approval’ mix. The next day we added our mix notes, and our specific delivery requirements, and again overnight we received the final mixes we required. It was fast and efficient, and our client was delighted with the result’.

Stuart Whitehouse – Head of Production, Slate&Mortar

‘Thank you so much for your work in the documentary. We have showed it to our colleagues and they’ve commented on the good audio edit, so a heartfelt thank you from all of us!’

Bianca Dragan – Head of Brand, Paddle

Are you looking for an Audio Director for live mixing? Contact Neil Hillman on 0431 983 262

Neil is an experienced Outside Broadcast Audio Director with a passion for sport and a track record that includes 3 Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020ne) and 3 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018 and Birmingham 2022), as well as mixing day-to-day sports programming for Australian broadcasters such as Fox, ESPN and Kayo covering a range of sports as diverse as boxing, cricket, rugby and netball, as well as Reality TV shows such as ‘Love Island USA’.

Brisbane-based, and situated within 30 minutes of Brisbane airport, it makes state, interstate and international travel logistics very easy.

Whether it’s a live Outside Broadcast, a unilateral feed or a hub contribution, Neil Hillman is an experienced Audio Director.

We live on the lands of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognise them as the Traditional Custodians of this country.