Wave Studios is a globally acclaimed sound design and audio post production company working in the fields of commercials, feature films, promos, gaming, and sonic branding. Wave has a roster of some of the world's best sound designers, mixers, recordists and supervisors.
Wave began in 1999 when Warren Hamilton and Johnnie Burn established their company with a growing reputation of hard graft producing excellent creative craftsmanship. Wave is now a collection of around 40 people who really care about sound. Wave sits in the heart of London’s Soho, a pretty canal in central Amsterdam and most recently in 2018 opened their doors in New York. Our teams work globally, both remotely and in person. We shape sound to moving image, and also work on a wide range of sound design pieces, including company logos, video game environments, or even car indicator sounds, for example.
Wave's first piece of work was the widely regarded best ever piece of advertising, the Guinness “Surfer’ commercial. Since then Wave’s client list reads like a who’s who of the worlds best artists, musicians, directors and creatives, like Frederik Bond, Juan Cabral, Walter Campbell, Tom Carty, Chris Cunningham, David Bowie, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, Tony Kaye, Kasabian, Kylie, Madonna, Michael Mann, Rupert Sanders, and Ridley Scott.
There have been many career highs including opening Amsterdam, growing in London from one floor to the whole building, making the sounds of Skype, the Sesame Street Games titles for Microsoft, and our first feature film ‘Birth’. Other noteable events have been winning Hollywood Post Alliance sound design awards, Cannes Lions, and more D&AD pencils than any other audio outfit.
Wave cemented its place in audio history by winning the only D&AD black pencil ever awarded specifically in sound for its work on Honda ‘GRR’ in 2005. Last year, Wave was crowned 'Facility of The Year’ at the Conch awards, Aaron Reynolds won many awards with his sound design on the Lurpak commercials including the only Gold Cannes Lion awarded in the UK and Johnnie and Warren received recognition for their craft with a BTAA Lifetime Achievement Fellowship award.
Recently Johnnie Burn won a nomination at the British Independent Film Awards for Outstanding Achievement reflecting a years work making the Sound Design on Jonathan Glazer’s film 'Under The Skin’, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress.
Wave London has 9 dubbing studios, all running Avid s6 mixing consoles and Nuendo DAW with its powerful sound design capabilities. The rooms are designed by industry leading acoustic architects Whitemark, who have designed some of the best sound facilities in the world. The studios all have 5.1/7.1 capabilities and one of the rooms has C&T Dolby Atmos configuration. All the studios have voice over booths equipped with U87 voice over mics and ADR microphones. Our engineers are experts in sound design, tracklay and audio clean up. They also have access to a sound library of over 500,000 sound effects. This is all backup by an experienced support staff who takes care of asset management and connection to external studios via ISDN and Source connect. We also have studios in Amsterdam and New York.
These are the awards we're really proud of, not only because we've been able to work on some of the world's most recognisable projects but because these awards are actually WON. FOR. SOUND.
It is difficult to fill an ‘awards’ page but we don't list award winning work unless the award is specifically for the sound. Here you will find, for example the largest collection of D&AD pencils for sound by a country mile, including the only ever black pencil for sound.
In our book, that's something to be quite proud of..
2019 AUDIO AWARDS
The One Show - GOLD Sound Design - NY Times “Fearlessness", GOLD Sound Design - NY Times “The Truth is Worth it" Campaign
D&AD, Graphite Sound Design - NY Times “The Truth is Worth it” Campaign
Cannes, Gold - Sound Design – NY Times “Perseverance”, Gold - NY Times “Fearlessness", Gold - Sound Design – NY Times- Perseverance
AICP, Gold - Sound Design - NY Times “Perseverance", AICP Sound Design - NY Times - Perseverance
NYF, Gold - Sound Design, NY Times - “Fearlessness", Silver –Best Sound Design, EXXON Boxer
Amp Awards, Gold - Sound Design, NY Times - “Fearlessness" , Gold - Outstanding Mix, NY Times - “Fearlessness”, Best In Show, NY Times - “Fearlessness”
D&AD Wood Sound Design – Mind, WIT H IN , Graphite - Sound Design, NY Times Perseverance
MASA, Sound Design, Mind – WIT H IN
2018 AUDIO AWARDS
LIA - Sound Design, Edeka 2118
NYF, Sound Design, Finlandia - Fin and Tonic
2017 AUDIO AWARDS
D&AD: WOOD- Bupa ‘Just Living’ – Use of Music
NYF: SILVER– Samsung ‘Youth Olympic Games ‘Lillehammer’– Sound Design
2016 AUDIO AWARDS
D&AD: GRAPHITE - Samsung ‘We Are Greater Than I’ – Sound Design, Graphite - Visa Heart - Sound Design
NYF: FINALIST – Samsung ‘We are Greater Than I’ – Sound Design
MASA: WINNER – NSPCC ‘Alfie’ – Use of Voice over
2015 AUDIO AWARDS
Creative Circle – Gold: Sport England, This Girl Can, Gold: - DFT ‘Celebrate’ - Use of Music, Silver - Sainsbury’s ‘1914’ - Sound Design
Cannes Lion – Silver: Sport England, This Girl Can
London International Advertising: Silver - Samsung ‘We are Greater than I’
Cresta: GOLD - Guinness ‘Made of Black’– Use of Music
D&AD: GRAPHITE – DFT ‘Celebrate’ - Use of Music, WOOD – Guinness ‘Made of Black’ – Use of Music, WOOD – Lurpak ‘Adventure Awaits’ - Sound Design
NYF: FINALIST - Volvo ‘The Swell’ - Sound Design, BRONZE (3rd) Lurpak ‘Adventure Awaits’ - Sound Design, BRONZE (3rd) DFT ‘Celebrate’ - Sound Design, BRONZE (3rd) Sainsbury’s ‘1914 - Sound Design, BRONZE (3rd) Guinness ‘Made of Black’- Us
2014 AUDIO AWARDS
Cannes Lions - GOLD: Lurpak "Adventure Awaits"
NYF- Second Prize: Lurpak "Weave Your Magic"
2013 AUDIO AWARDS
MASA - Winner: Lurpak "Rainbow"
D&AD - In Book & Nomination: Lurpak “Rainbow”, In Book: Honda "Spark", In Book: Prometheus "Transmission"
NYF - Gold: Lurpak "Rainbow"
BTA Craft - Use of music: 3Mobile "Pony"
2012 AUDIO AWARDS
Cannes Lion - Gold: Lurpak "Rainbow"
MASA- Winner: Lurpak "Kitchen Odyssey"
ICAD - Gold: "Road Safety Awareness"
NY Film Festival - Winner: Lurpak "Kitchen Odyssey"
British Arrows - Craft:Sound Design: Honda "Spark", Fellowship: Warren Hamilton & Johnnie Burn
Conch - Winner: Facility of the year
2011 AUDIO AWARDS
Creative Circle - Best Sound: Honda "RGB"
2010 AUDIO AWARDS
D&AD - Sliver: MNDA "Sarah's Story"
Cannes Lion - Silver: Adidas "Spark"
Conch - Winner: Facility of the Year
LIA - Gold: Sound Design: Economist "Wires"
2009 AUDIO AWARDS
Creative Circle - Best Commercial: Hovis "Go on Lad"
Conch - Winner: Best Commercial: Hovis "Go on Lad"
BTA Craft - Best Sound Design: MNDA "Sarah's Story"
2008 AUDIO AWARDS
BTA Craft - Best Pre-Recorded Music: Sony "PlayDough", Best Original Music: Audi "Gymnast"
HPA - Sound Design: Audi "Gymnast"
D&AD - Silver: Cabury's "Gorilla", Silver: Sony "Music Pieces"
Aerial Awards - Best Sound Design: "The Times"
2007 AUDIO AWARDS
Conch - Best Commercial Sound Design: Skoda "Giggle"
Young Guns - Bronze Winner Best Sound & Music: Sony "Music Pieces"
2006 AUDIO AWARDS
BTA Craft - Music: Sony Bravia "Balls"
D&AD - Silver: 3 Mobile "Tupperzic"
2005 AUDIO AWARDS
D&AD - Gold: Honda "Grr"
Creative Circle - Gold: Honda "Grr"
2004 AUDIO AWARDS
Creative Circle - Gold: Playstation "Mountain"
D&AD - Silver: Playstation "Mountain", Silver: Honda "Cog"
2003 AUDIO AWARDS
D&AD - Silver: Audi "Bull", Silver: BBC 1 Xtra "Sweet Music"
BTA Craft - Music: BBC1 Xtra "Sweet Music", Sound Design: BBC1 Xtra "Sweet Music"
International Automotive Awards - Honda "Cog"
Broadcast Network - BBC "Match of the Day"
2002 AUDIO AWARDS
BTA Craft - Honda "Everyday", Levi's "Twist"
2000 AUDIO AWARDS
Guinness ‘Surfer’ Creative Circle
Guinness ‘Bet on Black’ BTAA Craft
1996 AUDIO AWARDS
Kiss FM ‘Music is Life’ BTAA Craft