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Specializes in:

Game audio

Other skills

Implementation, UE4, Wwise, field recording, asset creation, libraries

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About Michael Leaning

Sound designer | ShotgunMike Audio | UK

I am an experienced audio professional working primarily in the computer games industry, focussing on sound design and implementation. I love crafting beautiful soundscapes and exciting original sound design, bringing the gaming experience to life through the power of great audio.

As a freelance sound designer I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of studios and companies, providing in game assets, cinematic sound design, dialogue editing, sound library assets and Wwise implementation.

I come from a background of working in-house, starting my sound design career in 2009 at the Warner Brothers owned Studio, Traveller’s Tales. I spent 4 years working on the LEGO computer games and some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises, including Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, to name but a few.

In 2013 I moved to the Microsoft owned studio, Lionhead Studios, to work on the Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive; Fable Legends. My focus was on sound design for the hero characters, creating new sound assets and designing and implementing systems for dynamic play back of audio in game. I partnered with Pinewood Studios to create bespoke foley and vocal assets and I worked with LA based studio Formosa, to outsource additional audio requirements. I left when the studio closed in early 2016.

I have experience in Unreal 4, blueprint scripting, system design, Wwise implementation, foley and vocal recording and session direction, linear and non linear sound design, field recording, IR capture and surround sound.


Year Project name Client Role
2018 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Obsidian Entertainment UI Sound Designer
2017 Injustice 2 Sweet Justice Sound Cinematic Sound Designer
2016 Fable Legends Lionhead Studios Senior Sound Designer
2012 LEGO Batman Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite Tt Games Sound designer
2010 LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 Tt Games Sound Designer


Year School Course
2008 University of Hertfordshire MSC Music and sound Technology and Audio Programming
2007 University of Hertfordshire BSc Music Technology

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