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Overcoming periods of Creative Block

Creative work is a fickle mistress. Sometimes it feels like you've been visited by the Muse, everything just seems to flow and all the work is almost effortless. Other times you feel like you're ...
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how to create the effect of someone talking over a microphone?

hey guys, i have been trying to create the effect of a character talking over a microphone. i used delay, and then eq-ed it, giving a boost in the low-mid section since the character was in a room, ...
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Live field recordings or recreate by foley?

Obviously this depends entirely on what sound you are trying to create. Sometimes sounds will be made by using both sources. But i'm interested in what makes people decide if they are going to head ...
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Inspiration - What influences your aesthetic

So, here's something I bat around with people every now and then...and I know several people on here have discussed this in other venues. Why not bring the conversation here and see if we can expand ...
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MOC - Mit Out Computer

Anybody got any fun ideas for non-computer based sound design? Got a long weekend coming up with plenty of spare time. I'm planning on playing with my reel to reel to do some tape feedback stuff. ...
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Creative Spaces

So, in my iTravels I've spent a ton of time reading through acoustics threads on message boards like GearSlutz and TapeOp. The information on those sites really is top notch, and all the people seem ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 2: Ghostbusters “proton pack”

Following on from Jay Jennings' post, How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator “clicks”, I thought I'd carry on the series with another classic, iconic sound - the Ghostbusters Proton Pack powering ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator “clicks”

If anyone knows how the iconic Predator "click" vocalizations were created (for the original film, that is), then please, do share! (This means you David Stone, Richard Anderson and John Pospisil!) If ...
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Who's designing sound with an iPad?

One of these magical gizmos has found its way into my life and now I'm wondering what else it can do besides check email and play Angry Birds. Have found a few interesting apps out there for creating ...
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How to make a sound 4D?

Does anybody have some insight in how to make a sound 4D? Genaudio has a few apps that make your sound 4D. I met the Genaudio Plugin Manager one time at a seminar he did in San Francisco. After ...
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How would you create a sound for a planet turning in its own orbit?

I want to create a sound for a scene, in which the camera closely travels along a big planet and the planet is spinning in its own orbit slowly. What would you suggest for this situation? Any ...
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A Study in Effective Sound Design: The Terminator (1984)

So I'm flipping channels and find The Terminator on AMC. And it was just starting! It's been a while since I've seen it in its entirety, so I decided to give it my full attention. The thing that ...
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Thinking outside the “box”

When faced with a design challenge, what is your first instinct: To reach for a mic or a piece of software? Of course it often depends on the project or task at hand, but in general, where does your ...
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EQing with reverbs rather than parametric EQ

Would anybody like to share their experiences, tips, processes, etc from EQing with reverbs instead of using a parametric EQ?
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What do you use Waves Enigma for?

It's a pretty rad lil' plug, I was just wondering what kind of creative purposes you have used it for.
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Making flat background tracks come alive

Looking for tips & tricks on how to make those backgrounds, winds and crowds come back to life -- ie. how to effectively use amplitude or frequency modulation / EQ sweeps / delays to affect depth ...
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How do you go about making an underwater gooey sound?

There is probably a way to blend the two sounds together like morph a goo sound into a crawling sound so it sounds like crawling underwater in goo.
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Best use of sound design in a comedy?

OK, we've covered "favorite sounds" and "best sound in a thiller", but what about comedies, where the sound effects usually cower in fear of dialog and music? And what is it about those moments that ...
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Parachute Sound?

How would one go about creating a parachute sound? I've tried flapping clothes in front of a microphone and processing them.
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Most unusual sound technique

What was the most unusual and innovative technique of capturing or generating sounds in your entire experience with sound design ? What you have you been forced to do, to achieve the goal?
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Listening to your own work.

Hi all I´ve often wondered how everybody else feels like, when listening to sound they have done for animations, games, features etc. I have a tendency to feel like my work is not very interesting ...
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How do you stay original?

Seems like it's all been done before… What do you do to create your own style/voice/signature? How do you avoid (or embrace) the clichéd and the tried-but-true approaches to give the impression of ...
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What's your approach to being creative?

When you watch a film with temp editorial sound or read a script or look at the artwork/pre build material of an upcoming job, how do you make audio based decisions? Do you have a structure or flow ...
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Who is using a vocoder these days and how?

This wonderful little device has stood the test of time but rarely does it make its way into my sound design bag o' tricks. Who has good tips or stories? Btw, my version of a vocoder comes by way of ...
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How creative can you be as a working sound designer?

This is obviously going to change from project to project. But in general how much freedom do you have within your porjects? Are the budgets and schedules so tight that you just have to go with what ...