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What Technique do you use for Room Tone recording?

I realize it depends on the space, but generally speaking, what microphone technique do you use and what type of mic? XY, ORTF, spaced pair?
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Reference Levels for film mix

Are blu rays a good source for referencing film mixes. I know Dvd's are not coz they are extremely compressed. If blu rays are not where can i get hold of some film mixes for reference?
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Super Mario 3D Land Sound Design: techniques

hey everyone at the moment I'm playing this game on my 3DS and I'm quite amazed by its sound FXs since they sound so clear, juicy and compact I should point that I'm leaving outside those ...
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any tips on creating tech based sounds like this

http://vimeo.com/37278827
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How to create gun's whir sound?

Hi! I try to create the whir of a gun sound, like ricochet. The thing we can hear in movies when the bullet pass just near the camera. Is someone have an idea about how to create this particular ...
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What is the most invaluable advice, tip or trick you have learnt through Social Sound Design?

As per the title, what do you feel is the most invaluable thing you have learnt or gained through the site? I think for me, it's a little more broad than just mixing techniques, recording set ups ...
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Getting Tight & Crisp Sound

A bit of weird question, I don't even know how to ask it but I love listening to the cinematic for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria not only is the work done on it great but I love the sonic ...
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Guerilla Style Recording…

Im about to embark on a indie feature road trip movie. This story thrives on improvisation with characters and "real life" people. What kind of tricks do you know that could help get the cleanest ...
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The Best of Simple Ideas

Have you ever had one of those moments discussing workflow, processing, or what have you...where someone mentions something that's such a painfully simple concept, you wonder why you never thought of ...
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Deliverable Quality Control - Talk to me.

This is for you sound-heads out there that routinely (or even not-so-routinely) deal with full deliverables for audio post. The client is asking for full splits - VO, On-camera, Nat, Music, etc, ...
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speed up work flow

Can anyone give me advice on how I might speed up my work flow on a similar project. I had 400 voice prompts to record for a telephone system. They had to be supplied with individual file names at ...
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Processing Crowds

You have recorded chants, yells, and other phrases with a 50 or so odd group of people - how would you make it sound like thousands? You have the whole stereo field to play with. You could use any ...
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the formula for 10 and 31 multi band eq frequency ranges

hi again nother quick one, I hope you guys can help, I know there is a formula to calculate the bands ranges of an eq on a mixer, the first few are each doubled i.e 20 25 31.5 40 50 63 80 100 125 160 ...
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How do you get to know microphones and decide on microphone purchases?

This is a question that's been on my mind lately as I'm starting to collect a selection of especially field-capable microphones. As there's so much to choose from in terms of microphone techniques, ...
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Scifi Laser Sounds - What works for you?

Hey everyone! I am curious as to what workflow people use to create crisp and heavy scifi laser sounds. Tribes: Ascend has lasers left and right in it, and I am running out of ideas for new laser ...
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About mic positioning

I was wondering what is the reason behind positioning a third mic a few feet away from a basic stereo AB. I noticed this on the three tenors in Rome for example. Here is a link to understand better my ...
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Kill your plugins

I just came across this article by James Hogg, and it's incredibly intriguing despite being written for musicians. I know, for me, I have way too many plugins, especially considering I tend to rely ...
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An esthetic for evoking a loud(er) sound

Let me try explain the sound, it's sounds to me like distortion and/or saturation. I have noticed this esthetic developing, it's come up in a few movies lately. I just watched Rise of the Planet of ...
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Production Audio Check List

On a professional set, in a studio or on location, the main job of the production audio - solo or team - is to capture the highest quality dialog that they possibly can in every situation they ...
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Industrial Fan Speed

Hello. I have a scene w/a fan whose blades slowly pick up speed and then slow back down again. I have a great sound effect of a giant fan cutting air, but I can't match the speed of the effect from ...
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When using a boom to capture production audio what kind of mic do you want? Boom Technique

Do you want a mic that captures only what it is looking at/pointing at? Or some other mic that captures a bit of side noise? Obviously a shotgun is essential for this. Is it best to aim the boom ...
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Midi controllers/ more specifically, a monome--open ended question

Does anybody use midi controllers for sound design? More specifically does anybody use a monome?
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Recording Orchestra Groups with Omni mics and M-S matrix

I need to record a ~50 piece woodwind orchestra and am using a Nagra VI which has 6 inputs. I want the best recording using the fewest mics. I have a pr of Neumann M150s which I was going to place ...
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Mixing EQ, the Mix

When you are mixing and you are using EQ, how are you supposed to do it? Are you supposed to put an EQ on a track and arm all the automations for it and then use the automations each time you want ...
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Another Discovery of Wind in the Studio

It's Sunday. Here's another recording I just did. This time I took the same Kleenex box I used before and without any air flow, I stuck it on the ground, placed the hole right next to the U87 and ...
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Imitating the audio quality of a typical mobile phone video

Hi All, I've been tasked with sound design for a commercial (for Web), where the final mix should sound, in the client's words, 'like it was filmed with a mobile phone. I.e. lo-fi, but not too much. ...
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Doubling a track

I was reading an article about recording a guitar and the guy was recommending doubling the track by actually recording it twice. I realize that this thickens up the sound which is good but is playing ...
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Using Zoom H4n handy recorders in windy condition

I had a very bad experience recording ambiances on the mountains with the zoom recorder.It was very cold and windy.I was using the on-board XY mics and windshields(which comes along with the ...
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Best way to record a Slinky

As a stocking stuffer, I got a mini-slinky as a joke, and I shocked my wife because I was WAY more excited about receiving this joke toy (because I knew I could experiment recording it) than anyone ...
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Pro Tools Playlist Switching

I switch between playlists a lot while recording, editing and comping vocals. Is there a clever trick any of you have found for a hotkey via QuicKeys or is there a new shortcut in Pro Tools 8 or 9 ...
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Lapel Mics and suits and ties

Hi eveyone, This is as much an observation as it is a question: I recently finished a corporate video shoot where all the talent had corporate wear on. By corporate wear I mean suits and ties. Much ...
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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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Removing Reverb

is there any technique of removing reverb from a sound clip with out altering the original clip?
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Who's using an Ebow and how?

Never used one before but am interested - does it only work on stringed instruments? Can I use it on anything that can resonate, say a metal table leg or piece of wood? Does it feed out of 1/4" jack ...
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What are some things you would never record in Stereo?

What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Stereo? and the next part of the question: What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Mono? My rule of thumb is ...
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Who out there still uses Master Faders anymore?

I was working on my "entry" for my sound design challenge today, and I realized that I hadn't bothered putting a master fader into my session. Truthfully, I haven't put one into any of my sessions in ...
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How to capture tire (tyre) textures when recording vehicles?

When reading Yewdall's Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, you can read him talking about varying road textures in the movie Christine... I can't quite represent myself how one would go about doing ...
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What do you use delays for?

What do you use delays for? Thickening? making wierd effects? I never use them even to thicken, maybe that's because my delay is too long. Whats up world!? depth?
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The “make-a-sound-thin” thread

Welcome to the "how to make a thin sound" thread, and in general make sounds stand out from other sounds. It seems like a big trend now-days is to have a thick, low end rounded sound and on there are ...
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Hydrophone Recording

Hey Folks, I have to record a variety of underwater movement and I'm in the process of doing some experimentation. I currently own 2 dolphin ear pros, but I'm not totally happy. I'm wondering if ...
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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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can someone please explain drum replacement?

There are a few VSTs out there, SPL's drum xchanger for example, that do what's called "drum replacement". I don't understand this concept. Can someone explain it to me? Thank you!
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Processing ADR to match interiors and exteriors

Hi, I have done some research into this but am still looking for some more techniques to each my students. What I basically want are some cut and dry approaches to matching ADR to a scene so that it ...
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Getting ambience when it is really quiet.

Hi there, I just got back from an amazing weekend in the lowvelt of South Africa recording birds, leopards, lions and of course, ambience. It is winter here so a lot of the bird life is away up ...
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Making a sound that's loopable.

I want to make a rocket 'whooooooooooooooooooosh' sound that can go on FOREVER. I have the sound I like, I just need some protips on making it loop. I've been hacking away at it in Pro Tools, and when ...
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Creating sounds of a Air Conditioning Shaft

I've got a programme coming up in a couple of weeks, where the characters spend most of the episode crawling around inside a big air conditioning shaft. I'm taking charge of foley, and obviously want ...
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Using a Bow for Sound Effects

When bowing cymbals, wires, plates, etc. to create sounds. How much does the quality of the bow matter? I was looking on ebay for a bow and the price range is insane. Can I cheap out? What's the ...
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Adverse effects on soundfields from plug-in processing

I've heard tales of plug-ins and effects processes doing bad things to the spatial perception of a soundfield. Of course, most of those tales come out of the music industry, where a mastering engineer ...
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In defense of narration…

Voice over narration gets a bit of a bad rap. I hear detractions all the time. "It's just being used to tie together a poorly written story." "The audience is smart enough to figure it out without ...
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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 ...