I had a question of what other stuff I might need to be a Sound Editor and/or Sound Designer. I have a shotgun, condenser, and a pair for stereo - recording on a sound devices 702t. Edit and design on Pro Tools, ADAM A5X monitors, midi keyboard, and a powerful computer. I was wondering if there is something missing that I would "need" or might want to think about getting? Maybe more microphones? Control Surface to mix? Thanks, Luke F.
I don't think you necessarily "need" anything else. A lot of it comes down to the part of the industry you want to work in and how you envision your self doing that work. At various times I've been freelance or staff and sorta a mixture of the 2. If your staff you really don't need to provide anything else. When I've been freelance I find that unique and different types of mics (contact, electromagnetic etc) come in handy as well as props and some processing chains, plugins or apps that you think you might find yourself using in the future. As well as some good sfx libraries. Good monitors in a room you know well are super important. If you don't have ProTools HD I would consider that almost a must have over the vanilla version, mostly for being able to have multiple video clips and tracks.
If you want the most supreme sounds ever. Kinds of like a supreme pizza, but better...id suggest taping a toilet paper core to your Adam monitors and then recording stereo and mixing in mono for that. It really gives a realist approach that most sound designers can't grasp. Do yourself a favor and stop worrying about the equipment and focus more on the skill and expertise. A really good trick to practice this, is to turn off everything in your room...even unplug stuff so you don't have any buzz or hum. Then just sit there with your eyes closed and imagine what sounds you should be hearing at that point. There's a little pointer for you. Good luck and thanks for the little conversation.
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