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This could be a bit subjective, but I think broadly most people know what "cinematic sound" means. At least, in my mind, it is sound that:

  • Has extraordinary depth
  • Quite a bit of warmth
  • Richness and layers

and to feel it, even a half-decent headphone is just about enough to "feel" the sound. It is a sound you automatically associate with sounds that you hear in what used to be called "large hall, big screen cinemas", since about two decades back that's pretty much where one could hear such sounds.

My question, is it possible to create such sounds for voice-over with "home brew" documentaries or pod-casts ? With "home brew", I'd mean equipment you might find in a typical home-studio, that is far from being top-of-the-line. Just some entry-level mid-sized diaphragm microphones (that pretend to be large diaphragm), with something like PreSonus iTwo or Focusrite Scarlette type of digital interfaces, in a partially acoustically-treated (DIY) home-studio.

And if so, what are the techniques (recording), effects (during post-processing) and mixing that may be used to have such effects.

  • it's sort of possible, but your question(s) are so broad it sounds like you need to start with a book or some serious googling...there are far too many "techniques", they are well covered all over the web. – Tyler Stone Feb 18 at 18:15
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    In general, this question is too broad, but there is a short version of an answer: "Cinematic" sound (your definition) is produced by a large group of people, each with many years of training and experience, all working together. The equipment and software that they use is not so important. It's their knowledge and ability that is important. It sounds multilayered because is is multilayered, and each layer represents a lot of hard work by one or many people coming together professionally. – Todd Wilcox Feb 20 at 20:03
  • Thanks Tyler and Todd. Todd, I've no doubt that what you are saying is true. Perhaps one point I had missed highlighting is that I had come across such a airy, cinematic sound in an otherwise not-the-most-interesting pod-caster's stream, who did claim in an older pod-cast that she records in a home-studio, thus the curiosity. OTOH, thanks to Tyler's advise I searched a bit harder to find some of the tutorials and I think I came across one. – icarus74 Feb 22 at 10:19
  • ok..so if, in general, you're asking if it's possible to create audio with the attributes you described (depth/warmth/richness/layers), using what could be described as a "home studio", the answer is ostensibly yes...if you are very skilled. – Tyler Stone Feb 23 at 17:22
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Kindly note that two comments -- one from Tylor Stone, and other from Tood Wilcox have more wisdom in them than my rather dry pointer to a tutorial that I found, which seems to provide some guidance and explanation of how cinematic sounds could be created. However, this one focuses on orchestral music, although my question was more around audio, but for want of better and more pertinent sources, this one might do. One thing to be noted about the tutorial is that the "original" samples that are converted to "cinematic" ones, were already quite high-quality and rich to begin with, but still, the transformation is start (to my ears).

Without much further ado, here's the link to the tutorial:

  • as this isn't really an answer, I'd suggest putting this info in the comments. – Tyler Stone Feb 23 at 17:24

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