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The merits and uses of Masking

I was listening to my alarm this morning from a lofi telephone. It's actually a step up from lo-fi so the sound quality is considerably improved, can't tell you the actual specs. The alarm itself is ...
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Inspiration from the world of music production

Hello sound friends. This is is another 'list your top' question. Today: Which music producers do you feel created unique and inspiring sound design and in so doing made the albums they produced a ...
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Creating insect-like voices for talking flies

I've been asked by a friend to help create some convincing and comical voices for talking flies in a stop motion short. After thinking about how to do this the best I could come up with was to pitch ...
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Recordings the Americas by motorcycle

I posted this same question on gearslutz, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of useful insights here too. So in a few months, I'm going to be traveling by motorcycle from New York to Ushaia, Argentina (...
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Feedback on sound challenge webpage.

I am creating a page on my site that is designed to get people to take a sound I recorded and manipilate it into something new. Then post the new manipulated sound for others to hear. I think it would ...
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Have any of you tried Soundtorch?

Its an amazingly intuitive sound finder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMLylqa5Gck Load in all of your sounds and it automatically sorts them by similarity. Pretty damn amazing. They just released ...
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Video game sound design

Anyone recommend a specific sound design program or certificate or anything like that, that will help me prepare for video game sound design?
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Processing Whooshes

I have been trying to add reverb to wind, thunder, and air sounds while also pitching them down and the results are in... Can anyone share some insight on how to process a sound like wind, a swish, ...
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The “first sound is the right sound” problem

The "first sound is the right sound" problem..also known as the "affection to a sound" dilemma: It often happens to me , when I start choosing and placing some sounds, that those sounds will remain ...
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Post project archival

The sound design documentation question has me thinking about something that I don't really put much effort into, though maybe I should. Lets say you've just wrapped a long, in-depth sound design ...
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Designing Game Menu/Interface Sounds?

Hello, i'm sound designer for small video games, so i have many projects coming in and out...and i always struggle at making those user interface/menu sounds...i know they should be subtle and all, ...
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Disorientated Slow Motion Film Effects

Hi, Am doing a film where someone is murdered and a family member witness' it and as she runs to help the film is shot in slow motion and the sound needs to disorientating, weird and warped. Apart ...
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Creating sounds for a T-Rex?

Ive been given the task to create sounds for a T-Rex, and this is my first real sound design project. Im more accustomed to designing sounds with synthesis, not so much with recorded sounds, so I was ...
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Creating “Vintage” Sound

I'm fascinated by "vintage" film making - the look, sound, acting, stories - from the early days of film. I'm especially in love with the sound of dialog and foley during the 40s and 50s. I ...
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How can I make a sub bass that can be heard (at least a bit) on even on crappy systems?

I'm making a song in which the bass has to be as soft and deep as possible but I'd also like people to be able to listen to the song (being the bass an important part of this track) and hear, even if ...
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Sound Design Etiquette?

This is a question from a novice sound designer, but one that I don't see discussed much, for obvious reasons. When approaching professional sound design projects such as movies, game cinematics, ...
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Film Sound Design Contracts

I am a theatrical sound designer, and a play that I worked on has recently been filmed and they have approached me with a seperate contract. They want to give me $5000 for full rights. Should I ask ...
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Oblivion - Drone sound design…WOW

Outshone some of the acting in my opinion... Drone sounds were so powerful, functional, also had such an air of menace... Brilliant work. Anywhere I can read about this? Kind of reminds me of the ...
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First EVER live-production student film…Audio and Video separate? [closed]

Hey guys, Basically all the work I have done so far in University has been post production audio. I take clips from films, strip out all the original audio, and try adding it all back in. I've now ...
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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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Big Stomping Sound?

Anybody know where I can start to make a big stomping sound. I need it for a T-Rex, so its gotta be huge!
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Demonic Possession: Morphing one characters dialogue to sound like another character

I'm currently working on a project which involves a character becoming possessed by one of the other characters who at this point is deceased. My initial thoughts related to the combination of two ...
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Sound Design Schedules

Hi!I would like to know how do you calculate times for a sound design project? How much time (in human hours) does it take to make the sound design for a feature film (1:30hrs)? If you could specify ...
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Do you use reaktor, Max, PD?

When you are looking for a creative processing, what plugin's do you use? Do you often find yourself using Reaktor, Max, PD or any other modular languages? How often do you find yourself ...
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Regarding Showreels/Demo's/Etc on SSD

Although I think it's very smart to ask for comments on showreels and other sound design projects, I don't think this is what SSD is meant for. I get the feeling people are using it as a means of ...
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

I am working on a film where a girl is in an abandoned old house that looks very creepy with wall paper peeling of the walls, cracked walls, and various debris on the floor. There is a voice over ...
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Theory of incorporating bone conduction (sound through solids) in sound design

Since sound sounds so much different compared to through the air, through a solid, I think that this affects the way we perceive the world. Sound waves are traveling through our bones, body, and our ...
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Creating insect and meadow ambient noises without recording insects or meadow abients?!

I'm working on a little personal project in which I'm attempting to use 100% my own recordings and designed sounds, trying out new techniques and getting a bit creative etc. At the moment I'm ...
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Designing a Reverb

Hi everybody. I´ve been using reverbs for a while and I´m curious about what´s the proccess you use to design the right space through a Reverb. Which parameters and which workflow do u choose to ...
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Solo vs. Team - Sound Design

Sound design is an art. With each artist, comes the inevitable non-conforming attitude when it comes to change in their work. I've found quite the opposite when working in sound design than that of ...
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sound design for an arcade like Tyrian game!

I am currently working on a project that reminds me of the old games Tyrian and Raptor (classic pew pew games). I have to do the sound design for all the sounds and the music so I'd like your ...
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Looking for good resources regarding film analysis

Hi everyone, I'm currently doing a paper at university in film music, analysing the composition & sound design of various films. We've been assigned to groups & ours has decided to analyse ...
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How do controllers fit into your design process?

Do you use physical controllers for designing (not mixing) sounds? Perhaps you use a keyboard, or other more exotic type of controller? What do you control with it? Is this to speed up the process or ...
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Unmusical Items as Instruments in Music/Design

I wanted to ask everyone what their experience is with using household items, or really any other non-instrument to either layer in, or as itself, into music and sound design. For instance, I shall ...
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How to work objectively?

When doing sound design I often have difficulties to judge my work objectively. I spend so much time on one particular scene or even one sound that I lose my ability to judge my work. Two examples: 1)...
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1800-ish SFX Library for film battle?

Hi Guys, I'm in need of authentic or whatever comes handy for a battle scene taking place in the early 1800...think 1820. I'm talking about horses, long powder rifles explosions, cannons, men yelling ...
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Do you use keyboard to design?

I was checking Openlabs NekoEX5 on the net and I really loved it. So, I was wondering do you use keyboard when you do sound design, if so which one? Is it in occasional situations? I use my library ...
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Film that shows progress of sound design

Hi, I'm working with a group of 1st graders on a film project. The approach I'm taking is very sound driven. We started by listening to an unusual recorded sound and they drew what they thought it ...
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production company websites: best of

This is tagged as a community wiki. What I'd like to collect here is a compilation of the best websites for individual companies you know of. Something of a gold standard. The reason is to define a ...
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Check my work in progress (Graviii game)

Hello again all fellow sound designers! I post this to present to you my latest work in progress. Its in the form of a game by my team Tsimpountiii Games. We submitted our latest game GRAViii at ...
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Films with extended moments of great sound

What are your favourite long form pieces of sound design in film? I'm doing a little research into a project where I'd need to make up 50 minutes of film with exciting/interesting sound for a ...
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Favorite Ambiance, Background Recording Technique and Delivery

How do you like to record ambiances, and backgrounds? Stereo? Mono? ORTF? MS? How do you like to layer them in a project? Mono? Some Stereo? Lots of Stereo files?
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How to find work for game audio?

Hi all, How do you find work for game audio? Any tips appreciated!
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Video Game Hit Sounds

Hi everyone. I have a question about creating sounds that go with a video game. The type of video game is a player vs. player game where you choose your characters and fight over a short period of ...
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Techniques for stretching out water to make it a constant sound

I'm trying to stretch out water to make it so that it is kind of on repeat. Only a certain portion of it. How do you do that, with a compressor or EQ?? Seriously, what kind of layering techniques ...
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User Interface (website) sound design

I may soon be making my first foray into designing sound for a website user interface. I'd be interested to hear some tips and experiences from those that have done this before. How do you strike a ...
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How do you define the art of sound design?

Just curious what it means to you, cause sometimes I feel like I forget and think the sound that I should make must be the biggest, coolest and most unnatural thing ever, and its not just all about ...
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Need advice on which mics to get.

Hi Guys Just starting to get into foley and field recording for my University project. I've got a budget of around £500 and need some advice on which type of mics to purchase. Im essentially looking ...
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Making electronic sounds organic

I'm working on the sound design for an abstract 3D animation, and I'm trying to go for the same style as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG3Y-eCste4 I love the blend between organic and ...
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Is there a good solution for hosting a sound design/music portfolio online?

Do any of you know of a good template-based portfolio site which caters for sound and music? I'm thinking of sites like http://carbonmade.com/ for visual media. Or perhaps the best solution is just a ...