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Best use of Silence in a film?

In my opinion some of the best film sound is not loud or overt, and I've used silence many times in film soundtracks myself but I am interested to know what your favorite use of silence or near-...
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Which kind of dynamics processor is this (inverse expander, reverse compressor)?

You set a threshold at a certain level, specify a ratio of 4:1 and then for every 4 dB below the threshold, the output signal is boosted by 1 dB. Which tool/technique can be used to achieve this? ...
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How to widen a sound effects dynamics? Uncompression?

Hey guys, I have done a lot of sound design using some punches, body falls, kicks, etc. that were mashed and mastered and normalized and compressed and every-which-way processed. Does anyone have a ...
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EQ, Compression sequence?

Hi all, maybe this question has already come up (though I couldn't find it ...), and surely most of you will have their own best practices here... EQ or Compression, what do you put first and why? ...
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Making your track "sparkle"

Have you been in this situation? You spend days (and possibly weeks) creating your sound design masterpiece but find that it lacks that certain…something. It's hard to put your finger on it. The best ...
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How often do you use limiters during field recording?

Most field mixers and portable recorders have basic limiters at least for the stereo output. Stereo linked, no threshold or release, just switch it on or off. When recording vocals I prefer recording ...
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How do I eliminate (or reduce) the dynamic range?

I have these podcasts, which I listen to while going to sleep. Unfortunately the volume sometimes suddenly goes up (e.g. when the guy talking wants to emphasize something). I would like the volume to ...
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Understanding The Effect Of Attack On The Dynamic Range Of A Compressed Signal

When downward compression is applied with a slower attack, I'm struggling to understand how the dynamic range of the signal as a whole is reduced. If the signal is a bass hit for example, where the ...
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Transient intermodulation distortion as a plugin

Hellu! I wonder if anyone here have a good suggestion for plugins that applies transient intemodulation distortion as an effect? Right now I use crappy old amps, really old reel to reel-tape, and ...
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Best Way Add Dynamics to Sustained MIDI Note

What is the most appropriate way to invoke crescendo and/or decrescendo changes on sustained MIDI notes via a modern DAW? Will some types of changes show up in the score editor while others only show ...
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how do i create realistic sounding dynamics in the digital world?

Given the fact that, say, for example, at a symphony, the difference between the loudest and quietest parts of a piece are so incredibly massive, are we doomed to fail in trying to create real-world ...
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Urgent Issue - DC Offset?

I could REALLY use some help with this one. I've just started working on my first real feature film, and unfortunately the sound in the OMF given to me is a wreck. My biggest issue is some audio ...
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Presenter vocal mic low end problems

Hi all, just a quick question.... Working on a live broadcast TV show about gardening with 3 presenters on wireless lapel mics... 2 of the 3 presenter's sound is all good, the third presenter which ...
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Mastering chain effects

This question has been asked in various forms but not yet completely in my view. I'm trying to find a good mastering chain for a sound effects library using say Waves plugins in pro tools. I see ...
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Can spectrograms tell us why one song is "more dynamic" than the other?

I have two songs shown here in a Spectrogram. The first one is significantly more dynamic than the second one. The song feels like it has more dynamic range, more mixture of different sounds/...
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Newbie Question: How to add more dynamics to recordings

All I've got is a Zoom H4n and I'm trying to get into the habit of recording and creating sounds myself, although everything I record usually sounds very weak I've tried using LFE's, EQing, pitch ...
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Reference movies for mastering

What reference movie do you have for mastering? I'm more concerned with dynamic range and loudness. Which movies have the best of both worlds? I think the last Superman movie was too loud, I didn't ...
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How to master a song? [closed]

What should I do when I have finished mixing a song and I want to master it? I don't have any processors on Master strip. I know that multiband compressors and limiters are usually used. I would like ...
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Building adapter to connect dynamic handheld mic to 3.5mm TRS Lav mic input

I want to use a pair of Rode Wireless GO IIs as transmitters for a pair of switched dynamic wireless mics (both low end SM58S clones without transformers Behringer SL85S) I want to use them for live ...
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