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DVDs with Original Theatrical Mix for Reference?

First time poster here: I've just begun to learn post-production sound, and I'm at the mixing stage for a short film that is going to be sent out to some festivals. I'm mixing in stereo at a decent ...
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Will my film mixed in stereo 2.0 play in Dolby 5.1/ 7.0 theater?

My first short film was mixed as stereo, for quality and cost reasons. The first festival we have been accepted into states that sound must be Dolby 5.1 or 7.0. Will my film play in the theater in ...
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software / plugin recommendation for creating sci-fi sound effects

I am relatively adept with serum synth creation and music production with Ableton, but i am also developing a 3D cartoon so i need to make unique sound effects for things like ray guns, ship engines, ...
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What would I need to vocode my voice with an animal sample?

I am relatively new to sound design and I have read quite abit about vocoding. Many people have said they like to vocode their voice with animal samples like pigs seals and lions. I have a few ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator “clicks”

If anyone knows how the iconic Predator "click" vocalizations were created (for the original film, that is), then please, do share! (This means you David Stone, Richard Anderson and John Pospisil!) If ...
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Where should dialogue be hitting in dbfs?

I've heard/read lots of different things about where dialogue should be hitting in terms of dbfs for a feature film. (I am mixing 5.1 in a small studio, room calibrated to 79. I know film standard on ...
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How to set the Zoom H4N for recording with external mic & lav?

Hi all, I'm having a hard time getting the right settings on my new Zoom H4N for recording with 2 XLR inputs -- a shotgun mic and wireless lav system for a film shoot. I also can't figure out how to ...
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How would you go about designing the sound of a jetpack?

What kind of layers would you use across the frequency spectrum? Do you have any sources where this is talked about? Thanks in advanced!
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How to design the sound of a Quadricopter Drone

I'm working on a short film where the protagonist is a Drone. Do you have any idea of how to create the sound of a quadricopter drone? I tried to use some real recording but the sound is too invasive....
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DAW for Sound Design

I'm new to the forum and am very excited to meet all of you! I am s start up sound designer, who uses FL Studio as a DAW. As soon as finances permit, I will purchase Pro Tools as I am familiar with ...
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film producer sound mixing for first time by self, please help

Hey, Please help me if you're experienced with sound mixing. I am an aspiring filmmaker and just locked picture on my 25 minute film. I produced it but I'm also editing and sound mixing. I'm on to ...
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Good tips/courses for using Adobe Audition to mix audio story in a 'film' style

I am wanting to mix down an audio story in Adobe Audition - but I want to use similar techniques as mixing for a stereo film. Can anyone recommend good Youtube video tutorials, online courses, etc, ...
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Any documentary films on Sound Design in Film?

I've a bit of free time at the moment so I've been watching some films and documentaries. I've watched some docs on the topics of film v digital (side by side) and other docs on video special effects. ...
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Sound Effect Used in Dubbing Foreign Movies/ Translation

In many of the dubbed tv episodes of discovery channel and Nat Geo, the voice of the language of the speaker is converted but the sound seems to be the same. I have seen this in even dubbed movies. ...
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Meteor sound Design

I'm doing the sound design for an animation movie. There are a couple of scenes with a meteor shower. Could someone suggest me ​​any trick of how to sound design or replicate the sound of a meteor ...
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How and where should I start learning about sound design?

I am a junior in high school am being pressured to go to college to get a "real" career. I'm really just interested in sound design though. A lot of people tell me to stay from big name sound design ...
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A few questions: Surround Sound 5.1 for film [closed]

1) How do I pan the sound FX, which comes behind the hero? So, in order not to distract the viewer? For example, the helicopter takes off from behind the hero and flies forward? 2) How can I further ...
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Water / Snow Movement

I am working a project that involves a lot of water sound effects and movement. Since, it is an hour in length I have been trying to come up with ways the sounds of the water and movements won't sound ...
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

I'm shooting a short film set in a takeout place, and our location has a large window that basically encompasses the whole front of the shop. It also has tiled walls and floors, but seeing how our ...
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How does A/B montage works?

I heard about A/B montage in school, but it was only mentioned once. And I know it has something to do with two tracks, and using it for easier automation and whatever else, when the perspective in ...
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Any good literature about sound design inTerence Malick's “The Thin Red Line” movie?

I've just found out that Michel Chion wrote a whole book about the film "The Thin Red Line" and I've just ordered it but in the meantime, I am now looking for something shorter, like a good review or ...
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Sound Design cutting throught Music

I'm currently working on a project where there is a particular scene where on one hand there is music and at the same time, we should hear heavy reverbered steps. It getting tough to make the reverb ...
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Name and examples for the tinnitus effect after explosions in films

Is there a common term among film sound designers for the trope in which we enter a character's audio perspective after gunshots or explosions to experience their hearing loss and tinnitus ("...
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Recommended speakers for film sound?

I´m fairly new in this game and have a couple of Sound design/mixing jobs (short film) the next months. Problem is I have really limited access to professional recording/mixing studios. Therefore i'm ...
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Problem with LFE channel in mixing

I have question about 5.1 . Is this right that we shouldnt have any soundeffects on LFE channel and all the sound effects Need to be sent to that channel?(in protools)
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There is no Supervising Sound Editor?

I am working in the world of low budget features and documentary and I am in search of ways to alleviate some work flow problems. At the risk of sounding bitchy and ungrateful, I having some serious ...
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Logic X Exporting Video (Issue)

Does anyone else have issues with Logic X exporting video? I import the video, compose sound around it, the export the video, but for someone reason, only part of the video is visable. I have the ...
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

I just started field recording about a year ago. I initially took a tech course on GameAudio, that's what initially sparked my interest. While in the class we were encourage to listen to and study ...
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How do i create a Godzilla style roar and some giant sounding footsteps?

I want to creat a massive roar for a sound scape i'm working on but i'm new to this so any tips would be greatly appreciated =) thanks in advance
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Replicating “computer readout” sound

Many films and television shows from the 80s and 90s (for example, Blade Runner, the BBC television adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc.) that depict computers use a distinctive ...
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Don't get mad, but do I NEED a sound mixer on my film shoot?

I will be shooting (producing) a super low budget short for 4 days out in the country. There is no dialogue. One scene features a struggle that ends in someone getting stabbed. My former colleagues ...
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Altering perception of a character with sound deisgn

I'm looking for either some information (books, articles, web sites, etc.) or films that just use sound design to alter our perception of characters in films. My plan is to take a scene from a film ...
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Examples of characters defined through sound

I am looking for inspiration from movies where the sound (voice, sound effects, music) was used in a way to create stronger/more memorable character, to shape the character, where sound creates a ...
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Iconic Sounds: How have they affected the way you work?

For composers, it may have been John Williams' unforgettable two-note motif from Jaws that got them into the business. What are the cinematic moments in sound design that drove you to pursue it as a ...
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Films that push the boundaries of Sound Design?

For example in 'Irreversible', the first 30 minutes there is a underlying sound frequency of 27hz - this makes you feel physically sick and disorientates you. Do you guys know of any films that use ...
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The Sound of “Essential Killing”

I've just got back from watching Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing and wondered if anyone else had seen it. Throughout the film there is almost no dialogue (only a few lines at the very beginning ...
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How can I achieve the vocal affect found on “The Jokers” voice in the film “The Dark Knight” 2008

I'm experimenting on modifying vocals to make them sound dark and creepy. What process is used to make Christian Bale (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Joker) voice so dark/distorted/creepy. Here's a ...
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lightning / thunder offset

I'm wondering why, in films, we usually see and hear lightning and thunder at the same time? Is there a theoretical reason for this? Or is this just because it would be weird to see the lightning, ...
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Your Ultimate Film Sound Collection

I've found a few threads already which touch on this subject but thought I'd throw out the question in a more general sense. I'm starting to build a collection of reference blurays that exhibit the ...
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Arabic Walla Recordings

Am looking for some Arabic walla. Conversations as well as yelling/screaming (as if under attack). Any libraries have these available?
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Reaper Post Production

Do you guys know how to snap fades on one region in relation to another region on a seperate track, aligning the two for a precise cross fade? Snapping length of regions compared to other tracks, ...
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Design for a handgun fired on a high altitude passenger jet

I'm working on a film that takes place on a passenger jet that is modified to fly at high altitudes. black ops kind of thing. in the script, the pilot fights off a cockpit invasion by firing off a ...
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Pro Tools 9 Help : Film Sound

Hi! First time here! Have a noob question here, So I added some fx, ADR, and atmos/ambience to my friend's film in pro tools 9. (He gave me a .AAF export from AVID 6 after adding most of the sync ...
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copyright issues with recording a broadcast from TV set for sound design

Hi community, I'm doing the audio post for a short film. It's a graduation film project. I want to record a TV set while a soap opera is broadcasted to use it as background sound for a scene where ...
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Power of sound design in film / Favorite scenes

Hi! I was wondering if you guys have your favorite scenes, in which sound effect or effects that somehow affect your body, for example, making your heart to go crazy, or impacting your emotional ...
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your thoughts about pricing a sound effects library for freelancers

As New York audio post people know, Sound One, a staple audio post house, is in danger of closing. It got me thinking that with the number of freelance sound editors/designers growing, I should try ...
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Suggestions for creating a rope unravelling sound effect

I'm doing an audio re-skin of the opening bank heist scene from the Dark Knight. I'm looking for some suggests for recreating the rope unravelling sound when the criminal fires the grappling hook at 1....
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Creating this sonically fantastic sound?

Pulled this from a incredible film Cloud Atlas. The sci fi gun sound you hear at 5sec 6sec 10sec 11sec in and so on, how is this made? It seems to have something to do with filter envelopes, maybe a ...
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Sounds for killing people (chainsaw and hammer)

Hy everyone. Im work on a film wich 2 characters killing people in 2 short scene. One with a hammer (he always beat first to the head), the other with a chainsaw (he just cut the bodys).:) The ...
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Designing a genius' thought process

I'm working on a student film where there is a CU scene of a genius' face while he is brainstorming a big idea. The director wants no speech involved (ie. it's not what he is thinking but rather what ...