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Workflow: Getting sounds into your library.

Sound design is like cooking in a lot of ways. When you cook a giant meal, it's a lot of fun. But the clean-up is boring. What they say when you're learning to cook is that you have to clean-up as you ...
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sfx library codewords

Once your library reaches a certain size then you start needing codewords to jump to the specific sounds you're looking for quickly. This is especially true with common sounds like impacts, whooshes ...
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Sound Effects libraries and structuring

Hi, I'm currently building a sound effects library of my own (as I'm sure most you already are doing). My question is this: How do you keep your files organised, do you use a numeric, categoric or ...
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Sound Librarian (The Job-Title, Not The Software)

What is the modern definition of a Sound Librarian? Do studios / houses still hire Sound Librarians, or have the responsibilities simply fallen to the sound effects editing team as a whole? In my ...
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SFX recorded or library

Do you use SFX libraries (like Sound Ideas, Hollywood Edge ...) or do you record your own SFX?
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Samples of single notes played on various instruments

I am looking for a collection or database of samples of individual notes played on a variety of instruments, available in common audio formats (OGG, WAV, etc.). At a bare minimum, some kind of piano ...
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Embedding or attaching a picture when cataloguing sound FX

Is it possible to embed / attach a jpg file (or any picture file format for that matter) to a WAV file? I read somewhere ages ago that you can but have been unable to remember where. I'm in the ...
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How do you make BWF(metadata) originator info what you want?

Im using waveagent to deal with metadata and on the originator section it is labeled as either Fostex FR2-LE (my recorder) or Pro Tools (my DAW). How do I make this say what I want like my name (...
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Use of library sounds vs recording from scratch?

Hi all Was just wondering how much of your work consists of library sounds (bought or licensed) for generic / hard effects like doors, vehicles, footsteps, etc, etc.... Are there certain scenarios ...
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A good value sound library search engine for the Mac?

I'm looking into having a sound library search engine for my sounds. My organised folders and filenames work to a point, but I can see soon it will get a little too much. I've looked at some of the ...
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What are some of the oddest filenames in your library?

Some of my classics: Hen attack Cabbage bat Bunny guts Mud hammer Wind by Sandyface Gut slides all very meaningful (to me at least)
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Printing Press Recordings.

Hey Guys, So recently visited the Black Stone Press in Granville Island, Vancouver. Here are some of the sounds from that day. I would like to know what you think about them. Thank you.
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City ambiences: what do you need?

I live in Chicago, and lately I've been doing a fair amount of ambience recording in the various neighborhoods and downtown. So many city ambiences on SFX CDs sound like Manhattan at rush hour to me, ...
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“Work For Hire” legal issues with sound design (specifically involving library sfx)

Hey folks, I've read a number of great posts here regarding library sfx usage and legal issues (such as this one, but wanted to focus on an aspect that hasn't come up so far in my readings. I find on ...
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What sound effects edit 'sound creation' has stumped you like no other?

As the title states, I'm curious what sound effects edit has truly stumped you before, at least in the sense of having to spend time to create from scratch. Ironically it' seems to me to be most ...
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Loop Group - Caveats?

I've always been under the understanding that Loop Group is SAG/AFTRA jurisdiction, and since these actors make royalties, that any recorded group ADR cannot be custom-library-mastered (no licensing, ...
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Sound effects library that is full of big rocks!

Hey all, I'm wondering if anyone has made use of a library that contains lots of nice large rock slides, scrapes and impacts? We have the 6000 and DigiSeries at work and although they are pretty ...
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How long is too long for a library ambience?

I have a question about your preferences with regards to library recordings. I'm putting together a library of ambiences from recordings I made on a trip to New York. Most of the recordings have ...
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How does the new General HD library from Sound Ideas compare to the old school General 6000 + extensions?

I'm looking to get a new general sound library and am interested in the new General HD library from Sound Ideas. Does this replace the old General 6000 plus extensions? It would be great to get a new ...
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What's YOUR “Wilhelm Scream?”

The Wilhelm Scream may be the most famous sound in history. I've never used it in a project, but I DO have a sound that I try to work into everything. It's my personal Wilhelm Scream. It's a mono ...
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What sound samples haven't been recorded?

In the world of online sample packs, some sounds are far too easy to find (read: overload of the same thing in many sample packs). This may be dog barks, running water, etc. What I have found is that ...
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Sound Designers Vernacular / Nomenclature

I'm looking for a creative way to tag and enter metadata into my database of audio files and synth patches. I realize that any list would be particular to the person creating it but is there a way for ...
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How do you maintain and organize your sound library? (Literature/articles/videos, not SFX)

With such a wealth of information (videos, articles, forum threads, etc) out there in cyberland, anyone have a neat way to save/archive/organize/bookmark useful articles and info for future ...
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What should be the credits for score designer using library music?

I'm making a soundtrack for a film, but instead of writing the music, I'm buying songs from music libraries and building the score. In other words, except of actual writing the music, I'm doing the ...
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Retaining Metadata in .aif to .wav Conversion?

So, let's say I have a pile of a couple thousand .aifs all nice and pretty with Soundminer metadata perfectly intact. But for one reason or another, these .aifs need to be converted to .wavs. Is ...
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Stock Audio, Audio Micro

Does anyone use stock audio websites to either buy or sell sound effects? I was checking out Audio Micro and they at least give you 50% of net profits for being 'non exclusive' (60% for 'exclusive') ...
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Where can I buy some good doors?

Hey Guys, I've just landed my first job editing sound effects for a feature film - Yay! I've also been made in charge of editing doors - The film is a romantic comedy , so nothing fancy - no slams ...
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What does mastered mean on a commercial library?

All the libraries I have bought/seen advertised say mastered at 24/96. Is this meaning simply that the audio was cleaned up, metadata was added and its ready for drag and drop use? Or is there ...
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Props and potential uses

This thread could be a collection of props and associated ideas for when: you have props you don't know what to do with you need a sound you don't know how to prop up (is that even a term?) Ideally, ...
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Your sound library recommendations

Hey guys, searched the forum and noticed we still don´t have a thread that gathers up the very best from sound libraries to a single place accompanied by your recommendation and brief explanation why ...
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Sample libraries with cartoon sounds?

I'm looking for sample libraries with generic cartoon sounds. Mainly those zips and swishes you'll hear when characters move instantly in or out of the picture. In general, any experience, tips or ...
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Creating a Music Sample Library - Advice & Ideas required

Hi Audio Professionals, I would like to develop a Music Sample Library but then i have a couple of doubts mainly on the business side, before I start working on it. Ok, now lets assume that i have ...
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Library Search Speed

I feel like I sit and wait a lot while searching through my library. Anyone else get the feeling they spend just as much time, if not more, waiting to audition sounds as they do editing them? Im ...
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Best SFX for hi tech futuristic environments?

Hey everyone, In movies like Mission Impossible, and Die Hard 4.0 there are a TON of nice little technological beeps, whirs, servo's, and synthesised sounds that really make the whole thing sound ...
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Can I sell 808 style drum sound library?

I am wondering if I am able to sell 808 style drums sound library? I am confused on the topic from a legal stand point if the 808 drums are copyrighted or not. Thank you
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Script to find and convert stereo WAV's that are actually mono?

Hi I have a bunch of recordings in my library that are stereo WAV's but are actually mono. Is there a script or program for mac that would find and convert the WAV's to mono ?
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Seeking Middle Eastern Ambiances

Any tips on good Middle Eastern libraries. Specifically looking for unplaceable urban ambiances? Would settle for Brazilian shantytowns too. Ideally no identifiable languages. This is the only one I'...
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African American Walla

Does anyone know of sources for wallah\crowd librarys focused on African American \ AAVE (preferably southern) voices ?
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Feedback on special gun set of sfx

Greetings all, My team has created a gun sfx library recently. Here is the demo, but I do have something specific to ask: http://soundcloud.com/funkyrustic/funky-rustic-gun-pack-demo I use a ...
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Car Chase SFX Library Recommendation

I am cutting a Car Chase scene for a student, spec commercial. All of the libraries I look at only have SFX for doors and car drive bys, etc. There wasn't a budget for on set recording/ or wild ...
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Sfx library meta data for batch uploading

What meta data information should I have embedded in each audio file to make batch uploading my sound library to multiple distribution sites easier? Pond5 Audiomicro Audiojungle Audio Sparx
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Open source software/library/tool/patch/… for converting audio to MIDI suggestions?

Having found 2 open source tools that can convert any audio file to midi, I'm still interested if there are others (for comparison). I've tried WaoN and Audio_to_midi_melodia. But not all samples ...
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Where to find walla/ ambiences suitable for historical drama?

I'm working on a radio drama set in ancient Rome and I'm having trouble finding walla/ ambience/ room tones that are inconspicuous. Most of the audio files I can get my hands on are only really ...
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Workflow with purchased sound effects library?

Hi all, Sorry for sounding like a noob 'cos I have a noob question. :`( I've just purchased my first sound effects libraries (from Sound Ideas) and they came in audio CDs. I know that there are ...
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Canned Laughter SFX

Does anyone know of a decent Canned Laughter resource/library, preferably British/English and able to buy online and download? I can only seem to find packs of sounds costing $200+ or expensive ...
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Multi User Licenses

Dear friends. As you may know, i´m running a sound fx company since about one year. www.thesoundcatcher.com These days, the first time a customer asked for a 10 - multi-user license and i don´t ...
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Personal sound library workflow

when you stumble upon an interesting sound and you record it, Do you edit it right away keeping only what you think you'll need? Or, do you keep the raw files and use them when you'll need them?
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Suggestions for gunshot libraries

Hey folks, i am currently working on a (no)low-budget student short movie project which will be shown on a public event. Unfortunately its a short action sequence. Unfortunately because there is ...
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Poor Mans Sound Library

Hello, I've been recording on my own for a couple of years now and have accumulated a decent library of sounds. But i decided i should invest in a “smallish” sound library to round out my collection ...
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Sound libraries and their usability in modern medias

Im doing some research for my dissertation and some of it is based on the title of this thread. In my practical side I found myself using a lot of sounds from commercial sound libraries (mainly ...