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Best uses of contrapuntal music in film?

First off, if you don't know what contrapuntal music in film is (correct me if I'm not explaining correctly): Music opposite to the emotion expected from the narrative. So for example, to put it ...
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Music Makers: Do you find your Sound Design skills influence your compositions?

With regards to myself, I started making music first before discovering sound design and now find that this is in turn working its way back and influencing my compositions: my choice of timbres, how I ...
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How should you mix / master when producing music for Video Games?

Should anything be done differently when mixing and/or mastering for Video Game music, considering it will play along with various other game SFX? Should a certain range of frequencies (or multiple ...
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Composition versus sound design, what's the difference?

A documentary maker called me a sound designer. At first I thought he forgot to mention my composer role. I told my girlfriend about it and she was like sound design is what you do, a composer feels ...
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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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“diagonal clipping” in recent pop music productions?

Thanks to the loudness war, most modern music productions suffer from bad audio quality, distortion and clipping. However, recently I noticed that some audio productions suffer from something I would ...
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Background Music: When to make it disaapear?

When laying the dialogue over background music, let's say it's a party scene. Are you concern with portraying the reality, by keeping the music throughout the dialogue, Or you faded it out as the ...
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What video editing software allows for easy alignment of visual transitions with the soundtrack?

When editing video projects, I always try to align the transitions between cuts with the music. The timing of how fast the transitions happen and exactly when they appear should often be made to ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

I'm a musician who extracts a very wide variety of audio samples from different sources. I then layer and arrange these samples together within music software to orchestrate songs. When I save these ...
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Scanner/Radio/Transmission Fans out there?

I recently found this amazing site that mixes a live feed of carefully selected ambient music tracks from soundcloud with police scanner chatter from several cities (only one city at a time) that ...
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Recording heavy metal guitars with almost zero budget

Long story short: I've been producing electronic music for a long time now, so I have a very good amount of knowledge on mixing, special effects and mastering, but I have never EVER recorded anything ...
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Fl Studio replacement

I've worked in Fl Studio up until now. As a result of a lack of learning material I want to switch, but to Ableton, Cubase or Protools and why? This arguments never seems to be firmly settled. People ...
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Making dialogue more intelligible through M&E

Dear All, I have a question about trailer mixing that hopefully some of you have an answer to: When mixing a trailer, or any mixing for that matter, what's your preferred method for popping out ...
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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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Why do some musicians/groups create a last track with tons of silence in the middle?

I've seen this at least four times. An album with the usual 4/5 minute songs has a last track of about 15 minutes, of which 10 are silence in the middle of the track. Is there a meme I'm not aware of?...
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How do you decide how much to charge a client for Audio / Music jobs?

If you we're asked "How much do you charge for your Audio work?" (assuming that you can compose, record sequence, synth / sound design, mix and master), how do you come up with your price? What is a ...
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nuendo4 as a music production program?

I know it's been a while, I'm proud to note though. that I'm sorted with nuendo4 as far as sound design is concerned. It is a steinberg product and the company is known for it's cubase roots. I'm ...
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How to merge time-lapse videos and soundtrack?

I want to create video clip with merged time-lapse short videos and a soundtrack accompanying it. I would prefer as short a learning curve as possible and a rapid way to accomplish this. Adobe ...
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looking for 8-bit sounds collection.

Hi there, I'm actually trying to make some old-style music using the portable tracker on the psp: little piggy tracker. I've made some old 8-bit SFX using Triforce VSTi, but I was wondering if there'...
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Do any of you compose, as well?

I got into sound design when an open-source game I was on was flooded with composers, and we needed a sound designer. None of the composers on the game had anything beyond Finale but me, so I stepped ...
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Removing background location music from documentary dialogue

Has anybody had experience of removing location music from documentary dialogue? A filmmaker has approached me to tackle an issue with broadcast rights on the music coming from a stereo in the ...
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Finding high quality samples for music production

I'm having a hard time finding great, high-quality samples. Although I'm primarily looking for electronic, hip-hop, or house music samples your answer does not have to be genre specific. How does one ...
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Workflow for exchanging “temp mixes” remotely.

Curious.... I am about to start a project for a remote client (I'm in Minneapolis, they're in California). This, admittedly, is one of my first contracts that will have no "personal" contact. All ...
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References of music using drums, voices and clapping hands

I'm busy designing a directors pitch for a "neo-noir" feature film. One of the elements is obviously sound and music. My soundtrack is going to use a lot of natural sound-scapes (the film is set in a ...
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How do I achieve a cleaner sound?

All producers want that world standard sound. Since production has gone digital, this is possible from a home studio with the right knowledge. I attempted to achieve the fullness of sound created by ...
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Getting started with Audio Production

I'm a musician with a classical background, and I'm really interested in the complete process of Music Production (Acoustic Conditioning, Recording, Post-Producing). I'd love to start learning in a ...
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general ambiences with street music performance

I made some street recordings with music playing in background. In one case, it was a musician, who was improvising on a saxophone in a metro station. In another, i recorded a city park ambience with ...
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

In contrast to production techniques applied to popular music, most published recordings of classical music can have a very wide dynamic range. This makes then less suited for listening in a car, on ...
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Where do electronic musicians get samples for remixing songs?

There are other questions on this site regarding copyright and adhering to law, but I'm more asking where you'd go to find individual tracks to songs, free or paid; or if there's a typical or even ...
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Suggestions for controlling one aspect of a mastered music track?

So here's the setup: I am working with a piece of cello music that layers bowed cello with plucked cello (filling the role of percussion). The director is asking whether I can independently control ...
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Any good quality neuro and reese bass tutorials [massive, FM8, Serum]

Do you have any links of quality for neuro and reese bass sounds tutorials. here is an example of neuro sound: here is a reese bass example: ...
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Is less compression better?

Is it better to do a minimum of compression while creating a track (in terms of sound quality) ? Or is it just all about how the compression is used in the track?
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Background music for corporate video

This must have been asked before though I couldn't find any related question titles via search. I'm looking for recommendation for a resource (library / website) where I could find composed music to ...
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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 Synthesize a Cello Sound in Pure Data

I'm trying to make a sustaining cello sound in Pure Data. How do I make this sound? http://88.198.78.90/ct/files/mp3/cello/594.mp3 From what I understand, I'm working with a sine wave. With the ...
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converting Images into music masterpieces

I wrote a article on this subject at my blog and was wondering people thoughts on it. As in do you think that these forms of experimental music will they ever be able to build a real following like ...
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Cinematic soundtrack recording - is it better to record instruments sections separately or all together?

We want to record something that sounds really cinematic. I've been in a studio twice before with a 50 pieces orchestra and although the quality of the recording was great, it didn't have quite that ...
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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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Electronic Music Production Help [closed]

hope you;re all doing well out there. For a very long time I've wanted to be an electronic musician. You know, making my own music, posting them, touring, helping people etc. I list to a lot of ...
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Anyone done work for a music video before?

I'm curious, because I've never done any work for music videos. Specifically, I'm wondering if they use similar dialnorms to standard television programming. Is there anything that's majorly different ...
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What are your sources for new/unknown music? - Not exactly sound design but…

I am always looking to add tunes to my 'faves' playlist (a playlist strictly limited to songs that rate 9 or 10/10). I'm not talking about hipster 'no one's ever heard of this before' stuff. Just ...
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Sound Design and Composition

For those among you who do both sound design AND composition, when you're doing both for one project, which do you start with? Obviously they will affect each other in the end product, but I'm finding ...
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What's the limit on acceptable free use of Creative Commons music?

I've been reading through a lot of copyright related posts, but have yet to see the exact answer I'm looking for: I'm shooting and cutting an aerial videography reel for a local contracting company. ...
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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 ...
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Mixing Stereo Music to Surround

Hi All, I have been looking at moving me stereo short doco films with background music to a surround experience. At the moment the design is fairly simple, interview vocals center and music as it ...
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Target Level for Bed Music?

Putting the final touches on a 2-hour documentary project - complete sound re-design, nat sound, variant dialog, and a primarily orchestral score....etc, etc. I will admit, this is one of my first ...
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How to cut music for a trailer?

I intend to make a 30-sec trailer for my short movie and want to add a background music. The problem is, I can't seem to cut the music right. The results always sound, for the lack of a better word, ...
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Frequency cut-offs for guitar amp tone

I am wanting to know what the typical frequency cut-offs are for the bass/mid/treble controls on a pre-1990s guitar amp. I want to simulate them in Java. So basically I have bass = 20 - 250 Hz mid ...
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Types of Computer Generated Music Software

As an Artist and also a Software developer I have always Loved the idea of computer generated music. I was just wondering about all of the types that there are. I have written several myself in ruby.. ...
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What EQ's have an octave notch?

There was a software equalizer out there I saw a couple years ago. I think it was made by the now gone elemental audio. Whatever it was, it had a notch filter that would filter in octaves. I've been ...