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What is your software secret weapon?

Not so secret if you share! And how do you use it? -=- I LOVE Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch. I used to run it in my Windows XP days, but when I switched to an Intel Mac, there wasn't a working ...
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Best entry-level portable recorder [closed]

I'm an absolute newbie. I'd like to buy a portable recorder but I don't know which is the best. I read about Zoom H2, Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-07 but there are also a lot of other models... Any ...
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Audio Postproduction/Sound Design resources you'd recommend

Hi everyone, I'd like to create this thread that would be like a library for sound designers/audio post people. The principle is as basic as 1 post = 1 resource, so each book/webpage can be voted for ...
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What sound design books have influenced you the most?

There are so many great books on sound design. I'm interested in hearing about a book that has been your faithful companion. You can pick one per discipline you're involved in. My selection is: ...
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My first field mic. [closed]

I'm in the market for a quality shotgun mic for field recording, foley, ADR, etc.... Budget: less than $1,200. I really like the Sennheiser MKH 416, but haven't had a chance to try many others. I ...
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Do you listen to any podcasts about sound design?

I regularly listen to a number of audio related podcasts, and I was wondering how popular they are and if I have missed any out. Here's what I currently listen to: AudioNowcast, EM Podcasts, Fistful ...
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Sound Devices New 702, or Used 744T? [closed]

I've been offered a used 744T, which has spend much of its time in a lab, but also some work in the field. The price is about $500 more then a new 702. All of my field work has been two channels ...
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Can you suggest a good contact mic for sound design? (average cost of proposal would be much appreciated)

I would like to try some ideas for some really wierd sounds and I think a good contact mic would give me better results at that! Also I would like to ask if you think its a good idea to plug this ...
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Suggestions for a tensioned rope effect?

Hello! First time poster but (relatively) long time reader here. I am working on a kung fu short film and am currently stumped concerning a particular sound effect. Any suggestions would be so, so ...
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Hearing protection during editing/mixing sessions

Ciao How do you protect our most valuable property: our ears? Especially, what's your behavior during editing/mixing sessions? I'll try to take a brake every our or so, even only for a few minutes, ...
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Portable Mic Preamp… Suggestions?

I am in the market for a portable, battery-powered microphone preamp for my shotgun. My Zoom H4n portable recorder does not seem to be driving my Rode NT2-A well enough, I would like to give it more ...
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Any good sites for collaborating on small projects? ie animations, short films etc?

Hi all! I'm looking to collaborate on some projects so that I can update my showreel with a few more recent works. Does anyone know of any sites where it might be useful to post some sound design/...
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Mics for metal (screaming vocals)

I was just wondering, if you record a metal band with a vocalist who screams, which microphones do you find to be the cleanest and most applicable?
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Which DAW do you use? [closed]

I'm just wondering, which DAW or software is the best and cheapest for designing sound. I'm working in a studio, and we use Steinberg Nuendo on a PC. It's quite good and comfortable software. You can ...
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Small budget solution for portable recording

Before I start I have to admit: I am far, far away from being a pro - in fact, I am not even making sounds/music for a living. It´s what I love to do in my leisure time and that´s why my budget is a ...
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What behind the scenes videos about sound design would you recommend watching on the web?

I love watching videos about sound designers' work. I particularly enjoy anything about or by Ben Burtt. What videos would you recommend? It is always great to see other's working environments as ...
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Parachute Sound?

How would one go about creating a parachute sound? I've tried flapping clothes in front of a microphone and processing them.
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Sound design courses and full education programs.

I live in a not very progressive country, especially with regards to specialisms like sound design. It is in north-eastern europe. And after researching the web I can not find out if there is a place ...
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Pro Tools vs Logic…

Hi all, I am looking for a little bit of advice on DAWs. I am Mac-based and have exclusively used Logic Studio for my work which, so far, I have found to be sufficient. But I am beginning to wonder ...
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Nice SFX recording mics that are cheap enough that you wouldn't be too upset if they were blown apart in a freak recording accident?

My first question to this group. Maybe a gear question is kind of a lame start, but here goes. I've been field recording for quite some time and have acquired over the years some Neumanns, DPAs, ...
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552 Mixer or 702 Recorder? (Sound Devices)

Background: My main focus is sound effects recording. A very close second at the moment is onset recording (no huge productions though). I own a Fostex FR2 but it is slowly dying on me. It won't ...
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How can I create, or where can I find a decent neck breaking sound?

So I am currently busy doing the sound design on a student film which has a character snapping another character's neck with her hands. Thus far I have cut in a sound effect that I found of someone ...
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Book recommendations on surround sound

I'm interested in learning more about surround sound. Can anyone recommend a comprehensive book that will be appropriate for someone who has basic knowledge but wants to get into surround studio, ...
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REQUEST: Playful elephants

I am cutting a nature doc about deforestation and I have hit a brick wall on a certain scene. In this scene, we are in an elephant habitat and there are about 6 adult elephants that are bathing in ...
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Wind Protection - options

Quick Q for you guys - I'm looking at a new wind protection system for use with a Sanken CS-1 (subject to change mind you, might swap for a hyper cardioid at some point..) for SFX collection. Anyway, ...
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How much should I charge to edit dialogue for a video game?

I have an opportunity to do some editing (and possibly some mastering) of some lines for a video game. it's all broken down in such a way that it will all be cut into single line sound files. there ...
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Sound design Education

What schoold did you attend to get into the sound design field? Where your experiences good? I am looking at VHS. Any reccommendations for good sound design programs that will prepare me for the field?...
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What are the 10 best sites for sound design tips and tricks [closed]

Any website from websites for amateurs to websites for pros can qualify.
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Favorite Mic for Dialogue

Dear All, I was wondering what your favorite mic/mics are for recording voice-over or dialogue for whatever type of project you guys are sound designing - video games, films, etc. Additionally, do ...
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Low-budget field recorder with good pre-amp

I'm working on a couple of mod projects and I sorely need some kind of a field recorder to get a lot of the sounds I need. I've read a lot about the Zoom H2 and H4, and I'm leaning towards the H2 due ...
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In ear headphones for stealth street recording

Hi everybody I've been looking into getting a pair of good in ear headphones, preferably providing decent isolation. This is to use with handheld recorders, if possible to avoid people asking stuff ...
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Fieldmixer / Recorder combo suggestions?

With the SoundDevices 552 and the anounced AETA 4minX the industry is providing us with some really great gear. Having both a professional mixer and a recorder in one device is awesome! Are there more ...
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Free to use (CCL) animations to sound design

I'm trying to build my showreel as a sound designer, but I mainly only have short films to show. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find good quality animations licensed under Creative ...
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Decent and affordable home monitoring setup

Anyone have any good brands for some home monitoring speakers for a small budget? Looking at Bose, but otherwise, I'm for a blank?
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Using a Bow for Sound Effects

When bowing cymbals, wires, plates, etc. to create sounds. How much does the quality of the bow matter? I was looking on ebay for a bow and the price range is insane. Can I cheap out? What's the ...
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Recommendations for a beginner setup

I am just learning more about the sound design field and plan on going to school for it (1 year away from earning bachelors in English) but want to teach myself before I start hacking out money for ...
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The best Pro Tools pitchshifter

Can anyone make a good suggestion for a good pitchshifter? The standard one is great if you want to 'adulterate' the sound in question, but I'd quite like one that keeps the sound reasonably intact ...
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Microphone to pick voice of several people in a big room

I usually do online Skype meetings with my team. On my side, it is only me, but on the other side, there are several people with different distances from the laptop (5m radius max). So far, we have ...
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Small Monitors for a Small Room : KRK VXT4 or PMC DB1S ?

Hi All, A question regarding monitoring(again!) I went out listening to monitors the other day. I listened to to a variety of models in my price range of 800 - 1000 Swiss francs. I was particularly ...
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What's the best city for sound designers to start their careers?

I realize that you need to go where the jobs are in order to make it as a sound designer. I know New York and L.A. are up there, but what about Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Honolulu?
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M/S mic options

I'm working on another feature film this summer and I need to record a lot of sound to be used in post. On set we'll have unique planes, tanks, armored personnel carriers, weapons etc. that we won't ...
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Portable audio recorder remcomendations (Roland R26 or Marantz PMD 661)

Hey, I'm planning on investing in some personal audio equipment to use once the ability to borrow my university's equipment is gone! Ultimately I plan on ending up with a solid MS portable recording ...
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Building a modern radio studio

Hope this isn't a question that's been asked a thousand times before! I've been press-ganged into building a new 'portable' studio for a non-profit community radio station. Unfortunately I've never ...
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What gear is necessary to start vocal recording?

I'm planning to involve myself in music recording, and I'm starting with the voice. Hopefully once I get more experience I'll also record instruments. For a starter, what gear is needed?
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Hyper realism in sound design approach

Hi everyone. I was wondering if any of you guys had the chance to go through any type of work involving a hyper-realistic approach. I'm doing my Honours Project on a film that requires that sort of ...
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Favourite Foley Props

What are your favourite foley props? The items that make the coolest sounds, or are just essential to get the sound right? Tripods for zimmer frames, fish slices for sword schwings - what prop do you ...
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Closed headphones, closed, the best for like $ 175 max, which ones?

CLOSED headphones you would use when for example micing a voice.
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Components of a Basic DJ Setup

I want to play music from my MacBook or Thinkpad. I have high quality mp3s that I can play. I imagine, I need the following equipment: DJ Software Mixer Speakers Can I make this work, or will I ...
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What's your preferred de-esser plugin?

I used the waves one and now i'm trying the Eiosis E2deesser: I found its approach really interesting and natural sounding. I use a combination of that plugin and multiband compression. I have read ...
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Oktava MK-012 as a SFX recording mic? Alternatives?

About SFX recordings, I've read a lot on here. About mics too. I still am surprised not to find anything on the Oktava being used for SFX. I'm in a situation where I have a bit of money, but not so ...