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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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What is expected from a sound effects editor?

What are the exact tasks that a sound effects editor is expected to fulfill? Apart from choosing the effect and editing it, are we expected to also mix, place the SFX in a space, EQ to context, etc.? ...
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Advice for cutting car chase SFX

Hi. I’m cutting SFX for a car chase scene. Very stoked-my first time. I’ve been doing some reading about techniques and such… Chris Assells has some solid tips on the 5th page of this recent ...
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How do you create the deadliest sounding gunshots?

I have been experimenting with different layers to create a perfect gunshot but they all fail and sound like toy guns. What do I have to layer in order to create a deadly sounding gunshot?
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How to make nice whooshes??

Hi! I'd like to start thread to share some secrets on how to create nice whooshes, everyone has their own technics and methods so how do you make fresh, new whoshes???
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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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What “Boutique” SFX collections would you like to see made available?

A bit topic of the past few weeks has been smaller "prosumer" sfx collections. Chuck made one, Tim has two out, I'm working on a few, and I know others are two. Earlier today Nathan called them "...
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copyright on mechanical sounds

Hi all Im wondering if there is copyright on sounds coming from different machines. This could be sounds like the buzz coming from a certain Philips shaver, the tapping on an mac keyboard, the flip ...
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Cutting a car chase

Hey all, I've been given an assignment in school to cut the SFX for a car chase and I'm having a hell of a time trying to maintain engine continuity throughout the scene. Anybody have any advice, ...
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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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Recording Guns Indoors

I have the pleasure of being able to record a gun (powder charge only) being fired inside of a large concrete room. I have read a lot about shooting outdoors from Chuck Russom, but I'm wondering if ...
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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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Mastering for Android

i'm a sound designer and composer for mobile games, especially casual games for android/ios. i still have to learn a lot about mixing and mastering, but when it comes to mastering for an android game, ...
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Medieval skirmish loops

So a little introduction to a part of what I'm working on. I'm working on creating SFX for a real-time-strategy game with a medieval setting. Okay, one of the main needs of SFX for the game is a ...
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What's a good basic mic set for recording SFX

Hi my name is Eric. I'm a 21 year old student and I'm going to Full Sail University here in Winter Park, FL. I'm getting my degree in Recording Arts, but I'm definitely more interested in audio post ...
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Best Convolution Impulse Response combos for SFX?

I am always searching for new combination of sounds to run as the source and impulse in a convolution plugin. I'm not looking for reverbs so much as cool sfx. I once heard a flame whoosh sent ...
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Recording SFX in mono or stereo / Mic options?

A common question on here seems to be a recommendation for a SFX mic (mostly indoors). I too am currently mulling over this same issue. I am planning to do several SFX libraries in the near future,...
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How do I name all these telemetrics sound effects?

I've been doing a bunch of recordings of machinery and computers using an induction microphone. I'm having a really hard time naming the files because they don't sound like anything I have a point of ...
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recording motorcycle

Hi all In a few weeks the movie I'm working on will be printed, so finally I'll have some time to spend on my projects. I'm planning to record a few motorcycles, this and this and I'm start to ...
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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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Can you help deconstruct this SFX?

I'm struggling to figure out how to recreate a specific sound effect. It's the prize bubble collection noise from the video game LittleBigPlanet 3. There are several varieties but a cohesive overall ...
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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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How would you sound design a monster made out of hair?

I'm currently working in a short animation where the "bad guy" is a bunch of hair fighting scissors, razors and other barber tools. it's mainly foley but Im struggling to find the proper sound for ...
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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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Freelancer Sound Editors and Designers, how do you search your SFX when in a new studio?

What are you using to search the SFX you bring to sessions on your drives? I have thought about Soundminer so that I may have metadata access as ProTools will only search file names and any comments ...
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Compact high quality sound effects / ambience recording rig

I am new to field recording (being a musician and sound designer)and am looking to create a portable stereo recording rig to record sound effects and ambiences. So far i only recorded indoors. (except ...
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Creating Mech Sounds Similar to Gundam Wing

So, long story short, I'm working on a video game and I've been asked to make Giant Mech Robot sound effects similar to those of the old Gundam Wing shows. So more synthesized stuff it seems. I've ...
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Any tips for cutting/designing airplanes battle scene

Hi guys! I'm cutting sounds for II WW plane battle scene and I have faced few problems. This is a 3d animation and planes are doing many complicated moves. Few questions: 1) Do you pitch down and up ...
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Recording Fireworks

I'm looking for someone to help me record some fireworks. I have a few rockets (oversized bottle rockets) and some other stuff to set off. I don't have any mics or recorders (except my h4) so I'm ...
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Cutting in Foley/Feet via sound library vs recording

I'm a sound editor and while early in my career, a majority of my work is doing foley editing (Feet, Props, occasional cloth). Now I'm not complaining because I have work and I've been able to work on ...
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Furthest Distance You've Successfully Used a Dynamic Mic From?

Have a fun SFX recording session going down Sunday - Source is going to be about 140 - 150db, about 100m from me. Definitely bringing some high SPL shotguns, but was considering using a dynamic. The ...
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Techniques for Recording a Car

Hello everybody, I am a University student in the UK and I was hoping that you may be able to give me some guidance on my final year project. The main aim is: To demonstrate whether using low budget ...
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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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Difference between using a wave editor and a DAW like Pro Tools?

I use pro tools to edit all my SFX recordings and was wondering why some people use Pro Tools and a separate wave editor. I was looking at http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/waveeditor/ and can't ...
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Recording room ambience

What would be the best way to record room ambience for ambience fx (not room tone for dialogue) with one mic? I'm limited on that side. Should i just transform mono to stereo later?
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Is it viable to sell a custom sfx library of sources you didn't record?

I'm thinking more of starting with a source, any source really, and altering it so drastically as to not be recognizable as that source, say processing through Max or Kyma. Is it legitimate to then ...
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What are the rights of a Re-Recording Mixer?

Dear All, I am right now working on mixing a documentary for broadcast TV. There are quite a few sound effects I'd like changed and/or reworked from scratch from my own personal taste because the ...
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Creaky Wood and Metal SFX?

Hey Folks, I'm working on a project where I need a lot of wood and metal creaking FX. Any suggestions? One colleague recommended going to Amish ship builders in Ohio where they are constantly ...
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Footsteps sfx sampler ?

Simple question i hope. I was wondering if there was some free vst sampler around to play footsteps sound (or other multiple sounds) randomly. You play a note on the keyboard and you get a random ...
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Decent places to purchase sounds for sound design?

Where are good, solid places to purchase sounds from on the internet? Nine times out of ten buying CDs/DVDs full of sounds results in many of them not being used or not appropriate... I'm wanting to ...
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Sound design in A Game of Thrones (and TV Series)

I watch a lot of tv series and, sometimes, I focus on their sound design. I have to say that GoT have some great stuff! At the beginning I didn't liked the baby dragons voices, but in these latest ...
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Big Rubber Tire sound

Hey guys. Any ideas for a rubber tire rolling sound that does NOT have a motor attached to it? I'm designing some of these rolling guys, and i'm going to use rubber on all of them, but i can't get ...
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Question about SFX Workflow

Yep, it´s workflow question time again, so: when you create a sound effect, are you saving a file for every sound you create? I am not talking about the finished soundfile but the file that is used to ...
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How do I make a good stabbing sound?

It's a person being stabbed. I have recorded some watermelon being stabbed but it needs more oomph.
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Recommended Sound Libraries - WW2 Vehicles and Weapons

Hi all! I'm about to enter production for a WW2 era short, but I'm somewhat limited by both the budget and my location (Australia) as far as recording original audio for vehicles and weaponry for ...
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What is that sound effect that they put in almost every movie/TV show now whenever the scene turns dangerous/menacing (an echo-ey metallic scraping sound, 2-4 secs long)?

You know what I'm talking about- it's in literally Every Single Show now (movie, TV, game, whatever) & it's the new go-to audio cue for "something dangerous is happening". It's a spacey metallic ...
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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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Cutting diegetic SFX for 5.1 — C or LR? (mono / stereo)

Just curious how you guys decide when to use stereo or mono SFX when cutting for a 5.1 feature. By SFX, I mean diegetic sounds. I mean this as a question about channels, when do you put these sounds ...
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Looking fo a Hummer H2 SFX Pack

So I am looking for a SFX pack/library specifically of a Hummer H2. If I could get access to the actual car (especially the one from the film but it was shot international) I would record it myself. ...
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Schoeps CMC6-u Mk41 or Schoeps CMIT 5u for FX recording

Hi, I'm fairly new to FX recording and I'm looking for a good mic for excellent quality recordings. I've done a decent amount of research and have narrowed it down to the Schoeps CMC6-u Mk41 or ...