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Films to Study for Excellence in Sound Design

Dear All, What films are good examples of Sound Design to study and take note of? I'm particularly looking for films which sound was used to forward the story with excellent results. Not just using ...
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Which DAW do you use?

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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Jurassic Park - Classic Roar

Curious. Do any of you know exactly what went into that sound? I've heard a variety of things, namely elephants, lions and washing machines; I imagine it might be a combination of all three. ~Cheers ...
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Best use of Silence in a film?

In my opinion some of the best film sound is not loud or overt, and I've used silence many times in film soundtracks myself but I am interested to know what your favorite use of silence or near-...
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How to make money with sound design.

I've enjoyed recording samples and playing with audio as a hobby for quite a while now. Recently I purchased a zoom h2 and the quality of the recordings are just great. What I'm curious about, is how ...
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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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What's Your Preferred Method of Pitch-Shifting?

A question in multiple parts: First off, we're all recording at the highest bit and sample rates possible (right?) in order to extend the use of the sounds we capture. The opportunity to make bigger, ...
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Tension sounds like…

What does tension sound like? Tension, in the case, meaning the feeling that if you don't complete your task in time, you will fail or be attacked. You have :05 to sell it. (This is one of those ...
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Binaural Recording and Asset Creation

Those of you doing binaural field recording, or those who have experience with it: What kind of setup are you using? What have you found creates the most accurate sound field? Are most of your ...
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i want learn about sound mixing when shooting film, can anyone suggest me a good DVD or book to get start?

i want learn mixing for film. i know the boom pool connect to audio mixer and it connect to a recording device when you shooting. i don't know even basic thing about how to separate 2 different audio ...
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Online Sound Design Courses

I'm been producing electronic music for a while now. I create most of my music with analogue synths but I'm no stranger to digital synthesis using a a variety of methods. This year, I'm going to take ...
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What makes a sound funny?

Title says all...
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Sound coming from behind using stereo field

Hey all, I'm working on a sci-fi actiony flick right now, very low budget so mixing in surround is not an option. I have a scene where a robot with a jetpack is landing behind someone, off screen in ...
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Films which blur the distinction between score and sound design?

Can you think of films where the distinction between score and sound design is creatively or accidentally undermined? In a lot of films the distinction is really clear: score is orchestral music, ...
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Getting into business after 25? .)

Guys, hi there! How do you think, what is the probability of successful getting into industry if I'm a bit late? .))) The fact is that I'm a PhD in robotics, which means that I've got a decent ...
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Removing Reverb

is there any technique of removing reverb from a sound clip with out altering the original clip?
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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 do I practice Sound Design?

I'm relatively new to sound design and audio for film but am extremely interested. Lately I've been downloading commercials, video game trailers and movie trailers and just trying to recreate the ...
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Examples of substractive/analog synthesis in sound design ?

Hi mates, I am looking for examples or frequent uses of analog synthesis in sound design, like the Arp 2600 in R2D2's voice. Examples could be individual sounds or in conjunction/layering with real ...
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Sound spatialisation tool. Would this be useful?

Hi, I have recently prototyped a sound spatialisation tool using max/msp as part of a university project. It allows you to load a sound and animate it in a virtual 3d space to add doppler shift, ...
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Another Discovery of Wind in the Studio

It's Sunday. Here's another recording I just did. This time I took the same Kleenex box I used before and without any air flow, I stuck it on the ground, placed the hole right next to the U87 and ...
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If you're a Sound Designer of a movie, do you have total supervision over what the trailer sounds like?

I have heard that there are post production facilities that specialize in trailers and only trailers. Does this mean they have their own sound teams that do the sound for trailers totally separate ...
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What is your dream job? [closed]

Now that you're in the entertainment industry, what would be your most ideal job to work on? I grew up watching Shark Week on the Discovery Channel so I wouldn't mind sound designing and mixing that ...
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What sounds can be effectively recording using just one channel (mono)?

Due to my seemingly more restricted budget (life is as it is and things keep popping up) I am still left very much with my current setup as is, and it looks like I cannot really purchase much else for ...
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Trouble creating Punching SFX

I'm having trouble creating realistic punching sounds. Everything I try to create sounds really fake or nothing like a punch. Are there any suggestions as to how I can resolve my issue?
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Creating Large Animal Breathing Sounds

Hey all. I'm currently working on a short film adaptation of a children's book called 'There's a Hippopotamus on the Roof Eating Cake' (Here's a link to a teaser if you're interested: http://vimeo....
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Tiny footsteps/foley?

Recently I had to create sounds for tiny people, they were about as tall as a pencil. I couldn't figure out a good sound for footsteps so I used my fingers on bare wood (because they ran across a bar)...
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How do you design a cricket sound?

Does anyone have any tricks for designing a sound like a cricket or crickets? I live in Scotland and recording actual crickets obviously isn't an option!
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How do you tackle time lapsed footage?

More action to articulate, less time to do it in. What's your approach to Slo-mo's evil twin? [youtube]coWd4YHVe14[/youtube] Pitched-up, time-compressed FX have gotten me through plenty of short ...
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Abstract Design

Having been set a task of creating mood specific sounds relating to emotional impulses and responses (I'm currently working on a project requiring a sound for love, among other feelings), I was ...
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Inexpensive, easily-removable ways of reducing echo in a room (see 360° image)

I just moved into this office (see my 360° photo here!) with a wood floor and vaulted ceiling, and I want to record videos in here, but the surfaces are creating too much of an echo. When recording, ...
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How do you create Single Sideband Modulation (SSB)?

We've heard this sound before (think Star Wars), and I've never tried to create it but have wondered about how it is done. Then I heard it again today here and stumbled upon one person's explanation: ...
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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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Audio effect of a person talking inside their head

Hi, I'm currently working on a short film in which a character is often talking inside his own head. I just wondered if anyone had any tips on creating an effect on the dialogue in which it feels ...
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Best Sound Design for a Villain

Sound Designers go to great lengths designing their villains. Whether it be foley, pads, atmosphere, ambiences, etc. The one I can't get over is The Joker from Dark Knight. There's also the villain ...
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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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Tips on creating “frozen bodypart ripped apart”

Hi! My first question here! I was wondering if anybody has any good tips for creating frozen bodyparts that gets ripped apart? Example: A man's hand gets frozen so badly that it's practically ice ...
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Best use of sound design in a comedy?

OK, we've covered "favorite sounds" and "best sound in a thiller", but what about comedies, where the sound effects usually cower in fear of dialog and music? And what is it about those moments that ...
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SCAD - Graduate Sound Design Program

Does anyone have any thoughts about the Savannah College of Arts and Design Graduate Sound Design program. It looks like the program had a good, rounded curriculum which could help train me for future ...
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Examples of Synthesized Sound Effects

This question was asked a few years back and I actually supplied one of the answers (Examples of subtractive analog synthesis in sound design). I'm looking to expand on this and want to know of any ...
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Foley sampler instrument - Some questions to sound designers

Hi, I am a MSc Sound Design Student at Leeds Met Uni in the UK and for my final major project (starting now and handed in at the end of September) I am proposing to make a Kontakt-based sampler ...
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Undestanding a recording studio configuration

I have recently taken over as the Technical Manager for my local Talking Newspaper (local news recorded for visually impaired listeners) - my technical background is more in IT/Web Development than in ...
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How to make this lead!

I long to create this synth lead sound made by Procuder "Vanic" but I don't quite get there. (First link) What I did so far (and turned out to be relatively similar) was creating a square wave, put ...