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As a sound designer, how often and when do you decide “that doesn't need a sound”?

This is a question about personal observation of designer aesthetics and taste. As someone who is hired to design sounds for all types of moving pictures, animations, graphics and scenes, I find ...
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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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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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Awesome things to record that you would not normally think about

I think it would be cool to hear about some foley sessions that people have done that involved recording very odd things to get a desired sounds. For example, I did a foley session with a friend of ...
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Washington Post covers sound design in film:

There's a nice piece by Ann Hornaday with a video in today's Washington Post here.
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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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Monthly Sound Design Challenge…looking for feedback

Update (8/15/10): the first challenge is up. UPDATE (8/7/10): It seems like Vimeo and SoundCloud are a general consensus, which doesn't surprise me at all. I've posted a bunch of info on my site ...
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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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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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Foley artist leather toolkit!

Good morning from Greece guys! I was surfing the internet today and i found something very interesting indeed! A toolkit created for foley artists dedicated for making the classic Swoosh, thud, bash, ...
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Why did you choose sound design as a career?

I know quite a few studio recording engineers who wanted to be musicians and "fell into" the job. When I was about 15 I went to a school rock concert and was fascinated by all of the PA equipment. ...
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“Stoker” - sound design moves background to foreground

I've just come back from seeing Stoker - what a great film. Very strong, and potent storytelling. One of the features was a forensic-style magnification of detail, and lots of space and time for ...
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What's your best story about repurposing a sound?

I have some great stories about sounds that I originally used for one thing, then was able to completely change, and re-use as a completely different sound. For example: I recently did a bunch of ...
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Randy Thom Interview Question.

http://soundworkscollection.com/howtotrainyourdragonpanel I watched the great video on sound works collection that was on the sound of "How to Train your Dragon". I have two questions about some of ...
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Linux tools for beginning electronic music production

Ok I want to start music from the beginning. Just computer, mic, midi keyboard and nothing else. What programs should I use to: Create electronic samples mix them, modulate and add effects Create ...
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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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Retaining High Frequencies when Varispeeding

Aside from recording at 192kHz with the highest quality mics and recorders, how do you reinvigorate your slowed down/varispeeded sounds after they've lost most (or all) of their airy top end? (...
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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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Do you play an instrument?

How important is musical training to a sound designer? What, if any, instruments do you play, and has this affected the way you 'compose' a design? I play the cello and piano,nowhere near as well as ...
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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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How would you design the sound of a submersible propeller?

POST-MORTEM: Using a variety of tools and manipulating them underwater while recording with a 3 different pairs of hydrophones (for a total of 6 different perspectives) yielded truly wonderful results!...
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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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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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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's your favorite, personally-stashed 'money' sound?

Hey fellow SSDers! I've been doing some library cataloging today, digging through some recent shows to finish some much-overdue mastering (who am I kidding though, I'm nowhere close to finished hah). ...
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What's your favourite way to “stereoize” a mono file?

I've created a drone that I'd like to use as a spacecraft engine bg, but right now its in mono, and I thought I'd crowd source some favourite methods of "stereoizing". Because the sound is sci-fi in ...
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Who's designing sound with an iPad?

One of these magical gizmos has found its way into my life and now I'm wondering what else it can do besides check email and play Angry Birds. Have found a few interesting apps out there for creating ...
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

I just started field recording about a year ago. I initially took a tech course on GameAudio, that's what initially sparked my interest. While in the class we were encourage to listen to and study ...
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Crossroads: Requesting some career advice

I hate to post a question that i can't see being of benefit to others as well, but i'm rather stuck and i have a lot of respect for the perspectives of you all. I finished a MA in sound design at ...
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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 is our responsibility to authenticity?

Scanning through the questions I find there has been this allusion to "authenticity." Bird calls showing up in parts of the world where the species would never migrate. Recording sound effects to be ...
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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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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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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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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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Do you design sound for video games as well as film and television?

How much of an overlap is there between the two industries? Some games companies promote the fact that their sound designers worked in the film industry. If you work in both industries what are the ...
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As a sound designer/Location Audio Recordist, what would you like a Director to know before production?

Hi guys, This Tuesday, I will be attending a filmmaker's meetup group to talk about sound. The current speaker had a conflict arise and had to bail. I was asked to do the presentation. I have my own ...
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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 reverse engineer a sound?

You heard some sound (sound effect from the cinema, some interesting tone from the recording, whatever). What steps do you take to reproduce the sound you liked?
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Re-micing via a Piano

I've heard stories of people re-micing a voice or instrument with certain keys of the piano open so the strings sympathetically vibrate with the sound, thus adding more harmonics and another timbre to ...
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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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Female Sound Designer/Engineers/Editors????

I have just read this article from the BBC: Why are female record producers so rare? I do know of a few female sound people in the UK, but from what I can see it does seem to follow this trend and in ...
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“Underwater” sound tricks!? How do you make it sound underwater-y

Hey folks, You can skip the italicized section if you're in a hurry - that's background for the question. I'm working on the second iteration of an art game. It's a cool project, you should check it ...
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What does warm mean?

It seams like there is one magical word in post production, sound design and music production that describes everything from compressing and distorting signals to expanding and filtering signals: ...
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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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Thinking outside the “box”

When faced with a design challenge, what is your first instinct: To reach for a mic or a piece of software? Of course it often depends on the project or task at hand, but in general, where does your ...
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Sound Design Documentation

I've met sound designers who meticulously write down every little thing that they do, and I've met sound designers who get done with a project and have no idea how they arrived at the final product. ...
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Is Sound Design the Best Job Ever?

I mean, where else can you shoot machine guns at a van and call it work? Or set off fireworks all night long, Or walking in the mountains all day, Or visiting a Zoo, Or, or, or... What is your ...
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“13 Ghosts” voice effect

I just want to find out if anyone knows how to create the "ghostly dialogue" in 13 Ghosts. What effects are used and how did they mix it together?