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Suggestions on composer/sound designer relationships?

In indie film and theatre alike, there can be a lot of gray area in the middle of sound design and composition, especially if the director doesn't establish specific roles. I would love suggestions ...
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The bright side of compressed time schedules?

I was just reading this interview with Don Sylvester about "Knight and Day." In it he says that the schedule was so tight that they were cutting effects on scenes that were still being shot?! I know I ...
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Does anybody know much about product sound design?

Hey Everyone... Just thought I'd ask that, as it is a field that doesn't seem to be discussed much. (at least on the net) At the moment I'm (very slowly) doing an engineering degree through the OU ...
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Making a sound that's loopable.

I want to make a rocket 'whooooooooooooooooooosh' sound that can go on FOREVER. I have the sound I like, I just need some protips on making it loop. I've been hacking away at it in Pro Tools, and when ...
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Would Ableton/NI/Max For Live be considered as professional choices for sound design?

I'm curious to what peoples opinions are on using Ableton software for professional sound design. I'm a budding sound designer and I want to let my imagination go wild with creating and designing ...
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Subtextual sound and Visual amplification sound

Hi guys, can any one please give me an examples of Subtextual sound and Visual amplification sound within a film.
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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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Having some absolute base quality sounds to use as a palette for sound design?

So as time as gone by, I've been thinking more about getting a real solid set of sounds together for my sound design experiments. I'm thinking strictly from the view of an artist with their colours ...
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How do you stay original?

Seems like it's all been done before… What do you do to create your own style/voice/signature? How do you avoid (or embrace) the clichéd and the tried-but-true approaches to give the impression of ...
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Best Budget Foley Field Recorder? £500 tops

Hey, I'm currently studying sound for film, tv and games and I'm looking for a field recorder to gather my own library of Foley sounds to pick and choose from. I don't have a huge budget which I ...
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My Academic Research- Would LOVE some suggestions!

Hey you guys! Hello from a sound design/ sound engineering student from Brazil :) Recently I decided to come up with a Research to apply for the Master's Degree in USP (Sao Paulo University, in ...
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tricks to generate emotions through soundscapes

Of cause, one of the main tasks of sounddesign is to create subconscious emotional conditions at the listener. For example the sounddesign of the movie >silence of the lambs<. May you remind of the ...
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In the studio, should I have a sub or not?

One of my early teachers in music production indicated that having a subwoofer in the recording studio will skew the true nature of the sound. We can all agree that without proper room treatment, ...
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Good examples of internal conflict in film, using sound design

I am staring work on a full length feature, and one of the main characters is prone to anxiety/panic attacks. Can people help me compile a quick reference list of their favorite uses of this sort of ...
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MetaSynth 4 Pro

i need something similar to the MetaSynth , for PC daw, any recomendations??? i realy like MetaSynth, too bad that is not for pc
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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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What's your favorite mix / sound design from a Suspense Thriller?

Suspense Thrillers are a little bit about the visual, and a lot a bit about the audio. What is your favorite mix and/or sound design in a suspense thriller movie? What really drew you in about it? ...
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F.E.A.R. 3 Sound Replacement Project - Feedback, please.

Last week, I spent several days working on replacing the sound for the recent F.E.A.R 3 trailer featured at E3 this year. My goal is to create a compelling soundscape that draws you in and gets you ...
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giant glass impact

I'm attempting to create a giant glass impact - a big hit on a thick glass tunnel, that doesn't break or crack from the force. The glass is part of a tunnel, similar to what you find in an aquarium. I'...
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Most unusual sound technique

What was the most unusual and innovative technique of capturing or generating sounds in your entire experience with sound design ? What you have you been forced to do, to achieve the goal?
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How do I charge for sound design?

Hey All, We've had variations of this question before, but here goes: Let's say I've been hired to do the sound design for a company ident 20 secs long. The job requires a bit of composition, sound ...
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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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SPL During Mix Sessions on a Stage

Ok, this is kind of a tandem question to Davide's question yesterday, but I felt it needed a separate question. What are "standard" levels for a mix down on a big stage? (the stage I'm on is a Dolby ...
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whoosh and blur sound effects

I'm working on a commercial spot and need to come up with a good sound effect to go with a visual effect. Here is the best way I can describe the visual effect: The camera was on a circle dolly ...
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Do you sit in on the mix?

I'm curious to who sits in on the mix of their Sound Design work on a movie? Do they let you in, usually? Does the Director invite you? Are you scorned at or frowned upon for being there and ...
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Mixing and Design

I'm curious about how other people work. I did start writing about this is on the Soundscape building question but I think it deserves a separate thread (correct word as this isn't really a forum in ...
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Building a Soundscape

Scenario: Animated feature from Pixar. No production sound except actor dialogue/effects. Scenes are outside. Suburban and desert. Lots of foley/moving actions. Different perspectives. How would ...
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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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Apprenticeship for Sound Designers?

Dear All, This might be a random question, but I want to ask it anyway: I never went to film school or any type of post production school. I've basically taught myself by: Watching enough movies to ...
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Working/Apprenticing in post houses

I am a budding sound designer and am bursting with creativity and a drive to work. I have done work on countless school projects and friend's films and am 100% certain I've found my lifelong passion ...
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How long do you usually take on a effect/on a track?

I've always wondered how long it took other sound designers to finish a single sound effect. Sure there are those 2 min wonders, but I know sometimes a sound effect can be so frustratingly obscure (I ...
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Evaluation of sound designs.

How do you currently evaluate your sound designs? We all receive comments (verbal and written) from our colleagues (Supervising sound editor, Re-recording engineer, Director etc.), but does anyone ...
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SAMPLERS: What are you using?

Lots to choose from out there… I've found the integration between ProTools and Structure very smooth; it's easy to wrap my head around and actually produce some decent sounding patches in a short ...
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Recommendations on hardware and software

Hi Thanks for another great forum. Really appreciate it! When delivering sfx for sound fx library companies like Sound-ideas, and Hollywood edge, and not being able to bring the material to a real ...
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Sound design that cuts through crowd noise

I'm about to embark on a sound design project for an interactive piece that will be a public installation. It will always be surrounded by people in a large space (think a trade show floor or lounge-...
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Tips for recording/designing ball kicks

I need a bunch of sounds of rugby balls being kicked. I need big, I need small, and everything in between. In the movie, the kicks always happen on the field outdoors. I have an idea as to how I ...
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How creative can you be as a working sound designer?

This is obviously going to change from project to project. But in general how much freedom do you have within your porjects? Are the budgets and schedules so tight that you just have to go with what ...

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