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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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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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How to make a sound of dragon roar?

I always have been interested how does that sounds of dragon roaring are made in the movies or in the videogames. So, the question, exactly, how? :)
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What's your method of making time slow down?

There are a number of different ways to make audio slow down. I'm talking about sound that slows (and pitches) down to a stop, much like if you were to stop the motor on a record player without ...
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“Extreme” EQ curves

Is it bad to use EQs to an "extreme" extent? I use that word because of what my friend said about the settings of an EQ on a song we were helping a mix and master. He had something like this, but more ...
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Thoughts on Ableton Live?

Anyone using Ableton for their sound designing and other audio editing needs? I also use PT8, but as of late, I've found Ableton to be a much more intuitive and streamlined DAW that allows to to do ...
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Looking for inspiration to create a “swarm sound”

I'm trying to create a kind of "swarming" sound. It is a multimedia installation that shows an animated flock of "birds", not real birds but abstract forms that look and behave like birds. I'm trying ...
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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 would one “morph” human vocals with a bat scream?

I am producing sounds for an old time vampire game. I have recorded human vocals in Latin that I would like to combine with a bat scream. It's (obviously) for a section in the game where the vampire ...
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What's the shortest sound perceptible to the human ear?

How long would the shortest perceptible sound last? I'm guessing there'll be a frequency at which we can hear short sounds best but I don't need to find that. Admittedly this is also completely ...
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Recording experiments at 192kHz: what to record?

In the near future I'll be renting out a Sound Devices 702 in order to experiment with recording various sounds at 192kHz - and I'd like some suggestions on what will yield the most interesting and ...
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Avant Garde Enthusiasts (drone, noise etc..)

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. I've been meaning to put this up for a while, but i've been hesitant because I don't wanna look like some weirdo. Like the title suggests i'm pretty much into ...
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How to Add Soft Roundness (Prettiness) To Sound FX?

I have a question that’s been boggling my mind for a long time. How do people create those puffy, soft, airy elegant sounds in mobile games? I’m not sure how else to explain them, but it’s almost ...
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Illiciting Negative Emotional Responses in Listeners

One man's sonata is another man's noise. But I was reading an article today titled The Worst Noises in the World which reported on a recent neuroscience study investigating the interaction between the ...
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I created an audio-focused puzzle game, and you should give it a shot. :)

Not so much a question, but rather a personal project which I believe the audio community could certainly appreciate! ...well, actually it's a project only the audio community could appreciate... :D ...
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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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What makes a sound funny?

Title says all...
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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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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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Exported Region Groups or Sound Packs for TV Sound Designing?

I was sitting in on an ADR session for a television show at an ADR stage the other day and I was talking to the ADR mixer about how Sound Design is different for TV than it is for Movies. He told me ...
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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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Implying gracefulness

I'm looking for ideas or existing examples of sound designing grace and elegance in motion. Exacting, fluid movements that can also be sharp and deadly. Without giving too much away (NDAs and all) the ...
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Designing a Humongous God-voice

Hey all, So last time I needed to create a goddess voice. Now, since I did such a good job on that (thanks to birdhousesound) they want me to continue working for them and I've now got a task of ...
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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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Any tips on creating “dangerous/harsh” backgrounds

So upon reading all the great interviews and posts on BG creation/layering, im finally designing a specific set of backgrounds for a film. Im trying to make a background that can convey the harsh ...
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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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Hmmm what about Sound Design talk? (jet engines)

OK I'll try to change the typical "what's the best mic, best recorder, etc." question and ask something about Sound Design!!! To the point now! I have to make a sound like jet engines (airplane fight ...
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What is Abstract Sound Design?

I want to understand what Abstract Sound Design means. I looked at other questions here but couldn't find an answer I fully understood. What it means in terms of - How do you create it? What is it ...
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Audio Illusions

So far I have only come across Shepard-Risset Glissando. Does anyone know more audio illusions/tricks which boggle human brain? Recently I came up with an applied version of Shepard-Risset tone by ...
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Good visual source material to practice sound design on?

Hello. I'm curious to where I can find good visual source material to practice sound design on and maybe get a sound reel out of it to show off later? Currently I have composed music to an image. I'...
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How can an electronics person start to reverse-engineer analog synth sounds?

This question discusses sound design for film in some depth. I'd like to look into similar strategies for building analog synth sounds which approach real instruments from the perspective of the ...
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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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5.1 Vs. 7.2 (Surround Sound System)

I fairly learned about the 5.1 studio and how you go about mixing it, but on Tv i heard about 7.2 surround sound system and i'm wondering are the dynamics the same or is there something different ...
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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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What is the most invaluable advice, tip or trick you have learnt through Social Sound Design?

As per the title, what do you feel is the most invaluable thing you have learnt or gained through the site? I think for me, it's a little more broad than just mixing techniques, recording set ups etc....
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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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Suggestions for books on sound synthesis and electronic music production

Hi, I'm mainly interested in producing electronic music (breakcore, dubstep and so on). I have a decent knowledge of music theory and I can create not-so-bad drum patterns, but when it comes to create ...
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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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How to create a Acid Synth Stab sound?

I've been trying to recreate the synth sound used in the Calvin Harris remix of the track Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat. If you are not familiar with it, it is here: The ...
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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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Favorite plug-ins for building creature vocals

Besides the obvious like pitch shift, I have a few favorites such as Prosoniq's Morph and PiWarp, iZotope Spectron, and GRM tools as well as some of the Pluggo suite. What are your favorite plug-ins ...
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How would YOU design the sound of fingernails on a floor?

Specifically, the sound of an animal/deranged human/creature of some sort skittering and clattering around on a stone floor? My application is for a large weighty creature, but your answers can ...
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Happy accidents/unexpected discoveries in SFX recording

Sometimes what you set out to record ends up being much less impressive than that random "sound of opportunity" you happened to stumble across on the journey. I believe Ben Burtt was looking for ...
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Lemmings woke my cat

This isn't much of a question and more of an observation. While watching the film Lemming (dir. Dominik Moll) earlier, during the scene where Alain (the male lead) goes back home to find lemmings ...
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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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How many of you went to school for sound?

I was curious how many of you went to school (and where about if so) and how many of you picked up your craft in another way (how so?). Cheers!
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Scifi Laser Sounds - What works for you?

Hey everyone! I am curious as to what workflow people use to create crisp and heavy scifi laser sounds. Tribes: Ascend has lasers left and right in it, and I am running out of ideas for new laser ...
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Getting past your sound design “writing blocks”

I'm usually pretty good at imagining what I want something to sound like. I helps that I don't do a whole lot of work that require any fancy sound design, so most of my sound design so far is for my ...
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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)...