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Kung-Fu Foley Swooshes

Hi everyone, Iv been asked to create a number of swooshes, the type employed in martial arts movies etc. The visual it is being used for is an animation, but there doesn't have to be much character ...
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How to design lava/volcano sounds

Just wondering if any of you have any tried and true techniques or suggestions for designing lava and/or volcano sounds (anything from volcanic eruption, flowing lava, molten volcanic rock movement, ...
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Creating high frequency tones /shimmering metals

Hi, I want to be able to create decent hollywood style high frequency tones- Sustained bell,glass or metal shimmering layers in my sound design projects.In the past I have mainly used stock effects ...
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Best animal to record?

Animals can be a great source for sound design with the great variety of calls, movement, breathing etc. But what has been your favourite animal to record or is there an animal you just keep going ...
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sound of flour monster

Hello everyone, It's the first time that I ask a question. I apologize for my bad english (I'm french woman sounddesigner). I need to create a flour monster for an animated movie. I used the snow ...
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How to handle a situation

I'm doing all the sound design and music for a short film challenge, right now -- the film has to be uploaded by midnight this coming Monday (the 2nd... technically it's the 3rd, but that's just ...
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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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What are the 10 best sites for sound design tips and tricks [closed]

Any website from websites for amateurs to websites for pros can qualify.
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Electronic Sparking/Arcing Sounds

Has anyone got any tips on creating/recording electronic spark/arcing sounds? Is there anyway to create these without an arc welder or a tesla coil?
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What is your favorite scream?

Hey guys, sorry for absence from the forum lately... crazy times... I'd like to know what your favorite blood-curdling screams from film or television are. And nobody better say the Wilhelm scream!...
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if you were a teacher in sound design…

Hello, Next year, I will teach the basics of sound design in Protools, how to create a good template, how to use plugins, create sound effects, ambiences, etc... I thought to give them (students) ...
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Who's using an Ebow and how?

Never used one before but am interested - does it only work on stringed instruments? Can I use it on anything that can resonate, say a metal table leg or piece of wood? Does it feed out of 1/4" jack ...
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Creative Use Of BGs In Film

I just finished reading Douglas Murray's guest article on Designing Sound during which he states: BG sounds connect the component shots into a whole scene and also separates the scenes one from the ...
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Glitchy sound design how-to? Example inside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNOxynC1Dc&feature=player_detailpage In the opening sequences there is an odd, glitchy, tremolo kind of effect. The same style of design is used in movies like ...
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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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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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Where can I find a multioscillator synth?

I need synth where I could use some oscillators (unlimited amount the best) and make them influence each other. For example I could choose for first to be multiplied by second to make the result and ...
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What could a future (software) interface for sound-design/mixing look like?

Hi folks, apart from my occupation as sound designer, my main focus (since I'm working at a university) lies in media (technology) research, software development, and (sonic) interaction design. As ...
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Zoom H2 Frequency Response - 70hz?

I'm most likely going to buy a Zoom H2 recorder to keep with me. I'm always hearing awesome sounds, but I don't carry my 744 with me (for obvious reasons), so I either have to remember where they are ...
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Creating sound for 'light streaks'

I work on motion graphics, and have a project coming up with a lot of light elements and moving/flowing light streaks. I've used wooshes before, layered with reverse bells and cymbals. Sometimes ...
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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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Sound Psychology an explanation

I am trying to work on covering sound design the same way I would approach anything visual. With Visual Design there is a vast amount of things to go into, such as Color Psychology With Sound ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

any advice, tutorial, video or even book you recommend for designing household sounds using a synth?? I work mainly in Live9 and in our next game I'm planning to design sound the majority of sounds ...
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Looking for ambient sounds that could pass as 1830's London

I am working on a project that needs ambient street sounds from London in the 1830's. I have been trying to build this up from nothing and it is going well, however I need some sort of underlying ...
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Can CSound or SuperCollider be used to make softsynths?

Can I use these two or something else to generate waveform of sound and then use it as soft synth or generate soundfont?
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Video Game Trailer Critique?

Hey guys. I just asked a question the other day (maybe yesterday) about how I can practice sound design. I got some really good feedback and saw a few people that had posted their videos to be ...
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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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Sox how to normalize volume of multiple audio files

I'm trying to integrate multiple sound effects (46 files), and multiple background music files (7 files) into an iOS game I'm currently developing. The volume levels of my downloaded audio assets are ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

This is a question i often ask to myself, when i need to design the sound of a city on many commercials : What interesting elements can i bring in a modern city soundscape, that are evocative or ...
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Sound design within a VFX workflow

Any hints or concept suggestions or links to useful info about how to work in a complex VFX workflow. I'm just about to start preproduction for a film with a lot of VFX and that will require quite a ...
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Writing Sound for a movie

Hi. i would like to know if there is any particular format for WRITING sound for a film. I am working on a film with a friend and he handed over me the script and it just put me in a fix. I have made ...
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Ambisonic Sound for Film

Just starting my reserach paper for my masters degree and i'm interested to hear from anyone who has ever mixed sound in ambisonics - whether it was using B-format recordings or placing tracks into ...
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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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Water / Snow Movement

I am working a project that involves a lot of water sound effects and movement. Since, it is an hour in length I have been trying to come up with ways the sounds of the water and movements won't sound ...
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What do you use for passbys?

What plugins/techniques du you use? I make TONS of passbys in my work (space ships, cars etc), and i'm always looking to improve my sounds. Thanks:)
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Lightning hit sounds with everyday objects?

I'm going to need some lightning hit sounds in the next project and I guess I'm going to settle with library samples, but out of curiosity would like to know some tips for making at least "cartooon ...
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What type of mics for recording effects/foley?

I'm looking to start recording my own field recordings, effects, and foley for a portfolio. What type of mics are used for this? Shotgun? Does anyone recommend any specific affordable mics to start ...
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Sound Design on Tribes: Ascend with ProTools signal generator.

Hey everyone! While working on Tribes: Ascend I wanted to have as many unique recordings and sounds as possible for the game. As i'm sure any sound designer would obviously want. However the ...
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Engineering Sounds

I found the following article about Engineering Sounds on the BBC.co.uk website. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9533769.stm It talks about how engineering influences the sounds ...
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The “make-a-sound-thin” thread

Welcome to the "how to make a thin sound" thread, and in general make sounds stand out from other sounds. It seems like a big trend now-days is to have a thick, low end rounded sound and on there are ...
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Sound Design in Argentina Documentary

Hey everyone! I'm working on my graduate thesis. It's a documentary about Sound Design in Argentina and right now I'm on the pre-production process. I'm looking for any historical data/info/...
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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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sound design for a quiet room

I need to design a couple of "room sounds" for our game .. thing is that they're quiet since there's no one inside for now I'm approaching this by having a room tone some occasional tiny sounds (...
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How to design retro videogame sound effects?

I am trying to figure out retro game sound effect creation. So I looked around and came across websites such as http://www.bfxr.net/ and http://www.superflashbros.net/as3sfxr/ These sites allow you to ...
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Sound Design on Tribes: Ascend - Part 2

Hey Everyone, Here are some updated gameplay videos from QuakeCon2011. I would love any and all feedback that you guys have on my sound design for this game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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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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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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BBC - The Alchemists of Sound

Though not strictly movie sound design as such, it's actually first and foremost about the birth of electronic (mostly cinematic) music through tremendous innovation and creativity, but it can still ...
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New Sound Design Samples…Junebugs, Trams and Icemakers Oh My!

Here's a sample of some stuff I've designed recently. I just wanted to get more ears and speakers on these. Mostly recorded with my Sony PCM D-50 while traveling. Made from junebugs recorded on my ...
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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 ...