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Japanese Anime/Arcade 'Shing' sound

I am trying to recreate the 'shing' sound which can be heard at 1:22 in this video - https://vimeo.com/106517842 and also another variation at around 0:32 in this one - https://vimeo.com/106517842. I'...
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Designing the sound of a 20“ *ahem*… ”Member"

So I'm currently posting a rather dark comedic short and well the title beats around the bush but I need to design the movements of a flaccid enormous cock to put it quite bluntly... I have a ...
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Logic Pro Environment: Panning Signal Processing

I'm trying to send an arpeggiated audio signal (in logic pro 9) into separate signal streams to creating an automated, synchronised panning effect, in one stereo channel. Problem 1: The audio signal ...
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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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Massive thread of ideas, processes, processing, techniques, examples, to help you help yourself (while sharing with others)

This is a massive thread (hopefully next year have thousands of responses) to share the possibilities of modifications, modulations, tremolations, reverberations, layerations, tricks, techniques, ...
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Complexity in Cutting

I often hear about major films using thousands of tracks for a final mix. Do any of you have a rule of thumb while cutting effects for a particular piece of sound design such as "if I don't get what ...
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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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An esthetic for evoking a loud(er) sound

Let me try explain the sound, it's sounds to me like distortion and/or saturation. I have noticed this esthetic developing, it's come up in a few movies lately. I just watched Rise of the Planet of ...
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Demo reel choice

I came across a very interesting article about demo reels and that if you want to start somewhere try to do one. The problem is the choice of the video for me. What would be a great demo reel for an ...
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How would you sound design a monster made out of hair?

I'm currently working in a short animation where the "bad guy" is a bunch of hair fighting scissors, razors and other barber tools. it's mainly foley but Im struggling to find the proper sound for ...
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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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If you could ask Walter Murch one question (or piece of advice), what would it be?

What would you ask Walter Murch if you had a chance? But just one question! Look forward to seeing some answers :) Cheers!
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SOUND OF HEAVEN

Hey guys. I am currently working on a film. Its still in its pre-production stage. There's a scene in which the protagonist is in an empty room, which HE thinks is HEAVEN. The script mentions that the ...
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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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Favorite Zombie Sounds?

There are a ton of zombie movies and video games out there. Lots of different types of zombies too. Ones that can almost talk, some are silent, some sound like animals, some just gurgle. Do you ...
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How do you tell people what your profession is?

A flight attendant, a neighbor, an acquaintance on a train, How do you tell people what you do for a living when they ask what it is? I find it difficult to answer what a Sound Designer does in 3 ...
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Kontakt or other sampler/synth software for sound design ?

Hi everybody, I was reading this article : http://soundandpictureonline.com/2010/12/a-medal-mix-the-ea-sound-team-talks-audio-production/ I was wondering if Kontakt or any other sampler/synth could ...
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Useful Human Vocalizations

I've got a bitch of a cold right now, but my voice has this awesome bassy, gravelly quality to it. So I figured I should take advantage of this vocal state and get some potentially useful wild lines, ...
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Magic Attacks Sounds

So I'm working on a game where i need to make some magic Attack sounds. Im messing around with whooshes with grain delay. Formant plugs, but man I'm really missing something here. Any suggestions for ...
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How do you make a scene sound/feel cold?

This is a question that's been banding around the studio here and thought I'd throw the question out to you guys to see what you think - There are a couple of obvious ones like harsh sounding wind, or ...
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Getting started in Sound Design

I have recently became interested in sound design and wanted to get started practicing it. I have a small home studio where I run pro tools. I am looking for advice on how to get started. For field ...
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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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Sound of an inter-dimensional portal ripping/blasting open?

Hi all, I'm working on a piece that involves a portal blasting or ripping open and I'm having some difficulty getting it sounding right. The 'portal' is centre-screen and meant to burst open fairly ...
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how to build absence in a film?

guys, we r making a film as a part of our college project. It will be a 10 mins short film and my director wants to build up the feeling of absence in the whole story.could anybody help me with some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Best hand-to-hand fight scene

How do you think which fighting scene from all the movies or games has the best sound design? Mandatory conditions: only bare hands, no cold weapon, no magic power or any super power etc. I have one ...
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That deep Drone / Ambient texture

Hi, Always asked myself how to achieve that deep sound using reverb like in Kerovnian, Megaptera or Amon productions... I tried with no success cuting freqencies below 40 and above 2K with large hall ...
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Hollywood Style “Booms and swooshes” for layering?

Hi guys, Im just wondering if any of you have any techniques used to create Hollywood style booms and sweeps. Like the bass-heavy booms between cuts in trailers, and swooshes- in things like screen-...
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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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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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What is a soundscape?

Could anyone please explain to me what is a soundscape? If you are asked to create a soundscape, how should one go about it? Does this term apply to film sound design? If so, how?
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

I am working on a film where a girl is in an abandoned old house that looks very creepy with wall paper peeling of the walls, cracked walls, and various debris on the floor. There is a voice over ...
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Processing Crowds

You have recorded chants, yells, and other phrases with a 50 or so odd group of people - how would you make it sound like thousands? You have the whole stereo field to play with. You could use any ...
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How good is your knowledge of acoustics, and how does this affect your sound design?

I'm curious as to how scientific your understanding of acoustics is and how often you draw on this knowledge when designing sounds, editing or mixing. What do you get your calculator out for, and what ...
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Whistling bomb sound

Hey Guys! First time posting. i was wondering if anyone has any ideas on creating a whistling bomb sound, like a falling bomb. without sounding too cartoony. my first thought was to record a Nerf ...
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Comments for my first work?

I find this site very usefull for my work and i decided i should submit my first work for critisism and opinions. My first work is this little game we developed for our blog (in greek language ...
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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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In defense of narration…

Voice over narration gets a bit of a bad rap. I hear detractions all the time. "It's just being used to tie together a poorly written story." "The audience is smart enough to figure it out without ...
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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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Tropical Ambience: creating a minimal background using synths

I'm working on a project that takes place in a small tropical village. The director clearly asked for a minimal background so the use of field recordings are not an option since they're so busy with ...
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Pitch to Loudness relation

I have subtle education on music/sound design so excuse my ignorance if any. I am producing a score via programming ( actually Java and minim ) where I use Oscillators to produce sound. I noticed ...
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Sound designing for an Iphone Game - approaches?

Hello everyone, this is my first time posting. I really love this site, it's a brilliant idea! My question is this, I may have just landed a gig sound designing about 10 sounds for an iphone game ...
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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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Sound Design Input Devices

I've been long wanting a tablet to use as an input device (drawing in automation, etc...), and I'd love to have a Jazz Mutant control surface, and lots of other stuff. But I just came across this: ...
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What sound effects edit 'sound creation' has stumped you like no other?

As the title states, I'm curious what sound effects edit has truly stumped you before, at least in the sense of having to spend time to create from scratch. Ironically it' seems to me to be most ...
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What do you want out of the Sound Design Challenge in the future?

Hey folks. This is now the sixth month of the Sound Design Challenge I've been running. I've mentioned before that I'm always open to suggestions and interesting ideas. So, what are some things you'd ...