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Wind Farm / Wind Turbine

Hi, I'm currently doing a documentary film, and I'm stuck in a sequence featuring a wind farm / wind turbines. Do you guys know how do these things sound like? Anyone have any recordings? Any help ...
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Mouth only Sound Design

I often and frequently use my own voice for sound design (and music) in many different aspects, not just human or animal interactions, but for example I was working on one short film that was on the ...
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Sound Design Birthday Ideas

Hello everyone, An executive of the studio I work at has a birthday coming up and my coworkers and I want to give something with a sound twist to it. I had the thought of giving 5 great examples of ...
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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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How would you go about designing the sound of a jetpack?

What kind of layers would you use across the frequency spectrum? Do you have any sources where this is talked about? Thanks in advanced!
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

I was wondering if anyone had some tips for getting that kind of stereo feeling on specific sounds? Here is an example: I love the way this track has been built as it ...
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Tools, tips, tricks to avoid that “Machine gun” effect when designing sounds

was wondering which tools, tips and tricks we have at our disposal nowadays to avoid the "machine gun" effect, when creating sampled instruments but! also when designing sounds that we want to "...
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What equiment/software does Skrillex use?

Does anybody out there know what kind of equipment skrillex uses to make his mixes fused with dubstep? Is it purely software or does use a mixed setup? I am curious how he sets up his samples, and ...
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Sound design in A Game of Thrones (and TV Series)

I watch a lot of tv series and, sometimes, I focus on their sound design. I have to say that GoT have some great stuff! At the beginning I didn't liked the baby dragons voices, but in these latest ...
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How do you measure the impact/effectiveness of sound design?

Perhaps a bit broad question, but definitely one of the things that probably everyone is consciously either intuitively defining or trying to define, or has already found some solution / definition to ...
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Defining the completion of your services in written terms/contract?

Couldn't find any other posts on: how to define the end/completion of the services you were contracted for. Thought it might be a good topic to discuss. However, if there are any good threads already ...
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Best techniques for using portable recorders for dialogue, interviews etc

Hi, I'm a novice at sound recording but after doing all the necessary research have decided a portable recorder is what best fits my needs (thinking of something like the Tascom DR-40). However, ...
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If you had to start over as a newbie, what would be your starter kit for sound designing (software, field recording, etc.)?

I'm just curious as to a lot of these new technological portable devices have recently come out now. I'm sure a lot of people getting started in the industry and wanting to make a sound design reel ...
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Creating fairy Dust sounds

Hi guys, I'm working on the sound design for an animation and I need to create the sound of fairy dust. Visually think magic wand, or the sparkles that surround Tinkerbell. Light and magical and ...
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Sound Design - Sound Replacement Exercise Feedback

Hey guys, So I've been working on this sound replacement exercise for practice, would it be too much trouble to ask for some feedback/constructive criticism? Would be much appreciated! Video is ...
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Sound Design on Tribes: Ascend - Part 1

Hey everyone, I am the sound designer at Hi-Rez Studios and I have been doing all the sound design on the new Tribes: Ascend video game. I would love to get some feedback from people on my sounds. ...
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Looking for critiques on a practice sound design

Things I would do differently after watching it again: Offset the track so it has the proper echo delay. Found more crumbling sounds for the roof caving in (but they would have to be the proper ...
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Muffled snare/clap in dark house & techno

I really like the clap/snare on every second beat that sounds a bit muffled away but still pops out very strong to define the rhythm. Is that a clap, snare, rim or something else? Any tips how to ...
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How does a cardboard paper towel roll amplify the sound?

My daughter and I did a project and made this: http://osxdaily.com/2014/07/28/diy-iphone-speakers-paper-towel-roll-plastic-cups/ We hypothesized that the sound was "amplified" because it directed ...
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Is there any tradeoff to get the best quality/file size ratio for mp3 conversion?

We record vocal sound via the Creative - Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD soundcard and its dedicated recording software. the settings are : 96 KHz 24 bit depth I would like to convert it to mp3 with ...
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Son wants to major in Sound Design

My son is interested in sound design. Most schools offer music degrees for active musicians who want to learn recording, or a film degree with a few classes in sound. Emerson offers film with an audio ...
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Altering perception of a character with sound deisgn

I'm looking for either some information (books, articles, web sites, etc.) or films that just use sound design to alter our perception of characters in films. My plan is to take a scene from a film ...
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What instruments are these?

Can anyone tell what instruments are used in the "Killing the Fairy" song? Specifically at 0:15 and 0:47? I feel like the first one could also be achieved with a ...
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How to make a pad-synth feel like it occupies a large space without the use of a reverb effect?

After listening to a number of NI (Native Instruments) synth patches on their official website, it got me curious as to how they sculpt their sounds to feel so distant, but yet present and full (if ...
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Most societally significant uses of sound (in a media context)?

I've been thinking... What would you recognize as being some pillars of sound design that you would identify as having had "enormous" societal impact (touching many people, shifting cultures in some ...
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Demo Reel Etiquette?

Hey guys, I was just wondering while I'm starting my demo reel for video games if I am allowed to cut up different trailers for my sound design demo purpose without running into legal problems?
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DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard synth for Sound Design

Hey sound designers! I'm thinking of buying a Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard edition both for musical and sound design purposes. I will also add a Moog CP-251 for CV control. I'm ...
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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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Recreating A big taiko drum sound

I'm trying to recreate a big taiko drum sound. I have a 28" bass drum with synthetic skin head. Anyone have any ideas on how to layer the sound to get a big taiko drum sound. I'm sure there's a ...
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Can I sell 808 style drum sound library?

I am wondering if I am able to sell 808 style drums sound library? I am confused on the topic from a legal stand point if the 808 drums are copyrighted or not. Thank you
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Career in both composition and sound design, or chose one path?

After some years working in the music industry in production and composition, I'm very drawn to working specifically in sound design (games especially). But at this moment, realistically there are ...
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Program that renders midi compositions

I have some compositions in the form of midi files. I would like to have a "preview" of what they would sound like with real instruments, without actually having an expensive orchestra playing them. ...
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URGENT sound of wrinkled audio tape interrupting playback

Apparently when an audio cassette tape is playing and it is damaged/crinkled/wrinkled at a specific point, this can cause the tape to stop playing with a distinctive crackle or noise. A director ...
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The importance of sound in a game or app production and how people look at it.

Hi, everyone, the title of this question cannot say exactly what I'd like to discuss here, but here I go: Lately I started to work as a sound designer for games and been more attentive on companies ...
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What is that sound effect that they put in almost every movie/TV show now whenever the scene turns dangerous/menacing (an echo-ey metallic scraping sound, 2-4 secs long)?

You know what I'm talking about- it's in literally Every Single Show now (movie, TV, game, whatever) & it's the new go-to audio cue for "something dangerous is happening". It's a spacey metallic ...
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Courses for knowledge on Sound and Installation

Hi. I'm a multi-media artist who is passionate about integrating sound art. Self taught sound mixer. I'm getting more and more into sound art and would like some leads..in terms of what type of ...
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Advice on how to start designing sound for games?

I'm a university student and im just about to finish my last year of university. There were no parts of my course dedicated sound design for computer games so im am new to this field. I currantly have ...
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i want learn about sound mixing when shooting film, can anyone suggest me a good DVD or book to get start?

i want learn mixing for film. i know the boom pool connect to audio mixer and it connect to a recording device when you shooting. i don't know even basic thing about how to separate 2 different audio ...
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Anybody do it up for Halloween?

Every year I think to myself that this'll be the year that I get it together to really scare some kids (and parents) with sound as they try and bleed me dry of my candy money, and then it doesn't ...
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Sound Showreel?

Whats the best way to display a showreel of sound related to the moving image - whats the best and how much information should you display for each separate piece of work and what is the optimum ...
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Fade to zero, then BANG

I'm watching Inception for the 2nd time and I had to write about it: In a particular scene something happens during an action scene (don't worry, no spoilers in this post), and the audience is lulled ...
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Interviewing a sound designer

I have an assignment for my careers in music class from Cal Poly Pomona. I have to interview someone in the field I wish to be in after graduation.(Sound Design) I have been looking online for people ...
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POV Sound of a Deaf Pianist

Hi Everyone,, I am currently working on a project where the main character is a young girl who is deaf but with the aid of a hearing implant learns to play the piano. The piece cuts between her ...
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Sound of racing cars passing by at different velocities

I'm currently trying to generate the sound of racing cars passing by at different velocities from this single sound of a racing car passing by at a certain velocity: ...
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Combining multiple Speakers Impedance - what is the preffered way?

I'm building a custom sound system using the HiFi Berry Amp2 which claims to [...] "work with all speakers or 4-8 Ohm impedance. It supports sample rates from 44.1-192kHz (16-32bit)." According to ...
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Meteor sound Design

I'm doing the sound design for an animation movie. There are a couple of scenes with a meteor shower. Could someone suggest me ​​any trick of how to sound design or replicate the sound of a meteor ...
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What VST do these kind of sounds come from?

Ok, I'm trying to keep this as specific as I can. I'm trying to write New Age-y music. Channels on YouTube like Yellow Brick Cinema (all their sounds) and Mike Rowland (his backing, not piano) and ...
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PA System Setup

I'd like to know where a crossover fits in a PA system. I'm using a basic pa system like below. [singer]->[microphone]->[mixer]->[?]->[speakers]. The ? means do I connect the mixer to ...
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David Guetta Bang my head/This one's for you PLUCK

The chord pluck from these two david guetta tracks sounds like "rubber" - dont know how to explain.. anyone know how to make it? I've been looking everywhere for answers
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Game Design favourite Plug-ins?

I am searching for good plug-ins for mobile/tablet design. I have some Sound Toys plug-ins that i really like. I need some plug-ins that really alter the sound. What do you guys use? Thanks.

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