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As a sound designer, how often and when do you decide "that doesn't need a sound"?

This is a question about personal observation of designer aesthetics and taste. As someone who is hired to design sounds for all types of moving pictures, animations, graphics and scenes, I find ...
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You might be a sound recordist if

You are recording yourself typing right now. You've just destroyed an expensive piece of equipment during a session, but you're OK with that because it sounded cool. You accidentally dropped a ...
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Where can I find free sound effects?

Free sound effects sites. One per answer. Please make sure that you are not posting a duplicate. If you see duplicates, please vote them down and comment to let the author know.
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SoundSwap - trading sound effects

This isn't really so much of a question as it is a heads up. I've added a new forum to my website called SoundSwap. All it's for is trading sound effects and nothing else. I started thinking about it ...
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Foley artist leather toolkit!

Good morning from Greece guys! I was surfing the internet today and i found something very interesting indeed! A toolkit created for foley artists dedicated for making the classic Swoosh, thud, bash, ...
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What are the small bits in your field recording bag?

Yes, yes, we've all got preamps and recorders and mics and cables and hoary marmots in our field recording sound bags. But what else is in your bag? What are the little bits and bobs you really ...
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How to create the muffled sound effect like hearing through walls?

I don't know what's the correct technical audio term for it. How do you create the sound effect to simulate hearing a sound source from far away through thick walls? Kinda like you would hear standing ...
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What sound bursts your bubble?

When enjoying media for entertainment purposes, what specific sounds shatter your suspension of disbelief? For me, it is the call of a loon. I grew up in Muskoka, which is a cottage district in ...
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What is expected from a sound effects editor?

What are the exact tasks that a sound effects editor is expected to fulfill? Apart from choosing the effect and editing it, are we expected to also mix, place the SFX in a space, EQ to context, etc.? ...
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Filtering sounds to make it appear underwater

Is there a commonly accepted filtering process to make sounds appear as if they are recorded underwater It could be a generic low-pass/band-pass filter? What cutoff frecuencies could I use?
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What's your favorite, personally-stashed 'money' sound?

Hey fellow SSDers! I've been doing some library cataloging today, digging through some recent shows to finish some much-overdue mastering (who am I kidding though, I'm nowhere close to finished hah). ...
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How do you create the deadliest sounding gunshots?

I have been experimenting with different layers to create a perfect gunshot but they all fail and sound like toy guns. What do I have to layer in order to create a deadly sounding gunshot?
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"13 Ghosts" voice effect

I just want to find out if anyone knows how to create the "ghostly dialogue" in 13 Ghosts. What effects are used and how did they mix it together?
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

I just started field recording about a year ago. I initially took a tech course on GameAudio, that's what initially sparked my interest. While in the class we were encourage to listen to and study ...
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How should you mix / master when producing music for Video Games?

Should anything be done differently when mixing and/or mastering for Video Game music, considering it will play along with various other game SFX? Should a certain range of frequencies (or multiple ...
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How to make nice whooshes??

Hi! I'd like to start thread to share some secrets on how to create nice whooshes, everyone has their own technics and methods so how do you make fresh, new whoshes???
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Tips on Car Recording?

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on recording car engines/cars in general? I'm thinking of hiring a Marantz PMD671 to record with, and as for mics, I was going to hire a few different ...
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Making a "Gears turning" Effect, and then grinding to a halt

What would be a way to acquire this sound without actually building or finding metal gears that turn?
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How do I prepare my sound files professionally to share with others?

Hello. I have a question about embedding the correct sort of metadata and general professional preparation for my sound files so I can pass to others and it'll be appropriate for their professional ...
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Jurassic Park - Classic Roar

Curious. Do any of you know exactly what went into that sound? I've heard a variety of things, namely elephants, lions and washing machines; I imagine it might be a combination of all three. ~Cheers ...
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Recording Glass Shatters

I'm planning on a short indoor recording session of shattering long fluorescent tubes. Who has done this and has sage advice to share? Mic choices? Best way to contain debris while not coloring the ...
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What "Boutique" SFX collections would you like to see made available?

A bit topic of the past few weeks has been smaller "prosumer" sfx collections. Chuck made one, Tim has two out, I'm working on a few, and I know others are two. Earlier today Nathan called them "...
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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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How to loop an engine sound so that it doesn't sound looped?

I have this audio clip here. It's of a car revving up through the gears. I'm making a game and the sound for each gear of the car is all stripped from this one audio file. Although, I need to make ...
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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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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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What makes a sound funny?

Title says all...
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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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What records well to tape?

I never had the privilege of cutting tape and splicing tape. However, the studio I work at owns a couple great tape machines. What sound effects do you think would sound great on tape? I know Horns ...
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8bit old school nintendo sound FX

Does anyone know where to buy these things in library form legally?
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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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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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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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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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Sound Librarian (The Job-Title, Not The Software)

What is the modern definition of a Sound Librarian? Do studios / houses still hire Sound Librarians, or have the responsibilities simply fallen to the sound effects editing team as a whole? In my ...
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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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Do you know other wave equations?

I know that if we run these formulas on some software like MatLab, we can obtain the waveforms of some effects: - Ping wave: f(t) = sin(2*pi*t*f) * exp(-t*4) f(t) = sin(2*pi*t*f) * exp(-t*4) * (1 - ...
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SFX recorded or library

Do you use SFX libraries (like Sound Ideas, Hollywood Edge ...) or do you record your own SFX?
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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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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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REQUEST: Playful elephants

I am cutting a nature doc about deforestation and I have hit a brick wall on a certain scene. In this scene, we are in an elephant habitat and there are about 6 adult elephants that are bathing in ...
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Any documentary films on Sound Design in Film?

I've a bit of free time at the moment so I've been watching some films and documentaries. I've watched some docs on the topics of film v digital (side by side) and other docs on video special effects. ...
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Use of library sounds vs recording from scratch?

Hi all Was just wondering how much of your work consists of library sounds (bought or licensed) for generic / hard effects like doors, vehicles, footsteps, etc, etc.... Are there certain scenarios ...
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Sound Libraries Index

This platform is getting bigger everyday as there are industry professionals&amateurs among us spending their valuable time to help people. I think in the near future, Social Sound Design is going ...
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Sound Design - Stun Grenade

Hi guys, I'm making a war film and I'm stuck designing the ringing sound you get after being stunned by a Stun Grenade. it's the sort of sound you get from a tuning fork but louder... any ideas?
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What is the workflow for audio post for TV?

Hi I am a university student currently writing my dissertation on the audio post production process for television ( and specifically drama). I was just wondering if anyone answer any of the ...
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Recording Sound Effects in Urban Environments

So, I'm a sound effects recordist that lives in downtown Orlando. Now, for a huge city, Orlando isn't terribly noisy (compared to NYC or LA at least), but I do often find it difficult to capture ...
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How to widen a sound effects dynamics? Uncompression?

Hey guys, I have done a lot of sound design using some punches, body falls, kicks, etc. that were mashed and mastered and normalized and compressed and every-which-way processed. Does anyone have a ...
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Video game music setup

I'm a musician/programmer and I'm looking to begin creating video games. In terms of sound production I'm lost. I want to make sounds reminiscent of SNES mario games/zelda Closer to the super meat boy ...
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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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