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Old camera flashes

Hi I currently need the sound of some old camera flashes like the ones that used bulbs and have a very unique sound. Struggling to recreate or find anything relevant in FX libraries so any help or ...
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Upgrading my gear - would love some input! Mics, field recorders and wind protection.

I've searched plenty and read hundreds of threads here in the last few days. This place is a great resource (definitely going to hang out here!) so forgive me if I'm going to repeat a bit! Hi Guys, I'...
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What are some sounds that interest you?

And I'm not talking about sounds that hold some special memory, or that evoke a certain sensation. I go through little phases every now and then where I want to explore a particular type of sound ...
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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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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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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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Garbling and distorting voice with (or without) sox

I want to get some sort of garbling effect over voice audio files. sox has many effects available, but I don't know how to get the desired result. sox man page, listing available effects. This is ...
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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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What is the difference between reverb and resonance?

This is one definition I have found for resonance: the reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object. But I basically ...
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Films that push the boundaries of Sound Design?

For example in 'Irreversible', the first 30 minutes there is a underlying sound frequency of 27hz - this makes you feel physically sick and disorientates you. Do you guys know of any films that use ...
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What's the vocal effect for the Vogons in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series?

What's the vocal effect for the Vogons in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series?
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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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City ambiences: what do you need?

I live in Chicago, and lately I've been doing a fair amount of ambience recording in the various neighborhoods and downtown. So many city ambiences on SFX CDs sound like Manhattan at rush hour to me, ...
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Sound Design Trivia Pop Quiz: In the hit song “Thriller”, where did the wolf howling sound effects come from in the beginning?

The person with the first right answer gets their answer accepted.
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Add - Ons for experimental effects [VST, AU]

I'm searching for VST or AU plugins (best if it's free) for getting experimental effects. By experimental I mean uncommon results as opposed to flangers, phasers, reverbs, bit crushers that are the ...
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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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Really good modern fight scenes!

Off the top of my head I'm thinking "Hanna" and "The bourne" films. Working on something and was hoping to get inspired. Anyone think of some really "big" fight scenes from recent films? Not kung fu ...
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Cell phone ringtone midi instrument pop music

Hello everyone, I would like to know what's the best online resource for cell phone ring tones of pop music. What I'm looking for are some "cheap midi instrument 8 bit phony lame versions of pop ...
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Where does one get started looking for a sound designer?

I'm looking to have some sound effects and sound tracks made for a few games my company has created. I have no idea where to start or what kind of cost to expect. Thus, my question is twofold: ...
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Tips on Recording Horses?

I'll have an opportunity soon to be out recording some horses in a large park in L.A. I'm hoping traffic won't be too bad and if it isn't, has anyone recorded horses before? I was thinking about ...
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Help defining/sourcing a mechanical “tak tak tak” sound

Hi, I am currently in the process of imagining and testing sound designs for a robot that is up to bad things, going after people (think Terminator type of hunting, not necessarily fast but obviously ...
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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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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 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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How do you do waves “at sea”?

I'm always puzzled with this. What do you use to create an"at sea" feel of waves? I find that all we got is "breaking" waves.
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How does a forest sound through a 6 year-olds ears?

There is a short film I'm working on that has a 6 year-old child in a forest that's supposed to sound a little magical (not extremely magical, but the amount of magic you thought forests had when you ...
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What kinds of adhesive tape are essential for a sound recordist and Why?

Whether it's for sound effects recording or production sound mixing.
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Legality of Sound Bites

In some dance songs, there are sound bites used before the break (drop). Do sound bites fall under fair use, or does a producer need permission to use them legally?
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How can I pick up very small sound with small budget?

Well, I would like to pick up some very small sound like: - Pressing Keyboard - Using the zipper - Scratch yourself I don't have a lots of money to buy expensive equipment. How can I pick up these ...
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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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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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How important is a stereo microphone when starting out?

Hello. Sorry for the noob question. I recently put up a post on here about the equipment I want to buy as a starter package. I want to start a small sound effects label with professional sounding ...
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Your Favorite Sound to create

What is your Favorite sound you have created? How did you create it and where did you use it?
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How to make low-tech microphone sound effects?

I'm an amateur singer, and I work with my band on some original songs. I'm looking for a way to add some vocal "effects" to some portions of our songs. Naturally, if we ever record our songs ...
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How do you LICENSE your sound effects?

There was this thread awhile back, "How to Make money with sound design." I wanted to delve back into the issue if anyone cares to share their expertise or experiences. I would love to start a ...
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Does correcting the speed of audio captured from vinyl at the wrong RPM degrade its quality?

I sent a record of mine to an analog -> digital conversion service, and the CD that came back sounded like chipmunks. They had played the record at 45 RPM on their capturing equipment instead of the ...
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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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Loop Group - Caveats?

I've always been under the understanding that Loop Group is SAG/AFTRA jurisdiction, and since these actors make royalties, that any recorded group ADR cannot be custom-library-mastered (no licensing, ...
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Basic pitch processing

I am using matlab to construct a simple synthesizer, starting from fundamental sin waves. When playing two successive pitches their is a "tick" noise appearing at the junction which I would like to ...
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Serial Sound Design?

I'm looking for a way to create sounds in a serial manner, so that Sound1 feeds into Sound2 which then feeds into Sound3 etc. I noticed when using Operator (in Ableton) today that 4 simple sound waves ...
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Regarding “starting up” sound of 3D pinball

starting at the beginning of the video , that is the sound I am looking for. I want a sound that is similar to this sound to be used in my project. So what are some ...
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Creating Mech Sounds Similar to Gundam Wing

So, long story short, I'm working on a video game and I've been asked to make Giant Mech Robot sound effects similar to those of the old Gundam Wing shows. So more synthesized stuff it seems. I've ...
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Having some absolute base quality sounds to use as a palette for sound design?

So as time as gone by, I've been thinking more about getting a real solid set of sounds together for my sound design experiments. I'm thinking strictly from the view of an artist with their colours ...
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What's YOUR “Wilhelm Scream?”

The Wilhelm Scream may be the most famous sound in history. I've never used it in a project, but I DO have a sound that I try to work into everything. It's my personal Wilhelm Scream. It's a mono ...
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How to create a sci fi gun charging up sound effect

I'm trying to create a clunky sci fi gun that charges up before blasting someone to bits. I'm finding it difficult on how to create a charging sound effect! Any tips or tricks would be awesome! ...
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How to make a “Roar!” sound?

Is it possible to produce a lion "roar!" sound without actually recording it from a real lion roaring? like... only use the sound editor resources to produce a sound that sounds really a "roar!" ...
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Sound Design: Creating Painful Headaches

I am working on a short film and the director and I love using sound to create surrealistic elements to a scene when it is effective and benefits the story. In this scene, the character is coming to ...
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How to make a voice sound like it is underwater?

The goal is to alter the sound of voice so it sounds as the listener is underwater or in the womb. I've got some experience with Audacity, so I'm most interested in how to do it using Audacity. And ...
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Creating sound effects for beginners?

There are sites to find free pre-recorded sound effects. But how are new SFX created when designing a reality for a scene? Could you recommend some resources (books, videos, tutorials, etc.) for ...

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