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What is your software secret weapon?

Not so secret if you share! And how do you use it? -=- I LOVE Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch. I used to run it in my Windows XP days, but when I switched to an Intel Mac, there wasn't a working ...
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Processing ADR to match interiors and exteriors

Hi, I have done some research into this but am still looking for some more techniques to each my students. What I basically want are some cut and dry approaches to matching ADR to a scene so that it ...
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Best uses of contrapuntal music in film?

First off, if you don't know what contrapuntal music in film is (correct me if I'm not explaining correctly): Music opposite to the emotion expected from the narrative. So for example, to put it ...
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Best use of ergonomics in an Pro Tools editing environment?

If you're anything like me you spend up to 12 hours a day sitting at an audio workstation, toiling away at your craft. Very often these workstations are set up in an office-type setting, ie. desk, ...
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Templates and workflow

I'm thinking specifically for pro tools but feel free to chime in if you use another DAW. I'm curious to see how many and what kinds of templates you all have set up for day to day work. Any info or ...
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Another Discovery of Wind in the Studio

It's Sunday. Here's another recording I just did. This time I took the same Kleenex box I used before and without any air flow, I stuck it on the ground, placed the hole right next to the U87 and ...
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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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How do I make “sound booth” sounding ADR sound natural?

I recently completed a short film that needed a full dialog re-recording. The only space we were able to find was in a musician's studio with a sound booth. It sounds good as voice over, but for ...
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Removing Reverb

is there any technique of removing reverb from a sound clip with out altering the original clip?
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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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Understanding Convolution Reverb

This question is more for me to understand the uses of convolution reverb, how to perform it, and clear up any misconceptions I have. As I understand it, to create a convolution impulse you: Set up ...
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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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Techniques for making a crowd sound bigger and fuller

For the film I'm working on, the on-set recordist recorded some very nice and useful crowds and chants. But these where recorded in mono and with a group smaller than the films requires. Currently I'...
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Doubling a track

I was reading an article about recording a guitar and the guy was recommending doubling the track by actually recording it twice. I realize that this thickens up the sound which is good but is playing ...
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“Underwater” sound tricks!? How do you make it sound underwater-y

Hey folks, You can skip the italicized section if you're in a hurry - that's background for the question. I'm working on the second iteration of an art game. It's a cool project, you should check it ...
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Listening to your own work.

Hi all I´ve often wondered how everybody else feels like, when listening to sound they have done for animations, games, features etc. I have a tendency to feel like my work is not very interesting ...
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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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“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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How do binaural recordings sound in a typical stereo situation?

I'm curious if there's any notable difference between a binaural recording and a typical stereo miking pattern when listening in a studio environment. Is there anything that needs to be compensated ...
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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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Atmos recording: MS vs. AB vs. XY vs. ORTF

This may be a bit of a beginner's question, but I moved to NYC from australia and left my second Oktava cardioid behind. I need to record some ambiences for a film, and I was wondering what you ...
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How to approach M&E Mixing

Hello all, I'm curious how other people do this. I've never actually had to mix an M&E before as it was all done for me in the mixer routing in ProTools (I also had totally clean dialogue as the ...
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Tips on recording animals

I have a very exciting gig lined up for next week. I'm going to a farm to record lots of animals and ambiences for an animation. I know a few of you on the forum have recorded animals so I'm hoping I ...
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The Best of Simple Ideas

Have you ever had one of those moments discussing workflow, processing, or what have you...where someone mentions something that's such a painfully simple concept, you wonder why you never thought of ...
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What makes a sound funny?

Title says all...
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While editing dialogue, what tool do you use to eliminate clicks within words?

In order to eliminate clicks in words in Pro Tools, and I use either the Pencil Tool or cut out a cycle of the waveform. What would software tool would you recommend?
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Foley Recording Musts

Saludos a todos! I'm about to be sent as a Foley Recordist in a big movie that landed in the studio where I work. The fact is, I've already gathered some experience in different sound-oriented areas, ...
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How do you record your ambiences?

This question is mainly aimed at generic ambiences. So for instance, the type you'd find in a library rather than recorded specifically for a scene. I'm curious as to what microphones and stereo ...
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Tips on Recording Gunshots

I'm headed down to Pennsylvania to help on a shoot this weekend, and I'm really excited because I'll be recording gunfire courtesy of a local Civil War reenactment group. I've never tried recording ...
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Hmmm what about Sound Design talk? (jet engines)

OK I'll try to change the typical "what's the best mic, best recorder, etc." question and ask something about Sound Design!!! To the point now! I have to make a sound like jet engines (airplane fight ...
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Usefulness of “guerrilla” vs. “pro” recordings

Many of the sounds used in feature films are recorded by professional recordists using professional gear, ie. expensive mics, multiple mic setups, multichannel recorders, and multiple days on location....
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Processing Whooshes

I have been trying to add reverb to wind, thunder, and air sounds while also pitching them down and the results are in... Can anyone share some insight on how to process a sound like wind, a swish, ...
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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 is the most invaluable advice, tip or trick you have learnt through Social Sound Design?

As per the title, what do you feel is the most invaluable thing you have learnt or gained through the site? I think for me, it's a little more broad than just mixing techniques, recording set ups etc....
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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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Book recommendations on surround sound

I'm interested in learning more about surround sound. Can anyone recommend a comprehensive book that will be appropriate for someone who has basic knowledge but wants to get into surround studio, ...
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Use of Master faders in a PT mix

I have been doing some research about Gain staging and how being much more aware of it early on can help you make a clearer mix. I believe I have that concept pretty well down by now, after having ...
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Who out there still uses Master Faders anymore?

I was working on my "entry" for my sound design challenge today, and I realized that I hadn't bothered putting a master fader into my session. Truthfully, I haven't put one into any of my sessions in ...
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recording outdoor crowd walla

Howdy. Does anyone have experience recording outdoor crowd walla? I am planning for a session of 30+ people in an outdoor setting and was thinking of recording in quad using a sound devices 744t. ...
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Scifi Laser Sounds - What works for you?

Hey everyone! I am curious as to what workflow people use to create crisp and heavy scifi laser sounds. Tribes: Ascend has lasers left and right in it, and I am running out of ideas for new laser ...
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Production Audio Check List

On a professional set, in a studio or on location, the main job of the production audio - solo or team - is to capture the highest quality dialog that they possibly can in every situation they ...
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Tiny footsteps/foley?

Recently I had to create sounds for tiny people, they were about as tall as a pencil. I couldn't figure out a good sound for footsteps so I used my fingers on bare wood (because they ran across a bar)...
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Getting ambience when it is really quiet.

Hi there, I just got back from an amazing weekend in the lowvelt of South Africa recording birds, leopards, lions and of course, ambience. It is winter here so a lot of the bird life is away up north....
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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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Question: Fixing bad audio/Cleaning up single mic long dialog takes (film sound)?

Hi People, This is my first post however I've been following up on the forum for a long time now. I'm about to take an editing/restoration work and it seems like it will be quite a bit of a problem. ...
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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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What can I research to back up my sound design?

I realise the question is a bit ambiguous but I couldn't think of a way to put it into one simple question. I am currently a final year music technology student undertaking some sound design for my ...
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How do you get to know microphones and decide on microphone purchases?

This is a question that's been on my mind lately as I'm starting to collect a selection of especially field-capable microphones. As there's so much to choose from in terms of microphone techniques, ...
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Recording a wheelchair

I'm working a film which has got one of the main characters moving around in a wheel chair (which is not electric) all the time. My plan is to keep it simple and record samples that match the scenes/...
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Sounds in Surround

I'm straying a bit from strict sound design, but I really admire everyone's expansive knowledge of all things audio and would love to hear people's experiences with how their sounds end up in the mix. ...