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Would it help to know techniques of picture editing to perform better at sound editing?

I just finished a course on the basics of film editing and production, and I'm wondering who else here thinks it's important to grasp certain concepts of film editing to perform better at sound ...
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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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Using Zoom H4n handy recorders in windy condition

I had a very bad experience recording ambiances on the mountains with the zoom recorder.It was very cold and windy.I was using the on-board XY mics and windshields(which comes along with the recorder)....
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Best way to record a Slinky

As a stocking stuffer, I got a mini-slinky as a joke, and I shocked my wife because I was WAY more excited about receiving this joke toy (because I knew I could experiment recording it) than anyone ...
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How to make a noise sound hollow?

For example, I am hoping to have a waterfall sound like it is hollow and inside something (hence the hollow). Any plugin suggestions or techniques you can offer?
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Pro Tools Playlist Switching

I switch between playlists a lot while recording, editing and comping vocals. Is there a clever trick any of you have found for a hotkey via QuicKeys or is there a new shortcut in Pro Tools 8 or 9 ...
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Lapel Mics and suits and ties

Hi eveyone, This is as much an observation as it is a question: I recently finished a corporate video shoot where all the talent had corporate wear on. By corporate wear I mean suits and ties. Much ...
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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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How would you create a sound for a planet turning in its own orbit?

I want to create a sound for a scene, in which the camera closely travels along a big planet and the planet is spinning in its own orbit slowly. What would you suggest for this situation? Any ...
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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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Is Blumlein ever used in Field Recording?

Hello fellow Sound Designers and Recordists, I'd like to throw this out there and ask: Do you ever use the Blumlein Stereo technique while recording in the field? I like the sound of it on Choir ...
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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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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 are some things you would never record in Stereo?

What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Stereo? and the next part of the question: What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Mono? My rule of thumb is ...
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What is your ideal EQ for editing dialogue?

Just like the title, what is your Ideal EQ for editing dialogue? Q3? Rennaissance? Audio Track? Sonnox? Stock DAW? It seems like sometimes you might want a transparent EQ.
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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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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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How to capture tire (tyre) textures when recording vehicles?

When reading Yewdall's Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, you can read him talking about varying road textures in the movie Christine... I can't quite represent myself how one would go about doing ...
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What do you use delays for?

What do you use delays for? Thickening? making wierd effects? I never use them even to thicken, maybe that's because my delay is too long. Whats up world!? depth?
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The “make-a-sound-thin” thread

Welcome to the "how to make a thin sound" thread, and in general make sounds stand out from other sounds. It seems like a big trend now-days is to have a thick, low end rounded sound and on there are ...
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Baffles for Outdoor Interviews

Dear All, I know Colin Hart does this quite a bit but I wanted to ask if you guys know what I can use to baffle a voice better. I am going to be doing some live interviews in an outdoor environment ...
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Hydrophone Recording

Hey Folks, I have to record a variety of underwater movement and I'm in the process of doing some experimentation. I currently own 2 dolphin ear pros, but I'm not totally happy. I'm wondering if ...
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What do you use Waves Enigma for? [closed]

It's a pretty rad lil' plug, I was just wondering what kind of creative purposes you have used it for.
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can someone please explain drum replacement?

There are a few VSTs out there, SPL's drum xchanger for example, that do what's called "drum replacement". I don't understand this concept. Can someone explain it to me? Thank you!
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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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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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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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Creating sounds of a Air Conditioning Shaft

I've got a programme coming up in a couple of weeks, where the characters spend most of the episode crawling around inside a big air conditioning shaft. I'm taking charge of foley, and obviously want ...
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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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Adverse effects on soundfields from plug-in processing

I've heard tales of plug-ins and effects processes doing bad things to the spatial perception of a soundfield. Of course, most of those tales come out of the music industry, where a mastering engineer ...
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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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Making flat background tracks come alive

Looking for tips & tricks on how to make those backgrounds, winds and crowds come back to life -- ie. how to effectively use amplitude or frequency modulation / EQ sweeps / delays to affect depth ...
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Is this interior location record setup crazy?

I've worked in post production audio for just over 10 years and I recently went freelance and some how landed a gig producing a small interview shoot. The budget is tiny, so I'll be recording 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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How Do You Hone Your Acoustic Storytelling Skills?

I think it's safe to assume that this crowd loves a good story. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure that we're the ones who vocalize all the sounds and give voices to the characters when telling a co-worker ...
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Favourite Foley Props

What are your favourite foley props? The items that make the coolest sounds, or are just essential to get the sound right? Tripods for zimmer frames, fish slices for sword schwings - what prop do you ...
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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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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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Tiny Perspective

Hey everyone: I've long since finished the project, however I want to know how you guys would go about designing the effects for this particular scene: A person drinks a potion and is shrunk to be 6 ...
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How often do you use limiters during field recording?

Most field mixers and portable recorders have basic limiters at least for the stereo output. Stereo linked, no threshold or release, just switch it on or off. When recording vocals I prefer recording ...
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What is the best way of cleaning audio tracks for a film?

I am about to start some editing for some films and I wanted to find out what other people's methods are.. The track does not look uniform at all, and it is all recorded outdoors; the dialogue was ...
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Have you ever used parabolic reflectors for field recording?

I know that here is an dust-covered Sony reflector somewhere in the warehouse. It got lost when headquarters moved two years ago. I never used it so I´ve asked my boss to look for it in order to try ...
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how can I do a multiple track mix down on nuendo4?

I edit and master voice-overs during the week, most of them are short questions, answers or statements. What I would like to know is if there is a quick way of exporting all of the events/sounds in ...
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How do you edit out wind?

I'm using a Sony MZ-M10 with the stock mic, and a sock wrapped around it (not much wind protection). I just recorded the recycling truck making its rounds, but the wind blew just before it drove off. ...
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Most unusual sound technique

What was the most unusual and innovative technique of capturing or generating sounds in your entire experience with sound design ? What you have you been forced to do, to achieve the goal?
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Location recording and best position for radio lapels?

Hello. I am covering all sound duties except for boom operator for a feature shooting in August. We have a Tascam stereo recorder for the shotgun but I have access to two quality radio lapel mics and ...
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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 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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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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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 ...