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Workflow: Getting sounds into your library.

Sound design is like cooking in a lot of ways. When you cook a giant meal, it's a lot of fun. But the clean-up is boring. What they say when you're learning to cook is that you have to clean-up as you ...
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The process of editing and mixing

Between these two phases of work, how does your workflow or the "normal" workflow commence? Say you are editing backgrounds…you create backgrounds. As an editor, do you volume graph/automate them to ...
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Essential smartphone apps for field recording?

I personally have an iphone and I use the living heck out it when going out for a shoot - planned or otherwise. Here's my list: Maps Top of my list. I use it to bookmark locations that may or may ...
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Jack Of All Trades, Master of…Some?

I've spent my entire career here in Washington, DC. As some of you know, I'll be headed out to LA in January. With that on the horizon, workflow, the division of labor, & the responsibilities of ...
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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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Strategies for when you've crashed into the wall under deadline

So I hit the wall today. Sooner or later, everyone comes to a point where they realize they are doing more harm than good. It's that point where you realize that everything you're doing is sub-par and ...
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Procrastinate Schmrocrastinate

So, we all love our gigs/hobbies, right? We have devoted our lives to hearing beyond the capabilities of a normal human being. We work our ears to the bone getting everything right all the time. ...
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Have any of you tried Soundtorch?

Its an amazingly intuitive sound finder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMLylqa5Gck Load in all of your sounds and it automatically sorts them by similarity. Pretty damn amazing. They just released ...
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How are your Quickeys workflows?

Hi I think that Quickeys is a great tool to speed up the workflow in Protools: it fill some hole in PT keycommand and some more. If you use it, how? which are your preferred shortcuts and macros? ...
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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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Linking to Source Media in Final Cut OMFs

We're hammering out some workflow issues in prep for a new television series here at work, and I was just wondering, has anyone had any success in creating an OMF in Final Cut that links to the source ...
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Sound Design & 5.1

This may be a really stupid question, but here goes.... I'm fairly new to sound design for film. That is films that are going to be in theaters. I'm a little confused as to the relationship between ...
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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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workflow: spotting with the client

Of course every project and every client is different, but I'd like to know what tools/techniques people use when spotting projects with clients? As a general definition here, lets define spotting as ...
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Post project archival

The sound design documentation question has me thinking about something that I don't really put much effort into, though maybe I should. Lets say you've just wrapped a long, in-depth sound design ...
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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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Soundminer tips/shortcuts/workflow ideas

After years of kludging through PT's Workspace to spot effects I finally broke down and got Soundminer v4Pro. Whoa. Nellie. Fast searches, spotting as a region, the pitch slider, the VST rack, re-...
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Workflow Question: Batch splitting stereo tracks into mono?

I have files recorded on a Zoom H4N, the files are stereo, lav recorded to left channel and and shotgun microphone recorded to the right channel. Is there a program (ideally that works on a mac) for ...
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Working with video editors

Hi all, I'm trying to create a list of best practices for interfacing with video editors. I know very little about the video side of things and often work with editors who know very little about the ...
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What do you automate and what do you audiosuite?

What sorts of things do you automate and what do you like to audiosuite process? EQ? Reverbs? Volume? I know volume is a no-brainer because people love using faders to automate volume, but who knows ...
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top 8 foley pit surfaces?

imagine you had a pair of foley pits that were 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and about a foot deep. each pit would be divided into 4 parts. the middle space between the pits would be exposed ...
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Worry about broadcast specs on LtRt/LoRo fold-downs?

Alright, so this one is for my fellow TV-post fader jockeys out there. I've never really found a solid answer to this, not even from some of the networks we sell to (I wish we actually sold more to ...
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work and reconform or wait?

Say you're working on audio to a CGI/animation project on a tight schedule. On top of all rendered images there's a layer of title graphics which also need their own sounds (now missing). Deadline is ...
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What do you expect from the picture editor?

Hi all, I'm a picture editor and have worked on a couple of short films before, but have done basic sound designing myself (not ideal I know). For the project I'm working on now we have a pro sound ...
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Field Recordists: What is your post workflow?

Hi to all you field recordists out there: What sort of post-recording processing do you normally do on your recorded material. Specifically stuff you plan to put into your library and use down-the-...
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The Boring Stuff - Bookkeeping: Do you do it? Which program do you use?

Hi Folks, Due to a recent change in philosophy, and the realisation that I am making a living only doing sound, I realised that I needed to do some proper bookkeeping to get a handle on when, where, ...
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Add white noise to silence

I edited an audio track where I silenced out unwanted interjections from the off. However, since the original track has a low but noticeable noise the perfect silence introduced with the silence ...
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The bright side of compressed time schedules?

I was just reading this interview with Don Sylvester about "Knight and Day." In it he says that the schedule was so tight that they were cutting effects on scenes that were still being shot?! I know I ...
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Organizing Nat sound in documentary film

I'm currently breaking down a documentary that uses quite a bit of b-roll and mono nat sound over interviews. I am curious how folks organize this kind of audio in your session. Do you stick it under ...
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recording dialogue for animation

I typed this up in response to a gearslutz thread, but I figured it could find a home here as well. The question was: "what tips do you have for recording dialogue for animation?" here are my ...
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Creative Spaces

So, in my iTravels I've spent a ton of time reading through acoustics threads on message boards like GearSlutz and TapeOp. The information on those sites really is top notch, and all the people seem ...
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What scheduling software do you use?

In my office we currently use iCal to keep track of when a room is booked and with who, and then just keep a paper work order to log hours through the session. When we were just starting out with a ...
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Building the soundtrack

A while back I had the opportunity to work directly with Sound Editor Richard Hymns - we flew him in an he and I spent about 3 days in my studio working with me to tweak some sound editing + design ...
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Workflow for exchanging “temp mixes” remotely.

Curious.... I am about to start a project for a remote client (I'm in Minneapolis, they're in California). This, admittedly, is one of my first contracts that will have no "personal" contact. All ...
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FMOD Studio 2011

Hello everyone, I asked a question a week or so ago about audio programming and my interest in becoming a dedicated audio implementer; recently I was on FMODs site and read about the sweet new ...
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How do controllers fit into your design process?

Do you use physical controllers for designing (not mixing) sounds? Perhaps you use a keyboard, or other more exotic type of controller? What do you control with it? Is this to speed up the process or ...
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How to work objectively?

When doing sound design I often have difficulties to judge my work objectively. I spend so much time on one particular scene or even one sound that I lose my ability to judge my work. Two examples: 1)...
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Water Tight Templates?

Sup peps, Just wanted to discuss the use to templates in an everyday workflow and the pros and cons of working in such a manor... I have recently discovered that its very easy (not to mention fun) ...
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Reconforming workflow

Hello hello, I know there are a few related threads about re-conforming to new picture cuts on the board but they've only really been nibbled at, and I'm keen to hear about people's re-conforming ...
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How does A/B montage works?

I heard about A/B montage in school, but it was only mentioned once. And I know it has something to do with two tracks, and using it for easier automation and whatever else, when the perspective in ...
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Picture editor- sound designer relationship/ workflow

I am a film editing student and I have never worked with a specialist sound designer before. I want to know about the relationship between a picture editor and a sound designer. In other words, I ...
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Spotting to timeline with blank regions before recording/editing sfx

Hi all Do you spot what and where to record on the timeline with fake blank regions, and then replace those blank regions while recording (if your recording foley) and with your edited sfx? Or do you ...
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Sound Design and Composition

For those among you who do both sound design AND composition, when you're doing both for one project, which do you start with? Obviously they will affect each other in the end product, but I'm finding ...
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Working with video: What tools can't you live without?

Working with video requires working with a good set of tools. These are some "can't live with-out" applications for Mac OS X Media Mac Info (Can tell you everything you need to know about and audio ...
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Workflow: Keeping Track of Your Designs

I'm trying to figure out a better workflow for designing more complex effects with multiple layers of heavily-processed sounds. So far I've just been using AudioSuite for processing or, if I have to ...
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SFX Editing & Layering - Audiosuite or Inserts?

Hi everyone, When you're cutting and layering multiple sounds in order to achieve a desired effect, how would you normally apply any plugin processing that's required? At the moment, I'm working on ...
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Retaining Metadata in .aif to .wav Conversion?

So, let's say I have a pile of a couple thousand .aifs all nice and pretty with Soundminer metadata perfectly intact. But for one reason or another, these .aifs need to be converted to .wavs. Is ...
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There is no Supervising Sound Editor?

I am working in the world of low budget features and documentary and I am in search of ways to alleviate some work flow problems. At the risk of sounding bitchy and ungrateful, I having some serious ...
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Mouse Alternative Workflows

I have been experiencing a massive amount of pain in my wrist and my shoulder and I feel like I really need to figure out a new solution for editing audio for days on end without going numb! I've ...
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Audio Workflow for Drama Production

Hi all I appreciate that every audio project is different, but I was wondering how audio is captured and what is the general audio workflow signal on bigger budget drama/tv productions? I have only ...