What is the Wilhelm Scream:
What does the Wilhelm Scream mean to me:
The Wilhelm is an overused sound effect that sound people still put in their projects because they either think it is funny or they think they are Ben Burt. It is such a cliche' that even normal (non sound) people recognize it. My wife ...
Actually, these days it's often hearing too much.
Sometimes it seems that current sound design follows the idea of 'everything must make a sound', even if in reality it really doesn't make a sound. For example, the other day I was watching an action film, one of the current big franchises. The main character unplugged a security camera, like a little 12v ...
Kind of partial to the "Gut-Wrenching Scream and Fall Into Distance" scream myself.
Equally unsuited for everyday use, sticks out like a sore thumb, but still cracks me up..
A short list:
All keyboards are mechanical. It's weird hearing a MacBook making the sound of a Model M.
"Silenced" guns. I get the feeling someone once just read the name "silencer" and assumed the rest. A silencer doesn't render a gunshot to a whilstly "theew".
Anything with a timer also beeps every second.
Doesn't matter if you've been shot in the lung/...
The one that's been annoying me two-fold lately, is the 'gun cock' sound.
Firstly, when two clearly different weapons have the same cocking sound e.g. assualt rifle and a handgun.
Secondly, when a character simply raises a weapon and all of a sudden the cocking sound appears. I understand the reasoning for this in regards to story telling purposes but ...
Besides the obvious Wilhelm Scream, there are several other overused library samples and loops that particularly ruin things for me. Strangely I seem to have first heard a lot of them them used in computer games or music.
For example, several of kids laughing: these samples were used throughout the Rollercoaster Tycoon computer game series, used in ...