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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

I want to tell the story from the designer perspective and I totally agree with Rene's answer. I do sound design for video games. I always prefer non-edited files even if they require some extra work. ...
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

Library producer here (echo collective, echo collective:fields) regarding cleaning background sounds - All background fx cleaning is destructive and alters the source in some way. The reason this ...
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Replicating "computer readout" sound

Each individual grain in that loop is a complex piece with varying pitch through its course, repeated fast, but with space between each grain. There are numerous ways to do this, but myself I often ...
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Water / Snow Movement

Usually the smaller more intimate sounds will provide the detail, so you'll have those larger, slower, heavier wave sounds as the body and you can provide movement and texture and detail with smaller ...
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How would you go about designing the sound of a jetpack?

I had a listen to jetpack videos online and it sounds like there's two types. On one you can hear a combination of turbine noise (pitched) and filtered noise (unpitched) while on the others there is ...
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Any documentary films on Sound Design in Film?

The link here is not specifically about sound design in film but about how sounds get patented and are linked to certain products. I found it very interesting as to how a sound can remind us of ...
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Altering perception of a character with sound deisgn

one character that sprang to mind is Arby from the Channel Four series 'Utopia'. If you haven't watched it, it's definitely worth checking out and the theme music is awesome too. Anyway, this ...
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Examples of characters defined through sound

In star wars Darth Vader’s lightsaber is pitched to a minor key, while Obiwan Kenobi’s is pitched to a C major key. This is in 'Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in ...
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How do i create a Godzilla style roar and some giant sounding footsteps?

Gorillas walruses & time stretch. Godzilla was largely a leather glove on a detuned bass string, if I remember correctly. Depends on what's roaring though
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Good tips/courses for using Adobe Audition to mix audio story in a 'film' style

Firstly, there is no set formula for this. You have to... a) train your ears b) use your ears. The only standard I would adhere to is to pick a loudness level and make sure your final mix conforms ...
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Meteor sound Design

I've always used things like jet engines and thunder from libraries and a mish mash of other odds and sods. Another trick I tried was to compress a sound until it distorts the converter, (you need to ...
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

If it's just dialog that you are recording then rent a couple lav mics if you can then make sure the audio coming off them is nice and usable. The problem with a hypercardioid mic in a reflective room ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator "clicks"

This guy, Fletcher901, is doing a good job - he explains how he makes the Predator sound too:
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Sound Effect Used in Dubbing Foreign Movies/ Translation

As with the other answer, I'm sure its just the VO talent trying to match the original performance, pitch, and timbre. Of course, they probably choose someone with a very similar voice to start with, ...
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Sound Effect Used in Dubbing Foreign Movies/ Translation

No software magic required... The trick is... you book a voiceover artist/actor who sounds like the person you're dubbing. That simple.
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator "clicks"

I'm pretty sure I watched a programme about the “clicks” used in The Predator and I'm sure they said a Magpie was responsible for the sound.
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

Just putting cardboard over the windows will improve things dramatically. A cardboard room is already quite dead. If you have a lot of cardboard, you can concertina it by putting some scores in it ...
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Any good literature about sound design inTerence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" movie?

https://colinatthemovies.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/the-immersive-sound-design-of-terrence-malick/ There's also an article in Mix Magazine from the year the film came out. It used to be up on their ...
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Sound Design cutting throught Music

EQ is your friend here. My first guess would be to EQ the lows and extreme highs out of the reverb return so you can boost it without muddying the whole mix. Similarly, you can use EQ to carve out a ...
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Where should dialogue be hitting in dbfs?

I don't do a huge amount of theatrical mixing, but i have done a bunch of mixing for various media, so i'll try to help you out. -20 to -12 sounds good, that's what i usually aim for with my dialogue....
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Problem with LFE channel in mixing

Most (all?) use the LFE send on whatever panner they are using for ProTools. Either the built in panner, waves, spanner etc all have a LFE send that allows you to send the amount you want to the LFE. ...
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How does A/B montage works?

A/B is also called checkerboarding. You can use it for when a scene changes or anytime you need to apply processing that is radically different than the section of audio that came right before it. ...
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

In addition to the very good answers here, I'd also add that most destructive noise reduction adds artifacts at certain points within the frequency domain, and while those are imperceptible in ...
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Name and examples for the tinnitus effect after explosions in films

Um, good question! I've actually never thought about it, we usually just call it "ear-ringing"! One "funny" thing though - in reality, I've studied a few people having suffered through hearing-damage ...
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Name and examples for the tinnitus effect after explosions in films

When they put that sound in there it usually means that the subject suffered hearing loss from an excessively loud blast of sound. I don't think there really is much else to take from it.
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Will my film mixed in stereo 2.0 play in Dolby 5.1/ 7.0 theater?

Basically, what the festival is saying is that for play back that is using a high end professional cinema distribution, they need to use particular speaker configurations. For your film, they are ...
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Will my film mixed in stereo 2.0 play in Dolby 5.1/ 7.0 theater?

It will play but probably won't sound as good as if it was mixed in 5.1 or 7.1. Because it's only the 2 speakers the sound will "pull" to the side for people sitting far off center. Other issues ...
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Don't get mad, but do I NEED a sound mixer on my film shoot?

Anything like what your planning to shoot is going to require foley or sound design but I can't think of anything that is ever cheaper in post. The cost to put someone up for a couple days is about a ...
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