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The first thing that comes to mind is the sound of my mom's ring tone when she calls, always sounds like an alarm... or something much more menacing.... hehe Jokes aside, This happens to me a lot... I think as an Engineer and Sound Designer sometimes we stop hearing things for what they are, and for what they COULD be. I hear frequency content and hear ...


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There's a spot you can stand in the middle of the ball court at the chichen itza mayan ruins in Mexico where if you clap the reflections will come back sounding like a bird squawk. it was pretty crazy to experience, and an incredibly sonically rich place in general. alt text http://www.chichen-itza.co.uk/images/ballcourt.PNG


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In general, listen to whether it sounds good or whether it has something that irritates you. Or whether the sound is fitting or whether it's e.g. weak (in the modern days of dynamics squashing that can be a valid notion that you may want to adjust with compression. Just remember what the dialogue is for, i.e. it has to sound humanly like the person who's ...


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The song of the Phainopepla, most common in the desert, sounds EXACTLY like a human doing a single whistle, rising in pitch, as if calling for a dog. They're neat-looking, too, like all-black cardinals. Three days later, I was embarrassed to learn that I WASN'T being followed by an OCD-addled, dog-toting hobo.


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Despite having grown up in the woods, and previously living in a city infested with the little buggers, there's a sound that squirrels make that I hadn't heard before moving to the area I currently live in. There's this very eerie whining bark they can make, that almost sounds like a raspy bird call. In fact, that's what I thought it was for about a year. I'...


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Can't really remember anything I didn't have at least a clue of what it was, but to stay true to the title "Misinterpreting Sounds", I was out in the field recording what I thought was some kind'a strange nocturnal birds chirping around like there where no tomorrow. After a while one of these little fellas started to circle me, and I realized it was nothing ...


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In short, this is a very hard one to answer because even between all our peers, the answer to this is all broadly subjective (taste and nuance) within a narrowly defined objective (calibration and QC specs). I'd love to elaborate on this a little later, so I will be appending to this, but in a nutshell this is my thought/gut reaction, being a dialogue ...


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That's an extremely hard question to answer, and would result in an answer thick as the bible. But the quintessence of it all is to keep it even, fluent, and remove everything that isn't needed for the scene or feeling, and replace sounds that sound bad or just wrong. Also to never ever use more processing than you actually need. The dialogue editing is more ...


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Thinking about my personal process, I normally alter my process based around what I'm mixing. For your typical rock mix, the drums form the foundation around which everything else is built, so I generally at least get them close, but then vocals and guitar are what people focus a lot of listening on, so I normally move to them pretty quickly once I have a ...


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Although many good answers have been given already, I would like to point you in the direction of this book. It's not exactly written to teach 'what a voice' should sound like, but goes in depth to teach about dialogue editing and workflow. Furthermore: Directing, recording and editing a voice is an art and I think one should have an obvious talent for it. ...


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I suggest maybe you take a step back for a moment from the detailed list of equipment related things, and just think about what all that equipment is trying to achieve. It may seem counter-intuitive, yet I think it is still true today (as in the past) that it is the engineering of classical music that has resulted in the highest quality signal chains to ...


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This Video offers a nice explanation and some audio tracks at the end where they adjust parameters which the track plays. Its a nice little instructional. I have not found one on filters but there are so many filters out there you may have better luck picking a specific filter or plug in and looking for a video on it.


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Hey there. The goal should be to analyze what you hear and determine if it sounds natural. What does that mean? Well, if you hear hi freq or low freq that generally are not there in real life, that is because the mic or actor have those freqs in recording and you need to adjust it to balance it back to the real world as much as you can. Usually involes eqing ...


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One day, after a 4am shift, i was having a siesta. Drifting in and out of sleep, i heard what sounded like someone playing a trumpet upstairs. When i woke up, it turned out to be someone talking. It was interesting because it wasn't a case of my dreams trying to incorporate the sound so i don't wake up, i actually felt like i was hearing a trumpet.


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Generally, I am fairly good at identifying most sounds, but it does happen to me on occasion in the car - something is rattling, and I can't figure out what. I try to make educated decisions based on matching the frequency of the rattle to the size of what it might be, but that often gets me so far - I'll often spend 15 minutes trying to figure out what it ...


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Many years ago in university I decided to surprise my-then-girlfriend with a romantic night in. After dinner (which was probably pizza) I escorted her to my concrete walled dorm room, where upon I lit some candles and proceeded to give her a massage. Instead of one thing leading to another, she drifted off into a gentle slumber and somehow, despite being in ...


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One of the strangest experiences I ever had was recording production sound for my friend's Civil War era thesis film. We were location scouting for the corn field we would be shooting in north of Los Angeles and suddenly I heard these strange high pitched shrieks coming from the distance. I thought they were hyenas. One of the producers postulated exotic ...


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