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Recording room ambience

Record one long shot. Split it from the half. Put one half to the right channel and the other to left channel. Export a stereo file. This way you will get a very wide stereo image that is hard to get ...
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Recording room ambience

Record 2 mono claps/pulses/shots, however you're generating it. Move the mic from one side of the room to the other for each, keeping each at the same distance from the source. Match up the initial ...
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Compact high quality sound effects / ambience recording rig

Ok, so for backpacking and biking, here are the component parts: recorder: SD 702 - quality sound, durable build, simple operation. Its the heavier and bulkier of the viable options, but it won't ...
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What techniques are being used here? // Commercial Sound Design

A combination of heavily modulated synthesisers. Just sample them and play with the values while you record stuff. Then cut out the coolest parts and use them in a sampler. automate the pitch to get ...
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What techniques are being used here? // Commercial Sound Design

This is kind of a broad question. Sounds like this in commercials and movie trailers came from the mainstream success of EDM like Skrillex etc. I hear a lot of the bread and butter tools of ...
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Looking for an email or contact for the Sound Collectors Club

Based on their About page: Just copy the file(s) into that folder then I’ll check your recording and move it to the appropriate theme folder (e.g. ‘Dog Barks’) then I’ll invite you to join that ...
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Cutting diegetic SFX for 5.1 -- C or LR? (mono / stereo)

As such, I would never mix effects on the sides but nothing in center, and I normally place most effects, and here I'm talking about straight in-frame effects, pretty much centered, with only ...
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Compact high quality sound effects / ambience recording rig

Another tip if your packing for ultra light situations: buy a nagra sd and a pair of dpa 4060's or 4063's. And get wired coathanger as a stereo bar. You can look at a binaural setup here (not my site ...
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Gunshot Sound Design

The simplest way is to find some free gunshot sound effects online. If you need to create your own it can be done by layering 2-3 basic sounds. Start with a cookie sheet being hit against something (...
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Cleaning up a 'distorted' audio clip?

I think it would be better to find other sound effects... Or, better yet, make them yourself. Cleaning those sounds will probably be a lot of work for a non ideal result. Additionally those sounds may ...
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Mastering for Android

The average frequency range (the linear portion of the typical frequency response curve for phone speakers) is about 500-5000 Hz (source 1, source 2), and one speaker manufacturer produced this ...
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How do I make a good stabbing sound?

This depends a lot what you are trying to archieve with sound (is it supposed to imply power, violence, is it stealthy, do you want to emphasize the weapon used etc), but here are some elements I've ...
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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 you create those Harry potter wand sounds?

There's no set way of making these sounds, the first one sounds like lighting/electricity mixed with some sort of computer generated sound from a synth. Second one is something being pitched down ...
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How to create a space shuttle take off sound effect?

Whenever I want to recreate a sound synthetically, I start by analyzing the envelopes, source, filter and modulations and effects. The source will certainly be white noise since there isn't any tonal ...
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How to create these punch SFX?

Punch sounds are made from layers of different frequency transient sounds. From hitting leather with a baseball bat to hand claps for sweeteners. Its all in the frequencies, there's a hundred ...
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Recommendations for Physics sounds

This answer is bias due to recommending a particular brand/company that I have used in the past. I would suggest a company called "Hiss and Roar" the sound designer Tim Prebble has incredible set of ...
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Medieval skirmish loops

You should record a local martial arts/sword group or a medieval fight show for authentic and realistic sounds. They're especially popular in Denmark, Germany and Poland: ...
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How do I make a good stabbing sound?

These days, it's all about the sound being realistic; which unfortunately means shooting, punching and stabbing the producer. Don't forget to record it though! Just kidding, but a watermelon doesn't ...
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Adding metadata to wav files without .bwf extension

I'm not familiar with the applications you mention, but the standard way to add metadata is to add a BWF header and keep the .WAV file extension. Applications that understand BWF will use the header; ...
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How to keep loudness of SFX with TV mix?

Look up Ebu R-128 you need to be using the 'LUFS' scale for delivery. Different normalizations are required depending what continent you're on.
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How to design punching or impact sounds?

Punch and impact effects are hardly ever knocked up on a computer. Listening to the high-middy classic punches from classic games, they probably snapped a stick, or whipped a big pillow with it, then ...
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How to improve the SFX sound during mixing?

Well, what i actually listen from just the sound engineer perspective, is the preparation and buildup of the punch. the punch as a sound itself it just sounds like a sample which is bassy obviously ...
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How to create a 'boom' sound?

I am not currently running protools, so I can't tell you the exact plugins to use... BUT, to roughly approximate this sound, find a kick similar to the one at the beginning of the sound. Add to this a ...
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Mastering for Android

I'm not actually a sound game designer nor have I made sound for Android devices but your questions have a much broader scope. As far as your method at the moment, it sounds like you are in good ...
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What effect was used on these Crysis 2 SFX?

If you're looking for opinions, It sounds like the source sound is made up of; A rocky surface(gritty, ha) being hit with a heavy object, with rocks being dislodged, crumbling and falling. There's ...
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Can you help deconstruct this SFX?

I would use a bubble pop noise like when you stick your finger in your mouth and pop it out... Then use a crinkled paper noise. They also have crow noises with each bubble pop. The crow noises have ...
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Can you help deconstruct this SFX?

Hmmm...tricky. I'd say something like a wet pair of jeans smashed against the floor together with squeezing a balloon, all with a lot of compressor.
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Can you help deconstruct this SFX?

It sounds like a combination of a short hit sound and a long water splash sound. Maybe a little paper wrinkling noise can be added.
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Where to find a soccer only SFX library

I would suggest, if you have the means, approaching your local football club to ask permission to record during their training or at a match. Especially if your not finding what you want in a sports ...
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