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I would worldize explosions and animal roars and other transient effects from my library under a freeway overpass or other echoey bridge or tunnel or acoustically odd public space where there isn't much people traffic that day. Large concrete spaces = lots of 40 Hz and below !!! I would also get Subway stop idents (when the conductor or computer voice says "...


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If Dallas is quiet enough and you bump up your gain loads then you might just be able to pick up the faint sound of sleigh bells as Santa makes his way back to Greenland after a long and hard night's work. Failing that, it's all about the urban slap acoustics really isn't it?: shouts, exterior doors, distant sirens.....the usual suspects that are normally ...


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Sample Manager will do it.


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In a way everything other than the signal you're interested in is noise. Silence is the 'weird' thing, not noise. There are many types of noise produced in different ways. But the most common (the one you're most probably talking about) is the noise caused by the equipment itself. As a current flows through a conductor (even more a resistor), some ...


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The first thing is, don't make it totally gone at any point. Listen to the audio of medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy; the sound never really leaves the soundtrack completely. Fade it down and up, but not completely out. Second, use viewpoint changes in the camera editing to adjust the level of the sound; take the opportunities when the camera moves ...


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Wavelength is the inverse of frequency (1/f) so all you need is to perform an FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) on your signal to get its spectrum (harmonic content). This can be done in many ways but from the way the question is formed ("Is there any way to extract wavelength ranges out of it? I only need to know the numbers."), I suspect Matlab or Scilab might ...


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Almost all Ingmar Bergman movies. They are the ones that have made great use of silence. here's one of the scenes from wild strawberries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3n4TxNeaPg


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Possibly the earliest use of an effective silence in a film is Bande a Part AKA Band of Outsiders (1964) directed by Jean-Luc Godard. I loved that one-minute silence scene ...actually the whole movie is great. [youtube]B9XAi7xYOwQ[/youtube]


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Serenity. The fight scene in the bar when Summer Glau (River) gets crazy. Her voice, clothes, then the first punches and finally the whole ambience of the bar is appearing with screams, foley, sfx... [youtube]R8CYWGDxdQ0[/youtube] Great scene and one of the greatest sci-fi movie of all time.


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Totally agree about Let The Right One In (the orginal version) for it's use of silence and suspense. Amazing film. Amazing sound!


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Ingmar Bergman is probably one of the best one's who intensively used silence in hie films.


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Try Twisted Wave. Had batch processing and silence removal features.


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Hi Rene, Great idea! Christmas + winter (i.e no birds) + a Sunday... likely quietest urban day of the year. What about church bells? Cathedrals or basilicas? Most church bells these days are usually buried in rush hour traffic. Good luck! Paul


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I'd be more inclined to remove the white noise from the speech than try add it back in the silence. There are some very good paid plugins that can do it - personally I use a lot of the Waves plugs, X-Noise etc - but there are freeware alternatives. Noise Reduction is one that Google turned up. Untested but for free you can try it & see if it's any good ...


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For quiet birdsong, etc. a dish would be the real solution (telinga, etc.). The pcmd50 does very great job, especially for the price, but don't wait sennheiser of schoeps performance from it. With all that said, I think many-many pcm-d50 recordings went into big productions, because it is a very decent recorder, even with the built in mics. One thing you ...


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Unfortunately, this is the cost/quality dichotomy we all face, particularly when starting out (as I am also). It just can't be expected of a piece of kit costing less than a grand to perform the same as kit that will cost five times that. I'm sure you're aware of this, but I'm just stating the point. All the same, hiss isn't going to ruin the recording (...


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What is best to do if you record something specific is also record the room 'silent', so than you get the environment sound of the subject your recording. Add these layers together and you'll get your 'white noise' in a less artificial way.


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A script would have to be able to distinguish between dialogue you want to keep, and "noise", as thresholds and other means wouldn't work in this scenario. It would be easier (IMO) to simply place markers (M-key) where you wish to silence the track, prior to/post your fade-in/out points. Then select the space between the markers, click 'Process' and reduce ...


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Just an idea (which needs further research): do you actually need the silence to be a file or could you just play dynamically created data? If the latter is the case, you could probably find a solution to call a program that creates a silent audio file in realtime and put that in your playlist. That way you would entirely get around the file size issues for ...


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The whole idea with noise is that it is random sound. You can't really easily produce a noise that replicates what was there, so your best bet is to actually use the noise that was present or apply noise reduction to reduce the noise level (if you can get satisfactory results). As Yadli mentioned, if you have a quiet part, you can sample the noise from ...


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If the original track contains a section of just the noise, you can make a loop with that and keep it playing in your new track when you mute the original one. If not, you'll have to do some filtering to extract a noise loop. Personally I don't think it's a good idea to generate white noise from scratch to mimic the original. It sounds different.


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I think these guys have provided some great answers, but one answer I'm not seeing is to morph the sound. The idea being, the beeping monitor sound changes to something else over a period of time. Slowly morph the sound using filters, distortion, oscillators or other sound fx. You could also morph the sound into another sound, and since a heartbeat is ...


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Try adding a Low-Pass filter to the beeping sound and automating it. The more high frequency is cut out, it will sound as if it's fading out.


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Keith gave you some great tips already. In particular, the idea of change is a key psychoacoustic cue to pay attention to something. The more regular and static a particular sound is, and the longer it remains that way, the more likely we are to ignore it. Get it to the point where we are ignoring it, and any little change draws your attention back to it. ...


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2-3 am sunday morning is by far the quietest in Denmark where I live. But it becomes extreme when there's snow. Showing at 2-3 am sunday morning? I've never heard so much nothing.


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The use of silence in Gravity is outstanding. Some scenes are completely stripped of sound. The sound team came up with excellent concepts to work around the silence in space. The use of sound from vibrating objects and direct contact through the spacesuits is an excellent example.


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I recently saw the film Gravity, which deals with the "silence" of space excellently. Worth checking out. Unlike most films set in space, they did not steer away from the fact that in space the is no sound due to the lack of atmosphere. Therefore in this film there was little or very muffled sounds that were there beautifully complemented by a very ...


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I really liked how nerve wrecking the silence was in the film Insidious you know somethings coming but you don't know when, it works well with the really weird and creepy soundtrack.


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