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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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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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What's the shortest sound perceptible to the human ear?

According to my copy of the absolutely essential (!) Master Handbook of Acoustics, to hear shorter tones, that is sounds with a short impulse, they need to be louder: A 1,000-Hz tone sounds like 1,...
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What does 100Hz 12dB per octave mean?

There are three parameters of this filter that are described in the phrase "100 Hz 12 dB per octave low pass filter". I'll cover them in reverse order. Low pass filter - This means the filter does ...
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Looking for inspiration to create a "swarm sound"

I consider using granular synthesis for this purpose as it's ideal here. Create one wing flap (use scheme as making synthetic kick drum in synthesizer - firstly, HF-component and then it gradually ...
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Sound Psychology an explanation

I can't think of a catch all term for what you are describing. There are however, some frameworks for analysing sound. I think the range is equally vast, especially if you consider sound design in the ...
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Pitch to Loudness relation

You are most likely experiencing the non-linear frequency reception of the human hearing and the frequency response in your playback system. As listener you perceive a constant loudness of steady ...
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What does warm mean?

I'm fond of how these conflicting yet overlapping answers point to literal language's flaws as abstractions — like a map, they point to the destination that is sound. They try to describe that sensory ...
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Mic recommendations for high frequency capture that will be slowed

Your friend is probably talking about one of the Sennheiser MKH mics. Possibly the 416 or the MKH40. These are great mics, but are perhaps overkill for what you are proposing to use them for. Often ...
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Sound Design: Elevator

My approach to this would be: Search for appropriate elevator sounds. Maybe you will find the perfect sound with everything you need in a library. If you do, then great. If not... Consider finding an ...
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Sox how to normalize volume of multiple audio files

Normalizing your audio probably won't have the desired effect that you're trying to achieve. Probably what you want to do is load all your audio into a software application, where you can mix the ...
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How would you design the sound of a submersible propeller?

That cinematic soft "fwup-fwup-fwup" of a large sub prop element might nice with a low speed fabric-blade fan against upholstery. A small compressor with a long tube might be good for sustained bubble ...
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How would YOU design the sound of fingernails on a floor?

For the sound of dog I actually normally just use a kind of heavy-duty gloves I've epoxy-glued paper-clips on. I was gonna try other things as well when it was still just gaffed on, like pieces of ...
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Powered Amp placement in a smaller church setting

If you're running balanced line to the amp you can put it where you want. If not, you need it near the mixer. There's really no other consideration unless it's noisily fan-driven or you need a ...
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Sound coming from behind using stereo field

Well one method is to invert the phase of one channel of the stereo signal. It's a trick long used in moviemaking. When the sound has phase correlation and definite stereo image ("phantom"), we can ...
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What does warm mean?

In general, it is marketing gibberish, but the most common definition I can think of is that it has kind of an analog sound. Digital processing, especially early digital processing, was extremely ...
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What does warm mean?

For me "warm" has always described that all analog sound, that sound that when you spin up a record you almost feel it as much as you hear it. You could even compare it to "smooth" in some senses. ...
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New sound designer/field recordist heading out on US tour. Any suggestions?

Well, it depends on how much you can actually get away from the show and the bus. Getting to acoustically unspoiled locations means getting far away (usually) from the highway. OTOH, during a month ...
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How to go about synthesising this type of sound?

I believe the sound in question is in fact two separate sounds. At 1:15, there is a combination of a large low bass synth and a higher sounding synth which is doing an assortment of things to achieve ...
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Deep house mid range type of pads

Start with a good base using extended chords (7ths, 9ths, 13ths). Write a nice 2 bar phrase that resolves on the first beat of the phrase. Rhythmically the example is very strong with a number of ...
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Creating sound for 'light streaks'

Keep experimenting with different metal things. Metal objects with very clean magical like resonances aren't very common. You are probably looking for something long, not too thin and flat (or at ...
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Does using a gate(expander) increase the dynamic range of an audio track and does this actually help improve the mix of the track?

Gates and expanders are actually two different things (although an expander can be set to act as a gate). Both are used primarily as problem solvers and not sound quality improvers. A true gate just ...
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Pro Tools stems export

Route the output of each track to another empty track. Record arm the destination tracks and then hit record. When the record pass is done all your effects and automation will be "printed" to the new ...
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How to use unison without voice beating/phasing

Beating will always be there whenever there are two or more signals close in frequency but there are a few things that may help, depending on the synthesizer. All options will make it sound different ...
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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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Is there any tradeoff to get the best quality/file size ratio for mp3 conversion?

To get the best audio quality in your final lossy-eccoded audio file output at the smallest possible file size, you have to do 3 steps: sample rate convert from 96kHz to 44.1kHz, because the lossy ...
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Tropical Ambience: creating a minimal background using synths

First, you should have some field recordings to use as a reference, at least. Depending on the verisimilitude you are looking for, you might need to really hone in on the exact type of forest that is ...
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Creating the sound of a thousand legged monster! Ideas?

Right off the top of my head [& I'm not a foley artist, so you'd have to work out the details] elements... sharp points to feet - high transients lots of legs - 'skittering' rhythmic walk ...
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What does the term "pumping" mean to define a techno track?

Pumping is a technical term which (for the most part) describes the compression technique used. Having said that, many people mess up this term with various ways, others with sidechain bass ...
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How would you design the sound of a submersible propeller?

I'm a big fan of the pitched down pool toys. I did a bunch of that stuff here. They aren't pitched down in the library though. http://rabbitearsaudio.com/product/hydrophonic/ But @noisejockey is ...
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