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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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Making a "Gears turning" Effect, and then grinding to a halt

You need two components - metal clangs for gear hitting gear and grinding sound for the shaft rotating. Record lots of metal clangs - you need many variations and often finding the sound that matches ...
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Video game music setup

The DAW is not that important (FL is ok to start). Since you are getting started and you will find difficult to design the sounds, you need a good set of VSTi plugins that emulate the video game ...
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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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Garbling and distorting voice with (or without) sox

I may be wrong but this sounds to me like a simple ring modulator.
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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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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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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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Can I take "historical" sounds from non-fictional movies for my project?

If it's public domain then yes it would be ok, but I wouldn't trust copyright information people add as Youtube descriptions. There are some public domain video archives that might have the kind of ...
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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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How do I make whispering in ear sound convincing?

I don't know if any of the following will work or not, but maybe worth an experiment. Try a delay of about 1/2 of a millisecond, if you have the capability, between the two channels, of the mono ...
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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 to make low-tech microphone sound effects?

Things Tubes, straws, pipes and hoses Cups Put things in mouth (e.q. water or sweets... don't choke!) Pillows Balloons (scream all you can while pressing a balloon to the mouth) Combs and paper, ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

The "morph" you're describing is known as (both) spectral cross-modulation, and spectral convolution. From what i've read in your question, I gather you're interested in essentially crossfading the ...
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Video game music setup

To make chip music sounding 'nostalgic' you will also need to recreate the techniques used in the old days where sound channel is limited. Like you can have only 2 square waves channel. (that was NES'...
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Recommended sound effects library for designing system sounds?

http://www.affordableaudio4everyone.com/Affordable%20SFX%204%20Everyone/HudMenuInterfaceToolbox.html or http://www.ueberschall.com/de/product/162/Future-FX;jsessionid=z2l2yv6mqafztz7eqm8jo2gd or ...
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Bud Spencer Terrence Hill - Hits Sound Design

They hit meat (side of pork/beef, hams) with belts - as far as I remember correctly :)
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Serial Sound Design?

Not sure what you mean here by 'feeds into'? Beyond summing audio together there's convolution, or using one source to modulate another like FM or AM. You could check out Soundhack for convolution ...
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How to filter guitar sound to create a backing track

Vocal isolation/eliminations plugins generally work on the principle that lead vocals are centered and are going to have a particular EQ range. Guitars don't really have any such standards. Your best ...
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Tree Grown Sound Effect (Tree Ents in LoTR)

why not try cutting open a pomegranate and squeezing one half slowly. It's a really nice thick woody sound. Put it through some effects and there you go. Plus you get to enjoy a little snack as you go!...
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How to create rolling lfo effect

Don't have zebra, but it sounds to me like a square-shaped LFO with the rate being modulated up to a very high rate and back, producing that effect where the two values that the LFO is oscillating ...
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Making a "Gears turning" Effect, and then grinding to a halt

Sauli's way sounds spot on! I've never done a gear sound effect before myself but if you had to record it yourself, maybe space some bricks out and use a shovel and drag it along so it hits each brick ...
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New sound designer/field recordist heading out on US tour. Any suggestions?

I think even if you can't get away from the show and bus too much you've got a good opportunity to build a library of genuinely useful recordings. If you can take your recording kit into the venues ...
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Remove irritating low hum from recording

There are enough patches in the recording with the hum and without the voice to use a noise removal tool -- Audacity has one built in and the LADSPA plugins provide this kind of thing. I'd be shocked ...
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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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'Tripwire' sound design

If the wire is to actually break, I'd go for a guitar string; a thin one, maybe an 8. Tie it off to something either resonant or not, depending on whether your scenario is indoors or out, then just ...
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What is your top 3 of most used types of sound-fx for Cartoon Sound Design?

The audience also has an opinion nowadays and the typical slapstick sounds stick out because of over usage. It depends on the scene/setting ofcourse. I've never used those type of sounds and always ...
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What is the difference between reverb and resonance?

Resonance and reverberation are, indeed, more or less just two aspects of the same phenomenon. The difference is whether you focus on what happens to the time-domain representation (reverb) or ...

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