4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
  • 7,279
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
3 votes

What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

It's 'simply a compressor'... however it's a very specialised type of compressor. There are probably others in this field, but the go-to name for radio compression is Optimod by Orban Optimod is, to ...
  • 7,279
3 votes

What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

Yes, it is simply a compressor - typically you'd use one with a relatively low threshold and ratio. And some may store metadata for the whole track once it has been compressed/normalised once. I know ...
  • 5,886
3 votes
Accepted

Tips and tricks for recording a trumpet

I'm going to write about how I would record a trumpet. First off, I don't like the recorded sound to be neutral when I'm mixing. I want it to be pre-mixed in the recording process. If the trumpet ...
  • 2,040
3 votes

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 ...
  • 71
3 votes
Accepted

What can I research to back up my sound design?

Instead of simply listing practical details about how you're making your sounds (eg. types of mics, foley techniques and so forth), you might consider making more theory-based speculations about why ...
  • 46
2 votes

Who out there still uses Master Faders anymore?

My signal flow varies, but i follow this flow for most large mixes, it not only makes it digestible to combine 100's of sounds into a few minutes, but it saves cpu power. audio track > it's stem (aux)...
2 votes

What can I research to back up my sound design?

From the top of my head, the book "Sound Design" by David Sonnenschein is a very good start! I'm on my second read-through on it myself right now :-)
2 votes

What can I research to back up my sound design?

Although the focus is on sound design for theatre, Ross Brown's Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice is a brilliant resource with a wide-ranging bibliography. 'Reader'-type books are great for initial ...
2 votes

Workflow for detecting vinyl BPM?

I think this little project going to be dependent on your desire as well as budget. You probably already know this. Getting the audio into digital format isn't all that difficult. There are a lot of ...
  • 225
2 votes

How do I make whispering in ear sound convincing?

The main thing you will want to do is to enhance the bass part of the spectrum in order to enhance realism. Obviously increased level will be necessary (relevant to other elements in the mix) but the ...
  • 8,538
1 vote
Accepted

What's the difference between additive and subtractive synthesis?

Additive synthesis describes the process of combining (adding) sounds together to make new sounds, hence the term "additive". "add" ... you add stuff together. Subtractive synthesis describes the ...
  • 8,538
1 vote

Improving digitalized tape recordings - more than what I've done

Wav files are better quality but unfortunately converting a compressed .mp3 to a .wav doesn't improve quality. I would interpret the "blanket" over the voice to sound like it's muffled which means ...
1 vote

When you Know it Needs Something Else

Well, in the abstract, you could begin by literally experimenting. The "sound" you have created, whether it be a single instrument or a few, still has sonic characteristics. As a first step, try ...
1 vote

Can someone identify the technique used in this portion of track?

Doubling. The first thing I notice is that the lead vocal is doubled at the octave. It is also harmonized, possibly by using a vocoder. This is what gives the line its harmonic richness. Chorus. ...
  • 152
1 vote
Accepted

How is digital audio defined?

There are many audio formats, but generally, the file headers and format chunk can quite easily give you some specific format information if that's all you need; things like the amount of channels, ...
  • 2,266
1 vote
Accepted

How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

Personally, I don't ride the faders too much between single words. Only if 'longer' passages are quieter/louder I turn up/down the gain. Moving the faders within words should be avoided. Until now, I'...
1 vote

How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

Hopefully the boom operator knows what they are doing and are trying to capture the best sound and levels, letting the director know when there are noises that will spoil the shot, and coordinating on ...
  • 2,040
1 vote

How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

In this situation, two of your proposals are commonly used in conjunction : ride the levels appropriately have the boom operator pull the microphone at right moments.
  • 2,743
1 vote

Workflow for detecting vinyl BPM?

I would never use apps for this, I'd count the bars before using an app. I use Rane's Scratch Live. It has some pretty accurate BPM detection. There are other good ones out there though. I have a BPM ...
  • 2,266
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

You could use a time-stretching function (such as what's built in to REAPER, Logic, or ProTools) to line up the transients of the two audio samples, and then play around with mixing and use a vocoder ...
  • 625
1 vote

How do you create the deadliest sounding gunshots?

A deadly gun sound must bring be balanced between the bass, the mid, and the treble. The mid is the most important one. Structure of a deadly gunshot: Punch - Lower and longer punch - body of the ...
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Sorry to say there is no magic plugin that will achieve this effect for you. The majority of great creature vocals are painstakingly crafted by sound designers for days or even weeks. One insight I ...
  • 15.4k
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

I think editing and maybe some pitch/formant shifting could get you pretty far. Sometimes convolution can work to get the tone changing to more of a Bat from human. Izotope IRIS would seem like a ...
  • 1,304
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Rebal Instinct, I wonder if Dehumaniser would be of use to you? It's an app specifically designed to morph human into monster sounds and back again: http://dehumaniser.com/ That being said, I'd love ...
  • 411
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Two guesses at methods - I've never actually tried either of these myself... Using an envelope follower to raise the volume of the scream dynamically with the speech. Using VocAlign to try matching ...
  • 7,279
1 vote

How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Maybe it's the phrasing or the cadence of speech? Sometimes that's what makes the transition sound wrong. Both "voices" should be performed similarly to seamlessly morph into the other.
  • 139

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible