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Jay, Jay, Jay ... Remember when we were all "sound editors" and proud of it? Remember when that meant knowing how to cut sound FX, cut dialogue, cue and cut foley, cue and cut ADR, conform pre-dubs & stems? It meant knowing how to do it all. I now know fx editors/designers who have never cut dialogue (and don't know how), dialogue editors who can't do ...


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Very good question! For me, it's the way I work. I put most of my energy to building something I'm convinced will inflict some kind of feeling in the audience, with a heavy focus on details. The whole is king, but the life is in the details. There are different kinds generally accepted as sound designers (which I'm pretty sure you already know, but for the ...


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I think this term is overused; particularly by folks who don't really know much about sound post. I'm not usually comfortable crediting myself as "Sound Designer" and will often go with "Sound Editor" for rush jobs, and jobs where i haven't had a chance to really get inside the film and build it up with sound. It comes back to the question: "What is sound ...


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If you mean the soundie manning the controls then voice over recordist would do just nicely!


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In my opinion, your role is defined not only by what you do for a project but by who you work/interact with and with what authority. So a few options: Are you the only "sound person" on your project? Do you interface with the director yourself? Will you be the one in charge of signing off on the final audio product before it is shown/submitted to the ...


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Imagine a "what makes you think you're a set designer" kind of question. designer |dɪˈzʌɪnə| (noun) a person who plans the form, look, or workings of something before its being made or built, typically by drawing it in detail and only then, and not necessarily: "made by or having the expensive sophistication of a famous and prestigious ...


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Nice Q! I wrote a big huge response and it ended up as a blog post. Umm, so there's that. :) http://thesoundmyheadmakes.blogspot.com/2012/07/who-can-wear-sound-designer-title.html basic premise was that titles both imply skills and imply both what you can and can't do. I don't think the term "sound designer" carries much caché anymore, but it does ...


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Voice-over recordist or Recording engineer is fine. I record VOs for TV and radio spots and am called a recording engineer. However, I can't remember ever appearing in any credits for it.


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simply put, i consider myself a sound designer because of my complete fascination with sound in all it's wonder. recording, capturing, manipulating, layering, composing music organic or electronic, or any combination there of makes me a sound designer. making a living by doing these things makes me a professional sound designer. if anyone else at any point ...


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I carry a portable recorder wherever I go, always ready to capture sounds that inspire me or intrigue me. In my mind, that makes me a sound designer :) whether I've got the skills to translate what's in my head through a pair of speakers is up to the listener. But I know I have the passion in my heart to put the ear before all other senses.


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A sound edit (not "a sound design" here) is not a single sound, it's a composition of sounds. As there's no organization to control the profession definitions and the use of titles, everyone can call themselves whatever they want (try to do that with "engineer" or "scientist" for example). It's the same why there are so many "composers" (or "audio engineers"...


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I would say I am a sound mixer. I have been mixing television shows for the last 8 years for a fairly large production company. While I do add my own elements into each show, the majority of it is put together by the offline editor. Then it comes to me. I clean up the narration, dialogue, add nats or sfx, mix the music to correct levels, and most importantly ...


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For me, a sound designer is able to change any sound in emotion (see for example Wall-E, it's incredible to tell a story without words...), and add what's missing to bring something on a film or video game. That's what I try to do every day at my job :p


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Great question and some great replies! Very interesting analyses here. If someone personally handles every aspect of a piece of media's sound (concept, recording, editing, mixing, implementation) and each of his or her decisions throughout that process is guided by the desire to evoke a particular emotional response in the audience (both scene-by-scene and ...


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It's a great question, we have discussed it on numerous occaisional here at work. Audio director would be a nice title, but not really a truthful title... The audio direcotor is actually the director! It is his/her vision of the film we are supposed to convey. Our abilities and knowledge will enable us to do this in different ways but it always has to be ...


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I call myself a sound designer by working actually as a sound designer, making sound design for advertising, feature films, short films, multimedia, videogames, etc. All this by creating everything from scratch, using multiple tools/software/techniques, from foleys to synths to audio libraries, and whatever freestyle stuff you are able to use (legal/licensed)...


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I happened to stumble upon the titles "audiographer" and "director of audiography", which I have not come across before (am I the only one?). Wikipedia proposes the titles "audio director" and "director of sound" as alternatives for DoA and the "audiographer" title is applied to everyone in the sound team. From Wikipedia: To me the role of DoA seems very ...


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Great question, Jay. I had this argument just the other day with a video editor I frequently work with. I was explaining to him that from my job, I need to be consulted with and influence the script so that I can carve out room within the storytelling of the film to really allow sound to take it's part in forwarding the message of the piece. I had recently ...


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We humans primarily use our eyes to identify and understand what we observe — sound can reinforce that identity, of course, but it isn't the way we navigate the world. Sound designers take full advantage of this: we have the unique ability to recontextualize the material we gather or create and use it to fool you into a false reality. I am a sound designer ...


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I think anybody should be able to call themselves a sound designer, in the same way that all musicians can call themselves artists. And that we shouldn't judge anybody who wishes to call themselves that, just for the sake of them people who use the term as some sort of "brownie points" credit. Why? Its my personal belief that a sound designer is an artist ...


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