ianjpalmer
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Rant against editors and tyre screeches
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I'm guessing you're referring to picture editors. Some of the shows I do contain the most horrific sounds within the OMF containing the dialog. They're there as a guide and I nearly always take huge ...

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Making dialogue more intelligible through M&E
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As a general note for my mixing is that I always level off the dialogue, then bring in the music and sound. This gives me a) a consistent volume throughout and b) a benchmark to work under. I think EQ ...

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Where are you from and what do you do?
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I'm a Sound Designer and Dubbing Mixer. Originally from deepest, darkest Wiltshire in the sound of England but now working Galway, Ireland. Trying to move back to the UK though (London, Manchester, ...

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Big Stomping Sound?
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A little trick I often use is to add the sound of air rushing out just before the impact. The sound of air moving makes the impact feel bigger.

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What is our responsibility to authenticity?
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I think it really depends on what is important. Is the emotional content more important for the viewer than being 100% authentic? I thought about this while I was watching Blitz Street on Channel 4 (...

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What's the best city for sound designers to start their careers?
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On the one hand you are best to go to where the work is, on the other I'd totally agree that you'd do well somewhere with your best connections.

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Subtextual sound and Visual amplification sound
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Emmanuel, Can you clarify what exactly you are asking? I say this because it would be useful to have some idea about what specifically you are looking to find out. Film sound will contain a lot of ...

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The Value of Home Studios in The Professional World
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When I was freelance I never liked bring clients into my own home, too invasive for my tastes. Most of the work I do is done remotely. We use ISDN to send the audio from the mix studio to LA while ...

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Disorientated Slow Motion Film Effects
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I know reverb is a cliche but it does work, that's why it's a cliche.

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Electronic Sounds, interface bips
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On Friday I was mixing a show and tracklay had used a recording of someone's phone going off for a text message. Just in case of a copyright issue I thought it best to use something else. To be honest ...

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Organization of Pro Tools Sessions
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Hey Ryan, I personally don't need to keep different versions, I have only rarely needed to go back a step and PT has it's automatic backup. I use a naming convention though.... e.g. Hero:108, ...

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Professional Sound Designers - Do you make a comfortable living?
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As with any form of creative employment some people do very well, some okay and some struggle. I personally find it inappropriate to discuss my personal financial circumstances with people outside of ...

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Wall of sound - sifting through it
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Hey Ryan, I guess you're mainly talking about sounds that have been layered up together. Sadly I never get anything pre-mixed. I normally just improvise and play through with randomly set faders and ...

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how do i create realistic sounding dynamics in the digital world?
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Sadly it's the broadcasters who hold sway over a lot of the problem. The specs for dialogue for Discovery/PBS is an incredibly small window to get through (4dB if memory serves). Other specs, such as ...

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Animal POV Sound design
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I've not seen the film as it looks truly awful but the novel Fluke by James Herbert is told from the POV of a dog (although it's actually a reincarnated human). It's years since I read it but if ...

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Recommendations for a beginner setup
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I agree with all of the above. You could consolidate your options though to save money (if that's a major issue). If you bought an MBox Mini then with the addition of a laptop you have a setup that ...

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Good examples of internal conflict in film, using sound design
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Good example. At the start of Return of the King we hear a screaming sound (not literally) when Smeagol kills his friend. Similar idea to The Godfather when Michael Corleone kills Sollozzo in the ...

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Good examples of internal conflict in film, using sound design
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Pi has some great sound design work. Its primary function is to portray the effect of the protagonist's migraine attacks.

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What's your favorite mix / sound design from a Suspense Thriller?
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Well I just had a browse through my DVD collection and realised I am clearly not a fan of the genre. May just have to start a new thread for sci-fi and/or horror. That said I personally thing Panic ...

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Attribution-License Sounds in a Demo Reel
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I wouldn't worry about buying a library straight away. It will take longer but recording sounds will teach you a lot and they are owned by you alone. I found that as long as I delivered the goods on ...

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How do I practice Sound Design?
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My advice would be to go out there, tout your services and get as much experience as possible. I can only speak from personal experience but I learned a hell of a lot from working on short films for ...

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First EVER live-production student film...Audio and Video separate?
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Hello Aaron, I've not done much in the way of film shoots myself, however, I have worked on numerous shorts. What camera and format is being used to shoot the film? Tape formats such as Digibeta or ...

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7.1 going to be the new standard?
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I agree Tim. I see it as a small evolutionary step for sound mixing. It'll be a while before it filters through to mixing stages surely? Unless patches can be create by Dolby for their plugins or ...

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Sound design Education
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There's another thread on SSD about education here... link text As I said there, I did the MA in Sound Design for the Screen at Bournemouth University, UK. The Media School was truly excellent. ...

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Best use of sound design in a comedy?
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For me it has the Business Card duel scene from American Psycho. All those internal sounds from Bateman expressing his surprise and rage at being so quickly beaten in designing a tasteful card. http:...

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What is the best way of cleaning audio tracks for a film?
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There was a thread on NR a while ago, it can be found HERE. I totally agree with RX, a great buy. However if you just need to remove general noise then you wont beat a Cedar. They've got a new RTAS ...

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How do I charge for sound design?
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I can't state prices but I used to charge by the day when I was freelance. If it took me all day to create a single sound the client was happy with and it took me another to mix the project then both ...

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What is your software secret weapon?
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If my boss could convince the powers to fork out the 3 grand, my weapon of choice would be Cedar's DNSOne. I tried it a couple of months ago for a couple of weeks. A truly great plugin. Now, I've ...

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Most unusual sound technique
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I once caused a large traffic jam in Belfast. I needed lots of different car horn sounds to recreate the sound of Mumbai. My wife and I stood next to a dual-carriageway, I had an MD recorder and my ...

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Foley Recording Musts
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Mic placement is important. Make sure the recording will work from the perspective of the shot. It's not always necessary to place the mic a few millimeters away from the prop.

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