Matt Glenn
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Outdoor Reverb/Delay?
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To add to the other ideas here, it's often the layered complexity of outdoor reflections that gives them a natural feel. Real spaces, indoor or outdoor, never sound exactly like a reverb preset. I ...

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iceberg crackling
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For the more close-up crackling sound, get your hands on some styrofoam peanuts and a very quiet mic/room. Crank up the gain and gather a couple handfulls. Very slowly squeeze and release the bunches ...

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Live field recordings or recreate by foley?
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It depends on the sound I'm trying to create ;). Pragmatically, it also depends upon the availability of a quiet, reflection-free outdoor spot vs. a foley studio — both of which can be hard to find (...

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EQing the reverb
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I almost always end up EQing my reverbs, although sometimes convolution reverb presets work without alteration. It truly depends on what you are sending to the reverb and what else is happening in the ...

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Recording BIG Sounds
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A lot of it boils down to the materials you are recording, in addition to the mic technique you are using. If you could describe a specific example, we can give you more specific advice. In general, ...

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reverse eating sounds
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Watermelon - dig through it with your hands raw chicken in marinade - awesome 'slimy guts' sounds raw egg - for some more slimy goodness hand soap - for the same macaroni and cheese - for ...

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Trying to build a cone for omni mics to make them directional
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Ruben, You mention that you don't wan't to incorporate phase at all—I'm guessing that you mean you don't want to design a kind of phase shift based on delay? Keep in mind that, unless your two mics ...

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Favorite Alien / Monster Vocalisations In Film
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A few unmentioned ones come to mind: Pixar's "Brave" -- the work with Bear vocals is very impressive and incredibly expressive. R2D2 -- we cannot forget the emotive beeps and whirrs And an honorable ...

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Pro Tools 10 OMF Export
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Jake, In addition to Steve's idea, try slating each track vocally. Grab any small recording device (pocket recorder, iphone, laptop mic) and record yourself reading the names of each of the tracks. ...

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How do you record loud sounds?
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Rene layed this out fantastically, and I've never thought of purposefully distorting a cheap mic before—brilliant! The equivalent technique I've always used is to record 1 or 2 additional channels ...

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Recording "Bangs" etc
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It would help to know what kinds of bangs you are recording. Are these intended to be big metal clangs? Low-frequency impacts? Car crashes? What recording device are you using? Are you hearing the ...

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Kung-Fu Foley Swooshes
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A few that come to mind: Dowel rod Cat hanger Shirt/blanket/cloth Rope/jump rope Tennis racket Fishing rod (Or other flexible metal/fiberglass) Chain Branch with leaves or smaller branches Things ...

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why should i consolidate
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In addition to these suggestions, I would recommend checking out region groups in Pro Tools. The effect is the same as consolidating the edits, but the group is temporary can be undone whenever needed ...

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Rock n Roll Band Recording
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Before you make all of these decisions about the signal chain, think about what made 50s-60s rocknroll and pop music sound the way it did—it's so much more than just the mics and preamps. Do some ...

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Render Multiple Clips Simultaneously
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I took a look through Ableton and it is possible, though potentially more time-consuming depending upon how you have your session set up. If your edits are clean and each "ooh", "aah", etc. is its ...

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Help: What's my role/title?
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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? ...

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Firefly sound (stylized)
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An idea for the wings: Try grabbing a pair of gloves (any kind will do as long as they make noise when you flap them). Put them together palm-to-palm and grib the wrist part in your hands. Record ...

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Final MIX - Movie Mastering Levels
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Kevin, Check out this video on calibrating your studio speakers to a standard monitoring level: http://vimeo.com/22735507 Calibrate to 79dB for a home studio. If you don't have an SPL meter, you ...

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Templates for Sound Creation/Design
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I know what you mean. Sometimes I wish I had the ability to have track folders like in Logic, a feature that Pro Tools hasn't absorbed yet. I'm not sure if you're asking about a literal template file ...

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Emotional Monster Voices
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I agree with Alexandre that a lot of the reason WALL-E was such a successful voice design was because the sounds were supercharged with an innate humanity. As an alternative to finding human ...

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How to make very long recordings (of bees)
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The Sound Devices 700 series recorders allow you to record directly to a hard drive via firewire. I own one myself and I can tell you that they're reliable as clockwork. Get a big enough hard drive ...

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Aux vs VCA in Pro Tools?
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Using an aux track would require you to re-route the audio of each track involved into the aux, and recording automation on the aux track wouldn't affect the automation of the sub-tracks. The VCA is ...

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Which tools can create a Star Trek / Iron Man computer voice effect from a normal voice?
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My suggestion: focus on the performance. It's the one aspect of the sound that no piece of software can touch (or fix), so see if you can get 90% of the way there with your voice actor alone. These ...

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Creating Sounds Coming From Floor Above Action?
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I agree with Internet Human's approach, I think physical baffling is the way to go. I have found success in the past by actually using the floor of my previous house. I needed to record footsteps (and ...

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Prgressive House sound of bjornberg
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Your clip is actually remarkably close in sound, so you're off to a very good start. What I hear in the original is a significantly higher level of compression, as well as "ducking" from the kick drum....

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Non obvious ProTools tricks?
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I'm not sure of the PC versions of these, but a couple of quick tricks on a mac for the automation lanes: If you want to automate a parameter in a plugin, hold down Command + Option + Control and ...

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Idea on how to randomly choose sounds from specified files
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I would highly recommend Figure 53's Qlab. Qlab is primarily used for live theater sound playback and it has built in functionality that allows you to build looping sound beds fairly simply. You can ...

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Control Surface or V-Control Pro on iPad
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I also use V-Control, although only in situations where my Mackie Control is out of reach. It's a bit silly when I phrase it this way, but I honestly bought it to be a surround panner, as hardware ...

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What is everyone doing for contact mics?
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The key to a good contact mic lies more in the preamp than in the transducer itself. Contact mics will inherently pick up sound from a very unique perspective, but you need preamp circuitry that will ...

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choking.. client specific
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Do you have a really quiet mic and a really quiet room? I would recommend experimenting with other items that are fibrous, like rope — something you can stretch or bend that mimics the sound of ...

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