Christian van Caine
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Sound Design For Things That Do Not Exist
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In my opinion, the only true rule in sound designing is: It must be believable. When it comes to stuff like bonestructure, and mouth cavity form for example, noone really cares as it's virtually ...

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What's your favorite, personally-stashed 'money' sound?
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About ten years ago I had borrowed an unimpressive but functional Mini DV-camera which I used to record sounds (this was before my first real field-recorder). At one time I brought it with me just to ...

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Psychoacoustics
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I absolutely love psychoacoustics, it is the very reason I fell in love with sound to begin with, but frankly this is a very very hard question to answer. Psychoacoustics are rarely something really ...

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Why are ADR scenes dark?
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Both as a necessity when using projectors, and as to not risk distracting the actor. Mind you, voice-acting is MUCH harder for actors then regular physically based acting as all there is is a screen ...

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how did they create this specific voice
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The voice is, as everybody else already pointed out, clean. It is, however, not recorded on location, it's completely ADR. I even, for the sake of argument, just made the exact same voice myself, ...

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How would YOU design the sound of fingernails on a floor?
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For the sound of dog I actually normally just use a kind of heavy-duty gloves I've epoxy-glued paper-clips on. I was gonna try other things as well when it was still just gaffed on, like pieces of ...

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REBOOT: What makes you think YOU'RE a sound designer?
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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 ...

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dissertation help. perception of sound
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Um, it doesn't really matter if a sound is real or not in a movie, actually very few of them are. Generally, if the audience actually thinks of a sound as a sound effect, no matter how good it might ...

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making voice overs sounding cartoonish?
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In my opinion the only voices that can be made cartooney in post is chipmunks, smurfs, and shrunken people voices, absolutely everything else (that I can think of right now) is a matter of great and ...

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What is a soundscape?
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There are lots of opinions of this, and mine is that a soundscape is the exact same thing as a landscape, just aural-based instead of geographical. In that sense, the soundscape, in films, is the ...

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What EQ's have an octave notch?
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Assuming we're thinking about the same thing, it's not octaves, it's harmonics. The difference being that harmonics are doubles of the original harmonic, meaning for example the first overtone of ...

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How to dress when recording Foleys?
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It depends. If I know for sure there are no way anyone would see me, and I'm in my own studio - tee and boxers. In extreme cases also a thick Palestinian scarf (textured with skulls and crossbones for ...

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Eye gouging noise
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For things like this I've used heavily cooked macaronis for the gooey sound in combination with messing around with a spoon in a jar of jam, and biting a special kind of big green grapes for the ...

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Replicating "computer readout" sound
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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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Any tips for close miking SFX and getting good transient responses?
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This is a very simple thing to do, but dynamic mics are rarely if ever a good choice for these kind of things. Myself, I use cheap mics like Line Audio CM3, and not so cheap mics like Sennheiser MKH40....

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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film
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Talking to schizophrenics for advice how it sounds won't necessarily do you much good as we're not talking something like an LSD-trip or such here, we're talking a state that appears totally natural ...

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Sound Design & 5.1
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I actually often design sounds in 5 channels, in rare cases 5.1, but you must be absolutely positively certain why when doing it. Most sounds I actually do in mono, and others in stereo, always ...

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Does the quality of picture affect the timbre of foley you record?
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When I do foley I rarely base such things on the quality of the movie as a whole. After all, first of all it can be hard to tell when I get a movie ungraded and raw how it will be in the end, and ...

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What do sound designers need in a DAW?
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Well, I might probably find more stuff the more I think of it, but right now there are a few things I can't live without (in no specific order); Timestretch/Warp Pitchshifter Good surround panning ...

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Canned sounds vs. ones you record yourself
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I was at the same webinar, and what Ric reacted to wasn't against use of canned effects, it was against calling it a design when it really mostly was a sound edit. I too thought it was well made and ...

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Could the secret ingredient or solution be as simple as reverb?
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No, not by far. Like with everything else in design, you must use what you use for a reason, and that reason must be that that particular effect brings forth what you need that very moment. Don't get ...

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Why would I get background noise but only in the negative cycles? (on CAD U1 USB mic)
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That looks like one of the most severe cases of DC Offset I've ever seen. I can't really make out the scale, but it looks pretty out-zoomed to me, and if so, I would return that card if I were you. It ...

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Production Dialogue -- point at face or chest?
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The best sound is not from neither the mouth nor the chest, it's from the golden spot in between. See, the mouth gets you all the treble you need, and then some, whereas the chest is all core and bass....

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Which bit rate for location sound recording?
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If it is 48/24 they ask for then there's really no point in recording in 96KHz and then convert it. There is a great gain if the project is being mixed in 96 and then resampled down to 48KHz, the ...

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Any tips on getting permission to record in secure places
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EMV and Iain says it very well, but to add my own view to that: I've been to several downright hazardous places, and it has always without exception ended up that way because I've earned their trust ...

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copyright on mechanical sounds
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As far as I understand it the copyright applies more or less only for electronically, and preferably (but not exclusively) musical, designed sound. Like the ringtones from polyphonic/PCM-cellphones to ...

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how to do a film mix- 5.1 and mono
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What you're asking here is basically like asking how to build a car from scratch, in detail. Not only is it extremely technical, different cars demand different ways to be built. Same goes here. A ...

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What is different between sound effect and foley?
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In my opinion, and I follow the old school in this, there is only one difference: performance. Sound effects are something you can record whenever you want, and normally referred to as sound editing (...

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post production 'BOOMs' - any help?
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I take it you mean low rumbles and such, and not explosions? Well, the secret to really kick-ass bass-effects must always begin with exceptionally good monitoring. See, bass is pretty much imho the ...

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Adobe Dropping Flash
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Not a big fan of flash as such as it is pretty annoyingly unstable, though I am by all means a big fan of many things made in flash, like Weebl, Salad Fingers and such. It seems most of the ones ...

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