The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects

The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects

Ric Viers

Language: English

Pages: 326

ISBN: 1932907483

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Sound Effects Bible is a complete guide to recording and editing sound effects. The book covers topics such as microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding Digital Audio Workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, and more.

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you have all of the paints you need to create your masterpiece. Complicated events, like a twister ravaging a trailer park, contain hundreds of intricate sounds playing in a symphony of destruction. These effects are recorded as separate, isolated sounds to be mixed and combined in the design process. It is far too difficult, not to mention dangerous, to record a real tornado. Even if you did achieve a safe recording of the event, you would find that the real sound is less dynamic than a sound

processors, worldizing involves playing the source recordings back through speakers that are placed in real-world locations and re-recording in the new environment. This gives the sound a whole new character and believability. The practice of worldizing goes back as far as the 1950s, but the term was first used by George Lucas and Walter Murch. Worldizing is primarily used in filmmaking. Sweetening Some sounds are dull in real life. Explosions can be one of these types of sounds. When this

an elevator crash. Creating complex events can be challenging and equally rewarding. This takes some skill and a fair amount of source material. The elevator shaft is basically a vertical tunnel. Use reverb to help create this environment for an exterior crash perspective. Start with an ominous metal stress to generate the suspense of something going wrong. Use heavy guitar strings or piano wire to simulate the sound of the cable snap. Long metal screeches are used for the emergency brakes

because they don’t have that smooth, rich tone that a wood body gives. Lastly, add some wood debris along with a couple of short planks or spindles to emulate the legs of the piano. RV Camper Roll Down Hill This is not a common sound, by any stretch of the imagination. It made the list because how the sound came about being recorded illustrates the main principle of sound design: improvisation. While out recording car crash elements in a junkyard one day, a friend and I came across a

recording and editing emergency sound effects: Fire Stations Through six degrees of separation, everyone knows someone whose brother is a firefighter. I myself have three stepbrothers- in-law serving. When they aren’t out risking their lives and being heroes, they’re at the fire station watching television, working out, and making the world’s greatest chili. That said, firefighters usually jump at the chance to do anything but sit around and wait for the bell to ring. Fire stations are a

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