It has been another great year at Designing Sound. This site wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for you — whether you read, retweet our tweets, comment on posts or contribute with your articles. We are glad Designing Sound has grown to become an important resource, with over 1,600 articles on sound design.
Here’s a quick recap of 2013 with our most read posts:
- Recording Impulse Responses
- Loudness & Metering Part 1
- Transient Enhancement With Explosions
- Capcom Audio Director Tomoya Kishi Interview
- Pure Data Wavetable Synth – Part 1
- Sound Forge Pro MAC Review
- A Plug-in Vector Matrix
- Loudness & Metering Part 2
- Creating the Spaces of Ambience
- Unlimited Dialog “AIRFILL” to Fill your Every Need
Photo by: Chris Phutully
The year 2013 has been one of changes, additions, and collaboration here at Designing Sound and we want to thank all of our readers for their attention, suggestions, contributions, and overwhelming support. There have been so many great films, shows, games and events this year that we thought we would share some of our favorites for you to go back and check in case you missed them!
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Short and sweet for the final roundup of 2013.
SoundMorph Winter Sale
SoundMorph are having a 25% off winter sale. There isn’t much time left to take advantage of it though, discounts apply through December 25th. Check the SoundMorph website
to see the product range on offer.
Sonic Salute Winter Sale
Sonic Salute are also having a winter sale. Purchase either the Footsteps Snow or Ice Tension libraries and you will get the other for free, thereby saving yourself the princely sum of $54. Simples
Offer is valid until 1 January 2014.
Samuel Justice – St Jude Storm
When a storm battered Northern Europe in October this year, UK sound designer Samuel Justice got out his field recorder. Now, those recordings are available as a special sample library of high winds and wonderful resonances, recorded in a variety of spaces.
Check the website for full specification and purchase details:
Spectral Vibrations – Gun Mechanics
The first sound library from Graham Donnelly and Spectral Vibrations comes with over 250 individual sounds. Gun Mechanics – UK Police Edition aims to meet the specific need of game audio designers needing to tracklay with authentic UK-issue police firearms. Weapons in the library include the Glock 17 Pistol and the Benelli Gauge Pump Action Shotgun.
For full specification and pricing details check out the Spectral Vibrations website.
METAMORPH is the latest sample library from Twisted Tools, makers of the designed sample libraries as well as some fun and unique Reaktor ensembles. With sounds designed by BJM Mario Bajardi and Komplex (Iter-Research), METAMORPH “takes heavily processed violins, pianos and acoustic instruments and morphs them into impacts, sci-fi atmospheres, user interface elements and beyond.”
METAMORPH comes as stereo 24-bit, 96kHz BWAV files with full SoundMiner metadata for easy searching. It includes sampler kits for Ableton Live 9′s Sampler and Simpler, Logic 9’s EXS24, and Native Instruments’ Kontakt, Battery, and Maschine; Also induced is the MP16d, Twisted Tools’ sample player. METAMORPH contains just over 2 GB of samples broken down into 10 categories: Drums, Imaging Elements, Micro, Noises, Pass By, Sci-Fi Atmos, SFX, Textures, Tonal, and Composite. The “Micro” category includes User Interface and “Microbot” elements. There’s a good selection of sounds to be had, and the added metadata makes finding things fairly easy.