Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg with alterations. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Field_recording_from_the_top_of_Hoogh_Catherijne,_Utrecht.JPG
If you are a sound effects or synth creator who has submitted a library to the Designing Sound monthly recaps and you would like to contribute to this series (and for some you haven’t received the questionnaire — check your spam folder), please email email@example.com. The deadline is 14 June.
When creating sound effects, how have you pushed the boundary? We asked this question to the SFX and synth creators in our community, and they responded with stories about how they’ve adapted, innovated, experimented, and had fun with their areas of expertise. This is the first installment of the series. Stay tuned for more later this week.
What is your name and who are your team members/co-creators?
My name is Alan McKinney, and I work with freelancer sound designers and developers where required, but usually alone.
Mattia Cellotto Audio Libraries @mattiacellotto
Red libraries @redlibraries
We are Cedric Denooz and Frederic Devanlay, the guys from Red libraries. We co-created our company 2 years ago, but we’ve known each other for 7 years now.
Hi, my name is Saro Sahihi, Sound Designer and Owner of SoundBits. I work alone most of the time, but sometimes I hire someone, or I ask one of my students to help me with large field recordings or with preparing content for different webshops (like the UE Marketplace or Unity Asset store).
When was a time you felt you pushed the boundaries to capture the perfect sound effect?
ZapSplat.com: I’ve come close to being arrested on a couple of occasions now. The first time I was recording at the foot of the runway at Gatwick airport here in the UK. I suppose I was acting suspiciously by lurking in the dark just a few hundred feet below landing aircraft. The police accepted my apology on that occasion and let me go without further explanation. It hasn’t stopped me from taking risks to get the perfect recording though. The riskiest and scariest for me was recording at the top of a waterfall in Devon. I am not good with heights and these particular falls were high, but I just had to record every angle and level possible. I got to the top, slipped and dropped my recorder. An expensive mistake, but I was just glad it wasn’t me that fell.