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Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 | 2 comments

PSE Hybrid Library offer with Soundminer discount added to the mix

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Pro Sound Effects are making available 100 copies of their newly Soundminer-enhanced Hybrid Library for USD 1500, until 31 December 2014. Two expansion libraries are also available at USD 500 each, and are designed to provide users with a free upgrade path as library content gets refreshed over time.

As an extra sweetener, Pro Sound Effects are bundling different versions of the asset management software Soundminer, at a reduced price:

- Soundminer HD (Win/Mac) USD 129
- Soundminer HD Plus (Win/Mac) USD 279
- Soundminer v4.5pro (Win/Mac) USD 599

These prices are only available when buying the Hybrid Library at the same time.

This Hybrid Library offer is available to qualifying freelance sound designers and media content creators.

Watch the trailer here.

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 | 0 comments

The School Of Sound International Symposium 2015

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The School of Sound has announced part of the lineup for the 2015 edition of the International Symposium. A unique series of masterclasses exploring the art of sound in film, the arts and media. We explore what sound does, how audiences listen.

Wednesday – Saturday
8-11 April 2015
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
London

Speakers include

Choreographer SIOBHAN DAVIES in conversation with composer/performer MATTEO FARGION
Opera and theatre director PETER SELLARS
Sound artist and Foley specialist NICOLAS BECKER
Artist, filmmaker and writer JOHN AKOMFRAH
Installation artist IMOGEN STIDWORTHY
Radio producer PIERS PLOWRIGHT
Performance artist DICKIE BEAU
Sound/music composer GERHARD ECKEL
Filmmaker and composer NADIM MISHLAWI
Sound designer RANA EID
Interactive games sound designers MARTIN STIG ANDERSEN, JOANNA ORLAND with composer, audio director and consultant JOHN BROOMHALL
and yoiker ÁNDE SOMBY …
with more participants to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 | 0 comments

You Should Really Check Out the Freelancers Union…

This is not specifically sound focused, but I thought this would be a relevant post considering so many within our community are freelancers. The Freelancers Union just recently came onto my radar. It is an advocacy group here within the U.S. to support all of those people who don’t have a staff job. In my mind, the most interesting thing about this organization is that they are organizing group health and retirement plans. If you’re a freelancer, this really is something you should check out. Membership is free; the only fees you can incur come with signing up for any of the benefits packages. They even have this handy tool to help you identify what benefit packages are available in your area. If fit one of these descriptions (and I’m quoting here), “freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees and the self-employed,” I encourage you to check this out to see if it fills any of your needs.

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – November 2014

If you create independent sound effects libraries and would like us to consider your recently-released library for inclusion in a future roundup, use the SFX Independence Submission Form to tell us all about it.

Tovusound – India Ambience / CityBeeps Cologne

Tovusound have made available two ambience packs that will transport you to the heart of Europe and South Asia.

The India Ambience sample library contains the sounds of big cities, nature, people and vehicles. Featuring 178 sounds recorded in 96 kHZ / 24-bit ORTF Stereo, India Ambience should prove a welcome addition to sound editors, sound designers and audio producers needing to fill in backgrounds or transitions with sounds from the region.

CityBeeps Cologne is a set of the city centre, parks, churches, the Rhine shore, the subway, the trains, and wonderful animal world of Cologne. Featuring 113 sounds recorded in 24-bit / 96kHz ORTF Stereo.

Released: October 2014
Price: India Ambience – €89.00 / CityBeeps Cologne – €59.00

Tovusound homepage
India Ambience product page
CityBeeps Cologne product page

Heavy Metal Impacts – HISSandaROAR

HISSandaROAR return with over 1900 metal impact sounds. From empty grain silos to rubbish skips and metal gates, this library pack offers not just practical ready-made sound effects, but also plenty of room for experimenting to create your own stingers.

Each sound captured with MKH8040 ORTF stereo, MKH8050 and AKG D112 microphones at 24-bit/192kH, and the library itself weighs in at a whopping 32GB. Check out this behind the scenes video to get a glimpse of how the library came together.

Released: October 2014
Price: USD $179.00

HISSandaROAR homepage
Heavy Metal Impacts product page

Water Movements – Sonic Salute

Want to be able to match the sound of footsteps going through water, with a more distant perspective? Or maybe you want to cut seamlessly between near and far? Water Movements sfx library may just be your rescue!

Recorded by a quiet Swedish lake, in late summer of 2014, the Water Movements fx library, is filled with splashes, drips, walking/running, moving, small water creature simulations, and more. All recorded with a close up mono mic, and a set of distant mics, set at 3-9 meters away from the source.

Released: November 2014
Price: $25.00

Sonic Salute homepage
Water Movements product page

unEarthly Ambience – James Dean

unEarthly Ambience is 27 designed background ambiences that have been created from original field recordings and modular synthesiser recordings. The result is a mixture of organic textures, thick industrial machine rooms, and futuristic sci-fi atmospheres.

unEarthly Ambience product page

Released: September 2014
Price: $20

Hurricane Winds – Sonic Salute

Another new one from Sonic Salute, Hurricane Winds contains both interior and exterior perspectives, and has been culled some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area over the past three years. For authenticity’s sake, the sounds are presented ‘as is’ with no edits or cuts.

The Hurricane Winds library contains 38 tracks all recorded at 96KHz /24-bit and features:

- 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from Yachting, and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it fly’s through rigging, wires, masts
- 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
- 2 tracks of a storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
- 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.

Check the product page for full details.

Sonic Salute homepage
Hurricane Winds product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $25.00

Bloody Nightmare – SoundMorph

Bloody Nightmare is a modern horror cinematic library aimed at the most cutting edge bone chilling productions out there. Whether you work in sound design, as a composer, trailer editor or as an electronic musician, Bloody Nightmare is a valuable new wave of Horror sounds that will surely cause visceral moments of terror and dread!

Bloody Nightmare features 550+ sounds and 4.4GB of 96khz / 24-bit of horror impacts, glitches, stingers, nightmare pulses, breaths and whispers and stutters, choppers and cuts, to name but a few. All embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata.

SoundMorph homepage
Bloody Nightmare product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $99.00

Just Gore / Just Impacts SoundBits

Soundbits’ Just Impacts Bundle offers three collections in one, giving a total of 960 files of hits, impacts and smashes.

The ‘Just Impacts – Simple’ provides a construction kit of sounds for further processing and manipulation, whilst the ‘Just Impacts – Processed’ and ‘Just Impacts – Designed’ are perfect as mix-ready sounds for quick fx laying.

Each collection is available to purchase separately. However, there is a 30% discount on the bundle. Normal ‘Impacts’ bundle price: EUR 105.00. Discounted price is EUR 73.50 until the end of November.

Just Gore is 496 files containing over 820 bone-breaking, blood-soaking and flesh-slicing sound effects. This construction kit contains all the sounds of gore you need for your horror – with extra chainsaw on the side!

Soundbits homepage
Just Impacts product page (bundle)
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Released: October 2014
Price: EUR 73.50 (Impacts Bundle), EUR 45.00 (Just Gore)

Interact – noisecreations

Interact is a royalty free collection that provides interface, menu and HUD sound effects, specifically aimed at game audio professionals. Interact collection contains: Alarms, Selections, Notifications, Glitches, Transitions

Noise creations homepage
Interact product page

Released: October 2014
Price: £6.00

Los Angeles: Feel The Street – Stavrosound

Steve Papagiannis returns with another library of metropolitan cityscape backgrounds. At almost five hours, Los Angeles: Feel The Street is a full-bodied and rich attempt at capturing the city traffic, street level and diffuse sounds of a congestion-laden city. Presented as 34 96KHz/24-bit BWAV files.

Stavorsound homepage
Los Angeles: Feel The Street product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $49.00

Sound of Italy – Roberto Serra

Sound of Italy is an italian sound effects library for films, commercial, musics, games and other multimedia applications. Organised into ten principal categories, Sound of Italy is a collection of all manner of sounds with a distinctly Italian flavour .

Cars, ambiences, cooking and Folk music are but a few of libraries available to purchase separately, or as one Complete collection. Check the website for full licensing information.

Sound of Italy product page

Released: October 2014
Price: Individual libraries range from €25-€30. The complete collection is €230.00

Trot & Gallop – Foley Collection

Foley Collection – a traditional foley audio library based on Kontakt patches – has a new addition to it’s Foley Collection. Trot & Gallop has been added to the Total Foley collection pack, which is available from the Foley Collection website.

foleycollection.com

Released: October 2014
Price: €549.00 for the FC999 Total Foley Collection. Other packs and bundles are available.

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 | 3 comments

Documentaries

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Image by flickr user ryantxr, used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.

When we start talking about sound design most people will automatically think about it in relation to action or sci-fi films; maybe horror or animation. Occasionally, you’ll find people talking about the use of sound in a drama…frequently in those cases, the idea of employing hyper reality. It’s a far more rare occasion to find people talking about the use of sound in documentary. The most common concerns with sound for docs is dialog intelligibility and noise reduction. Those are important, certainly, but the contributions that sound can make to a factual narrative can be profound. There’s also a lot of work going on in the doc community, and we’re going to try and shed some light on it this month.

Guest contributions from the community are a big part of what makes this site special, and we know a lot of you have some connection to this month’s topic. If you’d like to contribute to the discussion this month, or are interested in taking part in next month’s theme (psychoacoustics)…then contact [shaun {at} this website].

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 | 0 comments

In Pursuit of Silence

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Early last year, we pointed out In Pursuit of Silence on Kickstarter. The initial campaign was early production funding. We then had the opportunity to interview the director, Patrick Shen, while he was in the middle of production and get a glimpse into the progress of the film. Now they’re at the point where they’re working to raise finishing funds. We support this film and its efforts to raise awareness about the pollution in our sonic environments, and we want to see it completed in a manner befitting the subject. I personally have backed it both times, so I’m not sitting here to encourage you to do so without taking part myself. If you missed the boat on the previous round of funding, now’s your chance to help support a doc which is focusing on a subject near and dear to the hearts of many in the community. Please help the film make it out into the world and have the impact it’s designed to. In the very least, please help spread the word!

Visit the Kickstarter page here

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 | 1 comment

Diego Stocco | Creative Miking Techniques

Diego Stocco returns with the third in his video series of advanced & experimental sound design techniques Feedforward Sounds. In this tutorial entitled “Creative Miking Techniques” Stocco goes into great detail to explain some of his techniques developed for sound design through creative recording.

“From my point of view, even in these days where plugins, controllers and apps have become important tools for music production and sound design, being able to effectively and creatively use microphones remains essential, because creating original sounds from all kind of acoustic sources remains essential.”

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