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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.

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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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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 | 0 comments

SoundWorks Collection – Leslie Ann Jones

In the latest offering from SoundWorks Collection, the spotlight is on Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound. This 10-minute profile explores Jones’ musical roots and her 30-year career as a recording and mixing engineer.

Check out other SoundWorks Collection videos at: soundworkscollection.com

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – September 2014 (Part 2)

Part 2 of our September roundup comes a little late (Part 1 is here in case you missed it), but there’s plenty of interesting and unusual independent sound libraries to be found here. And don’t forget, if you’ve got a recently-released sample library that you’d like to be considered for inclusion, use the Independent SFX submission form to tell us about it!

Gateway Part 1 – The Library by Empty Sea

Empty Sea present their new library of doors, doors and more doors! From tiny compartments to creaky gates. In all, 675 files and 1200 sounds all recorded at 96 KHz / 24bit.

Released: September 2014
Price: $80.00

Gateway Part 1 product page
The Library by Empty Sea webpage

Shadowscapes – Moon Echo Audio

Moon Echo Audio’s latest library taps into the dreamy, dark and unnerving. Presenting 12 moody soundscapes designed to “embrace the decay of human society”. Each of the soundscapes – with varying durations of between 1-2 minutes – comes as a 48KHz / 24bit file and has been created using a variety of techniques such as granular synthesis, pitch shifting and complex delays.

Released: September 2014
Price: $69.00

Shadowscapes product page
Moon Echo Audio webpage

Gorification (HD) – Timothy McHugh

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Gorification (HD) is an extensive collection of high-impact gore. Featuring over 1200 sounds of violence; from bone crushing to blood splatting and knife wielding to skin slashes.

Released: August 2014
Price: $35.00

Gorification (HD) product page
Timothy McHugh webpage

Bells & Bowls – Hzandbits

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A collection of glass, ceramic objects and bell-like sounds recorded 86 96KHz / 24bit.

Hzandbits have created 14 bell-like sounds, each multisampled and tuned to its nearest note, using source material such as bowls, glasses and vases. This library is ideally suited to taking these sounds further, using whichever combination of today’s sampling tools take your fancy.

Released: September 2014
Price: $18.00

Bells & Bowls product page
Hzandbits webpage

Big Piggy SFX Vol. 1 – Piggysounds

What you get is 114 high quality sound effects divided into 11 categories, including; ambience, Foley, sci-fi, suspense FX and whooshes. All sounds were recorded at 48KHz / 24bit and come with a PDF for database management.

Released: September 2014
Price: $150.00 digital download or $170.00 on a USB stick

Big Piggy SFX Vol. 1 product page
Piggysounds webpage

Universe Bundle – SoundMorph

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Here it comes! Universe is a bundle featuring all SoundMorph products since the beginning of time. Developed by some of the leading Sound Designers and Musicians working within the industry, the Universe bundle represents a significant saving when set against individual purchases.

10,000+ sfx samples and three flagship software apps, Universe comes with an extra option that will entitle you to a year of free upgrades.

Released: September 2014
Price: $699.00 or $899.00 for the +365 version with 12 months of upgrades free.

Universal Bundle product page
SoundMorph webpage

Wind Turbines – Detunized

Detunized introduce a library pack of showcasing the sound of wind farms. Available as either a standard BWAV edition of 124 48KHz / 24bit recorded takes, or Ableton Live Pack (versions 8 or 9 only), Wind Turbines includes a whole host of ambiences, propeller blades, transformer stations and other mechanical noises.

Released: September 2014
Price: €15.00

Wind Turbines product page
Detunized webpage

Organic Percussion – Delectable Records

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An impressive ensemble of production tools from Delectable Records. Featuring House beats mixed with groovy percussions including Congas, Timbales, Bongos and much more! Perfectly suitable for House, Percussion, Deep House, Funky House, Dance, Tribal House, and Soulful productions, there are 10 Constructions Kits designed and made exclusively for Delectable Records by Gennaro Rino Becchimanzi.

Available in Zip, WAV & Apple Loops format, Organic Percussion contains over 230 Percussion sounds that will enrich your rhythmic tracks instantly.

Released: September 2014
Price: £19.95

Organic Percussion product page
Delectable Records webpage

Rain and Thunder – 99Sounds

Rain And Thunder is a free collection of field recordings that were captured during a severe storm in Belgrade, Serbia.

Featuring recordings from both outdoor and indoor perspectives, the library is completely free to download and use.

Released: October 2014
Price: FREE

Rain and Thunder product page
99sounds webpage

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – September 2014 (Part 1)

It has been a little while since the last SFX Independence post. So many new sfx libraries have come to our attention during that time that this roundup comes in two parts, designed to make it more digestible. Part 2 will follow later in the week.

Our aim is to provide readers information about the best and most innovative independent sound effects library available, so if you’d like your recently-released library to be considered for inclusion in the next roundup, all you need to do is fill in the Independent SFX Library submission form.

Tim Nielsen – Yellowstone

The Yellowstone SFX Library comprises 120 stereo tracks, recorded at 96/24 by supervising sound editor and sound designer Tim Nielsen. This 8GB pack of sounds from the Yellowstone geothermal volcano in Wyoming, USA, includes giant geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, water streams and more.

Recorded using a SoundDevices 722, using Schoeps MS rig (CMC6 XT extended frequency bodies with an MK41/MK8 Capsule setup) and a Telinga Stereo Parabolic microphone.

Released: August 2014
Price: $50.00

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 | 5 comments

Sound Design Inspiration from Outer Space

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A few months ago I came across a Twitter post made by Stephan Schütze (a recent Designing Sound contributor) that continues to resonate with me (no pun intended) and I wanted to share it with anyone in the sound design community that has yet to hear these sounds.

As a side note, Stephan’s tweet was unrelated to his Designing Sound contribution (which can be found here) that he wrote for our monthly theme dedicated to Vehicles.

The original Twitter post was for an article entitled:

NASA Probes Record Sounds In Space – And It’s Terrifying.

I was immediately enthralled as soon as I heard the sounds. Opposed to my previous beliefs, outer space actually does produce sound, and the sounds are quite remarkable.

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