Rabbit Ears Audio has released Bells, its sixth sound effects package, loaded with 440 sounds of awesome bells of all kinds and sizes.
Bronze, Brass, Chrome, Gold, Stainless Steel, and Steel are just some of the materials that forged this library. We spent a day at one of the few remaining bell foundries in the United States and we rang bells until our ears nearly fell off. We hit them with mallets, clappers, and shook them with our bare hands. We also spent time on an old barge and percussion rental facility for rare and unusual bells.
Each bell was recorded from multiple perspectives . . . if you need a heavy attack or just a warm roomy bell toll . . . we’ve got it.
All the sounds were recorded at 192k and are available at REA in two different versions: 96kHz at $50 and 192kHz at $70.
Interesting release, huh? Let’s hear about some details of the process behind it:
Designing Sound: How did you get started with this library? Any special inspiration?
Michael Raphael: I love the sound of Bells and the way that they generate rich overtones. Most recently I was inspired by a sound installation by Stephen Vitiello called “A Bell for Every Minute”. It was after hearing that piece and talking with Vitiello that I really started to think about how often we are surrounded by bells, and subsequently how useful they could be for sound editors and musicians.
It is a multi-channel piece installed at the High Line in NYC and Vitiello went all over recording different types of bells. Each minute a new bell tolls and then on the hour they all play simultaneously. It was after that piece that I really started to think about how often we are surrounded by bells, and subsequently how useful they could be for sound editors and musicians.
BOOM Library has published details for their upcoming library called Cinematic Trailers, a huge collection of sources and designed sounds of whooshes, stingers, impacts, rises, and more, all of them delivered at 96kHz/24-Bit with Soundminer metadata.
As usual in BOOM, there are two packages available:
Construction Kit – Over 2000 WHOOSHES, STINGERS, IMPACTS, RISES and more, delivered as high quality source recordings. This collection is ideal for all kinds of headlines, titles, transitions, cuts and fadings. Any movement you can think of in your trailer, presentation, movie, or game – give it a boost with these sounds.
Designed Pack – 150+ “ready to use” sounds, pre-designed huge IMPACTS, WHOOSHES, TRANSITIONS and RISES. You want to get incredible sounding results but only have 30 minutes to go? You can do some real magic with this collection! Pull out some sounds – put them in your production and blow away your audience.
Cinematic Trailers is available for pre-order at BOOM Library with a 25% discount. The price is €119 for the construction kit and €79 for the Designed package.
Hollywood Shorts has published an interview with Eric Lalicata and Dan Snow, talking about relationship with filmmakers and work flow at Anarchy Post.
Eric Lalicata is an Emmy Award winning Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer specializing in sound supervision and sound mixing for television and feature films. Eric is the co-founder of Anarchy Post with Dan Snow, a veteran Post Operations executive with extensive film and music video production experience.
As co-owners of Anarchy Post, along with film producer Ryan Harper, they strive to help filmmakers avoid many of the pitfalls that can plague the post audio process. Anarchy Post just won the MPSE GOLDEN REEL AWARD and CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY AWARD for their work on Sony’s 30 Days of Night: Dark Days. We asked Dan and Eric to share some of their insights on what filmmakers should know to ensure a great sound design and mix for their projects.
David has offered up an excerpt of his article, “Sound Spheres: A Model of Psychoacoustic Space in Cinema,” to our little community. The full article appears in the Volume 1.1 of The New Soundtrack, available through Edinburgh University Press (an excellent journal that I highly recommend). David and I will be having a phone discussion on Friday about this new model of his, to be transcribed here on DS. So, if you have any questions or feedback about this article, make sure to leave a comment. I’ll do my best to include each one in our conversation.
Genesis of Sound Spheres
As a sound designer, musician and filmmaker, much of my creative work is based on personal experience in the world, based on my own senses. I have spent a great deal of time alone in the wilderness listening to unknown animal calls and finely sculpted natural soundscapes, as well as in foreign countries that offer unexpected sonic reflections of human culture. Through the simple act of listening and observing my own physical, mental and emotional reactions to the surrounding sounds, the stories of these places, people, creatures and events began to coalesce into a pattern. This pattern was drawn from the previous theoretical structures I had learned from studying and creating films (traditional models mentioned above), but extended beyond into this dynamic model that I now call Sound Spheres. (more…)
The Car And Driver website has interviewed Peter Brown (from Soundelux – Fast Five, Fast & Furios, Spider-Man) while he recorded cars at the California City airport. It is an interesting article as it is connected less with the technicalities of recording cars but more about the usage and capture of such sounds in the context of a Hollywood film, while achieving the director’s vision.
California City is one of those places with no apparent reason for being. It’s stuck out in the middle of the Mojave Desert where it’s brutally hot in the summer and windstorms will sandblast the paint off your car any time of the year. Fewer than 15,000 people live here, and if they didn’t have jobs at Hyundai’s nearby proving ground, a lot of them would leave. But California City has an airport. And since that airport is never, ever busy, it’s the perfect place for Peter Brown to record car sounds.
Click here to read the complete article.
GameSpot has published an interview with Chris Sweetman, the audio director of Splash Damage’s upcoming sci-fi game “Brink“. He talks about his career and his role as an audio director/sound designer.
Splash Damage’s upcoming futuristic shooter looks to stands apart from other shooters by focusing on parkour-style movement along with gunplay. The gunplay is what falls into audio director Chris Sweetman’s territory, a role where all things related to audio must come together and not sound like a garbled mess. In this e-mail Q&A, Chris shares how he got into sound design and the work that went into making all of Brink’s weapons sound unique.
Read the interview here.
The “Brink” developer diary also has a feature on the sound of the game. Sweetman explains his approach to the game’s design and also the use of multiple perspective samples, detailed Foley and a granular system for the gun sounds. Read it here.
David Sonnenschein is our special guest of the month. We already published an interview with him, but you also have the opportunity to make your own questions to David.
You can do it by using the contact form, or leaving a comment on this post.
Sound effects makers never stop. Here’s what’s coming soon in the indie libraries:
TONSTURM has announced The Whoosh, sfx pack of whooshes, pass bys, etc.
JordanFehrFX released Porcelain Destruction (Smashes, Breaks, Impacts, Debris, Shatters, Pieces, Moves, Shakes), including 34 files (3-5 performances each) at 96k/24-Bit.
The Bells are coming to Rabbit Ears Audio
And last but not least, The Recordist is offering Thunderstorm HD at a special price of $50 (50% off). (Update: Snowballs HD Ultra is also coming. Snowball madness at 192k.
This months Develop magazine includes a diverse cross section of game audio related articles as part of it’s Sound Advice column. Organizing orchestra’s, Convolution Reverb, and Social Sound Design are just a few of the topics covered in their web publication.
Jump to page 34 for the intro: Develop – Issue 116 – May 2011
Thanks to @stomp224 via #gameaudio at twitter.
Colin Hart has been very active with his company Hart FX, since the recent announcements of new releases (LFE Effects, two more), new assistant, and also new fantastic blog posts about their field recording trips. Colin has also released a new free library of sounds recorded from a Yamaha R1 motorcycle, at 96kHz/24-Bit.
Colin comments on his blog:
I’ll be writing about these topics:
1. Intro to the series (the article you are currently reading)
2. Recording the Yamaha R1
3. Recording at the Mechanic’s Garage
4. Falls Park Recordings
5. Recording Explosions
6. Recording Firearms
I will also be doing a series of tutorials that are related to some of the topics that I’ll be talking about. I’ll be releasing them periodically over the next month. Here’s the list of those topics:
1. Tutorial: Mic Placement with A Single Mic
2. Tutorial: Mic Placement with Multiple Microphones
3. Review: What surprised me about the RØDE NTG2
4. Tutorial: Recording with Multiple Machines