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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – June 2014

A quick round-up of recent releases from independent sound designers …

Sonic Salute – Rock & Roll

First up this month we come bearing gifts – an exclusive 20% off coupon for the latest Sonic Salute library pack.

ROCK & ROLL: Rock/Concrete/Metal Impacts and Dirt Debris contains over 300 LCR recordings of rolling rocks, rock and concrete impacts, dirt, debris, you name it. Basically, all the rock, with a lot of extra roll. All files are 24-bit / 192KHz and the product page has some cool info and video footage of the backstory of this collection.

Designing Sound have teamed up with Sonic Salute to give our readers 20% of this collection. Using the coupon code: ROCKTOTHEROLL20 on checkout will give you 20% off the usual $45.00 price, valid for 48 hours from the publication of this here post.

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Posted by on May 8, 2014 | 2 comments

SFX Independence – May 2014

It’s been a little while since the last SFX Independence. This month’s round-up runs the gamut of sounds, from guns and rockets, to birds and screams. Plus, there are some get-them-while-you-can offers still on. First up…

Boom Library – Birds of Prey

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With their latest release Boom Library continue their tradition of giving early-bird discounts (definitely no pun intended). They are offering a 20% discount on Birds of Prey up until May 10th of €119.20.

As an extra tidbit, check out this short interview with the sound designer Dennis Osternacher about recording in the wild.

www.boomlibrary.com

HISSandaROAR – Contact Mic Two

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HISSandaROAR released a new library this past week. Contact Mic Two is a whopping 12.5 GB of dual mono/stereo contact mic recordings, all recorded at 24-bit / 192KHz.

You can purchase either Contact Mic One or Contact Mic Two for a discount; $129 down from $198 for One, and $74 down from $99 for Two. This special offer ends midnight Friday 9 May though, so you’ve got to be quick.

Also worth checking out is the back story behind the latest release, as well as a beginner’s guide to contact mic recording, both courtesy of Tim Prebble’s The Music of Sound blog.

www.hissandaroar.com

Diego Stocco – FFS // Rhythmic Convolutions

Diego Stocco’s Feedforward Sound series has been a hit among professional and hobbyist sound design enthusiasts alike. The first tutorial, Rhythmic Processing, looked at generating rich rhythmic textures from one source recording with percussive transients. The second, Convolution Processing, shifted focus slightly toward creating and processing transients and accents that are musically in sync with a main rhythm track.

His latest offering is not a tutorial, but a collection of creatively recorded spaces. Rhythmic Convolutions takes impulse responses to another level, with a set of over 200 responses aimed designed for processing highly percussive sound elements.

At $29.99, this pack comes in a little pricier than the previous two, which is explained by the fact that these are impulse responses that once purchased can be integrated into any sound design workflow.

Audio files are 24-bit/48KHz.

EDIT: The standard price of $29.99 is specifically for the purchase of a music license single user. If your usage falls under any other category (or you’re not sure), you’re advised to check the product website and/or email ffs@diegostocco.com.

www.diegostocco.com

Rabbit Ears Audio – Rockets 2

Rockets 2 – Static Burns is the brand new library from Rabbit Ears Audio. Following on from Rockets 1, which pulled together a various rocket ignitions, launches and misfires, their new collection goes one step further.

Featuring an assortment of large-scale rocket motors, both dry propellant and commercially available, each motor was recorded from up to 8 perspectives at 24-bit / 192KHz.

Rockets 2 is currently priced at $79.00 (usual price $99.00) and, for a limited time, customers can pick up Rockets 1 and 2 for discounted price of $135.00 (usual price $169.00).

Visit the Rockets 2 product page for full details including licensing info.

Rabbit Ears Audio – Typewriters

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Another recent addition to the Rabbit Ears Audio library is Typewriters. Also priced at $70.00, this collection features seven different typewriters all recorded from 4 mono perspectives; close; distant; under keyboard (close) and; under type bars (close).

All files are recorded at 24-bit / 192KHz and are availble to purchase now via this link.

www.rabbitearsaudio.com

Watson Wu – FullAuto

FullAuto is a collection of two sound libraries (Part 1 and Part 2) from sound designer Watson Wu, featuring various recordings from full automatic rifles of different calibers. Recorded from a number of different perspectives, FullAuto also offers a range of shooting modes such as Singles, Bursts, Mag Dumps as well as gun foley sounds.

Each library is priced at $249.00 and is recorded at 24-bit / 96KHz.

http://www.watsonwu.com/store

Soundbits – Screams and Shouts

The final collection in this month’s round up is an impressive 873 screams, shouts, moans, grunts, hisses from humans, zombies, monsters and creatures from Saro Sahihi at Soundbits.

All recorded at 24-bit / 96KHz and priced at €40.00

Soundbits Store

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 | 7 comments

Whoosh Review

GUI3D_02In the last year, we’ve all been happy to see the slow emergence of software tools designed explicitly for sound design. The fine folks over at Tonsturm are the latest to release one such tool under the moniker Melted Sounds. Whoosh is a Reaktor based plug-in for designing, as implied by its name, complex and varied motion elements and pass-bys. The basic idea behind the tool is similar to a post here on Designing Sound by Charles Deenen, which was later built into a Kyma patch by Jean-Edouard Miclot. Whoosh simplifies the process of setting up this kind of processing chain yourself. If you’ve got Reaktor, you simply load the ensemble. The source material included with tool comes from some of the best independent sound effects libraries out there. Seriously, the list is hard to ignore. Sounds have been licensed from: Chuck Russom, Colin Hart, Tim Prebble, Jean-Edouard Miclot, Michael Raphael, Mikkel Nielsen, and Frank Bry…not to mention sounds from Tonsturm itself. It’s safe to assume that it sounds good…even if I weren’t about to tell you exactly that. Ultimately, deciding if it is a worthy addition to your toolbox is something we each have to decide individually. There are a lot of tools out there, and we all have our priorities. So, a review should be about its potential impact on workflow. Does it allow you a depth of control similar to Charles’ process at a comparable (or improved) speed?

Let’s take a look at what Whoosh can do.

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – Welcome to 2014

The year is still fresh, but 2014′s already brought us a number of great new SFX libraries. Go back to analog times and the earliest days of digital with new collections from New Sound Labs and Dynamic Interference. Monkey around with HISS and a ROAR’s latest offering. Or just blow the whole thing up with help from Blastwave FX.

 

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Field Recording Competition Time

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Tim Prebble recently launched the first in a series of field recording competitions via his blog – a neat coincidence given that here at Designing Sound we’ve dedicated October to all things field recording.

The premise is of the competition is simple: one month, one subject, one recording. Competition hopefuls are invited to upload their best recording of a cardboard box by 30th October. Dextrous and ingenious creations will serve you better than shiny and expensive recording gear, so do check Tim’s blog for full details and make sure you read the submission details carefully for a chance to win from a range of HISSandaROAR products.

Full competition details here.

http://www.musicofsound.co.nz

http://hissandaroar.com

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