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Posted by on Feb 18, 2011 | 0 comments

February’s Sound Design Challenge Announced

As usual, Shaun Farley has announced a new sound design challenge at Dynamic Interference.

Welcome to February’s Challenge. This month, we’ve gained permission to use a special video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS was founded in 1959 to sponsor and encourage programs aimed at the preservation of life and property from the dangers of automobile accidents. In 2009, to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IIHS, a special crash test was conducted to compare the relative safety levels of two vehicles at either end of the IIHS’s lifespan…a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. There’s a huge difference in the features and protection offered by the two cars; which is a testament to the efforts of the IIHS. To get a better understanding of the results, you should visit this page. It might help your design.

Read all the details at the official site.

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 | 1 comment

The Sound Collectors Club – February’s Theme: Wind

The theme for february’s collect at The Sound Collectors Club has been announced: Wind!

The result of the vote for the ‘Night and Day’ theme was a three way tie, so I’ve decided to give all three contributors the chance to choose a theme over the coming months.

First up is Dan Gallard of Sonik Boom Sound in Australia who has chosen ‘Wind’ to be February’s theme:

“My theme would be wind through different items be it trees, windows, doors etc. There have been a few times recently when I wish I had more wind to choose from.”

I don’t want to take over Dan’s idea (and feel free to comment to the contrary if this isn’t your wish, Dan) but one thing that I think would be good to try and focus on for this theme is capturing ‘atmospheric’ wind tracks (interior or exterior) and maybe trying to avoid anything that’s too similar to white noise. Obviously wind can convey all kinds of moods and emotions – everything from eerie whistles to relaxing breezes – and tracks like these can be priceless when it comes to needing to create interesting ambiances for films. Clearly, this is a tricky one as we will be at the mercy of Mother Nature but let’s see what we can all get together over the next few weeks.

Just a couple of ‘updates’ to mention regarding the club this month:

1. This month, I was going to completely close the door on any entries which don’t have a vocal ident but, considering the difficulty of the theme, I will be a little bit flexible for one more month. However, vocal idents are still preferred if possible. Otherwise, as usual, your recordings must contain some form of imperfection (mic bumps, shash, etc.) to prove that they are not taken from some FX library CD. Once again, please don’t take offence if your perfectly manicured contribution is not accepted; I’m just trying to cover my arse.

2. Lastly, due to a very low vote this past month, I think I’m going to put less emphasis on voting and winners. Essentially, I don’t think all that stuff really matters – I presume everyone’s main interest is simply the collecting. Therefore, once the ‘Night and Day’ winners have chosen their themes, I’ll just choose themes myself unless there happens to be a strong vote one month for some reason or if a theme gets a lot of requests in the poll widget in the sidebar of the club homepage.

More information at The Sound Collectors Club

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 | 0 comments

The Recordist Releases Ultimate Splash SFX Library, Q&A Included

The Recordist has released Ultimate Splash, a new sfx collection that includes 344 sounds of water splashes.

Introducing Ultimate Splash Sound Effects Library. Water splashes North Idaho style! We have our share of it way up here in North Idaho. One of the largest fresh-water aquifers in the country is right underneath my feet. This super soaked collection contains 344 water splash sound effects from many exhausting recording sessions over the last 3 years.

Recorded and mastered at 24-Bit 96k this unique library will make any production needing water sound design come alive with the sounds of the cleanest water on earth.

I visited quite a few ponds and lakes with the intention of throwing everything and anything I can into them. Rocks, cement blocks, chimney casings, wood logs, sticks, metal barrels and buckets were used to create the largest and smallest of splashes. I also employed my trusty JD tractor and dumped various amounts of water onto the ground and into bodies of water. I wish I could have thrown my own body into the water but at the time it didn’t seem like a good idea.

Also included are many foley actions. Footsteps, swirling, thrashing, wave washes and bucket movements round out this collection. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life. -Frank

Ultimate Splash SFX Library – $50 | 994MB | WAV | 96kHz 24-Bit | Soundminer and Pro Tools metadata ready

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Secrets for Great Film Sound, Complimentary Webinar by David Sonnenschein and Ric Viers

David Sonnenschein and Ric Viers are announcing a new complementary webinar (1 hour) on film sound. Here is the official information:

Learn from the Experts how to Solve Audio Challenges and Boost Creativity in Sound Recording, Editing and Design

  • Learn the essential tools and techniques from the best in the business!
  • How do you talk to the producer to get the gig in the first place?
  • What kind of prep can you do with the script to keep under budget and get the best recordings?
  • What gear and techniques do you need to solve those tricky dialogue scenes?
  • How can you integrate your skills with the picture editor and music composer?
  • What tools are available to help audio support character, emotion and story?

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2011 | 9am (Pacific) Session – Sign up here – or – 6pm (Pacific) Session – Sign up here.

More info: Sound Design for Pros

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