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Hard Patching: Modular Synths

Tim Prebble's modular

Tim Prebble’s modular

The first time I saw a modular synth, I was taken aback by the massive nest of patching cables, seemingly flying off in all directions and connecting various devices with countless knobs and flashing lights, somehow creating all kinds of strange sounds. Coming up in a mostly digital world, such a mass of wiring was somewhat foreign to me. Sure, I had put together studios before, but those kinds of wiring setups were far more linear, at least as far as I was concerned. While I had spent a lot of time with Propellerhead’s Reason, virtually patching together all kinds of sound modules, I couldn’t even begin to compare it to the sight of a rack of analog modular hardware. However, I finally got to sit behind a modular at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California last year, and after just a few moments of fiddling, I was hooked.

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 | 13 comments

A New Approach to Internships?

Maybe a little less preparing this... [Photo by flickr user chichacha. Used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.]

Maybe a little less time preparing this… [Photo by flickr user chichacha. Used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.]

Guest Contribution by Timothy Muirhead

Although we all like to talk about sound work as a very creative discipline it is also a technical one.  Universities and other post secondary institutions really have their hands full trying to teach both sides of the craft – the hows and the whys.  Most come up short on one side or the other and that is why the industry has come to rely so heavily on the concept of the internship to complete the educations of those just entering the work force. I know the work placement I did at the conclusion of my time in film school taught me more in 4 months then I was able to absorb in the previous three and a half years I spent in classrooms. The schools narrow it down to the individuals who are dedicated, and give them time to focus on the craft and decide if it is indeed right for them. It teaches perseverance – but the internship is where you really learn the trade.

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 | 2 comments

Sound for the Documentary “Out of Nothing”


photo courtesy of Chad DeRosa Photography

Guest Contribution by James Bretz

The documentary Out of Nothing is my first feature, and the first feature for our entire P-51 Pictures team. It’s more than just a story about motorcycles. It’s a human story. It follows four men who follow their passions and dreams, and it tells one of many stories that are a part of a larger community of individuals and teams involved in motorcycle land speed racing.

When looking over the footage that Director Chad DeRosa had shot over the course of two years, one word came to mind. Scope. It was Chad’s and Producer Andrew Lahmann’s goal that the film should look and feel large. We wanted Out of Nothing to be experienced as more of an action/drama narrative than an informative style of documentary

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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

boom library

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.

HISSandaROAR – Contact Mic Two


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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