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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Field Recording Competition Time


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.

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – Late May 2013

There’s a whole heap of stuff going on in the independent SFX community┬áthat’s worth making note of. So, here goes…

New Libraries Available Now…

New Sound Lab’s Optical Drives


This library features recordings of computer optical disc drives (two internal desktop CD/DVD-R and one internal laptop slim CD/DVD-R slot-load).

Two induction coil pickups were used to record the electromagnetic fields emitted by the drives, capturing a very unique set of sounds and textures. These range from sharp percussive bleeps, glitchy static and noise, to electromechanical motor sounds, and drones. You’ll find use for many applications, including UI interface design, transitions, sci-fi, robot/servo sounds, technology, and computer sound effects.

Recordings include all functions of the DVD drives, e.g. disc loading, reading, writing/burning, spin up/down, errors, and disc ejecting. Also, each drive was taken apart and manipulated to create additional sounds.

Check it out here!

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Another Sound Effects Library Round-Up

Awesome new libraries continue to pop up. Here are some of the latest releases we’ve noticed:

Echo Collective has just released a new library titled “Motion Textures.”

This is a design package built for drawing sonic lines and creating gently moving sonic textures. The concept is that consistent sound of friction will translate well to visual design elements that have CG and text movement on screen.

More after the jump…

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