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The Basics of Vehicle Sound Editorial

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The Basics of Vehicle Sound Editorial

One of the most challenging sequences a sound editor can face is a car chase. Vehicles are tough. Even the most experienced designer can hit a wall when trying to make them work. This is by no means a complete guide, however, this primer should prove helpful for those looking to dip their toes into the wild world of vehicle sound editorial.

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FOCUS ON THE CREATIVE: DEREZ DISINTEGRATION

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FOCUS ON THE CREATIVE: DEREZ DISINTEGRATION

The SiFi genre offers up so much creativity from a visual aspect but also opens up a lot of potential for cool sound design. This week, we will chat with sound editor Tess Fournier about a futuristic disintegration design she created.

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Designing Signature Sounds: 7 Steps to Creating an Exciting Aural Aesthetic

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Designing Signature Sounds: 7 Steps to Creating an Exciting Aural Aesthetic

You may recall that I’ve written about creating signature sounds in the past. So, why write another post on the same topic?  First of all, creating signature sounds is a skill that is absolutely essential to to setting yourself up as a high-quality professional sound designer.  Second, that post covered a practical approach to designing signature sounds such as working on one sound at a time and designing in context. Here, I’d like to walk you through my actual creative process on a particular project.  

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Top 5 Tips for Creating Horrifying Monster Vocalizations

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Top 5 Tips for Creating Horrifying Monster Vocalizations

Earlier this week we orchestrated a mini monster-fest, recording an insane amount of monster vocalizations for a new series.  We recorded almost everyone in the office performing a variety of sounds , giving direction as to the type of creature each person would be voicing and instructions on the types of sounds we needed.  Not only was this a total blast, but it reminded me how powerful our own voices are as a tool for sound design. As a result, these are my top tips for creating and designing great monster vocal material!

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Inside Sound Design: High Powered Energy Skates

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Inside Sound Design: High Powered Energy Skates

In this month's Inside Sound Design, we have a brief chat with sound effects editor Kevin Hart.  Kevin is a passionate member of the Boom Box Team who experiments with integrating other DAW's and softwares into his workflow.  You can read about his method for creating dynamic fight backgrounds in Ableton Live here.  In this post, Kevin shares his ideas and methods for creating the sound of high powered, electricity-based energy skates.

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Inside Sound Design: Robot Dialogue Processing

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Inside Sound Design: Robot Dialogue Processing

Creative dialogue processing is a unique and fun challenge that varies from the sound design work we typically encounter on a daily basis.  For this month’s Inside Sound Design post, I’m going to walk through one common and simple processing chain we might use for science-fiction themed computer or robot dialogue.  

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Found Audio: Build Up Your Sound Effect Library With On the Fly iPhone Field Recordings

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Found Audio: Build Up Your Sound Effect Library With On the Fly iPhone Field Recordings

As sound people, sometimes we hear something so unique we just have to capture it. A lot of sound designers (myself included) carry around mini recorders for just such an occasion. But we can't always be prepared. There are moments when you need to capture a sound in an instant. Like if a bird with a crazy call lands on an open window. We don't always have professional recording gear at hand. Most of us however do have a cell phone nearby.

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Inside Sound Design: Creating Haunted Vehicle Sound Effects

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Inside Sound Design: Creating Haunted Vehicle Sound Effects

For this month's interview post I sat down with Brad Meyer, a sound effects editor here at Boom Box Post.  Brad spends a lot of his time designing exciting, signature sound effects for his shows, especially vehicle sound effects, using both custom recordings and sound library material.  Brad sat down with me to talk about his process for creating the signature sound effects for a demonic race car that is possessed by monsters.

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