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Sound Library and Audio for Video

A recent assignment from my Audio Engineering degree course at UHI Perth was to create a Sound Library and then use those sounds with a short silent movie. Following the links on this page will open new tabs or windows on your machine which will show the files as I have stored them on my OneDrive.

Sound Library
There are approximately 80 sound clips available here . I’m happy for these to be used by anyone who stumbles across them under a Creative Commons licence.

These were recorded using a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder. When choosing what to record I had in mind the sound design which I would be doing for the video. Many of the sound clips were recorded not to be used on their own, but because I could imagine how they would sound when I manipulated them with a software sampler. In this way, they were used as layers within sounds I created. The sound clips were ‘topped and tailed’ in PreSonus Studio One Pro. The image below is a screenshot of the clips being manipulated. A larger version of the image can be seen here.

Movie Clip

We were given a movie clip and asked to a) create a sound design for it and b) edit it down from it’s 3:50s duration to approximately 1 minute.
I chose to interpret the video as an advert. Not for any product in particular, simply to create a short and, hopefully, memorable video.
Click here
for it to open in a new window. It’s approximately 60 seconds, take from it what you wish.

An important stage in sound design is to create a spot sheet. This is a way of working out what sound is required at what points in the movie. My spot sheet can be found here.

 

 

Recordings…

I’ll be making a series of posts as a Project Log for an albums worth of songs I’m recording and producing. This post is a simple introduction and placeholder for those that will follow. The Album is to be called “Crystal Skies” and all future posts about it will be tagged with “Crystal Skies” .

The songs have been written and recorded by a friend, as demos using a Boss BR800 desk-top multitrack recorder. He has generously allowed me free reign to take the songs from his demos to fully produced, fit for commercial release songs. So no pressure there then! This project will also be used as part of my Degree studies at UHI.


 

Coming back to life….

It’s been a while since I updated anything on this blog…. But prepare for more!! Lot’s of interesting observations over the summer of 2019, many related to live music at the Rewind Festival @ Scone Palace and the Cognac Blues Festival. Others from helping a firned with the acoustic properties in her companies offices.

And… it’s back to University time for further studies in Audio Engineering.

Happy days!!

Blogpost7 – end April ‘19

DAWs

  • Ongoing working on “Connected”
  • SPOT chart and Plan submitted

WICI

  • Personal Development Plan
  • Extended SWOT analysis
  • Next week job interviews and 1-2-1’s

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Guidance on assignment submission
    • Filenaming
    • Master the three songs to the same levels
  • EQ tips
    • 18dB/octave for high pass filter
    • 200Hz – boxy sounds
    • Compression 2:1 quck/fast release (below 80mS)
    • More EQ for vocals – 1.5dB at 2kHz boost
    • Limiter – set target for -12dB
    • Andrew_Sinclair_MTM LO file naming

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • missing

Blogpost6 – April ‘19

HOLIDAYS!!!

DAWs

  • Ongoing working on “Connected”

WICI

  • Copyright & Contracts
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988
  • Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005
  • Weathervane Music – Shaker Through

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Critical Listening – Ana Calvi – “As a Man”
  • Mix practice
    • Select songs from Cambridge MT
      • Pray For The Rain – Nerve 9
      • Blues Is A lady – Peter White
      • Prodigal – Starnes and Shah

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • Reverberation
  • Absorption
  • Room Treatment
    • Sabines

Blogpost5 – end March ’19

HOLIDAYS !! Soon!!

DAWs

  • Ongoing work on creating Sound Design for “Connected”

WICI

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Noise Levels – Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005
  • Employee Safety
    • Slips, trips and falls
    • Electrical safety

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Critical Listening – Newton Faulkner – Teardrop
  • Ongoing mixing practice

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • Standing Waves and Room Modes
  • Flutter echoes
  • Rooms and targets
  • Flanking

Blogpost4 – March ‘19

DAWs

  • Ongoing work on creating Sound Design for “Connected”

WICI

  • Copyright and Contract
    • PRS – royalties to performers
    • PPL – royalties to writers
  • The Bob Rock and INXS story
  • Copyright exists until 70 years after the death of the author or when it was created. Music recorded in the 1950’s is coming out of copyright.
  • Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Ongoing multitrack mixing
    • Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • Standing Waves and Room Modes
  • Flutter echoes
  • Rooms and targets
  • Flanking

Blogpost3 – early March ‘19

DAWs

  • Working on creating Foley sounds for “Connected”

WICI

  • Gibbs Reflective Cycle
  • Networking – pros and cons

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Practicing multitrack mixing
    • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
    • Heartbreaker
  • Developing a process for doing this.
    • Listen to all tracks, audition them
    • Make track list
    • Top’n’tail recordings
    • Begin initial mix
    • Save to listen to in other environments

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • Absorption Indices
  • Sabines


 

Blogpost2 – mid Feb’19

DAWs

  • Moreon Foley and how to use ProTools to build effects
  • Draft of the plan – “a plan for a plan”
  • Watch chosen movie and start sketching sound design requirements

WICI

  • More on SWOT
  • Company structures
  • Guidance on GU requirements

MULTITRACK MIXING

  • Reverb
    • Lexicon – top make.
    • Plate Reverb for vocals
    • Put an EQ in front of reverb to improve the effect, particularly with sibilance
    • Put reverb on an aux bus to mix with dry signal
  • Alan Parson’s DVD

ACOUSTICS AND LIVE SOUND

  • LO3 Reboot
  • All about Reverb
    • RT60 is time for reverb to fall by 60dB

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