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How To Make Your Own SFX List

New Blog, folks, all about creating your own DIY, professional looking Sound Effects List and jump step the sound design so it costs you less in the audio studio. You can also watch the accompanying video that shows a bit more the how, which is embedded within the blog page.

There are several reasons why you would do your own Sound Effects List, a.k.a SFX List: The first being money. You want to save money to pay your Sound Guy (or Gal). Another reason is the fact that through the SFX list, you get to do part of your Sound Design yourself. Not only does that ensure you get what you want, but also saves on time throughout, because there is less back and forth with the sound studio.

This guide is for those who wish to try their hand at, or to improve at, an SFX list.

As an aside, for those of you who are approaching Audio Post-Production for the first time, the role of the Sound Gal or Guy is to clean the audio, remove any noise, even out volume, make sure all audio has the same quality (you don’t want one scene to sound muffled and the next one “tinny”, in fact you want neither muffled nor “tinny”), to add background ambient sound and room tones, to add Sound Effects. If you have your list ready made, then the Sound Guy or Gal doesn’t need to do it and it saves time in the studio, as mentioned above.

All right, so how can you look like a pro?

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DIY Audio Booth

Binky Productions presents its own DIY Audio Booth video. Celinka Serre (Director and Editor) explains how she fixed up an Audio Booth that cost her literally $0.00.


ADR You don’t want that!

Today on Binky’s Blog, Binky talks about ADR. What to do if you HAVE to do it, how best to save time and money, and shares how it can be avoided with two simple tricks that can be applied on set.

“Ah, the joys of Audio Post-Production. And what is ADR exactly? Automatic Dialogue Replacement. Also referred to (though rarely) as Additional Dialogue Recording. However you say it, ADR means long and tedious hours and it can be very costly. It’s something, when you’ve done it, you want to avoid. And it you HAVE to do it, then you want to do it in as little time possible. Let me tell you how you can save time doing ADR and how you can avoid having to do it in the first place, just with two simple tricks on set.

First, let’s begin with why and when. ADR is part of the Audio Post-Production process. So you got your person cleaning audio, making things “seamless”, adding sound effects. But sometimes, the audio is just not good enough and cleaning it doesn’t help it sound better. The reasons? 1) Could be your audio recording device was malfunctioning (this is the worst case scenario and happened to me) and it messed up your sound and it all sounds…bad. 2) There’s a buzz in the audio or a whistling (another sort of malfunction, sometimes sporadic, sometimes constant). 3) The line was whispered and was not loud enough. 4) The line was said too far from the mic or the actor was turned away from the mic and the sound did not get picked up. 5) Something unexpected came in and added a noise at one precise moment (tractor, truck, thunder). 6) One word from the line is shouted and the audio peeks at that place. 7) There’s a lot of wind.  Usually, if the reason is 5, you can retake the shot, but sometimes sounds are recorded and unheard by anyone except for the Sound Recordist. So trust your person to notice these things. But long days can mean missing some of the sounds sometimes and it’s only normal, since the human brain can’t register everything at once. So don’t fire your sound person just yet.

Okay, **** happened. What do we do now? ADR.”

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