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Published on: 26 Sep 2016 by riskiyani
Downloading sound effects vs making your own
Sound effects are cool additions to lots of different media
projects - they may even be essential in many cases. It is said among video
pro's that bad images are OK, as long as the sound is great - but there is no
excuse for bad sound. In other words; what we hear is as important as what we
see, when we watch a movie, play a game, etc.
So why not make some sounds of your own - for that vacation
video or power point presentation you are making? I guess you could, but do you
know how? Audio and sound design is a complex field of its own. Do you know how
to use music synthesizers? Can you make a clean recording of a car horn, a
slamming door, a cash register going "ka-ching"? Unless you feel you
need to, you're usually better off downloading professionally made sounds -
rather than attempting the DIY route.
Why do sound effects categories have those weird names?
So - you do a web search, you find a few web shops where you
can buy sound effects. But what is the deal with all those strangely named
categories? What's a "Whoosh"? A "Stinger"?
"Walla"? It is a bit confusing at first, but yes - some categories do
have weird names. The ones I just mentioned have their names from the film
sound world; they are simply jargon words. "Walla", for instance,
means a crowd mumbling something that sounds like random conversation, but in
which the words are indistinguishable. This type of sound is often used in the
background of many movie scenes.
Just browse around if you're not sure. Use the sounds any
way you want - regardless of what film sound pros call them. There is no right
or wrong here.
What is the difference between file formats?
File formats and file resolution are two points you need to
pay attention to. Whether you need an mp3 for your power point presentation, or
a Chinese gong sound for a quiz you're hosting at a family reunion, you need to
know how to find the right file format. In both these instances, an mp3 may
sound just fine, but note that there are several different possible quality
settings within that format. Personally, I wouldn't go lower than 128kbps for
mp3 - and even at that point, things like cymbals or quiet background sounds
can have a strange, warbling sound to it. That is a limitation due to the
compression algorithm used to reduce the size of the sound. Go for a slightly
higher setting; like 192kbps or more. A bit longer to download, but sounds a
If you're doing video editing, and you have a fast computer
and a fast internet connection, you might want 16bit/48kHz wav files - or perhaps
even 24bit/96kHz. These are professional sound qualities, and they sound very
good indeed. But they also take up a lot of space and can be hard work for a
computer - especially if you have several channels of audio, along with HD
How can I tell if I'm getting quality sounds?
A well recorded and well mastered sound effect will have
little-to no noise. You should be able to see from the title and the
description what sounds are in the file, meaning that a sound file labeled
"Rain", should not contain audible birdsong, traffic noises, etc - if
these are not mentioned somewhere in the sales text. The main sound should have
a little "empty" space around it - you don't want the sound of a
slamming door with too much of the reverb tail cut off. That would sound
unnatural. And of course - you should be able to tell, just by glancing at the
title, if a sound might contain what you are looking for.
I hope this little write-up has armed you a little better in
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