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5 Tips For Effective Sound Design

5 Tips For Effective Sound Design

The whole sound design work is a very time-consuming and tiring task and without the necessary knowledge in this area will be quite difficult to get good results. The first thing that is required is the knowledge about this field, after that comes the experience and creativity.

It is true that knowledge is the sole of sound design but if you want to deliver required result than experience and creativity also comes in the priority list and thus one cannot ignore this. In this post you can read some important tips that will help you to understand sound design:

1. Choose the right software

For sound designing the very first thing that you need is a trustworthy and reliable software loaded with numerous features which meet your demands but finding a good software is quite difficult and the Internet makes this selection process much more difficult for the sound designers. Check whether the software is developed by authenticated developers and going through the reviews of other users (customers) also gives you a rough idea about the software. Here you will find a list of the best software for sound design: 5 Best Sound Design Plugins.

Also see: Best Software for Sound Designers

2. Use the less popular features

For getting some unique results you can use less popular features of your chosen sound design software. By using them you will get sounds which will not be only unique but will be original. For a good portfolio, producing unique and original sound is important and using this option can give you good results which will help you in long run in this field.

3. Keep yourself updated

Keeping yourself updated with the latest software and the newest trends can help you a lot in the sound design field. The sound design software is regularly updated and new features are added for making this whole task of sound design easier. Here on ProducerSpot.com we do this thing for a while. With daily updates we keep you informed with the latest news, reviews and post regularly great music production tutorials and articles. Also, there are other helpful websites, some of them may already know: Gearjunkies, Synthopia, Gearslutz (Forum), E-Home Recording Studio, The Pro Audio Files or BedRoomProducersBlog. All these websites are great to keep you updated with everything that moves in the industry.

4. Always be reckless and try new things

For creating a good result you will have to be reckless with your work and, in this case, the experience in sound design can help you a lot in achieving the required result. Being bold doesn’t mean that you can put anything; it means that the sound should be according to requirements and needs of the person. Be creative and get inspired from sources that others do not use them. Record sounds from the environment and process them with your favorite software to get unheard spectacular sounds .

5. Keep the concept and the application in mind

Keeping the concept and the application of the sound in mind will help you in delivering the required result and this also helps in developing unique and creative sounds. The original concept can help you a lot in getting the required result.

All the above tips can help you a lot in this specific field.

If you have something to add, you can do it in the comments section below.

  • AngelRho

    Good stuff. +1 on using less popular software features. Lately I’m more about hardware than software, and it’s more important for me to explore overlooked ways of using synths. I’m a big fan of the early 80s digital synths, and I figured out a way of using a white noise sample on an Akai S2000 to crank out sounds that mimic the “hand-drawn” sounds of PPG and Fairlight. Admittedly not the most innovative trick on the planet, but I’ve been unable to find anyone else doing that kind of thing in hardware (it’s old news if you use Absynth or Reaktor), especially lower-budget units like the S2000.

    Another hardware trick I have yet to try is sequencing MIDI controller messages to get that sequenced sound on DCO-based hardware like the Obie M1000, using Logic as a step sequencer. Not unusual for modulars, software synths yawn at it, but you still get the hardware sound without sacrificing tens of thousands of dollars and an entire wall of your living room for the full-sized version.

    And if things get boring in either hardware or software, never, EVER underestimate the power of random number generators! I’ve cranked out a ton of stuff lately based on random numbers. Granted, this won’t always work for most people. But I’ve found a lot of inspiration taking unplayable, randomly-generated garbage and “fixing” it so that it would at least make a sound. Take about 5 minutes playing the “what-if” game (5 minutes…don’t get distracted by pushing buttons), and you can come up with some cool stuff in a hurry.

  • Correntoso

    Hello, i want to say that it is a very useful information, and i want to cite this paragraph:

    …”The whole sound design work is very time consuming and tiring task and without the necessary knowledge in this area will be quite difficult to get good results. The first thing that is required is the knowledge about this field, after that comes the experience and creativity”…

    I am agree with that, nowdays we start things without the needed knowledge on the field, and that could bring some problems.

    By the way, reading this article i give to you one post which i made a few months ago:
    http://www.wavingsounds.com/recording-tips-and-mistakes/

    I think that it is very usefull in order to get greats sounds in productions.

    Thanks
    Have a good time!

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