SOUND / MUSIC

"The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie."

~ George Lucas

A curation of articles, podcasts, videos, and courses to help with the sound and music for your film.

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Sound Editor  •  Sound Mixer  •  Composer

WEBSITES

A collection of websites pertaining to sound production for film:

FILMSOUND.ORG

FilmSound.org provides representations of practitioners of sound design, students, academics, as well as film sound buffs - love and enjoy

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INDIEWIRE

8 Tips for Making Your Film Sound Great from the Industry’s Top Sound Designers and Executives.

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SOUNDWORKS

The goal for the SoundWorks Collection is simple; we are dedicated to profiling the greatest and upcoming sound minds from around the world and highlight their contributions.

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SOUND DESIGN PROCESS

This site aims to cover a bunch of matters that will probably be interesting for any sound designer, from sound film impressions to ideas about field recording.

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BOOKS

A collection of books on the art and craft of sound design and music composing for movies. (*These are affiliate links)

Producing Great Sound for Film and Video: Expert Tips from Preproduction to Final Mix

You’ll learn practical, time-saving ways to get better recordings, solve problems with existing audio, create compelling tracks, and boost your filmmaking to the next level!

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Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History

Hearing the Movies, Second Edition, combines a historical and chronological approach to the study of film music and sound with an emphasis on building listening skills.

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The Location Sound Bible: How to Record Professional Dialog for Film and TV

This title is a complete guide to recording dialog on location. The topics include audio basics, microphone selection, wireless systems, recording and mixing techniques, and the Ten Location Sound Commandments, but it's more than just cables and connectors.

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Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music

Reel Music provides an in-depth, chronological overview of music’s role in film from the birth of the medium to the present.

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GEAR

A collection of gear, software, and tools to help you, as a sound designer, recordist, and music composer.

Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

If you're a serious filmmaker or sound designer, you'll want to check out the Zoom F8. It offers 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps, and support for high resolution 24-bit/192 kHz audio, plus rock-solid time code with pinpoint accuracy.

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Zoom H4N Recorder

Zoom is always developing new ideas to improve the performance and function of our Handy Recorders. With the new H4n Pro, they've taken everything creators love about the H4n and brought it to the next level.

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Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

The ultra-compact H1 is tiny enough to be slipped into your pocket, yet it delivers big sound. It's perfect for capturing song ideas and documenting lectures and meetings—a whole lot faster and easier than taking notes!

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BeachTek DXA-Micro-Pro Active XLR Compact Adapter DXA-MICRO PRO

BeachTek is an active, 2-channel audio adapter designed to connect one xlr mic with 48v phantom power and two 1/8" microphones to a DSLR or camcorder with a 1/8" mic input.

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Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro R with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.

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Rode NTG-2

The RØDE NTG2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries.

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Sennheiser EW 112P G3-A omni-directional EW system

The ew 112-p G3 the perfect fit for every ambitious reporting team seeking both portability and great sound quality.

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Audio-Technica ATR3350iS Microphone for Smartphones

Audio-Technica’s newscaster-style omnidirectional ATR3350iS lavalier microphone is engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction. This high-quality condenser is ideal for video use, and is a favorite choice for aerobics/dance/sports instructors.

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K-Tek KE-89CC Avalon Series Aluminum Microphone Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable; Includes a FREE Campro Microphone Shockmount

Avalon boom poles are designed to meet the needs of ENG and DV Camera crews. The series offers many of the same benefits of the original Klassic boom poles in an affordable package.

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Rode Deadcat Wind Muff Microphone Cover

The Deadcat windshield is designed for minimizing any wind noise when recording in high wind conditions. A perfect match for Rode’s VideoMic, NTG1 and NTG2 condensers.

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Rode BLIMP Windshield/Shock Mounting Accessory w/ Handheld Boom Pole and 10' Extension Cable

The RODE Blimp is a complete windshield and shock mounting accessory for the NTG-1, NTG-2 and NTG-3 microphones, as well as any third party shotgun microphone up to 12¾" (325mm) in length.

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Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

For monitoring your recordings and high-fidelity listening Circum-Aural design reduces noise from the outside world.

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Pro Tools

Compose, record, edit, and mix high-quality music or sound for picture-on a Mac or PC-using Pro Tools, the industry-standard audio production platform.

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Logic Pro

A complete professional recording studio right on your Mac, Logic Pro X gives you everything you need to go from first inspiration to final master.

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Reaper

REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.

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Steinberg Nuendo 7

Nuendo 7 is one of the leaders in every aspect of audio-to-picture work be it in game audio, TV or film post-production.

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PODCASTS

A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of the sound design and music composition process.

Score Cast Podcast

From Hollywood, film composers Deane Ogden and Brian Ralston discuss news and opinions on the state of the media music business and issues relevant to film, television and video game composers, orchestrators and musicians.

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Sound Recording and Mixing Tips For Your Indie Film

In this episode, we get sound recording and mixing tips for our indie films from Sam Ejnes, Mix Technician on Game of Thrones.

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Tonebenders

Tonebenders is a Sound Design podcast dedicated to covering the worlds of sound editing, field recording and audio post production for film, television and gaming. Through interviews and experiments we delve into everything from foley to plugins.

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AudioNowCast

The AudioNowcast is a pro audio podcast that covers all aspects of audio in the music, recording, film & television industries.

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VIDEOS

A collection of videos that will help with your sound design and music composition efforts.

Over 40 videos on various topics of sound design and recording for film.

Here are several videos with one of Hollywood's great sound designers, Ben Burtt.

The gang over at Film Riot offer up their process for music and sound design!

In this online tutorial on sound design for film and documentary the team at LightsFilmSchool explore the importance of the pre-production process on your soundtrack.

COURSES

A collection of online courses that you can take right now to help with sound recording, sound design, and music composition. (*Affiliate links)

Tell a story with music

Hans Zimmer didn’t see a film until he was 12 years old. Since then, he’s scored over 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight. In his MasterClass, the self-taught Academy Award winner teaches how he creates sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it. By the end, you’ll have everything you need to tell your story.

30+ VIDEO LESSONS

Watch, listen, and learn as Hans teaches his first-ever film scoring class.

CLASS WORKBOOK

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.

OFFICE HOURS

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Hans will also critique select student work.

What Will You Learn?

•  Once you have completed this training course, you will be fully capable of using Pro Tools 12 to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio
•  Learn the tools and techniques needed to work within this digital audio workstation

Description

You've heard it said -- in video and film, AUDIO is 70% of what you see. The sound you record on set can be the biggest obstacle to achieving truly professional results in your production. But it's also one of the easiest things to get right!

This 2.5-hour course is ideal for beginners, excellent for intermediates who want to better understand the topics, and great for professionals as easy reference. It will be a program you come back to again and again.

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