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Audio Postproduction for Digital Video by Jay Rose

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Chapter 11

Working with Sound Effects

Remember this:

A kiss is still a kiss, but a sigh can be turned into a roaring monster1.

There are limitless sources for sounds: camera tracks, commercial libraries, foley, even mouth noises.

Sound selection and placement is easiest if you follow some simple rules.

When designing new sounds, it’s best to start with well-defined palettes.

1.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Sound effects have been part of the movie process almost as long as music. In the silent movie days, theater organs had effects on their keyboards. Bells, birds, and even breaking crockery were available at the touch of a finger. By the mid-1920s, Wurlitzer was building one of these magnificent machines a day.1 Companies ...

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