Holiday Freebies

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Co-host Timothy’s son ready to go for his first outdoor skate of the season!

It is that time of year again! When lots of SFX libraries make available free samples or entire collections at no cost.  All this to give back to the online Audio Pro community.  This is a great way to either jump start a new SFX library on your hard drive or beef up the the personal library you have been living with for years.

Check back regularly as we will try to keep adding to this list as we hear about more and more releases.  Participating in holiday freebies is becoming a bit of a annual tradition for many SFX providers and recordists.  So let us know if we missed anything or you are doing a give away yourself.

  • Airbourne Sound has a great library (30 sound files) of Jet Passes up right now.  Available as 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files.
  • ASoundEffect has an extra large free SFX pack of 1044 sounds.  The fine folks at  AntisampleDigital Rain Lab and Soundbits have teamed up to make it happen. (newsletter sign up required)
  • Alexander Ahura has a free library called Keys and Locks up currently.  This collection has got 144 sounds in 24 files, recorded in 24 bit/48 Khz.
  • DesigningSound.org has a cool set of giveaways going on all month.  This one is a little different from the others listed here.  You have to win the freebies – but it costs nothing to “enter”.  You just have to take part in their Designing Sound Exchange community forum.  And since it is an awesome resource you really should be a part of it already anyway!
  • The great folks at BOOM Library will be doing their annual Advent Calendar again this year.  Each leading up to the 25th of December they release something cool.  Sometimes it is a free mini library, other days it is special discounts, while other days feature special content like gear reviews or sound design work flow blogs.
  • Friend of our podcast and the man behind Mindful Audio, George Vlad, has just made a nice long recording of a thunder storm hitting Johannesburg.  Downloads are enabled on the soundcloud player for the clip.  You can go get it from his blog post featuring the story of how he recorded the storm.
  • The fine people at Boom Box Post have a cool new blog post about the best practices for recording water sound.  They have very kindly made a little library available for download featuring 10 examples of cool water recordings at 96k/24bit.
  • Our own René Coronado has let loose air traffic control centre SFX to celebrate his 17th anniversary working at Dallas Audio Post.  Get it here fast (won’t be there for long!)
  • Here is a note from Tim at Sonniss-The Sonniss Christmas Wishlist!’.  Simply head on over to our website and add a couple of items to your wishlist for your chance to win a free sound library this Christmas! http://www.sonniss.com     How to get involved:  1) Signup for an account on Sonniss if you don’t already have one.  2) Choose up to 3 items from our catalog and then add them to your wishlist. (You can find this functionality on each of the individual product pages).   3) Check your inbox on December 25th to see if you have won.  Pretty simple right? Winners will be randomly selected on Christmas day and gifts will be manually picked and personally sent out by yours truly.  Offer limited to 50 people. Good luck!
  • Not really a holiday thing – but still free….   Sergey Eybog from Lesser Vibes has a new library called “Artificial Life”.  It is a fun packed of raw and designed non-organic lifeforms, alien machinery and abstract expressive articulations.  There is a free sample version of the library with some really cool sounds.  Find it here at the bottom of the page.

Stay tuned for more as they are announced…….

Tell Us Your Story of Audio Glory – To Celebrate our 50th Episode!

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UPDATE:  The deadline has passed and we got some really cool stories submitted by our awesome listeners.  Stay tuned for the 50th episode (coming soon!) to hear all their stories.  Thanks to all those who participated!! 

We have some great announcements for our up coming crowd sourcing episode.  We recently announced that we have asked our listeners to send us in their stories of times they have done the seeming impossible with the sound for a project.  If you missed the original announcement, you can read all the details here.

We have had a few requests to extend the deadline, so we are now moving it back to November 20th.  So you have a 5 more days to get in your two cents.

The best news, for anyone planning on contributing, is we have some fantastic prizes that only people who contribute to this episode will be eligible to win.  Everyone who enters WILL WIN a collection of Sound Effects from the personal SFX recordings of co-hosts Timothy Muirhead and René Coronado.  PLUS they will be entered to win one of the following:

Pro Sound Effects Urban Ambisonics Bundle

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A super cool library.  Featuring Ambisonic recordings on Ambiences from New York City, Chicago and Tokyo.  This bundle also includes the software to decode all 134 of these recordings to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond.

The Suppressed Weapons HD Pro Library from therecordist.com

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This is super unique library of guns with suppressors recorded with up to 10 mics in various perspectives.  Recorded by Frank Bry one of the guests on our Firearms Recording episode.

A Code for 50 free downloads from Pro Sound Effects

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Pick the 50 awesome sounds you want from the massive PSE on-line library of over 175,000 Sounds!

****We are hoping there will still be more prizes to give away but we are waiting on confirmation.  So stay tuned!******

Finally all of your submissions will make up what will be Tonebenders 50th episode!  We wanted to celebrate this humble milestone by getting our listeners involved and focusing on the positives of our work.

So get out your mics and tell us about your best day on the job.  Get some free sounds for your effort, and help us celebrate over four years and 50 episodes of The Tonebenders Sound Design Podcast!

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Here’s how to participate:

1.  Grab a mic.

2.  Collect your thoughts.  (srsly, don’t skip this)

4.  Introduce yourself (name, where you are in the world, twitter handle or your website if you want)

5.  Tell your story for about 5-10 minutes.  This is both a long and a short length of time, so get to the heart of the issue quickly and dive in.

6.  Email a link to info@tonebenderspodcast.com

Submission deadline is midnight on November 20th.  (We reserve the right to edit submissions for length or to exclude submissions.)

Rene and I will play to your clips and then talk about what you were able to do in an upcoming episode of Tonebenders.

So show us what you got.  This will be fun!

Have you ever pulled off the impossible with audio? Tell us about it…..

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Update #2: Prizes have been announced and the deadline extended to November 20th.  Full details here.

Update: We have got some great prizes for people who contribute a story to this.  Cool SFX Libraries will be up for grabs, some of which are worth hundreds of dollars!  So send us your story of audio glory by Nov. 15th.

Have you ever managed to pull off an audio magic trick?  By that I don’t mean an act of clever misdirection where the audience is fooled, although that is always a great thing.  More like when you get a project that has a particular challenge and you have no idea how you are going to solve it.  Then with some hard work, experimentation and a bit of luck you manage pull a rabbit out of the hat and make a beautiful soundtrack moment.   It is one of the greatest, if not thee greatest, moments you can come across in the audio post profession.

About 15 years ago I was working on a nature documentary series that was narrated by a character actor who was very busy with a budding film career.  This meant his availability to come in and record the narration for each new episode was a scheduling nightmare.  We were recording late at night, or on weekends all the time.  He was a great guy and easy to work with, once you got him in the booth, so for the most part this was no big deal.  As the series came to a close, the actor was cast in a film being shot in a remote part of Africa.  To allow him to be a part of this other project, our production agreed to record the last three episodes all together in one mega session.  This would allow him to leave the continent without our show having to find a new narrator to finish off the season.  The record session went great and he was off on his trek across the planet.

But then…….

Some one had made a mistake in one of the scripts! The episode about underwater animals mistakenly had one of the creatures, identified by an incorrect term.  This was a reputable show and it was important to get the facts correct, so we had to fix it.  With our narrator unreachable, the producer came to me with the task of finding a way to magically make the narration say the phrase “Sea Anemone”.  It also would have to cut cut in mid sentence with out it sounding out of place with the rest of the narration.  Also nothing much was happening in the shot this line was to sit over.  There was no big music or SFX build to hide these edits in.  I told the producer that this was going to be a really tall task, and I was not sure what could be done.  I also warned them that even if we did find a solution it might be an ugly one.

On the plus side, I had 12 other episodes worth of our actors narration to try to pull words/syllables/sounds from.  So I went digging into all the previous material we had recorded over the past 5 or 6 months.  Since I had engineered all those sessions I had easy access to both the final takes used in the show, and all the unused takes as well.  So I got to work.  After many hours of trying what seemed like endless combinations I had created a new perfect take.  In creating “Sea Anemone” from scratch, I was able to grab a “See” from one episode, the beginning of an “and” from another and then I stole the word “enemy” from a third show.  By playing with a bunch of different takes of all of these, I somehow managed to build a Frankenstein line that did not sound like it had been cobbled together at all.  It also matched up with the rest of the sentence really well.

I was amazed how well it worked.  I never thought I would be able to build anything nearly as good as this turned out.  I played it for the client and they were even happier with the fix then I was.  One of the producers actually gave me a spontaneous high five!?  It was a great feeling to be the hero of the production.

So here is my question to you – Have you ever pulled off the impossible with audio?  If you have let us know.  Record yourself telling your tales of sound  miracles and send the audio file to us for use in a future Tonebenders episode.  For bonus points you can even include clips (before and after maybe?) of what you achieved.  It can be an amazing dialog clean up that saved a scene that was shot in a loud environment (RX to the rescue!).  Or sound design for some crazy device that doesn’t actually exist, or how you used sound to fix a major continuity problem in the picture.    I am sure there are a million different versions of how sound can save the day, so lets hear yours!

Here’s how to participate:

1.  Grab a mic.

2.  Collect your thoughts.  (srsly, don’t skip this)

4.  Introduce yourself (name, where you are in the world, twitter handle or your website if you want)

5.  Tell your story for about 5-10 minutes.  This is both a long and a short length of time, so get to the heart of the issue quickly and dive in.

6.  Email a link to info@tonebenderspodcast.com

Submission deadline is midnight on November 15th.  (We reserve the right to edit submissions for length or to exclude submissions.)

Rene and I will play to your clips and then talk about what you were able to do in an upcoming episode of Tonebenders.

So show us what you got.  This will be fun!

– TMTHY

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