What Is Sound Design?
Making Great Soundtracks for Movies and Television
What is Sound Design?
Sound design is, simply, all the sound required for a movie.
This includes all of the music, dialogue and sound effects,
mixed and edited, for the final cut of the movie. Ensuring
that the movie's score does not get buried by loud sound effects
or that dialogue does not take a back seat to the soundtrack
is a delicate balance and requires considerable mixing and
remixing to get it just right. If done well, sound design
can create a synergy across all of the sound elements of a
movie. If done poorly, it can distract viewers or even destroy
the film's overall integrity and quality.
Ingredients For A Great Soundtrack
So, what should a film maker do to create balanced sound
design where all sound elements are given equal emphasis?
Well, it is different for every movie or TV proogram (depending
on whether it more dialogue-based or atmospheric) and largely
dependent on the sound designer's preferences, the director's
input and the composer's pull with them. Because will most
sound designers and foley artists love to perfect all the
“sound” in a movie, composers often think their music should
take center stage in a production. Directors may also have
their own ideas. It can become a messy tug of war for the
uninitiated and it is important to make post production less
of a democracy and entrust it to the sound designer alone.
This is why it is key to work with a skilled sound designer
ready to wear many hats and fully manage all sound elements
and give them the attention and detail they need to create
a cohesive end product.
Sounds designers need to have a good ear, serious diplomacy
skills to deal with all the strong (and varying) opinions
being thrust in their direction, an understanding of how to
make sound seem natural even when it is completely manufactured
and they must be very well versed in the latest audio editing
and mixing software. They create the world in which viewers
“live” for the movie's runtime and without the artistry of
sound design, movie going would be a very different, much
less rich experience. While sound design and post-production
work was once relegated to the “back room” of movie production
houses, they are making their way into the limelight as more
respected directors make sound a priority in their films and
demand superior results from their sound designers and those
who work with them.
Using Royalty Free Music in Soundtracks
The royalty free music we have available on this website
will help create perfect movie and TV soundtracks. Our previous
clients have included Universal Studios, BBC, MTV, ITV, SKY,
Discovery, so you can be guaranteed excellent quality when
you download our royalty free music files.
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