Category: Audio

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News: RØDE iXY Microphone iPhone 5 Series

Every year there are a whole host of conventions where companies showcase their new up and coming technology and equipment. It goes without saying that each year the technology is getting smaller in size, and that also comes without a…

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Audio: Portrait of a Sound Designer [Video]

Storm+Shelter have produced this wonderful short documentary on sound design, and the process of being an indie sound designer. “It’s early October and I’m standing on the side of a grassy hill, surrounded on all sides by ominous mountains and…

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Audio: Gravity

If you have followed IndieTips for a while, you should know that we are a big fan of SoundWorks Collection. If you don’t know what SoundWorks Collection is, this should catch you up to speed Founded by Michael Coleman, “The SoundWorks Collection…

Billy Crudup and Malin Akerman take direction during the destruction of New York. [Image from the brilliant Watchmen: The Film Companion, which is out Feb 6th from Titan Books]

Audio: Room Tone

When you’re on set, make a note to grab at least a minutes worth of room tone or ambience (sometimes called wild track). The reason for this is that when you are in post production, you may have to edit a…

Audio: Narrative Cueing

You can use music in film in a variety of ways, and I’m sure plenty of those methods will be posted through time on the site, but let’s have a look at narrative cueing. This is the type of music that helps…

Audio: Geographical Clichés

In a previous audio tip we had a look at what music can help emphasize emotions. For this tip we’ll have a look at how music can help identify a location and/or places in time. While these themes are so overused and…

Audio: Emotional Music

Music is unanimously a huge part of films and media. In our recent audio tutorial we mention that some professionals consider sound more important than visuals. Whether it be a classically composed score or a contemporary piece of chart music, when placed alongside…

Audio: SoundWorks Collection

You know it’s a good day when a SoundWorks Collection video appears on your Vimeo feed. Founded by Michael Coleman, “The SoundWorks Collection takes you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production…

Audio: Music Rights

Music rights can be a tricky business and acquiring the rights to a song can be more expensive than the new camera you’re saving up for. Let’s take a look at the three types of music rights. 

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Audio: Creative Foley

“Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects which are added in post production to enhance the quality of audio for the film.” The best foley comes from the interpretation of the sound rather than the literal sound itself. The sound of the giant boulder rolling down…