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Chapter 5. Recording to Picture > Creating Sound Effects

Creating Sound Effects

The term sound effects can mean a wide variety of things. With regards to audio post-production, it refers to anything that could not be considered foley. This might be extensions of foley sounds, such as gunshots. The sound of the trigger being pulled or the gun being cocked would be considered a foley sound, whereas the sound of the gun being fired would be a sound effect. These sounds are also referred to as hard effects, and may come from a variety of sources including CD libraries, field recordings, studio recordings, and even synthesizers and other electronic sources. Often a combination of some or all of these possibilities will be used to create one sound effect.

Using Field Recordings

Field recordings can be the foundation for great sound effects. Going to the source for a desired sound effect is the most effective way of achieving realistic sounds. Junkyards can be great resources for sound effects—it’s like having a gigantic foley pit with huge props.


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