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Creating and Obtaining Effects

One of the first things an audio designer does is to sit down with the production design staff and determines what effects the production needs. Many plays and musicals include lists of suggested sounds. This usually provides a good starting point for the audio designer.

Once the type of effects have been determined, it is generally up to the audio designer to acquire or create these effects. Many commercial sources of sound effects are available, generally in compact disc or computer CD-ROM format. Additionally the Internet and the World Wide Web are excellent resources for sounds. In all cases, attention should be paid to copyright information, as some sound effects sources do not provide rights for public performance.

In cases where effects can not be found in pre-recorded format, they generally have to be created. Often a natural effect can simply be recorded from the source using a microphone and recording device. Sometimes effects require a scene to be staged and recorded, such as a rally. It is very important to remain creative when creating effects, as it is often something out-of-the-ordinary that will produce the desired effect.


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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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