This week we have a great interview with Peter Brown about Star Trek Beyond from the A Sound Effect blog, we take a behind the scenes look at a new library of EMF Recording from HISSandaROAR, a brief look at what Tim Nielsen has been up to, Surround Sound Labs release a library of Moving Water, and Pro Sound Effects release Chicago Ambisonics.
The Inside-Story Behind the Sound for Star Trek Beyond On The A Sound Effect Blog
Asbjoern is on a roll with his great interviews. Star Trek Beyond is incredibly popular at the box office, and in this exclusive talk, supervising sound editor and sound designer Peter Brown shares the story behind the sound for the movie. In the interview, Peter Brown covers everything from that Star Trek sound and the sound of alien worlds to crazy sci-fi sound design experiments and beyond....
It was a sound designer’s dream working on this project because of the limitations and the world that has been set up. You have this perfect storm of being able to do anything you can imagine because it is science fiction and we go to new worlds and meet new characters. Literally, the sky is wide open for experimentation. But on the other hand, there is this huge backbone of historical work that goes back 50 years that you can dip into, reproduce entirely, or just riff off of. It’s an amazing thing which I think is helped by the alternate reality aspect of it.
If we were strictly continuing the original Star Trek series then you’d probably have to stick to what was established a little more rigidly. Although, they didn’t even do that so rigidly in the original Star Trek movies with the original cast. Everyone who’s worked on the films has put their own spin on things, like the transporter for example. The transporter never really sounds the same twice but it always has that same DNA from 1967. You always know the transporter sound even though each film presents it a little bit differently, both visually and sonically.
The Enterprise bridge has a certain sound that people and Trekkies know. And so if we had come up with something completely new I think that would’ve been wrong. And if we had stuck with 1967 sounds, then that would have sounded weird.
Also, if we had just stuck with what Mark and his crew did on the 2009 Enterprise, then that would’ve been boring and regurgitated. One of the most exciting things about this project was that our names might be on it – but really it’s a collaboration of great sound men and women working on this series over the years and having fun with the science fiction genre and with these characters. It’s a real honor to be part of that collaboration.
You can read this excellent interview in full on the A Sound Effect blog.
Tim Prebble From HISSandaROAR Creating A New EMF Library
Tim from HISSandaROAR has posted some images on Twitter....
Check out the video too, there are some amazing sounds that would take a while to 'design'.
Look What Tim Nielsen Has Been Up To
Tim Nielsen has been busy too. Getting covered in mud recording a Demolition Derby at Sonoma County Fair about 10 feet away from the action.
Tim Nielsen has worked on so many films at the legendary Skywalker Sound and I first came across Tim Nielsen’s sound effects libraries shortly before I made them my Find Of The Week on Podcast 142. What caught my ear was that all of Tim’s libraries bridge the divide between sound effects, sound design and music composition.
Surround Sound Lab Release Moving Water Part 1
Alvaro has been having fun with water and has produced the first part of their Water Audio Library series. In Part 1, they have recorded a variety of small movements in open air swimming pool water.
Splashes, swimming movements, small water movements, paddles, and more! Have a nice day with your friends and they will help you to record this great collection of useful sounds! How many times have you looked for great sounding natural water movements? Here you have them!! In awesome 192 KHz so you can stretch them as you want!
- 198 files / +0,5 GB
- Runtime:+00h 30m
- 24 bit / 192 kHz
- Soundminer and BWAV extended metadata
- Mono and stereo versions included
- Price: 40 Euros
Pro Sound Effects Release Chicago Ambisonics
Chicago Ambisonics is the second in a series of libraries of B-format city ambiences and includes the SurroundZone2 software from TSL Products. SurroundZone2 allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers flexible use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond.
With 35 high-quality urban ambiences running to over 3 hours, featuring 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O'Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field. With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library could be an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics
This library is also perfect for 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video - prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.
- 35 pristine recordings in B-Format & Stereo (14GB)
- View PDF tracklisting
- Over 3 hours of immersive Chicago ambiences
- Average recording length of 6 minutes
- Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subways
- 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files: Download or flash drive delivery (+$40)
- SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Gives you full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns
- 100% Royalty-Free
- Price: $49 until 31st August 2016. Normal price after that - $79
- Try it out for free - Download the Free Sampler by selecting the corresponding radio button above. It includes:
- 2 full ambiences (778MB) in B-Format & Stereo
- SurroundZone2 software