(Ch. 5) Sound Advice

The GWU Film Critic

“What we hear on screen gives auditory clues to our brains and works in concert with what we actually see, and in essence, that unique collaboration provides meaning for the viewer.”

– Benny MacGyver, Award-winning film sound designer

The importance of understanding sound design and the use of music is something that directors think about in nearly every stage of the filmmaking process (pre-production, production, and post-production). Many directors know exactly which composer or music director they want attached to a film before they even sign on the key cast members. The also have an understanding about the atmospheric sound they want as well.

Film sound can come in many forms and fashions; let’s take a look (and listen).

There are four types of sound used on film:

  1. Vocal (dialogue and narration)
  2. Environmental Sounds (ambient, sound effects, and Foley)
  3. Music
  4. Silence

To fully appreciate the “Art of Sound” take a…

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5 of the best: Portable Soundcards for the Mobile Musician

Music Tools

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Its not unusual now to say most musicians have considered having a fully mobile recording set up. ie Laptop,  software and or course the all importan soundcard. Some soundcards are suited to being fixed in postion to a table were others strenghts are their portability an compact size.

This is a look at 5 of the best souncards for the mobile musician. Taking into consideration portability, design, stability, durability and of course sound quality.

Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202
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Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202

With this ultra-compact, bus-powered interface, you can link your Windows® and Mac® computer with any audio gear. There is no setup or special drivers needed—simply plug the interface in a free USB port on your computer and get into the groove. The UCA202 provides 2 analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct monitoring. Very inexpensive solution.

M-Audio Fast Track
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M-Audio Fast Track

If you make music with GarageBand or…

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