Internet plays an important role in my creative, technical and learning process. It is also a great source of motivation, particularly when I discovered Sound Designer’s blogs and Independent SFX Libraries and their makers, few years ago. Since then, I improved my surfing skills by using RSS feeds to centralize information in an aggregator daily. Collecting, marking, saving and later following the flow of specialized news that come automatically in my computer without loosing any time searching. Every week, I discover new sites, blogs, SFX boutiques, opinions products, tutorials on a wide range of subjects… The content is accessible and contribute to my reflections and learning about sound. I would like to share a few of particular interest in this Web Echoes 1, an ongoing News Report that I instigate today, as a way to share content and help to grow collectively and individually! This one is more technically oriented towards Impulse Response, Pro Tools functions and workflow, conforming and sound metadata!

1. Brought by Designing Sounds last week, from the team at ArenaNet, they did a recording session in a never completed Nuclear Power Plant, recording tones and all sorts of incredible sounds. Wow! I am very impressed! This presentation video is instructive for our ears as an authentic document for future constructions. I look forward to see more. Impulse Response in progress…

2- This post from Ian Palmer’s Post-Production Sound Blog talks about working from home. It confirms a reality that will increase over time. Technology gives us solutions to work remotely and gain flexibility and efficiency. Ian is starting SFX collections as well, here is the link.

3-There are many ways to work and improve Pro Tools skills, among them, shortcuts, macros and control surfaces. For me, jumping from PT8 to PT10 in less than 2 years is a big step forward technologically. I am always curious to see and learn how the others work, looking for ways to improve my workflow, to sound better and to doi it faster. This web site is dedicated to Pro Tools Power Users with their instructive Editing Bootcamps. Here are Video tutorials from Brent Heber about Navigation in the Pro Tools Edit Window. Exhaustive methods!

Nudging fonctions:

Editing Bootcamp 4 – Advanced nudging from Brent Heber on Vimeo.

Editing and Auditioning:

Editing Bootcamp 3 – editing and auditioning from Brent Heber on Vimeo.

Tabbing and Selecting:

Editing Bootcamp 2 – tabbing and selecting from Brent Heber on Vimeo.

4-Have you ever seen a demonstration of the McGurk Effect? The Sonic Spread wrote a post about that mysterious Effect. It seems to be as important as the phi effect for film. Do our brain do the same with ambiences and SFX and that is why we can fool the audience with sounds?

5- A video on conforming sources in PT. I will definitely try that soon.

6- This post from Tim Prebble’s The Music of Sound was very instructing for me in the making of my first Sound Effects Collections. Metadata embeded in wav files is part of the sound and is a powerful tool for more precision and efficiency during sound design process. It is an added value to any sound, very logical if we realize that it will be longer to add complete metadata to a sound than to record it. Recording has always been the fun part! Metadata is a subject in itself and will need a dedicated post.

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