Sound Design Showdown Highlights Asbjoern Andersen


Over the course of 4 weeks, 54 teams battled it out in head to head matches across 4 rounds to find out who the sound design showdown champion is - here's how it went down!
Written by Greg Lester and Lewis Thompson
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We had some ridiculous prompts and absolutely incredible submissions. Listen to the a recap from the top submissions of the semifinal!:



Sound Design Showdown Round #3 (Semifinal) Recap


 

After the semifinals only 3 teams (Lo-Mid Meta, The Trim Reapers and Teamname_Final16.wav) were left standing to face off against each other, their prompt was “around the world”:

Hear their entries here:



Sound Design Showdown Round #4 Finale


 

The entries were phenomenal and after a hard decision Team B and Team C were put to a community vote and it ended up in a draw.
To say it was tense was an understatement, a second vote had to be held and it went back and forth until the last second when Team B – who was Teamname_Final16.wav – won it all.

Sound Design Showdown Results

If you want to hear the entries of each of the finalist teams that carried them to the final then listen to the video below:

Hear the finalists here:



Sound Design Showdown Round #4 Finale


Sound Design Showdown Winners

A huge congrats to Teamname_16.wav (Cai Jones, Becky Street, Luke Evans) for beating 53 other sound design teams and winning the Sound Design Tournament!


Prizes for the winners & runners-up:

 

The prizes for the winners and runners-up included libraries like the ones below:

  • Bundles BOOM ONE – BUYOUT Play Track 125000 sounds included $2,990

    ONE MASSIVE & EVER-GROWING GENERAL SOUND LIBRARY
    – NOW WITH 40% MORE SOUNDS THAN AT LAUNCH!
    BOOM ONE brings you a massive quantity of unique, high-quality sound effects. Starting with 48,000+ files containing 125,000+ sound effects, BOOM ONE is our new flagship for general sound effects – delivered via a custom tool for easy downloading. No reused sounds, pristine and consistent quality. Perfect for creators, post-pro, video, games and more.

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    You can choose between two versions – BUYOUT and SUBSCRIPTION:
    This is the BUYOUT version:
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    Want the SUBSCRIPTION version instead? Find it here

  • Destruction & Impact Sounds Broken Play Track 2266 sounds included, 273 mins total $149.99

    Nothing slaps a smile on a face like the sweet sound of destruction and mayhem. Designing sound for such complex events as a collapsing building or an earthquake requires a diverse and comprehensive palette of chaos. To create such havoc, one must be equipped with the ultimate destruction sound library.

    We stopped at nothing to put together this library of utter mayhem. BROKEN boasts over 9 GB of HD quality content spread across 1940 construction kit sounds and 326 designed sounds. From car crashes, explosions, crumbling buildings, earthquakes, ripping earth and metal, to debris, BROKEN features all elements of destruction.

    Recorded in the field and on the Paramount Pictures Foley stage, this library equips sound designers for film, games, and web with the tools for creating a ruckus.

    Get wrecked. Get BROKEN.

  • Mechanical Sound Effects Gearbox Play Track 3551 sounds included, 279 mins total $149.99

    We’ve ventured to obscure boutiques, prop houses and vintage shops to capture mechanical contraptions from around the world. Ranging from bizarre creations, to steampunk gadgetry, gizmos and machines, GEARBOX clocks in at over 10 GB of high definition, precision mastered sounds spanning across 2987 construction kit sounds and 584 designed sounds.

    GEARBOX equips Sound Designers with a literal toolbox of mechanical gadgetry. Ranging from tiny to huge, GEARBOX‘s machines and gizmos provide coverage for interacts, mechanism, machine or device in your scene or game.

    INTRODUCING BUILDING BLOCKS

    In addition to CONSTRUCTION KIT and DESIGNED SOUND content, GEARBOX features BUILDING BLOCKS. This category of sound consists of designed phrases and oneshots utilized for our designed machinery, empowering Sound Designers with maximum flexibility when trying to get that particular phrase from an existing DESIGNED SOUND. GEARBOX features over 468 BUILDING BLOCKS ranging from levers, hits, grinds, snaps, and more.



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  • Cold Weapon Sound Effects Hero Play Track 2846 sounds included, 238 mins total $149.99

    A warrior prepares for battle. A knight readies for combat. A sound designer prepares for post. Rock The Speakerbox is proud to present HERO, a library focused on the warrior, the victor.

    Recorded on the field and on the Paramount Pictures Foley stage, and designed by award winning sound designers, HERO contains over 7 GB of HD quality content spread across 2572 construction kit sounds and 274 designed sounds. Sword fights, stabbing, guillotines, impaling, battle cries, shields, drawbridges, armor and Foley begin to detail the vast collection of sounds featured within.

    Be a warrior. Be the HERO.

  • Foley Sound Effects Melee Play Track 1884 sounds included, 122 mins total $149.99

    Bring your fight scenes to life with the ultimate sound design toolkit for hand to hand combat. Rock The Speakerbox presents MELEE, a library specializing in jaw breaking action, and raw, unbridled violence.

    Recorded on stage and designed by award winning sound designers, MELEE contains 4 GB of HD quality content spread across 1596 construction kit sounds and 288 designed sounds. From punches, kicks, blocks, body falls, grabs, slaps, bone breaks, blood splatters, MELEE is the ultimate sound design toolkit for hand to hand combat.

    Get rocked.

  • Sci-Fi Sound Effects SCI FI Play Track 2300 sounds included, 279 mins total $149.99

    SCI FI - Rock The Speakerbox Professional SFX

    Dive into a new era of sonic exploration with Rock the Speakerbox’s triumphant return, introducing their latest masterpiece: The ultimate Rock The Speakerbox SCI FI library.

    Unlock your imagination with this meticulously crafted collection that unleashes 2,300 sounds across spaceships, machines, mechanicals, weapons, user interfaces, ambiences and more. We merged professional real-world recordings and hand-crafted synthetic SFX to inspire.

    This SCI FI sound effects library gives you three sonic realms:

    • Construction Kit:
    1,475 sounds blend raw yet clean and professional recordings with synthetically crafted SFX for highest flexibility.
    • Building Blocks:
    Swiftly create your scenes with 566 ready-to-use, designed SFX, fueling your creativity.
    • Designed:
    Elevate your projects instantly with 263 complex and meticulously conceived SFX.

    The complete sound library arrives in WAV format, 24 bit and 96 kHz, preserving every nuance. It’s compacted to a substantially size of 11.7 GB within 696 files, neatly categorized with the UCS category system. This collection is a true powerhouse of potential.

    Get ready to reshape sound – your auditory voyage awaits.

  • Magic & Fantasy Sound Effects Sorcery Play Track 2196 sounds included, 337 mins total $149.99

    Rock The Speakerbox presents Sorcery, the ultimate sound design toolkit for magic and enchantment.

    Harness the forces of light with white magic. Ignite the night with the unbridled power of fire and flame.Summon the darkest of evil with black magic and necromancy. Release the fury of a million volts by mastering the electron. Lay waste to your foes with the sheer might of water and acid. Conjure the frigid and unleash the frost with the power of ice.

    Recorded on stage and in the field, and designed by award winning sound designers, SORCERY contains 11.7 GB of HD quality content spread across 1992 construction kit sounds and 204 designed sounds. With spells, deflects, casts, blocks, beams and more, SORCERY provides sound designers and media content creators unrivaled wizardry at their fingertips.

    The extraordinary awaits within.

We (Lewis and Greg) want to congratulate the showdown winners and give a huge thank you to A Sound Effect and Boom Library for sponsoring the tournament and providing the winners with some incredible prizes. We couldn’t have done it without them and it wouldn’t have happened without all the amazing teams who signed up and competed against each other!

If you want to be participate in events like these – and meet more than 2500+ other sound community members – then head over to Airwiggles.com – See you there!

 

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