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Want to get started with film sound? Here's an interesting series of 12 film sound tutorials by Michael Cullen from Soundtuts, covering everything from creating a session in Pro Tools, track organization, to sound effects editing, automation, grouping and much more:
Videos by Michael Cullen. Thanks to Mark Kilborn for finding the videos
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Topics covered:

Beginning a Session, Track Creation and Organization, Importing Picturelock and AAF/OMF, Dialogue Editing, Editing Backgrounds, Sound Effects Editing, Foley Cueing and Editing, Editing ADR and Group Dialogue, Music Stems Editing, Arranging Music for Changed Picturelock, Track Groups and Stereo Panning Automation, VCA Tracks and Submaster AUX Track Busses
Tutorial 1: Beginning a Session:

 
This is the 1st tutorial of the series to learn how to sound design and mix for films. In this video, we talk about organizing and setting up your session to being the sound editorial process:

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Tutorial 2: Track Creation and Organization:

 
In this video, we talk about creating your editorial tracks and then adding a 2 POP:

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Tutorial 3: Importing Picturelock and AAF/OMF:

 
In this video, we talk about importing your picturelock video file and your AAF/OMF file and then ensuring that everything is in sync:

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Tutorial 4: Dialogue Editing:

 
In this video, we talk about selecting the cleanest takes on a shot by shot basis, finding fill, and cleaning up your takes.

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Tutorial 5: Editing Backgrounds:

 
In this video, we talk about finding mono and stereo files to create your backgrounds:

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    FOREST summer edition of Japan is nature sounds and ambiances captured in different forests of Central Japan, from the Kanto region.

    This library contains recordings of deep forest ambiances and direct close cicadas & birds and creeks, streams, and waterfalls in a Japanese forest.

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    This library is a collection of balls bouncing off different surfaces, inside and outside. We can generally find sports being played but not the clean sound of the ball used. We have included unique sounding balls such as a toddlers play ball and a Yoga ball for that really specific sound.

    Ball types included:

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    INDUSTRIAL TERROR is a collection of dark, distorted, rumbling, ear-piercing, evolving industrial impacts and whooshes, designed to unsettle.

    Collection consists of 108 designed sound effects and 102 source field recordings.

    Unique processing of organic field recordings makes it sound rooted in reality and fits perfectly into horror genre.
    Ready to be used on their own or as a part of a more complex sound design.

    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
    CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Discord4

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    Distant Trains Sound Library delivers impressive multi-channel recordings of trains that pass by in a distance of at least 300 meters up to 1.5 kilometres.
    Included are pass bys of freight, commuter and passenger trains plus single locomotives.
    In order to capture the impressive walls of sound caused by passing trains an arrangement of 6 microphones was used. This setup encompasses stereo-pairs of MKH3040-MS, MKH8090-ORTF and MKH8040-WideAB. All pairs are recorded to separate files that are now available as time-aligned Reaper sets.
    Each recording session took place at nights so that it was possible to capture extremely long approaches and tails that fade out to natural and calm night ambience without any disturbance by road traffic or other unwanted noises.

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  • Sci-Fi Static Space Play Track 155 sounds included $34.16 incl. vat

    Static Space is a collection of 155 space or Sci-Fi sound effects, focused on continuous, seamless loops. Instead of fly-by's and accelerations, you get the sounds of space ships going at cruise speeds or idling. If you need motion, just add panning, fades and doppler as you like.

    Here are plenty of loops for designing alien environments, including engine rooms, general room tones, strange transmissions and more. Additionally, I have made sure to add plenty of variety; both in terms of moods, frequency content and tonality. Some of these are unmistakably space sound effects, while others are more ambiguous, and could be used for other high tech environments as well.

    You will find both low- and high end sweeteners, so when ever you see the words “rumble” or “low end” in a file name; watch that master fader! Furthermore, I went for a strong, almost musical tone, in some sounds, while others are much more noise-based and abrasive.

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Need specific sound effects? Try a search below:
 

Tutorial 6: Sound Effects Editing:

 
This is the 6th tutorial of the series to learn how to sound design and mix for films. In this video, we talk about finding mono and stereo files to cut your sound effects. If you can’t hear MetaDigger with Pro Tools open, try using VB-Audio’s free VoiceMeeter Banana software to virtually route your audio out.

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Tutorial 7: Foley Cueing and Editing:

 
In this video, we talk about the four-step process of cueing, recording, editing, and re-integrating your foley into your main session. This is the 7th tutorial of the series to learn how to sound design and mix for films:

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Tutorial 8: Editing ADR and Group Dialogue:

 
In this video, we talk about editing ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) and Group/Walla dialogue:

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Tutorial 9: Music Stems Editing:

 
In this video, we talk about editing music stems and score:

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Tutorial 10: Arranging Music for Changed Picturelock:

 
In this video, we talk about editing a score to fit a new picturelock:

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Tutorial 11: Track Groups and Stereo Panning Automation:

 
In this video, we talk about creating track groups and creating panning automation for stereo environments:

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Tutorial 12: VCA Tracks and Submaster AUX Track Busses:

 
In this video, we talk about creating track groups and creating panning automation for stereo environments:

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You can watch the released film here. Please note that there is mature content (swearing) in the film.
 

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  • Horror Industrial Terror Play Track 210 sounds included $30.49 $24.39 incl. vat

    INDUSTRIAL TERROR is a collection of dark, distorted, rumbling, ear-piercing, evolving industrial impacts and whooshes, designed to unsettle.

    Collection consists of 108 designed sound effects and 102 source field recordings.

    Unique processing of organic field recordings makes it sound rooted in reality and fits perfectly into horror genre.
    Ready to be used on their own or as a part of a more complex sound design.

    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
    CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Discord4

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    In this collection I wanted to capture evocative and emotional wind sounds, from the soothing and relaxing soft winds, tense moderate winds, dramatic strong winds and the transitions between the different emotions or speeds of wind.

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  • Nature & Countryside FOREST Summer Edition Play Track 110+ sounds included $92.23 $64.56 incl. vat

    FOREST summer edition of Japan is nature sounds and ambiances captured in different forests of Central Japan, from the Kanto region.

    This library contains recordings of deep forest ambiances and direct close cicadas & birds and creeks, streams, and waterfalls in a Japanese forest.

    All of these nature ambiances are recorded using different microphone set-ups. Ortf stereo set-up and xy & ortf combination set up brings variations to stereo images from the locations.

    30 %
    OFF
    Ends 1538258400
  • Foley Ball Bounces Play Track 59+ sounds included $24.40 $20.74 incl. vat

    This library is a collection of balls bouncing off different surfaces, inside and outside. We can generally find sports being played but not the clean sound of the ball used. We have included unique sounding balls such as a toddlers play ball and a Yoga ball for that really specific sound.

    Ball types included:

    Soccer ball / football • Yoga Ball • Beach Ball • Tennis Ball • Kids ball
    15 %
    OFF
    Ends 1538172000
  • Horror Industrial Terror Play Track 210 sounds included $30.49 $24.39 incl. vat

    INDUSTRIAL TERROR is a collection of dark, distorted, rumbling, ear-piercing, evolving industrial impacts and whooshes, designed to unsettle.

    Collection consists of 108 designed sound effects and 102 source field recordings.

    Unique processing of organic field recordings makes it sound rooted in reality and fits perfectly into horror genre.
    Ready to be used on their own or as a part of a more complex sound design.

    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
    CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Discord4

    20 %
    OFF
    Ends 1538085600
  • Trains Distant Trains Play Track 68 sounds included, 200 mins total $71.98 $59.78 incl. vat

    Distant Trains Sound Library delivers impressive multi-channel recordings of trains that pass by in a distance of at least 300 meters up to 1.5 kilometres.
    Included are pass bys of freight, commuter and passenger trains plus single locomotives.
    In order to capture the impressive walls of sound caused by passing trains an arrangement of 6 microphones was used. This setup encompasses stereo-pairs of MKH3040-MS, MKH8090-ORTF and MKH8040-WideAB. All pairs are recorded to separate files that are now available as time-aligned Reaper sets.
    Each recording session took place at nights so that it was possible to capture extremely long approaches and tails that fade out to natural and calm night ambience without any disturbance by road traffic or other unwanted noises.

    17 %
    OFF
    Ends 1538258400
  • Sci-Fi Static Space Play Track 155 sounds included $34.16 incl. vat

    Static Space is a collection of 155 space or Sci-Fi sound effects, focused on continuous, seamless loops. Instead of fly-by's and accelerations, you get the sounds of space ships going at cruise speeds or idling. If you need motion, just add panning, fades and doppler as you like.

    Here are plenty of loops for designing alien environments, including engine rooms, general room tones, strange transmissions and more. Additionally, I have made sure to add plenty of variety; both in terms of moods, frequency content and tonality. Some of these are unmistakably space sound effects, while others are more ambiguous, and could be used for other high tech environments as well.

    You will find both low- and high end sweeteners, so when ever you see the words “rumble” or “low end” in a file name; watch that master fader! Furthermore, I went for a strong, almost musical tone, in some sounds, while others are much more noise-based and abrasive.

 
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