Game Audio at GDC 2019 Asbjoern Andersen


Audio guru Damian Kastbauer's guides to game audio at GDC are nothing short of legendary - and it's a great pleasure to bring you his guide for GDC 2019 here on A Sound Effect. If you want to know what to hear, see and do when it comes to game audio at GDC, look no further than his excellent guide below:


Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 takes place March 18-22 in Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, US.

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The Game

GDC is a pure expression of interactivity. There’s no right way to traverse the path from start to finish. From the moment you hit the ground in San Francisco you are faced with a (myriad of options splayed-out before you, do you: BART? Car-share? Cab? Walk (don’t try it!)? But you’ve already been making decisions about how to navigate your time on-the-ground for months: lining up travel & accommodations, printing contact cards, breaking in new shoes, getting plenty of sleep, all in preparation for an intensive week of maximizing time with the largest gathering of game developers in the CONUS. Or maybe you haven’t, and you’re just going to take it as it comes, find the good conversations and pinball-around the conference based on your moment-to-moment experience. It’s all up to you!

After 12 years of GDC interactivity, my days end up anchored around a pleasurable routine that attempts to leave room for the dynamic possibilities that emerge day-to-day:

  • 10 PRINT WAKE UP
  • 7-9am Game Audio Podcast GDC Morning Meetup community check-in
  • Grab a breakfast burrito on the way to Moscone for some audio hallway time.
  • First session of the day: settling-in for epiphanies, deep thinking, and brain-work.
  • Grab-and-go lunch on-the-run to the audio meetup behind the carousel around noon
  • CarouselCon providing solid perspectives from crowd-sourced micro-talks
  • Afternoon dynamics: presentations? Expo Floor? Coffee? Meetings?
  • Is there time for dinner Y/N?
  • Where’s the parties?
  • Is it morning yet?
  • GOTO 10

No matter what pattern your interactive GDC falls into, the conference is usually best experienced with people. To me, there’s nothing better than making a new friend and randomizing your day with a shared passion. Whether new or old, friends provide additional context and perspective on everything from: where to eat to what is the future of game audio. Don’t be afraid to take the adventure off-script, tamp-down the FOMO and get the most out of the day on your own terms, interactively, in the best way possible. With or without people, make sure there is time in your day to recharge your batteries (literally and figuratively) and take care of yourself. Each day is a sprint and the week of GDC can feel like a marathon. Pace yourself.

We choose this opportunity as ambassadors of audio in the game development community, so lead with the greatest optimism, collaboration, humbleness, and grace in-conversation

Have a look at the GDC Code of Conduct before you hit town and engage its guidelines while onsite (and continue to adhere to its sensible advice even outside of the presentation hall). Forming relationships and cultivating conversations should begin with mutual respect; always stay positive and within the bounds of social etiquette. Find ways to include people in your adventures when possible. Find ways to bring other people into your conversations, and always treat people in the best way possible. We choose this opportunity as ambassadors of audio in the game development community, so lead with the greatest optimism, collaboration, humbleness, and grace in-conversation.

Keep your social media trained at #GameAudioGDC on twitter for up to the moment information and don’t forget to share insight and epiphanies there and with the #GameAudio community at-large. One of the greatest feelings is being able to extend knowledge learned on-the-ground to folks who are unable to make it to the conference to experience it first-hand. Twitter doesn’t always make sense in this strange world of social media, but I have seen it work wonders on-the-ground towards pulling together people towards the goal of socializing and keeping in-touch during the week.

 
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News of the World

Monday March 18th

Game Audio Podcast GDC Morning Meetup
After years at the venerable Sightglass coffee, this years conversations will be held on the ground floor of the Sennheiser SF retail location near Union Square. What started as a small group of folks with a shared-love for good coffee and game audio has evolved into a community-catalyzing force that helps set the tone for each days activity during the conference. From 7:00-9:00AM Monday through Saturday folks gather and unravel their experience as part of a group discussion that hovers around game audio and touches on topics in-between our professional aspirations and personal stories. Moving locations to Sennheiser SF is an attempt to increase accessibility and lower the noise floor for the event. I hope you can join us and be part of the conversation.

Monday March 18th through Saturday March 23rd
7:00 – 9:00 AM
Location: Sennheiser SF, 278 Post St

 
 
For folks with an All Access, Summits, VRDC Add On passes, Monday begins with some incredible talks!

Monday, March 18 | 10:00am – 11:00am
INTEGRATING LIVE ACTORS INTO NON-LOCATION BASED IMMERSIVE THEATER VR EXPERIENCES
Speakers: Tanya Leal Soto (Tender Claws), Samantha Gorman (Tender Claws), Tara Ahmadinejad (Piehole), Julian Ceipek (Tender Claws)
Pass Type: All Access, VRDC Add On

Monday, March 18 | 11:20am – 12:20pm
MENTAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR SPATIAL COMPUTING
Speaker: Timoni West (Unity Technologies)
Pass Type: All Access, VRDC Add On

Monday March 18th – Night

Keep your ears tuned to the wind (and to #GameAudioGDC on twitter) for info on any audio group meetups that might materialize. Be ready for the spontaneous, the goose-hunt, the wild sheep chase through the streets of San Francisco on a moments notice. Be safe, travel with friends when possible, and take care!

 
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Sheer Heart Attack

Tuesday March 19th

Tuesday is all about the Audio Bootcamp. Whether you’re new to interactive audio or an experienced professional, the line-up attempts to cover the full-spectrum across all disciplines and highlights evergreen topics as well as deep-dives into niche audio territory. Guaranteed to be a day of disparate perspectives and stimulating discourse (especially during the lunchtime surgeries*), this is where the fun will be!
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Tuesday, March 19 | 10:00am – 11:00am
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: HOW A SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO GAME AUDIO INCREASED CREATIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITY FOR ‘ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY’
Speaker: Lydia Andrew (Ubisoft Quebec)

Tuesday, March 19 | 11:20am – 12:20pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: THEATRICAL INTERACTIVITY IN VIDEO GAME MUSIC
Speaker: John Robert Matz (Independent)

Tuesday, March 19 | 12:20pm – 1:50pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: LUNCHTIME SURGERIES
Speakers: Lydia Andrew (Ubisoft Quebec), John Robert Matz (Independent), Filip Conic (Rovio), DB Cooper (DB Cooper VO, LLC), Gerard Marino (G-Musique), Stephan Schutze(Sound Librarian), Josie Brechner (Visager), Scott Selfon (Oculus), Damian Kastbauer (ArenaNet)

*An opportunity for deeper conversations with Audio Bootcamp speakers over lunch in a smaller scale setting. Grab some food and then come back to sit at tables-in-the-round with the day’s speakers and chat on the topics that have surfaced throughout the day.

Tuesday, March 19 | 2:10pm – 2:40pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: ‘ANGRY BIRDS 2’: HOW AUDIO CHANGES EVERYTHING
Speaker: Filip Conic (Rovio)

Tuesday, March 19 | 3:00pm – 3:30pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: DEVELOPING VOICES
Speaker: DB Cooper (DB Cooper VO, LLC)

Tuesday, March 19 | 3:50pm – 4:20pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: LOOP CLINIC: SEAMLESS AND FATIGUE-FREE MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN LOOPING TECHNIQUES FOR INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Speaker: Gerard Marino (G-Musique)

Tuesday, March 19 | 4:40pm – 5:10pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VR AUDIO CAN BE LEARNED FROM YOUR CAR
Speaker: Stephan Schutze (Sound Librarian)

Tuesday, March 19 | 5:30pm – 6:00pm
AUDIO BOOTCAMP XVIII: INDIE FREELANCING: CREATING COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION
Speaker: Josie Brechner (Visager)

Tuesday March 19th – Night

Heard of Game Audio Denizens on FB? These folk shave been consistently coordinating one of the best, grassroots, community-focused meetups of all time. DB Cooper and her ilk will be on hand to huzzah and hooray your way into the night!

The Jillionth Annual Game Audio Denz ’n’ Friends Dinner
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
5:30pm to 8:30 or 9:00pm
Location: California Pizza Kitchen, 53 Third Street

Game Audio Karaoke
Tuesday March 19
8:00pm – midnight
Cost: Free!
Location: YamaSho, 1161 Post St

From the humblest beginnings comes one of the most-loved events of the conference. Spawned years ago by Luca Fusi and further championed these last years by the folks at A Shell In The Pit, this night of karaoke is a chance to sway and sing in camaraderie with like-minded people of all pitches. This year finds the fine folks at AK and ASITP picking up the tab leaving no excuse for anyone in game audio not to attend, eve if it’s just to soak in the good vibes.

Tickets will be available through Eventbrite early next week. Keep ‘em peeled over at #GameAudioGDC.

 
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A Day at the Races

Wednesday March 20th

Wednesday is all about the community conversations and roundtables for me. There are some great presentations that you won’t want to miss, for sure, but one of the things that has risen to the top of my GDC experience are the various audio community discussions that run throughout the week. There is never a shortage of content from experienced folks across all disciplines of game development, but for me, it’s difficult to go wrong sitting-in on a roundtable of interest and the ability to engage in the interactive quality of these forums. Aside from the roundtables listed here for Wednesday, there are other roundtables sprinkled throughout the week. So if you find yourself wanting to be a part of the conversation, or are just looking for something a bit more interactive, I encourage you to seek one out and see what they’re all about.

…and don’t forget the IASIG Party tonight and the IASIG Town Hall on Friday during lunch.

Wednesday, March 20 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
G.A.N.G. TOWN HALL
Speaker: Brian Schmidt (Brian Schmidt Studios)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Wednesday, March 20 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
WOMEN/MARGINALIZED GENDERS IN GAME AUDIO ROUNDTABLE DAY 1: NAVIGATING THE WORKPLACE
Speakers: Becky Allen (343 Industries), Amanda Rose Smith (ARS Audio), Carlye Nyte (Camouflaj)

Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
GAME AUDIO PROGRAMMING ROUNDTABLE DAY 1: GAME INTEGRATION
Speakers: Guy Somberg (Echtra Games, Inc.), Tomas Neumann (Blizzard Entertainment)
Location: Room 215, South Hall

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
GAME AUDIO CULTURE ROUNDTABLE DAY 1: HOW CULTURAL DIVERSITY COULD BE THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Speakers: Damian Kastbauer (ArenaNet), Atsushi Suganuma (Square Enix, Ltd.), Gwen Guo (Imba Interactive)
Location: Room 206, South Hall

Wednesday March 20th – Night

IASIG Audio Mixer
Wednesday, March 20
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Sennheiser, 278 Post St

Any audio professional attending GDC is welcome at this special social event. (Show your GDC Audio Pass or audio-related business card for entry.)

 
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A Night at the Opera

Thursday March 21st

Thursday is a powerhouse of sound design juxtapositions. From the bonkers action and verve of Yoku’s Island Express through-to the cultural influences of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the day is jam-packed with different ways of expressing and hearing sound. I sat down for a preview of the ‘Moss’: Design Before Sound presentation on-the-ground up here in Seattle from Stephen Hodde; he has put together a succinct illustration of the role that sound plays in delivering on, and how it can better deliver on, the emotional potential in a games design. Part storytelling, part TED talk, and 100% heart. Not to be missed!

Thursday, March 21 | 10:00am – 11:00am
ADVENTURES IN III AUDIO: ‘YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS’
Speakers: Jesse Harlin (Submersion Audio), Thomas Bible (Submersion Audio)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Thursday, March 21 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm
THE SOUND DESIGN FOR ‘GOD OF WAR’
Speaker: Mike Niederquell (PlayStation)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Thursday, March 21 | 3:00pm – 3:30pm
‘MOSS’: DESIGN BEFORE SOUND
Speaker: Stephen Hodde (Polyarc)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Thursday, March 21 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
BRINGING VIRTUAL AUDIO INTO THE REAL WORLD WITH ‘CREATE’
Speaker: Dave Shumway (Magic Leap)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Thursday, March 21 | 5:30pm – 6:00pm
THE INFLUENCE OF PRE-HISPANIC CULTURE ON ‘SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER’
Speakers: Rob Bridgett (Eidos Montreal), Brian D’Oliveira (La Hacienda Creative)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Thursday March 21st – Night

Game Audio Network Guild Awards
Thursday March 21st
7:00pm – Doors
7:30pm – Start
Location: 2nd floor of Moscone West.

 
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A Kind of Magic

Friday March 23rd

Friday finds a grab-bag of potential, especially for folks interested in mainlining musical insights across multiple genres, perspectives, and voices. The day kicks off with a fantastic panel filled with some favorite folks and rounds-up with giant robots performing a ballet of symphonic destruction! (If that doesn’t peak your interest, rest assured the music is gonna be great!)

Friday, March 22 | 10:00am – 11:00am
RELATIVE PERFECTION: FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN FLAWED AND FLAWLESS
Speakers: John Robert Matz (Independent), Guy Whitmore (Foxface Rabbitfish, LLC), Austin Wintory (Independent), Neal Acree (Independent), Penka Kouneva (Independent)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Friday, March 22 | 11:30am – 12:00pm
THE MUSICAL BRUSH: THE INTERACTIVE MUSIC OF ‘CONCRETE GENIE’
Speaker: Samuel Marshall (Sony Interactive Entertainment, Pixel Opus)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Friday, March 22 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
25TH ANNUAL IASIG TOWN HALL
Speakers: Owen Peterson (Utah Valley University), Kurt Heiden (IASIG), Tom White (MMA, IASIG)
Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Friday, March 22 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
THE GANGS BITE BACK: MUSIC AND SOUND OF ‘CRACKDOWN 3’
Speakers: Brian Trifon (Finishing Move, Inc.), Brian White (Finishing Move, Inc.), Kristofor Mellroth (Microsoft Studios Global Publishing)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Friday, March 22 | 3:00pm – 3:30pm
THE MUSIC OF ‘BATTLETECH’: BIG SOUND ON A BUDGET
Speaker: Jon Everist (Everist Sound, LLC)
Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Friday March 23rd – Night

School of Game Audio Meetup
Friday March 23rd
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: California Pizza Kitchen, 53 Third Street

Followed swiftly by Friday Night Foley

 
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Jazz

Saturday March 24th

One last Game Audio Podcast GDC Morning Meetup at Sennheiser SF before attendees are scattered to the four-winds of everyday life. The world subtly shifted, the colors twice as bright, and the sounds more detailed. Each year brings new opportunities to align oneself with their career path, hopes, dreams, and vision of the future. My last suggestions for you in this Bohemian Guide to Game Audio GDC are to: make friends, make memories, and envision the role you will play in the future of game audio. I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

 
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A big thanks to Damian Kastbauer for sharing with us his a guide to #GameAudioGDC! Learn more about Damian Kastbauer here

 
 

More resources for making the most of GDC 2019:

See all Game Audio Sessions at GDC 2019
• See the 2019 GDC Party List
• See the list of devs connecting at GDC 2019
• Join the GDC Mixer Discord Server here
• Overview of places offering free food at GDC
• Visit the official GDC page here here
• See tweets with the #GameAudioGDC hashtag here, and #gameaudiogdc2019 here

 
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    From all 4 earth’s corners, air streamlines the environment and shapes our stories. Discover the cinematic world of rare winds!


    This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.

    Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)


    These were recorded either in urban settings, countryside, or complete wilderness.

    Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.

    The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.

    WHAT’S INSIDE:

    • 102 stereo files
    • Highly focused and meticulously edited sounds
    • Ready to use Loop
    • Urban area and Wild area
    • Useful Designed & Synthesized Wind Sounds
    • Recordings from the Boreal region (North) in Iceland & Canada
    • Recordings from the Austral region (South) in Argentina & Chile
    • Recordings from Islands in Greece & Canada
    • Recordings from the desert in Marocco
    • Abandonned houses and shelters
    • Marina, lake, forest, car, flags, arctic, metal pole, prairie, street, mountain, grass, …
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  • City Life Nature Ambients Bundle Play Track 263+ sounds included, 683 mins total $160 $80

    This bundle includes 4 different libraries.

    The Baltic Sea sound library is compilation of 56 WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, Sony PCM-M10, two Oktavas MK012 set in MS, XY and ORTF setup. All the sounds were recorded far away from the cities and roads. Since most of the sounds were recorded in late winter, there are no insects or birds in background. There are few files that includes the sound of birds, but I left them on purpose, because of the overall feel of the files. In this library you will find beautiful sound of waves crushing on the rocks and shore, recorded from different perspectives in different stereo configurations, during calm and windy days. In addition to those sounds, there’s foley like walking, running and swimming in the water.

    The Harbours Of Norway sound library features 25 files with ambients recorded in Myre, Sto and Nyksund, very small towns with direct access to the sea. Most of the sound effects were recorded at night, but since it’s a polar day time of the year, it was very pleasurable to walk and look for convenient places to set up my gear. Everything was recoded with ORTF setup built from two Sennheisers MKH 8040. Inside this library, you’ll find a lot of seagulls, waves crushing on the rocks and plants, windy ambients from the cliff, industrial sound from port in Myre with ship unloading the cargo, walla with steam engine boat and additional sounds from boat engine market and air cooling aggregates from food containers. Every file was recorded in 96kHz, edited (i removed any unintentional bumps, pops and unwanted sounds). I limited EQing to removing harsh frequencies, or enhancing a little bit the good sounding ones. At the end of the chain there is a small compression, for louder sounds.

    The Summer Ambients sound library contains 33 beautiful WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, two Oktavas MK012 in MS and stereo XY pattern. All sounds were gathered in different and beautiful places like forests, lakes, meadows or swamps. You can expect amazing ambients, textures, different birds, insects, forest during rain, calm and windy days. It’s a perfect library for designing background sounds. Everything was recorded in amazing Masuria in Poland.

    Summer ambients Update – library got 2x bigger and heavier than the original library. 59 additional files, 123 minutes of high quality audio recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF setup, Rode NTG3, Oktava MK012 XY setup plugged into SD702 and Sony PCM-10. It features ambients from the forests, ponds, swamps, meadows, lakes and suburbs recorded is very quiet locations, mostly just before the sunrise, during the day and before sunset far away from the cities.

    Water Flow sound library took me about six months to record, consumed about 15 thermoses of tea and 42 litres of gasoline to get to all locations. It offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. Huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions on the rivers. Two completely different locations, recorded regularly for the last 5 months allowed me to create this unique sound library. Most of the recording sessions took place during winter just before the sun was rising to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds. Almost all recordings are completely clear and only few have birds in background, since it was my intention to record some location ambients with natural backgrounds.

    You can see the metadata and sound list below.

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  • Cars Cars In Motion Play Track 561+ sounds included, 340 mins total $150 $75

    The Cars In Motion sound library gets you exterior sounds of cars driving at different speeds, slow/medium/fast/very fast pass-bys, reverse sounds, accelerations, braking sounds and a lot of additional files. You’ll find different engines, and cars with different character.

    From a small BMW 114i through to a powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 with Magna Flow exhaust, up to a fast twin turbo BMW 640D F12. In addition to cars there are also files covering big machines like tractors and excavator.

    The library features 561 WAV files with total length of 340 minutes, recorded in 96kHz and 24 bits with a Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-M10.

    Here are the cars included in this library:

    • Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI – 73 files – 73 minutes
    • Audi A4 B8 2.0 TDI Avant – 11 files – 10 minutes
    • BMW 114i E87 – 20 files – 10 minutes
    • BMW 530D E60 – 55 files – 21 minutes
    • BMW F12 640D Gran Coupe – 87 files – 49 minutes
    • Excavator MF 860 – 30 files – 20 minutes
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 – 62 files – 51 minutes
    • Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V – 71 files – 32 minutes
    • Renault Master II 2.8 dTi – 21 files – 13 minutes
    • Renault Master F3500 dCi135 – 30 files – 12 minutes
    • Tractor Case II CX90 – 15 files – 10 minutes
    • Volkswagen Golf II – 26 files – 13 minutes
    • Other Cars – 60 files – 23 minutes

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  • Cars Hyundai Kona Electric Car Play Track 428 sounds included, 98 mins total $100

    An electric car sound library with a range of FX from the Hyundai SUV, Kona.

    The library includes numerous driving FX on both gravel and asphalt including pass-bys, take offs, corners, approaches and skids.

    It also contains a large range of interior recordings from driving at highway speed all the way to buttons and switches.

    Multiple FX on each track – recorded in Sydney, Australia

  • Cars Car Interiors Play Track 430 sounds included, 14 mins total $69 $38

    car interiors library is a great supplement for all the car engine sounds that you already own. That way the action on the inside of the car is not stale at all. Dashboard buttons, seatbelts, automatic windows, switches, switching gears, brake, clutch and gas pedals, vents, turning signals. They’re all here!

    Got a whole bunch of roaring car engine sounds but then realised that you’re not equipped with all of the boring stuff like:


    car door handles, seatbelts, turn signal, air vents, buttons and switches, seats, storage compartments, horns, windows, pedals (gas, brake, clutch), handbrakes wend

    and all other Car Interior sound effects? Well then.. look no further! This is just the pack for you.
    160 wav files with over 400 single sounds in total. Car Interiors will spice up that car interior scene with real, crisp sounds, recorded from over 6 cars in total!

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  • Destruction & Impact Cinematic Strikes Play Track Up to 4140 sounds included From: $119 From: $95.20

    ENORMOUS SOUNDING PERCUSSIVE HITS

    CINEMATIC STRIKES joins the BOOM Library Cinematic Series – and it focuses on big sounding drums. A whole world of cinematic percussive sound design lies a few clicks away: From devastating cracks and stomps over crisp swells and rolls to epic ensemble hits – you will be sure to find and build just what you are looking for.

    With the ultimate flexibility of different microphone positions, single and ensemble hits, flams and swells using various drums and beaters, you couldn’t be better equipped to design huge blockbuster and trailer hits – or simply place ready-to-use DESIGNED sounds into your timeline and feel the earth shake.

    CINEMATIC STRIKES – CONSTRUCTION KIT:

    FLEXIBLE SOUND DESIGN TOOLKIT

    The Construction Kit offers you one of the most comprehensive drum hit packages ever recorded. Carefully planned to satisfy and complement every spot in the frequency range, you will never run out of low end booms, aggressive cracks, mid-range body impacts, reverberant tails and excellent sweeteners to top it off.

    PERSPECTIVE & RHYTHM

    Not only are you able to produce impressive sounding hits, but also transition into, out of and between peaks. Control the attack and release of each sound, using rolls, flams, double hits and other meticulously performed techniques. Three coherent microphone positions make spatial adjustments a breeze.


    Files: 618 • Sounds: 3708 • Size: 13 GB


    CINEMATIC STRIKES – DESIGNED:

    MAXIMUM PUNCH – AND THEN SOME

    CINEMATIC STRIKES – Designed is what you get when layering and processing Construction Kit sounds BOOM Library style.

    From rumbling low-end BOOMS, soft and natural sounding WHOOSH HITS to aggressive, frontal CRACKS and PUNCHES, the Designed library showcases what’s possible, while saving precious time and budget on a tight schedule.

    This package is particularly useful for filmmakers and trailer sound designers.


    Files: 108 • Sounds: 432 • Size: 1.4 GB

    CINEMATIC STRIKES BUNDLE:

    THE BUNDLE – The best of both worlds at a discounted price.
    The Bundle gives you the full sound design power as it contains both – the DESIGNED and the CONSTRUCTION KIT edition at a discounted price.


    Files: 726 • Sounds: 4140 • Size: 14.6 GB
    Included sounds – keywords:

    BASS DRUM, BOOM, BOX, CAJON, CONCERT TOM, CRACK, CRASH, DAIKO, DOUBLE HIT, ENSEMBLE, FLAM, FOOT, GONG, HARD BEATER, HIT, JAM BLOCK, KICK, KODO, LOG, MALLET, BIN, PUNCH, ROLL, SINGLE, SNARE, SOFT BEATER, SPLASH, STICKS, STOMP, SWEETENER, SWELL, TABLA, TAIKO, TAMBORA, THUNDER SHEET, TOM, WHIP, WHOOSH HIT, WOOD PERCUSSION, WOODBLOCK
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  • Destruction & Impact Implosion Play Track 42 sounds included $100 $70

    Implosion is a sound effects collection of buildings being destroyed with explosives. It features 10 unique building implosions recorded across the country.

    Each implosion was recorded with 4 to 14 channels of audio. To offer multiple perspectives, mics were placed as close as 150ft (~50m) and as far away as 2000ft (~600m) from the various explosive demolitions.

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  • Drones & Moods Audible Silence Play Track 105 sounds included, 170 mins total $80 $64

    The eerie sound of wind resonating through wires, fences and abandoned buildings.

    Recorded using the JrF C-Series contact microphone, these recordings capture the metallic resonance of wind with natural ebbs and flows.

    All sounds were recorded using the JrF C-Series contact microphone stereo pair and Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6.

     

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