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We have some interesting new podcasts to share with you for those long summer drives, cool morning runs, or everyday commutes.

Conor O’Sullivan, Sound Design Lead at Google, talks about his holistic process of creating sounds for the Google Pixel, influenced by UX and haptic design. Arkadiusz Reikowski shares how he created the beautiful music for the horror sequel Layers of Fear 2. Ecophon, a Swedish-based acoustics company, covers the psychological and physiological effect of sound treatment on people. Rachel Sim joins Matt and Gord as a co-host of the Beards, Cats, and Indie Game Audio Podcast. A newly-featured podcast, 99% Invisible, talks about sounds of hospitals and how they effect health care workers and patients. A classic episode of Radiolab: hear about how our brains process sound and learn about the language of music with UC San Diego Professor Diana Deutsch. And on The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, learn how to approach the business side of sound by honing in on your clients’ needs and focusing on large profitable projects.

Method Podcast – Conor O’Sullivan of Google Pixel

Episode outline: ‘In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews Google Sound Design Lead Conor O’Sullivan about the nuances of crafting product sounds and the choices that shape everything from notification pings to haptic feedback. The conversation also covers the elements that make up Google’s sonic branding, including resolving G chords and piano music. A few highlights:

On the value of sonic subtlety, 9:31
“I do think your goal as a sound designer is to provide feedback that doesn’t jump out too much. It sounds very counterintuitive—you’re designing sound that you don’t want to be heard—but in a lot of cases, it makes sense.”

On working with a multidisciplinary team, 15:57
“We have a team of writers—the UX content team—and they’re absolutely awesome at naming our ringtones. They really capture the feeling of the sound. Our default notification sound is called Popcorn. It’s such an awesome name for that sound. If you’re to imagine what popcorn sounded like musically, you’d pick something like that.”

On using sound to build a brand, 10:22
“I really think about creating sound as creating a soundscape. You want to be able to tell a story from end to end.”

Conor O’Sullivan is a sound designer and composer originally from Ireland, now based in San Francisco, CA. Conor is best known for his work in the emerging field of sound design for consumer products, including interface sounds for the Google Pixel phone.’

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Level with Emily Reese – Ep 109: Arkadiusz Reikowski

Episode outline: ‘Polish composer Arkadiusz (Arek) Reikowski did an outstanding job with the music for Layers of Fear 2.

I’m always wary of horror scores; they can get repetitive, they’re often noisy and dissonant with sounds designed to make you uncomfortable on listening.

Arek’s score is so…. pretty. It’s heavy, but it’s heavy in a beautiful way. I really was deeply impressed by this music, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.’

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A Sound Effect on People – Listen In | That Sounds Better

Episode outline: ‘A Sound Effect on People [not related to A Sound Effect] explores how we’re all affected by sound, or to use a technical term, by acoustics. We’ll investigate how poor acoustics can be disruptive, even harmful, while good acoustics can help us learn, work productively, even heal. We’ll discover that our responses to sound are both psychological as well as physiological, and we’ll learn that people with different personalities react in different ways to the same sounds. A Sound Effect on People is produced by Room 7540 in partnership with Saint-Gobain Ecophon, a manufacturer that specialises in developing and producing materials that improve room acoustics.’

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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Effective Trailer Pulses Play Track 67 sounds included, 63 mins total $24.99

    A strong set of pulsating elements and complex cinematic sequences featuring dynamic synth textures, evolving futuristic soundscapes, hybrid trailer pulses, and percussive sound design.

    This original library is from the personal collection of trailer music composer Federico Soler Fernández (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – “Middle Earth: Shadow of War” – “Halloween 2018” – “The Predator 2018”)

    Add to cart
  • Human Quirboilly Play Track 538+ sounds included, 35 mins total $38

    Quirboilly (cuir bouilli) is in reference to the traditional state of leather before it was commonly worked to produce various components in armor.  When you need that extra close, intimate boost to your leather and metal clothing/material Foley, reach for this library. Excellent at grabbing the listener’s attention and really lighting up the brain, these sounds were designed to capture the nuance and detail of various leather textures and items, decorated with metallic accessories and fallalery.

    Each item was worked and re-worked in all manners of handling to pull out the crepitation and squeaks, course and fine grains, flops and rigids hits, and plenty of clanks and clacks of rivets, buckles, clasps, and other metal components knocking together. Beyond the many handling sounds, there are specific drops and light impact sounds of two different proximities. As impacts are quite commonly needed for Foley and creative designs, we were sure to capture them for these rich textured leather and metal items.

    Chock full of frequency content, take your drama, historic, medieval, armor, 80’s, rockumentary, and all other leather-and-metal-bound projects to the next level.

    Add to cart
  • TH Studio Production presents VANDRIA, an epic cinematic vocal library, featuring the voice of the singer Megi Angelova.

    Born in Bulgaria, Megi Angelova is a singer/songwriter based in London, UK. Coming from a background of musicians and artists she always has been fascinated by art and music which inspires her to look beyond the frames and to experiment with different styles of music, vocals, lyrics, musical instruments and sound effects .

    The library includes a version for the full Kontakt 5.8.1+, and a .wav version:

    17 Kontakt 5 instruments:
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato Portamento
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato Sustain 
    • Vocal Music Phrases : Cm , C#m, G#m, Hm .
    • Vocal Whispers Phrases
    • Vandria Pad

    + WAV version

    Add to cart
  • City Life RAIN Play Track 54 sounds included $46 $35.70

    RAIN features various kind of RAIN AMBIENCES and EFFECTS from different parts of CITIES and FORESTS.
    In the forests, you’ll find sounds of RAIN FALLING ON DIRT, LEAVES and more.
    In addition to the sounds of CARS PASSING BY and RAINY TRAFFIC in cities, you’ll also find RAIN COMING OUT FROM PIPES, HITTING THE ASPHALT and various kinds of RAIN POURING ON ROOFS such as PORCHES and LARGE PARKING LOTS and more.
    And THUNDER!!

    Recorded @ 24bit 96kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.

    22 %
    OFF
    Ends 1569535199
    Add to cart
  • Mechanical Electric Lawn Mower Play Track 17 sounds included, 11 Minutes 23 Seconds mins total $10

    No gas? No problem! This little 192 kHz library of raw electric power gives you everything you need for basic electric lawn mower sounds from moving the mower, mowing grass and debris, different angles of isolated motor sounds without mowing, mowing from close perspective and from a distance, and bagging up freshly mowed grass.

    Get creative by using these sounds for other things besides mowing: The 192 kHz sample rate lets you play with octaves so you can turn this little mower into so much more – enjoy Electric Lawn Mower!

    Add to cart

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Beards, Cats, and Indie Game Audio – Ep 56: Our new co-host

Episode outline: ‘With this episode we welcome our new co-host, Rachel Sim. Rachel will be filling in at times so Gord can take a break. This time around we talk about how Rachel came into the industry, mentorships, community support and as always answer some questions.’

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99% Invisible – Sound and Health: Hospitals

Episode outline: ‘Sound can have serious impacts on our health and wellbeing. And there’s no better place to think about health than hospitals.

According to Joel Beckerman, sound designer and composer at Man Made Music: “Hospitals are horrible places to get better.” Hospitals can be bad for your health because hospitals sound terrible. But sound designers and health care workers are looking to change that.

This is part two in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing.’

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Radiolab – Musical Language

Episode outline: ‘In this hour of Radiolab, we examine the line between language and music.

What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?

We re-imagine the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913 through the lens of modern neurology, and we meet a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work.’

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The Six Figure Home Studio – Ep 86: How To Turn a $1,000 Project Into A $10,000 Project

Episode outline: ‘Do artists constantly turn you down due to price?

Are you losing projects to other competitors that are simply undercutting your rates?

If so, this episode will walk you through how you can charge 10x more than your competition and STILL win the project.

In this episode you’ll discover:
• What results you could see by switching to a project-based pricing model
• Why business is about helping people, not stealing their money
• How understanding your clients’ needs lets you add more value to the project and charge more than your competitors
• How using this method can remove any competition from the playing field
• Why comparing yourself to other businesses doesn’t work; you need to follow your own path
• Why taking fewer, larger projects is typically more profitable than many small projects
• How Chris killed his dreams of a successful comedy career during this episode
• What changing your services from a commodity to a high-value service can do for your business’

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  • Quadcopters / Drones Curious Drone-Quadcopter Play Track 60 sounds included, 30 mins total $20

    High quality unprocessed drone/quadcopter recorded using both binaural and mid-side microphone techniques. 4 different types of quadcopters were used in this sound library.

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Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Effective Trailer Pulses Play Track 67 sounds included, 63 mins total $24.99

    A strong set of pulsating elements and complex cinematic sequences featuring dynamic synth textures, evolving futuristic soundscapes, hybrid trailer pulses, and percussive sound design.

    This original library is from the personal collection of trailer music composer Federico Soler Fernández (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – “Middle Earth: Shadow of War” – “Halloween 2018” – “The Predator 2018”)

  • Human Quirboilly Play Track 538+ sounds included, 35 mins total $38

    Quirboilly (cuir bouilli) is in reference to the traditional state of leather before it was commonly worked to produce various components in armor.  When you need that extra close, intimate boost to your leather and metal clothing/material Foley, reach for this library. Excellent at grabbing the listener’s attention and really lighting up the brain, these sounds were designed to capture the nuance and detail of various leather textures and items, decorated with metallic accessories and fallalery.

    Each item was worked and re-worked in all manners of handling to pull out the crepitation and squeaks, course and fine grains, flops and rigids hits, and plenty of clanks and clacks of rivets, buckles, clasps, and other metal components knocking together. Beyond the many handling sounds, there are specific drops and light impact sounds of two different proximities. As impacts are quite commonly needed for Foley and creative designs, we were sure to capture them for these rich textured leather and metal items.

    Chock full of frequency content, take your drama, historic, medieval, armor, 80’s, rockumentary, and all other leather-and-metal-bound projects to the next level.

  • TH Studio Production presents VANDRIA, an epic cinematic vocal library, featuring the voice of the singer Megi Angelova.

    Born in Bulgaria, Megi Angelova is a singer/songwriter based in London, UK. Coming from a background of musicians and artists she always has been fascinated by art and music which inspires her to look beyond the frames and to experiment with different styles of music, vocals, lyrics, musical instruments and sound effects .

    The library includes a version for the full Kontakt 5.8.1+, and a .wav version:

    17 Kontakt 5 instruments:
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato Portamento
    • 2 Types Vocal Legato Sustain 
    • Vocal Music Phrases : Cm , C#m, G#m, Hm .
    • Vocal Whispers Phrases
    • Vandria Pad

    + WAV version

  • City Life RAIN Play Track 54 sounds included $46 $35.70

    RAIN features various kind of RAIN AMBIENCES and EFFECTS from different parts of CITIES and FORESTS.
    In the forests, you’ll find sounds of RAIN FALLING ON DIRT, LEAVES and more.
    In addition to the sounds of CARS PASSING BY and RAINY TRAFFIC in cities, you’ll also find RAIN COMING OUT FROM PIPES, HITTING THE ASPHALT and various kinds of RAIN POURING ON ROOFS such as PORCHES and LARGE PARKING LOTS and more.
    And THUNDER!!

    Recorded @ 24bit 96kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.

    22 %
    OFF
    Ends 1569535199
  • Mechanical Electric Lawn Mower Play Track 17 sounds included, 11 Minutes 23 Seconds mins total $10

    No gas? No problem! This little 192 kHz library of raw electric power gives you everything you need for basic electric lawn mower sounds from moving the mower, mowing grass and debris, different angles of isolated motor sounds without mowing, mowing from close perspective and from a distance, and bagging up freshly mowed grass.

    Get creative by using these sounds for other things besides mowing: The 192 kHz sample rate lets you play with octaves so you can turn this little mower into so much more – enjoy Electric Lawn Mower!

 
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