Ever wonder what the story is behind the iconic THX sound? The Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast just published an interesting new interview with Andy Moorer, creator of that sound – hear it below:
Since 1983 one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies has been the THX certification played during the previews. The accompanying sound logo called “The Deep Note” has fascinated, terrified, and mystified audiences for over three decades. What is THX really? How was “The Deep Note” created? And why does it elicit such a reaction from those who hear it? Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for THX, Rob Cowles. This episode was written & produced by Kevin Edds.
Twenty Thousand Hertz: THX Deep Note Part 1:
Twenty Thousand Hertz: THX Deep Note Part 2:
Metamorphosis is a huge collection of recorded source, synthesized material and hybrid sounds. The library was created to cover a wide range of themes, with rich textures, aggressive impacts and a large selection of pass bys, bass drops, pyrotechnics and many more types of material.
All of the Recorded Section was captured at 384KHz with microphones capable of recording up to 200KHz among with more conventional mics. The resulting assets are sounds that can be stretched to new extremes for greater sound design opportunities.
In many cases I took the liberty to slow down the assets while editing the sounds to deliver what I thought was the most useful version of a given recording though in most cases I have also included other takes at the original 384KHz sample rate to get the best of both worlds.
All of the Synthesized Content was created in Serum while the Hybrid Section was created by manipulating the Recorded and Synthesized sounds.
Techniques such as morphing were used to blur the lines in between the nature of the two sources, making for ambiguous yet extremely versatile material that can be employed on both realistic and abstract designs.
Bonus: Two extra libraries included for free:
This library also includes two additional releases from Mattia Cellotto - for free: Crunch Mode delivers 230 crunchy sounds made with a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, pizza crust and a selection of frozen goods. The Borax Experiment gets you 158 squishy, gory, slimy and gooey sounds.
Alchemy of Guns is a comprehensive weapon laboratory of single sounds made to be mixed, assembled and fit with each other.
We built the library as an array of modular layers, each one bound to a specific alchemical element, each one made with a specific Xfer Serum setup, and since we enjoyed finding ourselves sketching on paper combinations of elements according to the combinations of the samples, we kept this general structure.
Foliage Sweeteners are great for characters creeping around in the bushes, running through the trees, or just walking through the park. You can add specific environmental sounds to your ambiences, such as individual leafy tree branches that dip into frame, or cattails and bushes reacting to a gust of wind. These sounds are also great for nature documentary, whether you have a squirrel climbing a tree, a bear plowing through a forest, a cheetah stalking from the underbrush, or just a cow eating grass.
For a discounted total of only $67.99 (Originally $136 if bought separately)
44.1 GENERAL LIBRARY (VOLUME II) (2.06 GB, $32)
A hand-picked variety collection of 1,000 sound effects covering numerous categories at 44.1kHz and 16/24-bit stereo recordings. Here are some sound categories that can be found in Volume II:
• 85+ Seamless Loops
• Ambiences: Deep Abysses, Train Stations, Seaside Waves, etc.
• Camera: Shutter Clicks, Flash Lifts and Falls
• Dialogue: A creepy, deep male voice
• Ice: Impacts (Small, Moderate, Large), Gathering
• Roller Coasters: Full Rides, Chain Hill Lift, Screaming
• Screaming: Crowds and Roller Coasters
• Toilet Flushing
• Trains: Arriving, Leaving, Passing, Idling, Doors, Clip-Clop
• UI: Dialogue Text Scrolling
• Vacuum Cleaner Hoovers
• Vinyl Record: Glitching, Needle On and Off
• Water: Streams, Bubbling, Swirling, Splashing, Movement
• Weather: Rain, Hail, Wind, Thunder
• Many, many more!(See the sound list below)
PARTY PACK (1.98 GB, $40)
An extensive collection of party-related sounds, “Party Pack” brings you 2,000 96kHz/24-bit stereo recordings of balloons, party horns, matches, sparklers, party poppers, confetti, various toys and more!
SEWING MACHINE (2.73 GB, $32)
This library brings you 800 mechanical sounds created entirely from an electronic sewing machine, including: 20 different rhythmic seams all recorded at up to 5 different speeds with 2 microphone positions; over 200 seamless loops; various gradual revvings, ramping up and down, clicks, ticks, movements and warm-up checks – all recorded at the standard 96kHz 24-bit stereo.
UI – MECHANICAL (381 MB, $32)
This library brings you 350 intricately designed user interface sounds with a mechanical aesthetic, recorded at 96kHz/24-bit stereo. These sounds were crafted from various machines, clockwork, buttons and switches alongside several other gadgets and tools. The library covers 10 UI categories, including:
•Cancel: A cancellation sound useful for backing out of a selection, or returning to a previous page.
•Confirm: A confirmation selection sound (more intense and fancier than the “Select” sounds) useful for a final confirmation or selection.
•Error: A negative error alert useful for a problem or issue.
•Loading: A loopable sound for a mechanical device that is loading, processing or analysing.
•Move: The quick, small movement sound as you move between different options in a menu or list.
•Notification: A notification alert useful for popups and messages.
•Select: A simpler selection sound for general confirmation and selections.
•Text Scroll: A loopable sound to accompany the scrolling of dialogue in a conversation or upon reading text
•Turning Off: A turning off or shutting down of a machine or device.
•Turning On: A turning on or booting up of a machine or device.
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