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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 14. Sound Design

Sound design is ongoing throughout the production process—in preproduction planning, during production, and in postproduction. In one respect it is a continuous process that “covers the spectrum from music on one end to dialogue at the other end with sound effects in between. The key to integrating it all is that the concept of sound design is to make sure these various elements work together and don’t step on each other’s toes.”[1] But in another respect, it is more than plugging in dialogue, sound effects, and music. Sound design is the vision that harmonizes the various elements with the visual story by creating the overall sonic character of a production.

Sound Design and the Sound Designer

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