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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 15. Sound Effects

Sound effects (SFX) can be classified as anything sonic that is not speech or music. They are essential to storytelling, bringing realism and added dimension to a production. It is worth noting that the art of sound-effect design is about not only creating something big or bizarre but also crafting subtle, low-key moments. Good effects are about conveying a compelling illusion. In general, sound effects can be contextual or narrative. These functions are not mutually exclusive; they allow for a range of possibilities in the sonic continuum between what we listen for in dialogue—namely, sound to convey meaning—and what we experience more viscerally and emotionally in music. With film and video, sound effects are indispensable ...

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