Sound Effects Sources

At one time there were basically three ways of obtaining sound effects: (1) by actually creating the wanted noise, where this is feasible, in a studio; (2) recording on tape the effect and replaying it when needed (this was, and often still is, almost the only way of obtaining some effects); (3) using commercially available sound effects gramophone discs. The accurate ‘cueing-in’ of the last requires great skill.

In recent years, while all the above are still often important, the range of sources has extended. To add to the list, we have the following.

Compact Discs (CDs)

A wide variety of sound effects exists now on CD. Professional CD players can be set up to give very accurate, i.e. almost instantaneous, cueing of ...

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