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Epic Sound Effects

Some moments just need to be epic.

Maybe your hero makes the ultimate sacrifice, saving everyone else in the process. Or perhaps your hero is about to hold the holy relic, untouched by man for thousands of years. These moments can only be as epic as the sound accompanying them.  That’s why we decided to build the Epic Sound Design category. Monks and choirs, trailer hits, angels singing and drums beating are all available for you to use in your projects.

Here are some examples of what is available:

Angelic Choir

 

Monk’s Choir

 

Trailer Hit Riser Ghostly

 

Don’t let your epic scenes fall flat. Make your scenes epic, here are some of our favorite all-time epic scenes! Can you name them all?

 

 

 

 

 

Quickstart Guide to Audio in Premiere Pro

In this QSG, we look at working with audio for filmmakers, editors, and mograph artists.

Here are the essentials you need to know to quickly create high-quality audio in Premiere Pro.

 

Clipping is Bad

Premiere Pro measures audio in decibels. The audio should never hit 0 decibels on the meter, which causes clipping. Clipping is bad and causes the distortion of your audio.

Recorded music often comes in hot (clipping) so I generally reduce the volume in the project before putting the clips into a sequence. Put all your music clips in one bin (its a folder, all the other Adobe apps call them folders). Press G to bring up Audio Gain, so you can change the loudness/gain for all the tracks at once. Experiment with this, but generally setting your music to -20ish is a good starting point if you have narration/dialogue with it. If you are just cutting to music, you could pick “normalize max peaks to -6, ensuring the music a good level but that it won’t clip. As a general guide,  you want your main audio to average around -12 and not peak above -6.

 

Clipped Audio in Premiere Pro

 

Audio Gain in Premiere Pro

Changing the Volume of a clip in a sequence.

The line on the audio waveform shows you the clip volume.

 

 

I can drag the line up and down to change the volume, but its not a very exact way to work. Press the left and right bracket keys to lower/raise the volume 1 decibel.

Adding Shift will lower/raise the Audio 6 decibels. (this can be changed in Preferences > Audio)

 

If you want to manually keyframe the audio volume, Hold Command/Control and click on the line to add points.

Audio keyframes on a clip

 

Clip vs Track Audio

There are 2 types of Audio adjustments in Premiere Pro: clip level and track level.

Clip Level Adjustments – Dragging the clip audio line up and down,  the Audio Clip Mixer, the Essential Sound Panel.

Generally, you are working with audio on a clip level. To work on a track level, use the “Audio Track Mixer”.

If I move the fader for a track in the Audio Track Mixer”, I’m changing the volume for the whole track.

You will need to change the view to track from clip keyframes to track keyframes to see the audio changes you make in the track mixer.

 

Changing track volume

The track mixer is handy if you want to apply an audio effect(s) to all the clips on a track, and when you are doing a submix (grouping tracks like multiple SFX tracks so all the tracks are treated as one).

 

Applying audio effects to a track

 

 

 

Essential Sound Panel

The Essential Sound Panel was added in 2017, and offers a unified interface for working with audio.

Adobe has done a similar thing with graphics and color correction, adding the Essential Graphics and Lumetri Panels.

To get started, switch to the Audio workspace which automatically brings up the sound panel.

Then select the”Audio Type”  you want to adjust in the sequence.  Selecting the appropriate audio type

then allows you to pick from a variety presets or to manually make adjustments.

 

 

If you are new to audio, the presets are the best place to start. Experiment with them till you get a sense of how they work. Unchecking the boxes in the presets is a good way to hear what each setting does.

One of the features I use the most is the automatic ducking feature. This drops the music’s volume when you have narration, dialogue, SFX with the music clip. Select a music clip, pick the Music Preset, then one of the ducking presets. If I have multiple audio clips above the music (narration, dialogue, SFX), I start with the “duck against everything’ preset as it will react to all the audio clips.

The Noise Reduction Preset is essential when recording video/audio in an uncontrolled (not a studio) environment. Select a narration or dialogue clip, pick the Dialogue “Audio Type’. and select “clean yo noisy dialogue preset.

Loudness “Auto-Match” will set the “perceived loudness” of all the selected clips to be the same and is a quick way to make multiple clips sound even.

Using the essential Sound Panel will allow to quickly tweak your audio mixes, and production crate has a large selection of royalty-free music, SFX, and ambiances with new collections released often. If you have any questions, post them in the comments or in the forum.

 

Reduce Noise Preset

 

Easily learn all these steps in this video!

 

If you want to learn some advanced techniques using Apple’s Logic Pro X consider reading this article.

20 Free Bullet Sound Effects

The next time you’re watching an action movie pay attention to the choice of sounds effects. When the camera is following the shooter you’ll notice how prominent the gunshots sounds are, but when the focus is on the subject being shot at you will hear ricochets, pings, bullet passes and similar sound effects. Those are what we have created for you today. We have 20 New and Free Bullet Sound Effects available for you to download.

Use these in combination with one another as well as other debris and glass breaking sound effects. The Guns Firing Collection will cover the rest.

You can stretch them or speed them up slightly to change the pitch and create an endless variety. Check out our demo below!


 

Water Swell SFX

Stylized, magical, dreamlike and unique, these new Water Swell Sound Effects are a must-have for your audio armory.

We used them recently in our Water Bending VFX Tutorial

There are over 20 in total, Pro Users can download the entire collection here

These are wonderful for sound designing your motion graphics projects or adding some zest to your VFX shots. Don’t limit yourself when you use these assets. We have used them for lava, space-scenes and title sequences!

Looking for more Sound Effects? Check out our Magic SFX Here

 

Bow & Arrow Sound FX

We’ve been recycling the same arrow swoosh and bow-twang sound effects for nearly a year, and decided to do a complete overhaul of our bow and arrow sound effects.

This was a two stage process. First, Chris and Adrian joined a professional audio engineer and a shockingly talented archer to record some foley. Arrows, feathers, bows, strings, and quivers were all recorded individually before being mixed together for the final effects.

Microphones were posted by the target, in the middle of the archery range, on the bow and boom mic’d right on all the movement. We captured everything we could.

Don’t worry, we timed our setup while no one was shooting arrows (especially not Chris or Adrian!)

See how close the mic was to the target? Luckily our archer was top-notch

The second stage process was working with our crew over at Suite Tracks to create the digital sound effects. These are more stylized, and can be used in tandem with the foley sounds to create every conceivably needed bow and arrow sound effect.

Check them all out here

We have plenty for free, and even more exclusively for our Pro Members.

Download Over 40 New SciFi Sound FX

SciFi Sound FX are some of the most versatile elements you can use in your sound design. If you’re trying to spice up your title animation, give life to your spacecraft or add energy to your transitions then these assets are perfect for you.

40 of these Sound FX are Pro, 10 are free. Blasters, charge-ups/downs, lasers and more are waiting for you to download them.