Sound design tools?

18 Mar 2009 - 5:17pm
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David Birnbaum
2009

My last question got me such excellent responses from you guys that
I'll give it another go.

I need a rapid-turnaround sound design tool for user interfaces. I
have extensive sound and music production experience, but I don't
know where to turn for a versatile software synth that can quickly
make and export UI sounds: collisions, sweeps, clicks, vooms, etc.
Ideas?

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18 Mar 2009 - 5:48pm
Nasir Barday
2006

Sounds like what you want is a sample pack, not a softsynth. There are great
collections out there from EastWest, and they come with the software you
need. Ableton Live, Logic, Adobe Audition, or even GarageBand in a pinch
will help with that. You can layer the sounds with the synths that come with
each of these if you want to give it your own touch.

There's a film scoring sample pack I saw that got great reviews from Sound
on Sound magazine. I'll dig it up and send it along.

- Nasir

On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:17 AM, David Birnbaum <
total.sensory.immersion at gmail.com> wrote:

> My last question got me such excellent responses from you guys that
> I'll give it another go.
>
> I need a rapid-turnaround sound design tool for user interfaces. I
> have extensive sound and music production experience, but I don't
> know where to turn for a versatile software synth that can quickly
> make and export UI sounds: collisions, sweeps, clicks, vooms, etc.
> Ideas?
>
>
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18 Mar 2009 - 5:53pm
Nasir Barday
2006

Coming up dry on my search, but look for Sound Effects, or SFX, libraries;
browse the Sound on Sound and Keyboard Magazine websites for reviews on the
latest.

An FM synth is good for getting spacey sounds-- I swear by Native
Instruments' FM8. Their IxD has gotten really good over the years, too.

- Nasir

19 Mar 2009 - 8:53am
matthewjdoty
2009

Not sure what platform you are looking for (PC/MAC) but I've been
using Cakewalk products for years and they have really good soft
synths as well as sample libraries. Another great tool you may want
to consider on the PC side is FL Studio. Good luck.

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19 Mar 2009 - 11:59am
Stew Dean
2007

If you're producing spot effects you're better off with a wave editor.
On a PC Sound Forge is the king of sound editors and on the Mac there really
isn't one that shines out.

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/products/soundforgefamily.asp

In past I've used the quick and dirty wave generators in Sound Forge then
added envelopes, filters and effects to produce the effects I'm after.

Other apps out there include Adobe Sound Booth and, free but not that good,
Audacity. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Cheers

Stew Dean

2009/3/18 David Birnbaum <total.sensory.immersion at gmail.com>

> My last question got me such excellent responses from you guys that
> I'll give it another go.
>
> I need a rapid-turnaround sound design tool for user interfaces. I
> have extensive sound and music production experience, but I don't
> know where to turn for a versatile software synth that can quickly
> make and export UI sounds: collisions, sweeps, clicks, vooms, etc.
> Ideas?
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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19 Mar 2009 - 1:16pm
Den Serras
2009

Practically everything is available here:

http://www.sounddogs.com/

And you can dl low-res versions to test before buying. Don't buy a
whole library.

Alternatively, you could hire a sound design specialist... I know, UX
designers don't hire specialists... seriously, though, I know a few
fantastic sound designers who will do more for your work than picking
from a library ever would.

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19 Mar 2009 - 2:31pm
Jeff Garbers
2008

I had a lot of luck with a wide library of sounds here:

http://www.soundrangers.com/

As others have said, if you really want to make something from
scratch, this isn't what you need, but if you want at least some
basis for manipulation you can find a lot of good stuff here...
cheap.

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19 Mar 2009 - 10:39pm
Angel Marquez
2008

www.extrememusic.com
www.flashkit.com

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On Mar 19, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Jeff Garbers <jgarbers at xltsoftware.com>
wrote:

> I had a lot of luck with a wide library of sounds here:
>
> http://www.soundrangers.com/
>
> As others have said, if you really want to make something from
> scratch, this isn't what you need, but if you want at least some
> basis for manipulation you can find a lot of good stuff here...
> cheap.
>
>
>
>
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