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Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects [Kindle Edition]

Ric Viers
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Book Description

The Sound Effects Bible is a complete guide to recording and editing sound effects. The book covers topics such as microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding Digital Audio Workstations, building your own Foley stage, and more.

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  • File Size: 4324 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Ill edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FQM2S4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great hand book to keep nearby January 9, 2009

Review by: Sable Jak

This is not a book to simply glance through and then put on your shelf and pull out now and then. If you're involved in sound at all, I doubt you could do that. This is a book to carry with you in the field, have next to your computer, in your editing suite and taped to your cereal box so you can read it while you have breakfast.

There is so much information in this thing I don't even know where to begin, so I'll tell you a little set-up information first:

I recorded my own audio drama serial last year (2008) and I wish I'd had this before I started. It sure would have helped stop a lot of stumbling and fumbling around. At the same time, it's more than a little nice now and then to find a piece of information in it that lets me know I did something right... on occasion.

Viers knows his business. He's worked in film, radio, television and video games for years. According to his bio he's one of the world's largest independent providers of sound effects, with over 150,000 sounds and 150 sound libraries. He's also created sound libraries for large companies.

He's taken all that experience and crammed it into 326 fully-loaded pages. He starts out by explaining what sound effects are, from natural to manufactured to designed. Why start with such a basic? Because he's all about understanding what you're doing. So, if the chapter on the science of sound may seem like it's reiterating an old science class, remember; who among us can't benefit from a refresher course?

Not being mechanically/technically inclined I appreciated his information on microphones and their accessories, and even how to put together a portable recording package.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, fun and inspiring September 24, 2008
Ric has done a great job by putting into his book years of personal experience in creating and editing sound effects. It's very accessible and comprehensive, and is a real must for anyone who wants to make their own sound effects. This Bible is a wonderful companion to my own book Sound Design in ways that are extremely practical and hands on. Thank you Ric!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Wealth of Information! October 2, 2008
Although I have worked as a studio engineer for recording music I never could have imagined the extreme differences when working on sound design and Foley recording. Making the switch over to sound effects was not as easy as I originally thought it would be, until I began catching up on my research starting off with this book. The Sound Effects Bible was clutch for me in the design field, providing me with a wealth of information and not over complicating the process. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is about to take the plunge into creating sound effects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Sound Effects Bible shines best when Viers goes into detail about specific methods his shop uses for recording sounds and storing and maintaining gear. Though Viers has clearly learned a ton about sound recording, it appears to be by experimentation. As a result, he's not great at teaching, and his natural orientation does not lead him into insightful explanations of why his techniques work. Thus, if you want to do exactly what he does (for example, log several recorded variations of a car peeling out) the book will teach you how, monkey-see-monkey-do style. But if you want to learn sound fundamentals so you can do your own experimentation (not an unreasonable expectation from a book that claims to be the sound effects BIBLE), this is not the best book.

I did learn several things from reading this. (For example, it had never occurred to me that when you're on the run, the safest way to grab headphones is by the arch between the ear cups.) But perhaps because Vier works in Hollywood, he emphasizes how awesome he is, the "fact" that his team is the best, and he dispenses generous doses of braggadocio that grow exasperating through sheer repetition. I bought the book to learn, but I think Viers sees the book, in part, as a lengthy brochure for the sound effects he sells on line.

If, like me, you're passionate about digital audio, this is an okay book to add to your library as one more perspective on sound. The focus specifically on sound effects is welcome for helping you learn to overcome hurdles you only find outdoors, such as wind noise. If you're looking for a solid foundation on how sound works, what equipment to buy, and how to record, you'll learn more from perusing magazines on the topic; or search Amazon on the string, "digital recording."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newbies October 30, 2008
I know almost nothing about actually creating or recording sound effects... but after reading The Sound Effect Bible, I felt like I could grab a mic and do it. (Which is total self-delusion, but still-- I FELT like I did.) This is a terrific book for anyone about to produce their own film or go to work in a post department... a comprehensive, easy-to-read, accessible reference guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with great info February 7, 2010
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Great book. Gives you plenty of info on everything from how sound works, how to build a studio, reviews/advice on which gear to buy at different price points, how to create different sound effects and general tips and tricks of the trade. A great book to have and an easy read. If you're thinking of making a movie or going into the sound business Don't do Anything until you buy this book, or steal someone else's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by William McColl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great information even if you've been in the business for a while.
Published 4 months ago by Jim Dotson
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing... one chapter dedicated to sound effects.
As a sound engineer with over 15 years of experience, the first 17 chapters were of no use to me. The 18th and final chapter is the only one dedicated specifically to foley. Read more
Published 4 months ago by gabba
1.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I want
too simple, not enough far...
Published 5 months ago by Jasmin Tremblay
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good to me
Nice insight, but wasn't so much a book but more of a recipe collection of sounds. Didn't learn too much as an intermediate, but most beginners should love this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alia
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Still reading it and will be applying ...
Very good book. Still reading it and will be applying soon since I am doing some sound design for the first time and just got some equipment.
Published 8 months ago by D S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is packed with info
Published 9 months ago by Frank M
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love
Love it.... as simple as that.
Published 10 months ago by Alex Barajas Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great information to help you capture better sound.
“The Sound Effects Bible” is a great overview of how to create and organize sound effects. Author Ric Viers has a passion for sound and he teaches what he knows in this awesome... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Forris B. Day
4.0 out of 5 stars Five star content, three star print quality
This is the book I've been looking for for my sound design students - good information and advice, little filler, at an affordable price. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christopher Renaud
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More About the Author

Ric Viers has worked in the film and television industry for more than fifteen years. His location sound credits include hundreds of productions for nearly every major television network, Universal Studios, Dateline, Good Morning America, Disney, and many others. Known as the "Rock and Roll Professor of Sound", Viers has hosted several video series like "Rode University", "Rode Rage" and "The Detroit Chop Shop Video Diaries". His sound design work has been used in major motion pictures, television shows, radio programs, and video games. In 2007, Viers launched his own label, Blastwave FX, to celebrate the release of his 100th sound effects library. Viers is the author of The Sound Effects Bible and is considered to be the world's largest independent provider of sound effects, with over 250,000 sounds and more than 600 sound effects libraries to his credit. He has produced sound libraries for numerous publishers, including Adobe, Apple, Blastwave FX, Sony, Sound Ideas, and The Hollywood Edge. For more information visit

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