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

Ric Viers
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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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18 of 18 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I choose this rating because the book is good. What I like about the book is that is a complete guide to recording and editing sound effects. What I dislike about the book is that it had a lot of pages to read. I would recommend this book to other people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is pretty cool January 1, 2014
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It would only be better if he described some of the actually digital techniques of manipulating sound in post. That is where the real magic happens. It's a good intro to equipment though. Honestly equipment isn't that important though, seriously, it's all about the creativity. He does go into some creative info but I would have preferred 5 chapters on what sound guys really do in the studio instead of 5 on gear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info, fun to read December 1, 2012
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Good combo of explicit how to and more thought provoking insight into the approach. Certainly a must read. Great book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
The best book i`ve ever read. I`ve just gotten more creative after reading this. I recomend it to all who study or produce effects
Published 3 months ago by Anders Langberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Some practical advice in a self-congratulatory narrative
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LingoSlinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice starters book
This Book can be very helpful for SE beginners!
If you want more advanced tips this isn't your book pal. (just to get the necessary words to post this)
Published 8 months ago by ingo da costa lyrio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read & Inspiration
The best book on Sound F/X Period! The tips on specific FX will get your mind going, but the best part is the way it makes you want to get up and record.
Published 10 months ago by Chris M.
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for beginners
This book will work great for beginners. I've given a 3 star because it's also a great reference manual for those that have been working with sound for a long time, as we do tend... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Olukunle
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to say
Cant say much, bought this for a college course at Columbia College Chicago. Never opened it once but for some reason I never sold it either, it just sits on my shelf waiting for... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Huckphone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners
Rick Viers takes you by the hand and explains everything to get you started in making your own sound effects for people just starting out in the business or doing it for a hobby. Read more
Published 18 months ago by avi8tor4life
2.0 out of 5 stars Little useful information
Bought this book as recommended by Amazon. The information is terribly general and lacks any real depth. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ozreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound Effects Bible
It's "OK", not "great". The physical mic recommendations are somewhat off for onsite video recording. It's full of fluff that is pretty useless. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by A. B. Balser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn about sound effects
The Sound Effects Bible is about the "nuts and bolts" of sound info, such as:

- the science of sound and sound effects
- extensive resources for microphones and... Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by The Sarcasticynic
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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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