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Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects by [Viers, Ric]
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  • File Size: 5702 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Ill edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FQM2S4
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By Sable Jak on January 9, 2009
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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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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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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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By bbkong on January 26, 2016
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I thumbed through this book and the first 2/3 of it are about how to set up a foley recording space. That's ok if that's what you need but I was looking more for ideas on how to create specific sounds and the last 1/3 of the book only touched lightly on that. I'll keep it around but overall, meh.
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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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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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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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