- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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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This is book is amazing, covers alt about hands on experience! If you also want to learn about equipment this book has a lot about it. It's easy and fun to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katia Jabour Dotto
Very useful and very clear. When you're stuck for inspiration, it's right here.Published 9 months ago by Lorenzo
Everything you ever wanted to know about sound effects presented in a methodical and logical fashion.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great information even if you've been in the business for a while.Published 18 months ago by Jim Dotson
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