- File Size: 5702 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003FQM2S4
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Before I start to comment: I am a sound engineer for almost 45 years of dealing with movie- and television-sound. Having worked most of the time in Germany and Costa Rica, I cannot boast about any Hollywood productions in my credits, but I have done thoroughly my homework, and now am transferring the knowledge of that homework and experience to my students at the Universidad Veritas' School for Film & TV in San José, Costa Rica.
I have worked with Mel Kutbay and Hans-Walter Kramsky in Germany, to whom I am deeply indebted for all the tricks and beautiful sounds coming out of old cardboard boxes, handkerchiefs, bicycle chains, etc...
OK, about "the Bible":
1) "Genesis" takes up almost a third of the book (113 out of 309 pages). In my wife's version it is 70 pages long, out of 1561. Hmmm...
2) The commandments are well intentioned and even helpful. But the author forgot to observe a critical one: "Thou shalt be humble." It is tiring to read, and re-read the self-adulation of the work he has done, and how wonderful his quarter-million-file sound archive is. Plug, plug, plug... It feels sometimes like wearing a FiLa or Lacoste T-shirt - which I definitely don't, because I paid for the chemise, and am not doing any free ads on top.
3) I still have to find out the relation between a Limiter and (quote): "...compression with an infinite or extremely high compression ratio." (unquote). Duhhh...?
4) And making Mr. Christian Doppler an Aussie (Australia) instead of an Austrian denotes sloppy research, or poorly paid attention in physics class.
Overall, the book is good for beginners, and it conveys good information, but I must confess, that after the first 100 pages my reading became biased, trying to zap out (mentally) the commercials.
It gives good advice on miking positions and archiving, but beyond that it falls short, and even has very contradictory information (i.e. "synthesizers are not good for cartoon effects").
Mis dos centavos.
Haymo Henry Heyder (in sunny Costa Rica)
The book starts with an explanation of what sound effects are and the types of sound effects. Yes there are different types as I learned. It goes on to teach about different microphone types and what the application for each one is. There are more types of microphones that you may imagine and Viers explains them here. What to record on? Read chapter six. There is a short history of recording devices and lots of pictures showing the modern stuff in use. If you are a techie type you will love the section on sample rates. If you are not a a techie geek you can skip over some of this stuff but if you want in-depth information it's there.
Viers offers advice on putting a great recording equipment package together on several different budget levels. He also includes instructions on how to make a foley stage for creating our own sound effects as needed. Again lots of pictures so you know exactly what is being discussed. You will learn what kind of software to get and learn some pretty cool tips and tricks for creating sounds using oddball things like vegetables, blow torches and leather jackets. I know...weird. An example I thought was pretty cool, as a guy who has worked on several horror films, is the sound of dripping blood can be mimicked by mixing flour and water together and dropping it from various heights. Very cool!
The book contains a section with lots of resources to books, magazines, websites and products to help you in your quest for just the right sound effect. One of the things Viers teaches is that the sound does not have to be created by recording what is being shown on the picture. A perfect example is in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Arc” when Indiana Jones is running from the giant rolling stone ball. The sound of the ball is actually a recording of a Honda Civic coasting along over a gravel roadbed. Who knew? There is a nice list of suggested movies to watch so you can study them with your ears open.
Ric Viers has been creating sound effects for Hollywood movies and TV programs for years. You have heard his effects in films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Lord of the Rings”. If you want to learn how to make your films better or want to become the next sound effects guru “The Sound Effects Bible” is a great book to start with.
Review copy supplied by MWP
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."