- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932907483
- ISBN-13: 978-1932907483
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2008
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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."
I was taken aback by the print quality, which I would best describe as a high-quality photocopy on heavy paper. The cover is substantial and the paper is substantial. Yet, the design of the book clearly features photographs and gradient areas which were meant to reach the edge of the page, but don't, everything is hyper contrasty, including gradients and photographs which are not well reproduced.
I would encourage Michael Weise Productions to give this book the presentation it deserves, even if it costs a few dollars more. The content can stand on its own merits.