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The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects Paperback – Oct 1 2008

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Ill edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907483
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9def169c) out of 5 stars A great hand book to keep nearby Jan. 9 2009
By Sable Jak - Published on Amazon.com
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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. In addition to helping you build your own Foley stage (complete with pictures, yippee) he covers studio equipment, recording in the field, recording Foley and working with a database. There's so much information it's hard to absorb it all. I'd like to say it's best taken in small increments, and for someone who works best by doing, it is, but at the same time, there's so much here you want to keep reading in case the next page contains something vital to your current project. However, keep in mind the book is laid out so you can quick reference specific needs without having to wade through unrelated information.

I have to say, some of the hard core technical information is a little hard for me to understand, even though it's written very clearly. But the more I read, the more I work on projects and the more I use this book, the more I will, and do, understand. I say this because to me it seems that Viers knows that having a good reference guide at hand is always a help, no matter how much you do or don't know.

In short, I highly recommend this book.

Sable Jak
Author: Writing the Fantasy Film
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HASH(0x9e079a38) out of 5 stars Some practical advice in a self-congratulatory narrative Aug. 13 2013
By LingoSlinger - Published on Amazon.com
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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."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dea3eac) out of 5 stars Effective, fun and inspiring Sept. 24 2008
By David Sonnenschein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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HASH(0x9def62dc) out of 5 stars A Great Wealth of Information! Oct. 2 2008
By M. Drenning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9da174) out of 5 stars Great book for newbies Oct. 30 2008
By Chad Gervich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.