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Designer Sound FX
A Creative COW Review


Designer Sound FX: A review  by Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith
Savvy Productions, Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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In need of high end, Hollywood sounding swishes, impacts and other great sounds? You know, the same sound effects traditionally found in high end movie trailers and promos? Let Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smith point you towards a must have sound effects album, Designer Sound FX.

Designer Sound FX     

Ever since I started editing I’ve been on the look out for swishes and impact sound effects just like the ones you hear during a movie trailer. After years of looking for these killer sounds my search is over, thanks to Video Copilot’s Designer Sound FX. It’s chock full of those big sound effects you’ve become accustomed to. Whether you’re making movies in your back yard or a seasoned professional, this product will help elevate the production value of your next project and get it noticed.

 

The Goods

The Designer Sound FX album comes with 500 must have sound effects and audio elements. And these aren’t just any sound effects: these are the kind you hear in most Hollywood movie trailers. These high impact SFX will be a sure fire hit for your next project and are sure to grab your audience’s attention. And best of all, these sounds are royalty-free.

 

Sound Categories

The library is broken down into five main categories that include 100 sounds per category. To see how well the sound effects work with one another, just take a look at how much they enhanced the feel of the Star Wars Hologram tutorial I created.

I. Impacts

Just as the category implies, you get tons of cinematic bams, slams and hits that call attention to what you have on your screen. Mix this category with the swish category and you’ll have unbeatable sounds that will make your visuals seem a lot cooler.  

II. Swishes

This category is my favorite. These are the sounds that can make animated text flying on and off the screen pack a real punch. In my opinion this category alone merits the purchase of the product.

III. Drums

Often when you see an action or epic movie trailer you’ll hear drums build to a climatic ending. The drums are broken up into three categories which are drum hits, build ups and cymbals. The drum sounds are a great way to add meat to your project’s score.

 

IV. Ambience

These add great background music that helps sell the mood of your project. Mix these sounds with the drums and you’ll have a fantastic music bed that can drive your next commercial, promo or trailer.

           

V. Abstract

Here you’ll find lots of foley sound effects such as record scratches, wet splats, breaking glass, heart beats and my favorite, bell reverse sounds.

 

Extras

If 500 SFX weren’t enough, this product also comes with 80 minutes of training. These tutorials will teach you how to organize your sounds, create an audio score, add motion graphics to the audio score, create a powerful ice shattering effect, create movie trailer titles and share some professional advice on mixing.

In addition to the training, you’ll also get After Effect project files that go along with the training. That way you’ll be able to see how the eye catching promo on the Designer Sound FX web page was created for this title.

 

Conclusion

I think this is an end all be all product that will enhance any video it’s a part of and deserves nothing less than five COWs. To find out for yourself check out the commercial Video Copilot built to showcase many of the great sounds that come with this product. Besides, who doesn’t need big Hollywood sounding swishes, impacts and great background sounds? So be sure to grab your audience’s attention with Designer Sound FX, a must have for every editors arsenal.



About Stephen Smith
Stephen graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Communications Technology. "I picked the degree because it had the longest name," says Stephen. Since then, he's gone on to produce internationally distributed DVDs, some in 21 different languages. As a producer and lead editor at Savvy Productions, he has won over a dozen awards using Final Cut. Stephen got fed up with boring training books he could never get through, and decided to make this DVD to save others from the same fate.

 

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Comments

FX
by Dan Smith
wow Steve that actually sounds cool. I want to check that out. Wish they had that when we were in high school when we were doing those crazy films. Miss the good old days.
Designer Sound FX
by John Stanowski
Holy cow, he's right. I just opened a bunch of them in Soundbooth and there's a lot of clipping, especially in the Drum sounds. Most of them are fine, but there's just a bit too many clipped clips.
Designer Sound FX
by Alex Bruce
um what?

UH HANG ON A SEC HERE. You know those audio files have being clipped right?

Alot of them are functionally useless!
this product is not 5 cows. This product is so not 5 cows it hurts.

For those of you that might not know, when you create an audio file the wave data has to be within a range. If you make an audio file too loud, then the wave will extend past the maximum values and sort of plateau. It produced a loud noticeable pop sound or a crackling if it's serious. It also makes the file functionally useless in a production environment. Several of these clips are blatantly clipped, and several more have subtle errors. They arn't good starting points for making new sounds, combining them produces lower quality results.

There is no way this product is 5 cows. It's not bad to be sure, alot of the sound effects escaped the clipping errors... But still
5 cows...


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