Yay! Next part of "Useful Tips From The BOOM Sound Designers"
Michael Schwendler, our Lead Sound Designer also works with Cubase. He's just married, has a new studio room and seems to be so happy (you can tell by looking at the picture) that he loves to share some sound design tips and tricks. So here we go:
How does your project template look like?
Depends, on what kind of sound I'm working on. A trailer sound needs different sends (Reverb, Modulation, Low Boost) than a gun sound for example (mostly compression/limiting). Also working with templates kinda stops you from developing new approaches and sometimes the same plug-ins/plug-in chain doesn't really work well, though you're still doing the same sound category. So I mostly start from scratch, even on the master bus.
A useful approach for designing a sound
I listen to my source sounds and drop each sound, that I find might work, into my project. I try find something like a main/core sound and look for things that compliment the sound or fill up missing frequency ranges. Or if the sounds lacks punch, I look for something to improve the transient and so on. Once I have a load of sounds I start to arrange them and add plug-ins to the tracks.
Useful FX that you use almost always to beef up your sound.
Lots of the Trailer/Cinematic Hits/Cinematic Metal for it's low end, just great to beef things up. Also the Black Powder/Historical Firearms pitched down for explosions. SciFi offers many useful sounds for metallic movement and well, SciFi. If I have to do medieval stuff I go for the Medieval CK, for Monsters the Creatures CK, Wildcats and Dogs, but hold on.... That's why we made the BOOM Library, recording stuff to make your and our lives easier with great sounding stuff for everyday work.
Your favorite FX plug-in and why is it your favourite?
Hard to tell cause there are so many good ones, but there are certain plug-ins, that I use many times. Like the FabFilter Pro-Q (nice and handy eq with a frequency analyzer), the Hofa IQ-EQ (as a dynamic eq), Nebula (for colouring with Preamps/Tape, unrivaled sound quality) and maybe the Voxengo Elephant as a limiter.
Thanks Michael :-)