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sound effects bible

The Sound Effects Bible is the complete guide to recording, editing, and designing your own sound effects. If it snaps, crackles, pops, crashes, booms or bangs, it can be found somewhere in this first-ever book on the black art of Foley and sound effects. This definitive book covers microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding digital audio workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, sound design, and much more.

This book will teach you everything you need to know to get started creating and recording your own sound effects. Period. There is very little fluff and only brief periods of wild and aimless exposition. Other than that, it’s straight to the point and chocked full of pics, diagrams, and real world experience. With over 650 sound effects products under his belt, Ric Viers has been there, done that, broke it, fixed and then sold it on Ebay. This book tells you exactly how he did it and more importantly, how you can do it too.


Here's what the pros have to say about the book:

“Ric’s book is an excellent introduction to techniques for producing profes¬sional sound effects for films, games, etc. It’s packed with nuts-and-bolts information that beginning and intermediate level sound designers/editors will find useful.”
— Randy Thom, director of sound design, Skywalker Sound

“Ric Viers eats, drinks, and breathes sound effects. If you’re a sound designer, editor, or filmmaker, you’ll need the Bible!”
— Tasos Frantzolas, founder of

“The Sound Effects Bible is the go-to resource for anyone serious about sound creation! Ric Viers generously shares his real-world experience in an absorbing and hard to put down guide to this fascinating corner of the entertainment industry.”
— Aaron Marks, composer/sound designer and author of The Complete Guide to Game Audio

“Fun, funny, and the most informative source I’ve seen on the what, why, and how of creating sound effects. This book’s a blessing of inspiration, common sense, and trade secrets, a must for everyone planning to get their own micro¬phone for recording our sonic world. Thanks, Ric, for sharing your experience creating those 100,000 humongous, teeny, sloshy, brittle, honking, shimmering, etc. etc. sounds.”
— David Sonnenschein, author of Sound Design

“Ric Viers manages to not only detail the technical aspects of an underappreci¬ated craft, but explain how a sound effects expert approaches this work from a practical perspective, offering specific examples of how one can capture and later utilize audio that will add depth and character to images.”

— David E. Williams, Editor-In-Chief, Digital Video Magazine

“If you are interested in learning about the details of sound effects for your own productions — this is the book!”
— Frank Serafine, Sound Designer/Composer, Tron, Star Trek, Hunt For Red October, Brainstorm

“Ric has really nailed it on this one. There is no other A-to-Z book that a media maker who has limited knowledge of sound effects can use to get a great overview of how sound is matched to visuals conceptually and technically and then with this knowledge actually make a movie soundtrack.”
— Alan Howarth, Composer/Sound Designer for Star Trek, Halloween, Poltergeist, Dracula, Stargate

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