New to Blastwave FX? Haven’t hung out with us in a while? Well here are some highlights of what we’ve been doing with sound effects , and what we plan on doing!
Sound Design Competitions (Past): The Blastwave FX and Avid Competition and Giveaway garnered over 100 entries from over ten countries from the UK to Japan and Argentina. German sound designer Martin Schütze took the grand prize which included SONOPEDIA, but it was nearly a tie with David Barnaby from California and Malgorzata Polit from Italy. One of our judges included none other than Skip Leivsay, sound design guru for pictures such as A Serious Man and No Country for Old Men.
Sound Design Competitions (Future): We are working on the next sound design competition, meanwhile if you have any ideas or requests for theme of the competition we welcome your thoughts. (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download Sound Effects (Past): We currently have two free download packs available with a total of over 100 sounds. If you haven’t been rendezvous-ing with us for a while, make sure you check them out!
Download Sound Effects (Future): We will be offering the free download pack #3 in August, so stay tuned for more ear-caressing sounds, yours to use as you please.
F.A.Q. : What does the “HD”refer to in HD Sound Effects Libraries? Well, though most of us know it refers to High Definition, this term can be ambiguous or sometimes insulting, for example when digital radio stations use the term but are broadcasting highly compressed audio. For Blastwave FX, HD means that we used top recording equipment, with refined recording techniques (head of Blastwave FX Ric Viers has his secret techniques, maybe one day he’ll share), and at 24bit 96 kHz (high bit depth and sample rate).
Blastwave FX at NAB 2010, with Laura Sinnott
Laura talks about what makes Blastwave FX the New Wave in Sound Effects, interviewed at NAB 2010 by Production Hub.
Blastwave FX, NAB, Videos
Numerous people have asked us questions about the competition, so we thought we’d post an FAQ section here.
Q: What is the deadline?
A: May 5, 2010 is the new deadline
Q: I only see an intro and outro in the competition download pack. Where is the rest of the video? Do I just sound design over a black screen?
A: Actually, you are required to make your own video as well as design a soundtrack for this competition. As we’re giving away the AVID Media Composer as well as Pro Tools, we are requiring not just audio, but video, too.
Q: Can we collaborate with other people?
A: We strongly encourage you to collaborate with fellow filmmakers, editors, even actors or animators. The grand prize (turnkey post system) contains a great set of equipment that can help get any basic Audio/Video post studio up and running.
Q: Does the video have to be original?
A: You can use un-original material but you must credit the source and copyright owner either in the video itself or a credit list that you send to us.
Blastwave FX and AVID Competition, Sound Design Competitions
We’ve teamed up with AVID/Digidesign for our next sound design competition. This time, the stakes are high! The grand prize includes the AVID Media Composer, SONOPEDIA, Pro Tools LE, Mbox 2 and much more.
Skip Lievsay (No Country for Old Men), Jacob Ribicoff (Nine) and Ric Viers (Blastwave FX) are our esteemed judges, and you’ve got until Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2010) to get your entries in.
Oh and one more thing, just by registering, not only will you receive 45 free sound effects, you will be automatically entered to win a basic post package retailing $1800.