10 Essential Sound Design Blogs

December 8th, 2009

We’d like to share with you some of our favorite blogs and online resources. We read these regularly as they bring us innovative ideas and entertaining information about the sound design world. 

Are there others you would like to share with us? We would love to hear about them, so please give us the heads up in the comments.

In no particular order, here they are:

Designing Sound

This is a must if you’re into sound design. Designing Sound is a great place to get all the latest info on sound design for film, games and animation through fantastic interviews, tutorials, resources and much more. Miguel Isaza is switched on, and provides a great read.

Link: Designing Sound

The Music of Sound

Tim Prebble, a sound designer based in New Zealand, has got one of the most indispensable blogs on sound design. It is fantastic! He really knows what he talks about, and best of all he shares all his discoveries. He even has an online mentorship program. As Tim says, this blog is a space where he shares with us his obsession with vibrating air molecules.

Link: Music of Sound

Unidentified Sound Object

A very interesting blog that looks at sound design from an array of perspectives ranging from sound for film to electroacoustics. The writers of U.S.O, Matteo Milani and Federico Placidi, are not just bloggers but also sound artists and performers.

Link: Unidentified Sound Object

Soundworks Collection

Michael Coleman has been producing high quality videos that take us behind the curtains of sound for feature films, games, scoring, and post-production facilities, guided by the top minds in the sound design industry.

link: SoundWorks Collection

Film Sound Daily

FSD is packed with great interviews and sound design analysis of many films. Unfortunately, it isn’t being updated very often anymore, but hopefully it will pick up again soon. Their archive still contains a wealth of knowledge and is definitely worth rummaging through.

Link: Film Sound Daily

Audio Cookbook

John Keston shares with us his exploration of sound design, software development, controller design and performances. He is relentless with the sheer volume of quality work he produces and delivers to us.

Link: Audio Cook Book


This is a classic. I may be totally wrong, but I think this might have been one of the first online sound design resource of it’s kind. Regardless, I’m pretty sure that most of us have read up and learned from Sven Carlsson’s website. If you haven’t, then definitely go explore.

Link: Filmsound.org

Mix Magazine online

There is pretty much everything you need to know about the industry. They have not only got their blog, but also podcasts, interviews, gear reviews, tutorials and a ton more.

Link: Mix Magazine Online

Ric Vier’s Blog

Ric Viers is the writer of The Sound Effects Bible book and producer of the Blastwave FX HD sound effect libraries. In his blog, he shares with us some tips, news and info.

Link: Ric Viers’ blog

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We discovered Andrew Spitz’ blog through his exploration of social sound design. In his blog, he shares with us his projects and experimentation on sound design, software and interactive media. 

Link: { sound + design }

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Free Download Pack #2

November 19th, 2009

Hungry for more free sound effects?  Well it’s true, we have a new, free download pack for all you sound effects fans. The Free Sound Effects Download Pack #2 contains 60 sound effects in 16/44.1 broadcast wave format selected from our massive arsenal of over 31,000 high definition sounds. This download pack will give you a taste of the finest ingredients for your next sound design chef d’oeuvre. On the menu: An exquisite doorbell ring, some serious fighting material, followed by a healthy dose of gory, gut squishes.

Listen to a preview:

DOWNLOAD (42mb) all 60 sounds:

Disclaimer: This free download pack is licensed to you for free use on a royalty-free basis. This work by Blastwave FX is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Derived from HD sound effects libraries www.blastwavefx.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.blastwavefx.com.

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Sound FX Trampoline at AES

October 15th, 2009

The Sound FX Trampoline, created for Blastwave FX, debuted at this year’s Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, NY. Jumping on the trampoline triggers sounds from Blastwave FX high definition sound effects libraries. The higher you jump, the lower the pitch, and if you jump over twenty-five times a delay kicks in.

This video shows a few brave jumpers. You can hear the sounds of a colobus monkey, male voice clip, baby, and a gong. And you can definitely see the smiles! For more information, email Laura at laura [at] blastwavefx [dot] com

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AES 2009

October 10th, 2009

Coinciding with our exhibit at AES 2009, we’re announced the winner of the Blastwave FX Sound Design Competition. Congratulations to Tobias Poppe! Check out his winning entry below, and much more to follow (top twenty, judges comments etc.)

For more information about the results, click below:

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