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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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NAB Highlights

May 3rd, 2009

NAB 2009 was a hit, so much so that we’re already excited for next year.  And fortunately, the convention center’s air conditioning made up for the desert heat.

Feedback on our HD sound effects libraries was invaluable – the following features were received particularly well:

  • Fresh, New Sounds: All Blastwave FX libraries are new, native 24/96 and recorded within the last three years. This gives you the advantage of using the most contemporary, realistic, and technically clean sounds. Sounds of the world change with time, and so should sound effects.
  • Hard Drive | USB | DVD | Download: We deliver our libraries on multiple formats from larger libraries on Hard Drive (Blastdrive, SONOPEDIA, wavFX) to smaller, niche libraries on DVDs, USB drives and download.
  • Spanning A to Z and then some: The Blastwave FX Catalog spans Ambiences to Zippers with all the Lasers, Whooshes, and Stingers you can handle in between.
  • Blastwave FX Search Engine (Mac/PC): Crucial in today’s production workflow, our search engine allows you to efficiently Search, Browse, Audition and Drag N’ Drop into any application from Pro Tools to Avid and more.

Ric Viers, head of Blastwave FX and author of the Sound Effects Bible, highlights his NAB 2009 experience in this video:

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HD Sound Effects Primer: What and Why?

September 27th, 2008

Q: What are HD sound effects?

A: HD sound effects are audio files of sound effects recordings produced and delivered above CD-quality audio standards. In other words, anything above 16-bit/44.1kHz. They can be mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1, and beyond. The current standard in delivery of HD sound effects libraries is 24-bit/96kHz – this is currently Blastwave FX’s native recording and delivery standard. In addition, our defiinition of HD sound effects involves the recording quality as well- poorly recorded sound, even at high bit rates and frequencies does not qualify. True HD sound effects, beyond bit rate and frequency are pristinely recorded using only professional recording techniques and equipment.

Q: Why do audio professionals need to adopt the use of HD sound effects into their everyday workflow?

A: We see two main reasons:

  1. To match HD video standards: HD television has become mainstream, and with it comes consumer technology already capable of playing back HD audio. We, as audio professionals, must not fall behind the video industry by offering an inferior quality audio experience to consumers.
  2. To uphold the original HD sound recording quality: Professional sound recordists regularly record in 24-bit/48kHz and above. Audio post professionals need to maintain the hi-def quality by utilizing HD sound effects into their mixes.

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