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Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby TacticalMissions on 02/23/2016, 9:56 pm

Hey everyone, I've been working on a short 3D animation with mechanical arms and I'm having a super hard time with the sound design.

Link to clip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0aqeB ... cslist_api

I bought MotionPulse Blackbox and I've been going through all the sounds trying to combine effects for a better sound. I used a hydraulic effect for all four mechanical arms and it sounds super busy. I'm not sure how to make it sound less busy while still applying sound effects to every moving part. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've got about 4 hours into the sound design with little to show for it. Clearly, I'm new at this haha. Thanks in advance for any help :)
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Re: Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby Gerry Clark on 02/24/2016, 2:03 am

I'm not a sound designer but the first thing that jumps out at me is the repetition of the effects. Believe it or not I don't think there are too many SFX, just too much of the same. Try substituting other hydraulic effects or play around with the pitch and volume of the ones you have. Maybe shorten some of the sounds. Some subtle flanging on some sounds might be useful as well.
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Re: Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby Guitarboy2828 on 02/24/2016, 3:00 am

I agree with Gerry, dynamics is key in a scene like this. Just like animation needs ease in and out, sound needs dynamics. Check out this link: https://vimeo.com/groups/sounddesignchallenge

It was a comp that ran, but it's the same scene, you can see all the different ideas and get some ideas from it (i think).
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Re: Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby TacticalMissions on 02/24/2016, 6:03 am

Thanks for the advice and link to that competition guys! I'll give that a shot and see how it goes :)
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Re: Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby TacticalMissions on 03/5/2016, 4:17 pm

Alright, so I tried changing up some of the sound effects and changing the pitch on similar effects.

Here's the before: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0aqeB ... sp=sharing

And here's the after: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0aqeB ... sp=sharing

It's definitely an improvement so thanks again for the advice! Any other input on anything that's missing or seems out of place?
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Re: Can someone tell me why this sounds so terrible?

Postby shawnbooth76 on 05/5/2016, 5:00 pm

IMO:

It comes across as only one "thing" being done (sound wise). You have at least five different things operating and it only sounds as if one is audible. The contraption in the BG is completely mute. Why? Also, there is no ambient sound. There are no movement sounds, ie. whooshes. It also doesn't feel as though you gave each movement its own sound.

You need MORE sound fx. A lot more.
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