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6 books on sound design

The last few decades have seen a big change in the field of audio post-production and sound design.

Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures: A Guide to the Unseen Art
Author: John Purcell

Create professional dialogue tracks with insights from an Emmy Award-winning sound editor with this pageturner. Understand and practice valuable solutions to dialogue editing challenges such as removing noise, controlling perspective, finding and using alternate takes, and more. It also offers practices for successfully editing dialogue for movies, TV, and other videos. This guide examines production workflows from celluloid to digital cinema and includes a section on new software tools, workstations and dialogue mixing. It also includes new approaches for working with digital video and for moving projects from one workstation to another.

Principles of game audio and sound design
Jean Luc Sinclair

This book introduces you to the art of sound for games and interactive media. It examines the conceptual challenges of the art form and the technical and creative aspects, like sound design, spatial audio, mixing, etc. Complemented by a host of
resources such as a collection of ready-to-use scripts, the book examines basic to advanced sound design techniques. It’s a great read for beginner to intermediate level readers who understand the basics of audio production.

The bible of sound effects
Author: Ric Viers

The author-sound designer gives an overview of everything he knows about creating and editing sound effects. This book, which covers beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of sound design, talks about field recording, studio equipment, digital audio, acoustic processing, recording sounds like gunshots and design of his own editing studio.

Sound-On-Film: interviews with film sound creators
Author: Vincent Lo Brutto

You can read interviews with 27 prominent men and women in film sound who explore their careers and the art and craft behind them. These sound designers embody several film sound professions, such as production sound, sound editing, automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), sound effects, re-recording mixing and sound engineering. The discussions explain how the sound was designed for specific films. Some of the movies discussed here are “Star Wars”, “Nashville”, “The Conversation”, and “Terminator 2”. Apart from the interviews, it also mentions the background and selected filmography of each sound creator.

Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001
Editor: Larry Sider

The annual School of Sound event which took place in the UK each year and which explored the use of sound in film, saw several practitioners, scholars and artists attend. “Soundscape…” is the first collection of presentations from the event that looked at modern soundtracks and how sound combines with image in art and entertainment. Contributors include directors David Lynch and Mike Figgis; Oscar-winning sound designer Walter Murch; composer Carter Burwell; filmmakers Mani Kaul and Peter Kubelka; music producer Manfred Eicher and poet Tom Paulin.

Practical art of cinematic sound
Author: David Lewis Yewdall

The book delves into sound for film and television while focusing on practical problems and solutions. He draws on the film veteran’s knowledge and shares insights from other sound craftsmen on topics such as film sound, mixing, dubbing, workflow, budgeting and digital audio techniques. This can be a good guide for anyone pursuing a career in sound design and audio post-production.