Learning sound design
Sound design is the process of creating audio elements. It is required
in many fields, such as film and theatre productions, video game
software development, radio and television, online advertising, and
various other forms of audio entertainment.
Sound design involves creating totally new audio effects, or combining existing audio elements and generating new sound sequences. Anything can be used for creating sound, from an actual door that gets slammed to a bag full of rice grains, whose pouring is meant to replicate raindrops.
To learn audio design, those interested need to follow the courses of an
institution authorised to teach this discipline and also some related
objects of study, like information technology, sound analysis, and
Information technology helps students understand how to work with audio software and how to generate sounds using their computers or other electronic devices and some specific programs or applications meant to ease the work of the sound designer.
Sound analysis is the discipline that covers the use of scopes, spectrum analysers and level meters to analyse a specific sound or sound sequence. Sound analysis is used when acquiring audio elements for generating new sound effects and dialogues and also when checking sound quality.
Acoustics is the discipline focusing on the study of vibrations, infrasounds and ultrasounds, basically the science of sound. During acoustics courses, students learn about transduction, acoustic wave propagation, audio frequency, pressure, signal processing, ultrasonics, noise and soundscopes.
No one can become a professional sound designer or music composer, if he does not have the right education. Talent helps, indeed, but without the proper courses, you will definitely encounter plenty of difficulties in finding customers.
And those who interested in audio design, such as film and theater directors, TV show producers, and live performers prefer to collaborate with sound designers or music composers that have the right education.
To complement what you learn in class, visit audio design websites, read specialised magazines, and even offer your free services to a music production studio, where you can learn a lot about the audio design field, and also gain some work experience.
To prepare yourself for being a renowned music composer in the future, be willing to invest in a high-quality computer, mixer and microphone. And do not forget about the powerful music software that can make the difference between a poor sound and a crystal-clear audio note.
Just like a web designer who tries to attract customers for his projects with the help of his friends, a sound designer should expose some of his ideas to his friends, in order to get more recognition. Plus dealing with various people, even if for free, allows you to experiment working with your equipment and helps you control the sound quality better.
A sound designer should not wait for projects to come knocking at his door; he should make projects possible by meeting with lots of people in bars, nightclubs, or other places where they could find music bands or singers. Those who work in such locations will be more than happy to collaborate with an aspiring sound designer for free.